Hostel Experience Peru

Peru is a country of contrasts and a Diversity is hard to beat. And life in Peruvian hostels is exactly the same. From small family-run hostels to large party hostels, you can find everything in Peru. Peru has been at the top of many backpackers' lists in recent years, so you can meet lots of people from different parts of the world on your adventure.

In Peru you have the choice between the vibrant capital Lima and the colonial cities of Cusco and Arequipa. If you love the coast, Lima is the right place for you. Those who prefer the Andean culture and want to experience the magic of Machu Picchu, Cusco is the place to go. And for those who like things a little quieter and more authentic and like to see the sun, the white city of Arequipa is the place to be.

Quick Facts

Type of program
Hostel Experience
Program location
Lima, Cusco, Arequipa
, Peru
Working hours
4-7 hours per day, 5-6 days per week
Program start
Every 1st Saturday of the month
Minimum age
18 years
No knowledge
friendly, cosmopolitan
Mountains, Village, Small town, Metropolis, Close to the beach
Multi-bed room
Partially included
German-speaking contact person via WhatsApp
Mobile Internet with SIM card from WanderWorld Travel
Multi-bed room
Base price 1st program: 860,00 €
Extension month: 190,00 €

Project description

In the areas popular with backpackers, there is a countless variety of hostels, all of which have their own special charm. In the colonial cities of Cusco and Arequipa in particular, the building itself is extraordinary. In the Inca city of Cusco, you usually stay in an ancient stone building with high walls, and some 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 from white sillar. As the sun shines all year round in Arequipa, almost every hostel here has a roof terrace with hammocks where you can relax.

All our hostels are centrally located, in the best and safest neighborhoods, within walking distance of tourist attractions and nightlife.

Of course, the hostels in Peru all have a kitchen that you can use, as well as a lounge or terrace. There is often a table soccer or pool table or hammocks available and occasionally there is also a hostel bar.

Most hostels offer additional activities for guests. These range from city tours and salsa classes to parties and bar hopping.


At both locations, Lima and Cusco, you will find cozy hostels with a restaurant and bar, which offer a cool mix of relaxed atmosphere and fun. For example, you will support the team in preparing and serving breakfast and take on bar shifts. You can also help out in the hostel's bike rental and take on shifts at reception. The hostel managers will draw up a work schedule for you and the other volunteers on site. As a rule, several volunteers work at the hostel, which means that the shifts are divided up and you can coordinate with each other. The volunteers help on different days of the week for around 25 to 30 hours per week. The hostel also organizes many activities and tours. Here, too, you can help with the organization. It is important that you are always friendly, open-minded and communicative so that the guests feel welcome and there is a pleasant atmosphere. In return, you will have a lot of fun at work and get to know people from all over the world.

Program location


Lima is the capital of Peru and is full of surprises. Your hostel is located in the central and modern Miraflores district, 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 over the Pacific.

Numerous restaurants, bars, shopping and cultural attractions are just around the corner. In Miraflores you will find all the amenities of a western metropolis and colonial, Latin American flair at the same time. This makes Lima the perfect starting point for your work and travel adventure.

Party lovers will also get their money's worth here. No matter what style 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 for exploring the city in the sunshine.

You can find more information about Lima here.


Cusco is the capital of the Incas, the starting point for the magical Machu Picchu and an exciting colonial city that never sleeps. You certainly won't get bored here. Both in the city itself and in the surrounding area, you have a wide range of leisure activities and can discover something new every day. If you are interested in culture and mountains, this is the place for you. Here you can experience Peruvian culture up close, just sit down in the Plaza de Armas on a Sunday and let yourself be captivated by the cheerfulness of the people. You'll find street musicians and vendors on every corner.

At the weekend, it is a good idea to drive to the Sacred Valley, 2 hours away, where you have countless excursion options and can conquer the Andes.

The city is young and lively and attracts many tourists from all over the world as a tourist city with the widest range of cultural activities in Peru.

You can find more information about Cusco here.


Arequipa is also known as 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 fantastic view here. And of course, Arequipa also offers many leisure activities. Climb a volcano or visit the famous Colca Canyon.

The city is perfect for your work and travel stay with its relaxed everyday life and traditional culture. Arequipa is the city with the most hours of sunshine in Peru. Forget the gray everyday life and enjoy the sun in a hammock. But don't forget your warm clothes - because it gets pretty cold at night.

You can find more information about Arequipa here.


You don't need any special qualifications or experience to work at the hostel. It is just important that you have a desire to learn and that 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 period of time. In return, you can expect a unique community, a life in breathtaking nature and, above all, a lot of fun at work. It is also important that you are not too bad for the tasks in the hostel. Everyone pitches in and when things get particularly busy, it can take a little longer.


The national language in Peru is Spanish. You do not need any knowledge of Spanish to take part in the program. The only requirement is that you can speak English or Spanish in order 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 site.

Accommodation and meals

You 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 the volunteers near the hostel.

You will usually share your room with your colleagues, but in smaller hostels you may also be sharing with guests.

The room size also varies depending on the hostel, there are usually between 4 and 10 beds in your room.

You will have access to a well-equipped kitchen where you can cook together with the other volunteers. Some hostels provide one or even two meals a day for the volunteers, but we cannot guarantee this.

Contact person

Carlos is German-Peruvian and grew up in Lima in a German family. He still lives there today and therefore 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 its culture and can hardly wait to show you everything. Carlos describes himself as a fun-loving, helpful and humorous person who will always be at your side with help and advice. He is our local insider who will give you lots of tips and information about Peru and the rest of Latin America. Carlos will look after you during the introductory event in Lima. If you have any questions during your stay in Latin America, a German-speaking contact person will be available to you via WhatsApp in the same time zone.

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Services and prices

Multi-bed room
Base price 1st program: 860,00 €
Extension month: 190,00 €

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