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Planning your backpacking trip? South America is calling you. From beach towns to colonial cities to the most extreme adventures, this continent has it all. Plus, South America’s countries are generally pretty friendly to your wallet. What more could you ask for in a trip? Whether you’re looking for a hot beach or the cold of the mountains, you’ll find exactly the trip you’re searching for within South America. So start planning your trip and take a look at the best, most affordable hostels in South America.

1. Hostal CasArte Takubamba

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Sucre, Bolivia

Hostal CasArte Takubamba is a family-run hostel just blocks from the heart of Sucre. The hostel is budget friendly, giving you plenty of extra cash to explore the museums and history of the city. CasArte also provides workshops in theater, painting, ceramics, and guitar, if you want to learn a new skill. The hostel has private rooms, double rooms, and triple rooms, and provides breakfast in the mornings. Sucre, the colonial capital of Bolivia, is a backpackers dream of a city. Not only is it budget friendly, but there is plenty to do. Satisfy your stomach at Mercado Central or Mercado Campesino, or measure your feet against a massive set of dinosaur footprints at Parque Cretacico.

2. Hostel Journey

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Hostel Journey

La Paz, Bolivia

Downtown La Paz’s best hostel is arguably Hostel Journey, on the popular ‘Calle Sagarnaga.’ The charming hostel has an old-fashioned vibe to it, with intricate wood finishing and simple yet elegant decor. The hostel also provides breakfast in the morning, free coffee, gas heating, and more. The hotel is also in the perfect location for all the touristing your heart desires. Check out the cable cars for a stunning view of La Paz from above then venture outside the city for a trek on Bolivia’s famous “Death Road.”

3. Mystic House Hostal

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Cartagena, Colombia

Stay in the historic heart of Cartagena for a price you can afford. Mystic House Hostal is located within the walled city of Cartagena, Colombia, well within walking distance of all the best stuff the historic city has to offer. The hostel also offers guests 24-hour reception, coffee and tea, relaxing common spaces with plenty of things to do, and balconies that overlook the colonial streets below. Outside the hostel, lose yourself in the winding cobblestone streets of the city or learn about the country’s early days at the museums and fortresses around the walled city.

4. Black Cat Hostal

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Asuncion, Paraguay

This quaint hostel in the center of Asuncion is perfect for your carefully budgeted backpacking trip. With private rooms as well as dorms, balcony space, a pool, and terrace space with a grill, this hostel is made for you to have a good time. The location has no shortage of advantages, either. Simply walk out the door and you’ll find yourself in the midst of all of Asuncion’s top sites. The Museo del Barro, on the edge of the city, houses large collections of colonial and indigenous art. Loma San Jeronimo gives you great street art, a traditional Paraguayan neighborhood, and amazing views from up above.

5. The Secret Garden

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Quito, Ecuador

The Secret Garden, in Quito’s historic center, is as quaint as it sounds. With plants hanging from every surface of the maze-like hostel, its clear to see why it’s called the Secret Garden. The hostel is best known for its community, almost family-like aspects. Every night the hostel provides a home-cooked dinner for the guests on the terrace where guest can take in view of the neighborhood. The hostel is walking distance to all of the sites of historic Quito, including the great Basilica del Voto Nacional cathedral. Just outside the city is the official equator line, and your chance to say you stood exactly in the middle of the world.

6. The Point Lima

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Photo by The Point Lima

Lima, Peru

If you’re looking for the party spot, you’ve found it. The Point’s got it all. From clean rooms, to a spacious courtyard, to relaxed, friendly vibes during the day to full bar service and party at night, this hostel has all you need for a fun time in Lima. The hostel also has a full service restaurant, for you to eat any meal without even leaving. The hostel is located in the Barranco district of Lima which is known for its hip vibes and fun, vibrant culture. If you want to see more of the city, the center is only a quick bus ride away and it’s full of exquisite cathedrals, palaces, and plazas left over from Lima’s colonial days.

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