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El Tuco Hostel
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Av Grau 835, Cusco, Peru   |  
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Ranked #10 of 276 Specialty Lodging in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Extremely great service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2010

Coco and his staff is extremely helpful and I would recommend El Tuco to anyone looking for a clean place to stay in Cuzco.

We stayed in El Tuco for 4 nights total. 2 before our Inca Jungle Trek and 2 afterwards. Storing our luggage in one of 2 luggage closets was safe.

The rooms were big, beds were comfortable, bathrooms were clean. 2 soles for a towel (we had our own towel).

The hostel is a 15 min walk to Plaza de Armas, where is where most backpackers will be to eat, shop, book trips, or get a massage. The walk felt nice and safe both during the day and at night. On the way to Ave de Sol and Plaza de Armas, there's a supermarket, which was useful to buy big bottles of water and ingredients for dinner, which we were able to cook in the hostel. The kitchen in the hostel is bare bones, but useful for saving money-- one pot, one pan, 2 gas ranges (so we did have to wait on others to finish cooking once, but it meant meeting others).

The breakfast was very basic but did the job-- coffee, tea, and bread with jam and butter. Buy some ceral or yogurt at the supermarket, put your name on it with the marker on the fridge, and you're set.

Coco was extremely helpful in all our travel needs-- helping us book our trek, find local markets (and what time they closed), negotiating our taxi to the airport so we paid the right price, etc.

Wireless is only in the common area and works well. Bring your own computer or wireless device. If you need to, Coco will let you use the internet briefly on his own computer but it helps to have your own.

Overall, great hostel! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2010

Snowgirldenver I have no idea what you are on about. We have stayed at this hostel a lot of nights over the past six weeks, and we, along with everyone else we have met staying there have loved the place. Coco, his wife, and the other friendly workers will welcome you to your ´home in Cusco´, and go out of their way to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. They will give plenty of advice on the city, taxis, tours etc, which is really useful so you don´t get ripped off. The beds are extremely comfortable, and the rooms are cleaned every day. The price for a twin ensuite was slightly cheaper than staying in a 12 bed dorm in the better known hostels that are just as far from the Plaza de Armas. And we can guarentee you will get a much better nights sleep here!

Every few nights Coco invites his guests down to his cool basement bar, and makes up some complimentary Pisco Sour - the best we have tried in Peru. There is a dart board down there, and you can challenge Coco to a game of table football - watch out, he´s good! Its a great place to meet other guests, or watch England play dismally in the World cup! A big bottle of beer is only 5 soles.

With regards to location - it is a 10 minute walk to the Plaza de Armas, but only a few blocks from the Avenida del sol. We actually liked the location. Unlike the tourist ridden areas where you are offered massages, tours, and photos with a llama every five seconds, the people don´t bother you. It is so much cheaper here than the centre in the shops and little restaurants, and is just steps from a good supermarket where you can buy stuff to cook in the cleanest hostel kitchen we have seen yet. A taxi to the centre only costs S/.2.50, but the walk is fine - and we never felt unsafe.

The included continental breakfast is great - far, far better than what we had at a $60 hotel nearer the centre where we stayed for a tour.

Can´t really say anything bad about the place - the checkout time is quite early, at 9am but they will be more than happy to put your luggage in storage.

With regards to the bad review, I cannot see where you are coming from. The only thing that isn´t included in the price is towels, which are optional and is clearly marked at being just 2 soles a day. Anything else added to your bill would be things like bottles of water or laundry - are you expecting a cheap family run hostel to give you these things for free?!

Thank you Coco, Anna Marie, Claudia and everyone else at El Tuco for a memorable stay in Cusco. My friend Matt and I would definitely recommend this place - I´m sure you won´t be disappointed

  • Stayed June 2010, 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 May 1, 2010

We arrived at the airport looking for a taxi and stumbled in to a guy called ´Coco´, He offered to show me a room at his hostel, and if i didnt like it i could pay 3-4 soles for the taxi ride.

The Rooms surpassed both me and my girlfriends expectations.. HOT WATER!! comfy beds, HUGE Private ensuite ROOMS!!!, communial kitchen, breckfast, and free wifi and all this for 8 dollers per person per night?? hell yes!! plus house keeping every day.

We stayed for about 4 nights and then went off on the Inca Tril with Peru Treks, we arrived back at around 2am and Coco was more than happy to wake up and let us in.

Coco and his wife Anna Marie were fantaic the whole time (their the owners), if we needed something they would help us get it, and upon arrival they told us all the tips on how to survive in Cuzco.

The place itsself is about 10 blocks from plasa armas but right near a supermarket which makes it perfect if you want to grab some stuff for the trek.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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
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Ranked #10 of 276 Specialty Lodging in Cusco
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Hotel Class:2 star — El Tuco Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 28
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