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Backpackers San Pedro Reviews

Portal del Inca #486, Condeduque, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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957 Total Reviews
  • 79%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 72%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 78%Cleanliness
  • 76%Facilities

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A good price/quality. The personal of the hostel are friendly and always looking for your confort, specially the argentinian and brazilian guys. The only thing i didnt like is about we pay for a double room with two beds and they give us a bunk bed.


Extremly helpful and friendly Staff. Really liked the welcome email with useful Information ahead and the Dinner Option. Athmosphere was great too. A mirror in the bathroom would be nice and maybe a sign what time you turn the water off. Really enjoyed the stay and will definatly come back


Good spot. Staff were friendly and helpful. 5 min walk from main plaza. Nice pool for swimming. and bon fire at night, with strong pisco sours. Walls are thin but the staff rap things up at midnight. I would stay again.


The rooms were good - we stayed in a 4 bed dorm and we liked that every guest of that particular room gets his own key. So you can lock the room when you leave. The kitchen was equipped and you can cook your own meals. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The hostel has a pool and a nice area in the outside - there is a bonfire every evening near the bar. The lockers near the reception were quite small, but okay.


Really nice laid back atmosphere, a bit away from the center but just matter of minutes.


Is not as close to the main street of the village, but since it is a really small town you can get there in a 5 minutes walk, but it is in a dead end street, you need to get a map to arrive there first time. The bathroom is average, there's a really disgusting plastic rug inside the box of the shower near the room I stayed and the water was either cold or boiling, also, there was a rationing policy and in the early morning (which is pretty much the time you'll leave for most of the tours)...


It's a cute little hostel, but the major drawback was that most rooms, like ours, are located right next to the kitchens where people hang out and talk until late at night. Walls are paper thin, and even with ear plugs I could hear everything. When you want to sleep before 11pm or get up after 7am I'd say this proves to be a big annoyance.

  • 29th Oct 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Nice and friendly workers at the desk, helpful when it comes to transport! When it comes to what to do other than the generic tours, not very resourceful. Place is ok, looks a bit run-down. Not a great room, but nothing necessarily bad about it. No water during the night so fill your water bottles up before going to bed if you are leaving for the geysers at 5 am. No water to be found on the way up to there either. Fine place, but a bit out of the way.


Overall enjoyed our stay. Maca, Charles, & staff were very friendly and helpful. Facilities could have been cleaner. Laundry services advertised were unavailable. Awesome outdoor common area. Nightly optional dinner was delicious, nightly bonfire was really fun as well. On site bar was a nice perk. Great area a little ways from the main streets-- less touristy and more affordable prices at restaurants. Wristband with local deals was a huge plus!


I loved the hostel. I stayed longer than I first booked. Great hostel live. Every day is a bonfire at the hostel and the staff cookes on some days. Very relaxed hostel. The staff was amazing and helped with everything. About 10min walking to the town center. On the way is the market where delicious fruits and vegetables can be bought. I definitely would stay again in the hostel.


A little sketchy, ok location. Only 6 lockers?! Good common area. Two kitchens were good, but the staff were always using one. They cooked their every meal in the tiny one, and since it was the closest to my dorm, it was kind of inconvenient. Staff is not the brightest; one took my payment for 2 nights but didn't keep my bed for the 2nd one, making me move to another dorm after one of my strenuous tours, so inconvenient, thanks. But I loved Charles. He's the best thing about this dim place.


Has a nice outside-area with hammocks, the rooms are very basic as are the showers. But if the warm water works it's ok. It's strictly forbidden to bring beer to the hostel because they are supposed to have a bar. But the bar is just open sometimes. So sometimes quite hard to enjoy a sundowner there :)


Almost broken shower(weak pressure and unable to control temperature), noisy night,(rooms are located beside kitchen, the kitchen is used all night, and many people were enjoying party during midnight, when shall I sleep?) As fatal point, a crazy dog lives outside this hostel. He tried to attack me 3 times during stay when I go out and come back. He jumped to me and tried to bite, but I could avoid and let him run away by shouting loud and swinging my baggage. Life is most priority, never stay!


Backpacker's was very affordable in San Pedro, which is an expensive place. It is a little outside the center, which is okay - it's a nice walk. It's close to the vegetable market, which is a plus. They have two kitchens, which is nice, but no microwave. The hot water works sometimes. The WIFI was awesome - very strong. It gets very cold at night and there are no areas beside the small rooms that feel warm - although the blankets were great.


Good little hostel. Rooms were quite small but plenty of showers, lots of hammocks and incredibly good internet! Staff were helpful too


Nice hostel with good facilities and lovely English speaking staff. Hostel is slightly too far from the town centre for me as a solo female traveller. Felt anxious walking back to the hostel at night time.


I stayed in two dorms here. The 6 bed was really tight. But the 4 bed was ok. The tea and coffee always ran out in the morning when I stayed and they had major water/hot water issues. Though you are in the desert here and it was the same in other hostels at the time. Good points: two kitchens, close enough to walk to the centre, bike rental and tour booking is easily arranged within the hostel.


I would emphasize the tour packages and shop discounts you get when you stay, because that ended up saving me a fair sum of money and would be a good selling point. I would also say somewhere that you have several cats on the premises, just in case someone is allergic.

  • 10th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Thank you for the review! Uy, about cats, we have only one cat, the cat with a collar , but we don't know how to prevent the entry of cats walking on the street , there are so many tourists that makes them love and gives them food ...every day finally come around here


There were brave dogs outside the hostel, I had problem to access two days. The staff have free cooffe and tea but ONLY during breakfast time. If you want to take the Chilean "once" or take breakfast at 4am before the tour to Tatio, they won't bring you anything.

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When we send you the map and information about San Pedro, it's write there "We offer coffee, tea, milk, chocolate, sugar and hot water, every morning from 7:30 to 12". In all the excursions before 8 am the breakfast is included and eat before go to 4.321 m.a.s.l. is bad for your healty, is recomended eat something after that. Any way, if somebody ask, we give them always. We can't kill the dog of my neighbor or move the hostel to another place far to the dog, sorry. Is only one dog and never bit


The staff were nice, the place was clean, and the location not bad (though definitely hard to find at first), and shower had hot water. However, I stayed in a cramped 4-bed dorm on a terrible bed. It was hard to get up to the top bunk, I could feel the mattress springs poking me, and the ceiling was so low I'd bump my head on the ceiling if I sat up. There are three cats running all over the place, so people with allergies should be aware. No breakfast apart from self-serve tea/coffee.

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