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“Friendly, safe, quiet, convenient hostel in Cusco Peru” 5 of 5 stars
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El Tuco Hostel
Av Grau 835, Cusco, Peru   |  
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Ranked #20 of 214 Specialty lodging in Cusco
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 hotel reviews
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“Friendly, safe, quiet, convenient hostel in Cusco Peru”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We recently stayed at El Tuco Hostel in Cusco Peru. The following are the reasons we loved it:
1. Friendly staff. The owner speaks Spanish and English. He could suggest places to go, where to catch a bus,etc. He also could inform us of Peruvian customs. Very interesting.
2. Convenient: An easy 10-15 minute walk to Plaza de Armas. Taxis are very easy to catch right in front of El Tuco.
3. We would use the kitchen to make our breakfast (you can pay a bit extra to have them make breakfast for you if you wish) and dinner. Thus saving time and money.
4. A market and grocery store was close by.
5. This hostel was filled with quiet, but very interesting guests from all over the world. We did not want to stay at a loud partying hostel so this one worked out perfectly.
6. People of all ages stay here.
7. HOT showers!!!
8. The owner, Coco, made us delicious Pisco Sours one evening.
9. Very clean.
10. They were very nice to us when it was necessary to check in at 2am due to our train/bus arrival time.

I would highly recommend this hostel and I hope I can return here someday. I would not look for any other place to stay in Cusco but El Tuco.

-Valerie Marquardt
(along with daughter Anne Brooker)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lima, Lima, Peru
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Really close to the main square, you have everything you need to relax and chill after a lond day of walking around the place you visit during the tours. The staff is great, also; Coco, the owner, is really cool and will make feel at home

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012 via mobile

Very helpful staff and especially the owner, who knows all the trips and the city, safe luggage storage, nice big rooms with good beds, but rooms were not clean! They have a big functionary kitchen aswell as good WiFi and available computer. Can recommend this hostel

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

El Tuco is a great hostel. It's quiet, relaxing, clean and has everything you could expect or need. But the best thing about El Tuco is the owner/host Coco. Coco was endlessly helpful to my friends and I during our stay, with recommendations and directions for Cusco, advising us on medications for our freind who was suffering altitude sickness and helping us plan our Machu Pichu trek.
When we returned from our trek and had some issues with the tour company we had booked with (independent of El Tuco), Coco rang the tour agent and organised him to visit the hotel and then supported us in voicing our complaints and obtaining a partial refund... More than you could possibly ask for from a host.

Thanks Coco!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

We stayed here for five nights in November 2012. The room was comfortable and there was always plenty of hot water. There's a decent sized kitchen and we cooked there several times. The wifi is fast and there's also a computer you can use and a tv in the living room, plus a book exchange. We also made use of their baggage storage when we went on the Inca Trail hike.

The hostel is about a ten minute walk from the central plaza, near some supermarkets and other shops. It's very secure, but be careful crossing the road outside as the cars come at you from all directions!

The staff were really friendly and helpful. They even have oxygen in case you get altitude sickness. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Highly recommended!!! This is a quiet and relaxing hostel with a very kind and thoughtful owner. It's a large house with spacious rooms and hot showers. There is great wifi and a computer to use as well. It's a little further than other hostels from the main square but is still only a 5 minute walk. We arrived at 6am and was offered breakfast and a we were able to rest in the lounge room until our room was ready at about 9am. Coco the owner got up at 4.30 in the morning to help us lock our bags away in the store room before our Salkantay trek to Machu Pichu for 5 days. I felt very safe and welcome in this hostel.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

El Tuco Hostel, truly proved to be a home away from home in Cusco. My girlfriend and I were in Cusco for the second time in two years. The first time we stayed at an incredibly fun and social hostel near the center of town. This time we wanted something a bit more "homey" where we can get some real quality sleep and experience the authentic Cusco (although I don't think any parts of Cusco are inauthentic).

We got our own private room with a bathroom with fully functional HOT SHOWERS that is invaluable after shuffling through the city the whole day.

The best part of Tuco is the service. Coco and his staff are simply the best. They are accommodating and put the guest first in every possible instance. We ended up having a terrible family emergency come up while in Cusco in which we had to leave town for the states right away. Coco helped put together our plan for leaving town and waved our last nights fee with only a few hours notice. Not to say they do this in all cases, however, this shows much they care for their guests and the foresight they have to create the happiest guests possible rather then tack on fees for two distressed travelers.

Thanks so much Coco and team!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Av Grau 835, Cusco, Peru
Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 214 Specialty lodging in Cusco
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