Peru is a country of contrasts and in terms of diversity hard to beat. And so is life in the Peruvian hostels. From small family-run hostels to large party hostels, everything can be found in Peru. Peru is on the top of the list of many backpackers in recent years and therefore you can get to know many people from different parts of the globe during your adventure.
In Peru you have the choice between the vibrant capital Lima and the colonial cities of Cusco and Arequipa. If you are a fan of the coast, Lima is the right place for you. Those who prefer to experience the Andean culture and the magic of Machu Picchu are drawn to Cusco. And those who like it a bit quieter and more authentic and like to see the sun are right in the white city of Arequipa.
Type of program
Location of the program
Start of program
Lima, Cusco, Arequipa
4-7 hours per day, 5-6 days per week
Every 1st Saturday of the month
English or Spanish
shared room in hostel
varies depending on the hostel
English-speaking contact person via WhatsApp
Mobile Internet and Wi-Fi in the hostel
From 860,00 Euro
Type of program: Hostel Experience.
Location: Lima, Cusco, Arequipa
Working Hours: 4-7 hours per day, 5-6 days per week.
Start of program: Every 1st Saturday of the month.
Duration: 1-3 months
Minimum age: 18 years
Language: English and Spanish, Spanish course included.
Requirements: Open-minded and friendly.
Accommodation: Shared room in the hostel.
Meals: varies depending on the hostel.
Support: English-speaking contact person via WhatsApp.
Internet: Mobile Internet with sim card from WanderWorld Travel
Price: from 860.00 Euros
HOSTELS IN PERU
In the areas popular with backpackers, there is a countless variety of hostels, all of which have their own special charm. Especially in the colonial cities of Cusco and Arequipa, even the buildings are exceptional. In the Inca city of Cusco you usually stay in an ancient stone building with high walls, sometimes old monasteries have been converted into hostels. You won’t find anything like this in any other country. In the white city of Arequipa, on the other hand, the hostels are also located in colonial houses built of white sillar. Since the sun shines all year round in Arequipa, almost every hostel here has a roof terrace with hammocks where you can enjoy yourself.
All our hostels are centrally located, in the best and safest neighborhood, within walking distance of tourist attractions and nightlife.
Of course, the hostels in Peru all have a kitchen that you are allowed to use, as well as a common room or terrace. Often there is a table soccer or billiards table or hammocks available and sometimes there is also a hostel bar.
Most hostels offer additional activities for guests. This ranges from city tours and salsa classes to parties and bar hopping.
Lima is the capital of Peru and is full of surprises. Your hostel is located in the central and modern district of Miraflores, just a few meters from the beautiful Malecon (coastal promenade). Here you can take endless walks, watch the surfers or go jogging and attend yoga sessions – all while enjoying the impressive view overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Numerous restaurants, bars, shopping and cultural activities are just around the corner. In Miraflores you will find all the amenities of a western metropolis and at the same time colonial, Latin American flair. Thus, Lima is the perfect starting point for your work and travel adventure.
Party lovers will also get their money’s worth here. No matter what kind of music you like, there is something for everyone.
Another advantage is that it never gets really cold in Lima. Nevertheless, the summer months (from November to March) are preferable to explore the city in the sunshine.
For more information about Lima, see here.
Cusco is the capital of the Incas, the starting point to the magical Machu Picchu and an exciting colonial city that never sleeps. You will definitely not get bored here. Both in the city itself and in the surrounding area you have extensive leisure opportunities and every day you can discover something new. If you are interested in culture and mountains, this is the right place for you. Here you can experience the culture of the Peruvians up close, just sit down on the Plaza de Armas on Sunday and let yourself be captivated by the cheerfulness of the people. You will find street musicians and vendors on every corner.
On weekends it is a good idea to go to the Sacred Valley, 2 hours away, where you have countless excursion possibilities and can conquer the Andes.
The city is young and lively, and as the most touristic city in Peru with the widest cultural offer, it attracts many tourists from all over the world.
For more information about Cusco, see here.
Arequipa is also called the white city and is the second most important tourist city in Peru after Cusco. The cityscape, characterized by the white sillar, evokes cheerfulness and gives the city a special charm. Surrounded by volcanoes, you have a dreamlike view here. And of course, at the same time, there are many leisure activities in Arequipa. Climb a volcano or visit the famous Colca Canyon.
The city with its relaxed everyday life and at the same time traditional culture is perfect for your work and travel stay. Arequipa is the city with the most hours of sunshine in Peru. Forget the gray everyday life and enjoy the sun in the hammock. But remember to bring warm clothes – because it gets quite cold at night.
For more information about Arequipa, check out here.
For your work in a hostel you don’t need any special qualifications or experience. It is only important that you have a desire to learn and you are open to a new culture, people from all over the world and a new way of life. You should be motivated, work well in a team and be willing to share your living space with other people for a while. In return you can expect a unique community, a life in breathtaking nature and above all a lot of fun at work. Also, it is important that you are not too shy to do the tasks in a hostel. Everyone pitches in and if there is a lot going on, it can take a little longer.
The national language in Peru is Spanish. You do not need to know Spanish to participate in the program. It is only required that you can speak English or Spanish to communicate with the other volunteers from all over the world and the hostel staff. A Spanish course is included at the beginning of the program. However, your language skills will also improve on the spot.
You will live in a shared room with other volunteers from all over the world. The room is usually located in the hostel where you work. Sometimes there is an extra apartment for volunteers near the hostel.
You usually share the room with your colleagues, but in smaller hostels you may also live with guests.
The room size also varies depending on the hostel, usually there are between 4 and 10 beds in your room.
You will have a well-equipped kitchen at your disposal, where you can cook together with the other volunteers. In some hostels there are one or even two meals per day for the volunteers, but we cannot guarantee this.
YOUR CONTACT PERSON IN PERU
Carlos is German-Peruvian and grew up in Lima in a German family. He still lives there today and thus speaks both Spanish and German. He has never been in Germany for more than three months, but he knows the customs and traditions first hand. He also knows his home country Peru and the culture and can’t wait to show you everything. Carlos describes himself as a fun-loving, helpful and humorous person who will always help you with words and deeds. He is our local insider who will give you lots of tips and information about Peru and the rest of Latin America. Carlos will take care of you during the introductory meeting in Lima. For questions of any kind during your stay in Latin America, an English-speaking contact person is available via WhatsApp in the same time zone.
“Living in a hostel was really something new for me at first, but after a short time I loved it more than anything. All of us volunteers from all over the world got along great with each other and went out together almost every night.”
“There were so many great and unique moments with so many people. Whether it was beach trips or the endless party nights with my work colleague from the hostel. I met so many people that I instantly felt connected to.”
“My most beautiful moment was when I realize that you have found a new home at your place of work. When I was walking down the street of my small village, meeting one friend after another and being called out to by all the motorcycles whizzing by. Unforgettable!”
“Most importantly, I made international friendships that I hope to maintain for a long time to come. It was definitely an unforgettable and fantastically beautiful experience.” long time to come. It was definitely an unforgettable and fantastically beautiful experience.”
Madeleine traveled with us for 5 months in Latin America and tells us in this Live Q&A how she felt when she started traveling alone and which were her best experiences on the trip. She participated in the Hostel Experience in Cusco and the Youth Development Project in Colombia.