The 9 Best Budget Places to Stay in Arequipa, Peru

The 9 Best Budget Places to Stay in Arequipa, Peru

Known as the white city, Arequipa is Peru’s second biggest metropolis and an absolute must on any South American itinerary.

From strolling the colonial streets to hiking the nearby canyon, there’s no end to the amount of great things to do and see here, meaning the only real choice left is … where to stay?!

So here, to help you out, is my list of the 9 best budget places to stay in Arequipa. Perfect for those backpacking this incredible part of the world, these spots offer a great place to rest your head close to the city centre, which is just what you want right?!


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#1 Maycawasi

When it comes to backpacker accommodation in Arequipa, it’s hard to look past Maycawasi, one of the newest hostels in town, which offers excellent value for those visiting this city on a shoestring.

With both dorms and private rooms available, there a good range of accommodation to choose from here and all prices include a simple breakfast. There is also a kitchen available for guests to use.

Located in downtown Arequipa, Maycawasi is close to many shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, making it a great choice for travellers who want to enjoy the city nightlife.

There’s no curfew and the sunny terrace is a good place to meet other visitors.

Peru, Arequipa, Cathedral

#2 Las Torres de Ugarte

Right near the monastery of Santa Catalina Monastery in the heart of Arequipa, Las Torres de Ugarte, boasts a roof terrace complete with volcano views and includes a buffet breakfast and a very high level of comfort compared to many of the city’s other cheaper hostels.

Perfect for those on a budget, Las Torres de Ugarte is known for its family atmosphere and is a quiet place, perfect for visitors seeking rest and relaxation, rather than a crazy party!

With 24/7 reception, free wifi and tons of room, this place is definitely one of the best places to stay in Arequipa for those who want a central location with good amenities and a good night’s sleep!

Peru, Arequipa, Main Square

#3 Vallecito Backpackers

With the best banana pancakes in town, it isn’t just the great value for money that draws people to the Vallecito Backpackers! In fact, no matter why they choose to stay here in the first place, people always seem to leave this hostel happy.

A well-established backpackers in Arequipa, this family-run business is super organised, with a tour agency on site and clean, spacious rooms.

Staff go out of their way to help guests and even offer a laundry service for only a few soles p/kg for those that ask nicely – which is perfect after all that hiking in the countryside around Arequipa.

Peru, Arequipa, Statue

#4 Posada Nueva Espana

If it’s Peruvian hospitality that’s required, then Posada Nueva Espana could be the best spot in Arequipa.

Indeed the staff here really can’t do enough for guests and have plenty of good advice when it comes to exploring the city and attractions beyond such as the Colca Canyon.

Posada Nueva Espana straddles the border well between hotel and hostel and is an excellent choice for those looking for some Arequipa accommodation that is budget-friendly, but not a backpackers.

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#5 Peter’s Hostel

Probably the cheapest bed in Arequipa, Peter’s Hostel is perfect for those travelling on a shoestring, but who don’t want to compromise on quality.

Indeed this place repeatedly gets rave reviews from travellers and is really centrally located, at only 1 block from the Plaza Des Armes.

There are great communal areas in this hostel, as well as free wifi.

It’s small and cosy – with space for only 30 people – which is a nice point of difference from some of the larger backpackers in Arequipa.

Peru, Arequipa, Bells

#6 La Casa de Ana

For those looking to stay out of the busy centre of Arequipa, in a much quieter and more peaceful setting, La Casa de Ana is a great accommodation choice to consider.

Located in the beautiful suburb of Yanahuara, this budget hotel has a real family atmosphere and is truly a home away from home.

A beautiful roof terrace and a fantastic guest kitchen, complete this look and the included breakfasts are rumoured to be some of the best in the city!

Monastery Arequipa

#7 Park Hostel

Situated in a large colonial house, Park Hostel gives Arequipa’s heritage a modern twist.

There’s personal speakers for ipods in the bedrooms for example, as well as cable TV and a great games room. A sunny terrace, complete with loungers and loads of beautiful plants, frames the volcano views nicely and it’s the perfect place to unwind in the afternoon with a beer.

More like a guesthouse than a hostel, this is definitely a top Arequipa accommodation pick.

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