During the Green Race weekend many friends asked me to create content about how to travel like I am on a river guide's budget. The Green Race is the most intense kayak race in the world; where racers take on a series of class V and V+ rapids. So here is the first of many frugal adventure travel videos to come. I spent four nights in this room cost me a total of $70.15. A great location with a short walk to Barranco's main square which is near the beach. Barranco is one of the safer places in Lima. Being a draw to tourists some English is spoken. Barranco is known for its art and artists ...learn more
Paracas Peru is a wonderful place to experience the poor man's poor man's Galapagos islands and enjoy some wildlife. You will also enjoy the fresh local seafood and reasonably prices drinks. Buganvilia Hostel & Backpacker is a great frugal place to stay. Free breakfast included with room. Another perk is the short walk to the beach and free wifi. Plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from at the beach and piers. Private room and bathroom were only $15/night. The excursion to Ballestas Island and the Paracas chandelier was only $12.75 but remember to tip your guide ...learn more
This was one of the nicest places I stayed at in Peru while following the road to Machu Picchu. There and many things to see and do in Southern Peru. The desert oasis in Huacachina is one of those must do experiences. Travel House is a nice place to stay in Ica Peru. It is quiet at night and just two blocks from the mercado and Plaza del Sol aka the mall. The desert oasis of Huacachina is only a short ride away by taxis for $2.50 or moto taxi for $2. I preferred staying in Ica over Huacachina. Better food options and lower prices without constant high pressure sales for tours and such ...learn more
Many will tell you one day is enough in Nazca but I think two days would be even better to see all there is in Nazca. There is much more to see than the Nazca Lines. Hostal Boulevard has small rooms room but they are comfortable with adequate wifi. The balcony and rooftop views were awesome! Best of all with a frugal price of $13.13/night it is hard to beat Internet was not fast. The TV had a poor signal but I only watched a couple of Mexican movies while waiting for my bus ...learn more
This hostal is located in the heart of the oldest and most historic neighborhood of Arequipa Peru. Conveniently located near the craft beer hub of Arequipa and just a short walk to Plaza de Armas. I really liked this location and the quality of my room. The budget friendly price is just icing on the cake. I previously stayed in a cheaper hostal that did not have wifi or hot water in Arequipa. You have to be tough to take cold showers at this altitude ...learn more
Arequipa Peru doesn't disappoint. There is so much to do one week was not enough. I plan to revisit along my way back to Lima later in this trip. My room for this visit was at Hostal Viajeros Arequipa. Only need to use a taxi from the bus station to my hostel and back to the bus station at the end of my stay. Arequipa is a very walk able city; I felt safe throughout my stay. The touts aka tour agents were a little pushy around the Plaza de Armas but that is to be expected in many of the cities of Peru ...learn more
This was a pleasant visit to Puno. My room was great and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I took some local tours of floating islands and more while in Puno. Restaurants were nice and affordable. Plaza de Armas was just a short walk from room. I recommend this room to anyone visiting Lake Titicaca the highest navigable lake in the world ...learn more
This location was much nicer than my usual digs and still at a very frugal price especially for Cusco Peru. Located right in the historical center of town and close to many cool sights and museums. Also close to the night life but still far enough away for quiet nights in the room. I rented this room for $12/night and it included breakfast just across the courtyard starting at 6AM. Perfect for early riders like me. As you can see the room is bright and clean ...learn more
The staff at this location were over the top nice. Breakfast is included and was very fine. I tried to stay here again a month or so later but they were booked solid and I understand why. I give this place a 10 of 10 rating. They make you feel like family. As the result of an unexpected delay due to a strike. I spent one more day in Cusco ...learn more
This place lives up to its name. The view speaks for itself! The room was very nice with good wifi and a nice flat screen TV to watch local channels or even YouTube. Complementary coca tea was very nice and necessary to help one adjust to the high altitude of about 3,500 meters. Plaza de Armas is just a short walk downhill. There is a shared kitchen and even a washing machine to do laundry. The staff are extremely nice and helpful. I highly recommend Casa Mirador ...learn more
I rented this room at Luna Andina for one month from December 17, 2021 through January 17, 2022 for the cost of s/ 400 ($100). I enjoyed my frugal stay here in Urubamba at Luna Andina. The staff are very nice and helpful. The ventilation at this stay was very good. The rooftop view is awesome; you can even see a few nearby glaciers. Great location in the Sacred Valley with many of the sights and ruins nearby and easy to access ...learn more
This hospedaje is conveniently located at the foot of Machu Picchu. However not all rooms are created equal. This room lacked ventilation unless you left your room door wide open. The window has been bricked closed. Black mold grows and surfaces including the ceiling. Lesson here is inspect your room before accepting it. This two days stay resulted in an allergy related illness for over a week. Some other rooms did have ventilation and might be okay. However I won't ...learn more
Máncora had a great point break that any surfer would love. The seafood is absolutely the best at the market. The water was pleasant and cool. This like much of the west coast of South America was desert and hot. As a result there is not hot water at any of the hotels or hostals. Most accommodations are primitive. It might be best to roll with it and rent a spot at one of the hostals that caters to surfers to get the best price and atmosphere. High maintenance and needy people should avoid. My ex-girlfriend hated this place.
This hostal is located in a sketchy neighborhood but the real danger was in the hostal. At the being of the pandemic in early 2020 I had a very bad experience with the manager. It was extreme and clearly his intent was to extort money from me. I left this hostal out into the street at 2:00 AM in the morning. I do not recommend this place. The people that lived in the neighborhood and the food were both wonderful.