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El Tuco Hostel Reviews

Av. Grau 835, Santiago, Cusco, Peru

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225 Total Reviews
  • 91%Value For Money
  • 93%Security
  • 76%Location
  • 94%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 97%Cleanliness
  • 90%Facilities

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Solid hostel, 15 min. walk to historical center. Warm welcome, familiar athmosphere, hospitality can be seen every minute. Despite the lively surroundings a quiet and save place behind protective walls. Kindly rooms, comfortable beds, hygienically clean bathrooms, tidy Kitchen, cooking & chilling facilities, tastefully decorated common areas, The traditional food market well as numerous shops and restaurants are located near by. Arrangement of trips by external providers possible.


At first glance, El Tuco, large and gated, is a an odd sight. Once inside the tall ceilings, wooden floors, Peruvian textiles and plentiful hang-out spots with a library and computer, are welcoming. But not more so than the owner, who cared for us through out our entire stay - suggesting spots to see, things to do, and checking in on our happiness! Clean, cozy rooms. Private bathroom with balcony. Not a "party hostel", but a wonderful place to rest the bones after exploring the city of Cusco!

  • 8th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Friendly staff


A great little hostel, the moment i arrived 'Coco' (the owner) said to me "this is your home now" and it honestly felt that way. The rooms are comfortable and spacious, with warm showers, the wifi works great, everything is clean and looked after. As a traveller one of the most important things for me is trust and i knew i could trust Coco. he helped me booked my tours, looked after my bags while i was gone for days and always had answers to my questions. A 5-10 min walk from the centre. easy.


A lovely place to stay! Our room was perfect- really big with high ceilings, comfy bed and so clean! Bathroom was really clean and lovely hot shower! El Tuco is a beautiful building with lovely wooden floors and great atmosphere. Coco is the nicest guy-so helpful and friendly! We left our bags here (securely stored) whilst we did inca jungle trek and looked forward to returning to El Tuco after our trip! It's not far at al from the main square (10min walk) very secure. Will definitely recommend.


Overrated and not felt safe outside at night! Dont believe all THE good reviews, its far from center, Beter stay in san blas where you Can feel THE authentic cusco feeling.THE owner has dollarsigns in his head ready for a quick buck. THE room was 22 dollar but he charged us 77 solles, Exchange rate is 2,98 sol = 1 us when we asked he said that like in airports he did a different rate ( 3,5 = 1us) So Pay In us!Als ask around for better rates in tours! Dont think he likes "cheap"argentinians..:(

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Thank you really for your amazing review, sometimes coming people so nice like you and after of to stay really comfortable here using all the services and after check out even until 10pm and told me that was very nice to be in El TUCO Hostel, good luck friend.


Nice hostel and staff. Clean room and good prices. Only little thing was that it was a bit cold in our room and breakfast could be a bit more to choose from.


This place is 10 minutes walk from the centre of Cusco, but perfect if you want a taste of authentic Peru/Cusco, as right in the centre it's very touristy. There's a few places on the walk to El Tuco where you can have authentic Cusco/Andean cuisine, much cheaper than the western influenced places by the Plaza. This is the only hostel in Peru we stayed where the showers were actually hot too, a massive bonus if you're returning from the Inca Trail or a long Jungle trip. Very friendly staff too!


Highly recommendable hostel. Centrally located with high standard of security. Rooms were nice and quality of sleep was good. All offered services e.g wifi, breakfast, hot water were to our full convenience. Highlight of this hostel is its host coco. Always friendly, forthcoming and with the most appropriate and valuable advices. It's because of him you will have a more than pleasant stay. Just to mention: we came back just for half a day as we had a bus the same day. He


Noisy outside, quiet inside. The owner, Coco, very friendly and helpful. Excellent security, the outside gate is always locked and either Coco or his wife comes to open and close it every time. Beds comfortable. Breakfast is minimal. Nice stay overall.


One of the best places I stayed at on a recent trip! The building is beautiful, with high ceilings and large rooms, and well maintained. Very clean. Fast wifi. The staff was wonderful - just be sure to communicate your plans in advance, because they need to open/close the entrance for you, and occasionally you need to go find them. They will hold your luggage for free while you go to Machu Picchu, which I was really grateful for. It's about a 10-15 minute walk to the (tourist) heart of Cusco.

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