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Backpackers San Pedro Reviews

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

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998 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 71%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 75%Cleanliness
  • 74%Facilities

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  • 27th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Close to town and meeting points for tours to the area.


It's really not that far to the "center". Maybe 5-10min as San Pedro is really small. The hostel looks really good, unfortunately it was very quiet during my stay but I enjoyed the small pool and the chillout area.


We've enjoyed our stay at backpackers, nice staff and cozy atmosphere. Highly recommended!


Most of the staff was very friendly and helpful! However we had one creepy incident.. My friend and I were sleeping in a 4 person dorm, and woke up to one of the guys who works here standing in our room with his flashlight shining in the face of one of the girls sleeping in the room. This happened 2x (at 3 am), even though we asked him to leave and locked the door. But this isn't really the hostels fault! Besides that, it's central, clean enough, and has cheap beer! Also arranged good tours!!


Overall this is a good hostel. Beds are comfortable and the facilities are decent. It is quite far out of town and when walking back at night the roads are quite dark.


The hostel location is bad related to the other options in San Pedro. Also, the staff is generally not so friendly with foreigners as they should be. There is a room right next to the kitchen, what makes things bad to cook at night. They make a fire in the right side of the hostel every nihht, with a really strong smoke thar stays in people's clothes and towels. I would not recommend.


My main complaint is that there is a fire pit in one of the two courtyards; when someone decides to have a fire, the smoke fills the rooms. Ask for a dorm in the other courtyard! Other than that, it was okay, not great. Rooms were very cramped with no space for bags. Few outlets and lockers. Hot water works (for a while) in some bathrooms but not others. Location is reasonably close to bus station and central square, but the streets in the area are unlit at night. Great kitchen. Helpful staff.


Nice hostel a 10 minute walk from town centre. Very helpful staff that can arrange tours ect.


Location wasn't as bad as I thought after reading reviews, maybe a 10 minute walk at most from San Pedro de Atacama center. Good hostal in general, nothing realy bad about it but it wasn't super awesome either. Most of the other hostals closer to the town were about 1-2 luca cheaper per night. Backpackers in general was a good spot though, good to meet other travelers. Would stay there again, great friendly staff.

  • 16th Dec 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The atmosphere is amazing, all the stuff is super friendly and very helpful. This hostel is the kind of place you dont want to leave.

  • 3rd Dec 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Spain
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Awesome & helpful staff! Helped booked tours and full of good recommendations. Good location, only a 10 minute walk to the main area. Only downside was being in the room near reception. Very noisy, not from partying just in general and people ringing the bell because they forgot their keys. Also no ventilation in this room so it gets very hot.


I stayed for 3 nights. First, location is good. It's not very far from city center and quite at night. Second, room and bathroom are good. Bed is in good condition. Pillow and sheets are ing good condition. Bathroom is clean and well maintained. Rooms and bathrooms are generally clean. Third, there is a bar and a wide common area for backpackers. It's good to drink cocktail or beer at night. Last, staff are very good. They handle our reuqests quickly. Good place for backpackers.


Plunge pool in the yard is a great touch in the desert! The communal dinners and daily bonfires were a nice way to meet kther guests, although the fun ends at midnight so if you want a wild one this isn't it (even the electricity turns off - it would have been nice to be told this in advance before trying to charge overnight for tours only to find you have no camera battery..) one staff member was surley and not very helpful, but the others were great.


The hostel was quite good, even though it's a 15 minute walk to the city (consider that some tours will come back late (10pm) and that you have to walk back when it's dark). However, it was easy to book the tours through the hostel and they got a huge discount if you book them. Facilities were alright even if we wouldn't mind some reparations ;-)


The price was great. The hostel was about 10-15 minutes away from town, but we didn't find this too inconvenient (the stray dogs were a little frightening when walking back at night, but that's not the hostel's fault). Lots of features - tours, daily dinners, free coffee in the mornings - were offered, but seemed out of touch with the itineraries most travelers have in San Pedro (e.g., coffee is not available before most tours start, dinner has to be reserved before tours end).


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.

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