1. La Brisa Loca / The Dreamer - Santa Marta, Colombia
This was a hard pick because both are amazing party hostels in the same town of Santa Marta, Colombia.
The Dreamer Hostel just outside of the main part of town has a large pool and bar set in the middle of the hostel, and they have something going on every night from salsa to pool competitions. Every Saturday a DJ sets up for epic pool parties.
La Brisa Loca is in the centre of town, and while not as nice as The Dreamer, this is where everyone ends up partying by the end of the night. The rooftop bar and dancefloor are huge, and the ocean breeze keeps you cool while you dance the night away.
The party wheel downstairs is also a fun edition. Backpackers who are feeling lucky can spin the wheel to win a prize, but it often ends in a forfeit that leads to something wild happening – you won’t want to miss it.
Top tip – stay at The Dreamer and then take a taxi to La Brisca Loca in the evenings when you are ready to dance.
2. Loki Hostel - Cusco, Peru
The quality of the hostel chains in Peru is unrivalled in South America, with Loki, Wild Rover and Kokopelli all providing amazing accommodation paired with vibrant social events.
Loki wins out on this one though, with the Cusco branch being known as the best in the country for delivering epic nights out. The Loki Hostels, named after the mischievous Norse God of thunder, are certainly up to no good when they plan their insane party nights.
Themed parties such as the Playboy Party and Anything But Clothing Party give you an idea of what to expect.
For more great places to stay in Cusco, our list of hostels has everything from relaxed backpacker hangouts to other party hostels that come close to rivalling Loki. Or for city and activity guides, check out some of the other links below:
3. Casa en el Aqua - San Bernado Islands, Colombia
This will be the third hostel on the list from Colombia, but it’s impossible to leave it off. The famous hostel set out in the middle of the ocean has two floors, one for sleeping and one for partying.
Don’t expect to sleep much here though if the crowd is a lively one.
You can relax with a beer during the day, jump in the sea to nurse your hangover, swing lazily in hammocks watching the sun set, and then get yourself ready for another wild night as the sound system starts up again.
- Casa en el Agua – Website
4. Wild Rover Hostel - La Paz, Bolivia
We’ve chosen the Wild Rover La Paz instead of Cusco to give Loki a deserved place on this list. However, the Wild Rover chain is renowned across South America and any of the hostels you go to across will be mad.
The La Paz hostel is great for its organisational capabilities. They usually manage to lead the entire hostel through several drinking games before taking them all on a night out.
The bar staff usually begin with beer pong tournaments and games, getting everyone drunk before heading to a club in town. Pretty impressive stuff and it always means you have a great night without ever needing to organise anything.
For more travel guides and advice on La Paz, head to the links below:
5. Secret Garden - Quito, Ecuador
Not known for being a super crazy party hostel, this is still one of the best places in the capital to have some fun nights out on the town.
They have a fantastic rooftop space with a bar, hammocks and sofas, perfect for socialising. They also run a reliable schedule of activities with beer pong tournaments starting mid-week and a bar crawl on both Friday and Saturday night.
They also have a sister hostel in Cotopaxi National Park which is one of our favourite hostels in the whole of South America. However they cater more towards trekking and enjoying the park rather than partying.
For more great travel guides and hostel recommendations for Quito:
6. Milhouse - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Milhouse is infamous across Argentina and South America.
They now have two venues (Avenue and Hipo), and the Avenue venue is the place to be for a party and a much livelier time.
The Avenue building has enough beds for hundreds of guests and they are always organising events to keep the huge crowd entertained. They host in-house DJs, tonnes of themed party nights and get you discount on selected nightclub events in BA. With a friendly and vibrant staff that also organise tango lessons and trips to football games, you won’t struggle to meet people and make new friends.
The best nights will be on drinking on the rooftop as the staff work away on the classic Argentinian barbeque and bringing round jugs of wine to keep your cup refilled. Then at the late hours of the morning, you will finally head out to a club to carry on partying until the early hours of the morning.
The Argentinian’s know how it’s done.
7. Books Hostel - Rio De Janiero, Brazil
Whilst you aren’t close to the beach at this hostel, you are right in the mix for parties, bars and clubs. Books Hostel is in the Lapa district, close to the Centro area where some of the best street parties in Brazil happen on the weekends.
While not the cosiest hostel in the world, it’s set up in a way so that you will meet people instantly and be out and about on the town before you know it.
8. Che Lagarto - Rio De Janiero, Brazil
If you prefer to be closer to the beach, then the Che Lagarto chain of hostels that are popular throughout Brazil have one right on Copacabana beach.
With a rooftop terrace and swimming pool which boasts incredible views over the world’s most famous beach, this hostel has a reputation for getting lively. You can spend the day drinking and then head down to the beach for some caipirinhas or vice versa. Either way you are going to have the time of your life.
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