Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

Winner of Hostelworld's Best Hostel In Colombia 2018 and Second in Latin America!

10 minutes from the Lost City (Ciudad Perdida) pickup point

25 minutes from Tayrona National Park (Zaino / Cañaveral entrance)

Please do not arrive after dark (6pm) as it is very difficult to find transport in Buritaca at night.

We offer accommodation in hammocks (our 11 bed dorm), each of which comes fully equipped with a pillow, blanket, power point, locker and mosquito net. We also have three 6 bed dorms, all en-suite, two with air-con, plus the 12 bed fan cooled dorm. Our private rooms come in the form of 7 gorgeous cabañas, each with a double size bed (that can be made into twins if needed!), safes and blankets.

Our hostel is set right in the middle of a stunning jungle, whilst some of Colombia’s best beaches are just a 30 minute walk away. We can organise surf board rentals and lessons with our friends down at All Good Surf, plus Palomino is just up the road.

At the hostel we have a ping pong table, a volleyball court, pool table and probably the best bar in South America, serving up cool mora gin & tonics, maracuyá vodka, soda’s and more. We’ve been known to host the odd party - check the social calendar on our website for more information!

Fun stuff on offer includes:
Daily yoga (Monday to Friday)
Tubing right from our doorstep
Horse riding
Paddle boarding
Motorbike hire
Bicycle hire
Bird watching
Dawn walks for sunrise over the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Cacao and nature tours

We have no wifi - prepare to disconnect!

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.4

  • Security 9.7

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 9.7

  • Atmosphere 9.5

  • Cleanliness 9.3

  • Facilities 9.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    22 Jan 2021
    There are times when the English language fails me-this is one of them. This place is so breathtakingly stunning. I had the best time here.I have to mention the kitchen, maintenance, cleaning staff and volunteers for all of their hard work in keeping this place running.There is a special energy about the place. You can party, chill or do both. Great food, great accoms,great sound system, great everything basically. Easily the best hostel I have stayed in, by a country mile.10/10 A++ El Rio.Bravo
    England, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    23 Dec 2020
    Beautiful location on the river - watch out for the bats coming out at sunset and monkeys that live in the area. The staff are great for organising activities from parties to volleyball games to tubing along the river. The food is good and the hostel itself is well kept. Perfect place to escape the covid chaos, I cant wait to come back!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    23 Dec 2020
    My favourite hostel on the coast of colombia. Staff are awesome and attentive and the location will leave you considering an extension on your stay. Highly recommended to all
    England, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 10.0


    23 Dec 2020
    Feels like Christmas Everyday at El Rio :) - haha altho it kinda does. Staff are incredibly Fun. Loads of activities. Bar with brilliant drinks - Espresso martinis are unreal. Had a great time. Thanks :) ps Go Tubing every day!!
    England, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    17 Dec 2020
    Had the most amazing time at EL RIO!! 100% the best hostel that I have ever stayed at. The staff were all amazing and to be fair to him the owners a half-decent DJ! I would recommend this hostel to anyone, it has party if you want to party but also has enough space that you can chill if you want to chill. one thing you cant miss is the tubing, and the espresso martinis, and the carrot cake, and the hammocks, and the $10 massages, and the brownies...ok 6 things you cant miss!
    England, Couple, 18-24
  • 10.0


    17 Dec 2020
    Could not recommend this hostel more. Enjoyed so much I extended stay 3 times. Location is insane - private beach on the most beautiful river in the middle of the jungle. The atmosphere was perfectly balanced- I enjoyed several days chilling and reading by the river/ in hammocks and then there were other crazy days of tubing, games socialising and partying. They are always playing good music at the bar and have a mad selection of cocktails. Met best people of entire trip here! Banging food to.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    17 Dec 2020
    Outstanding!!!!!! Paradise set back in the jungle of Colombia. El Rio is a place where you can be and do as you please. I felt at home, so welcomed and free. The hostel is located on the breath taking Buritaca River, fresh water at your feet anytime of day. You wake up to the call of monkeys and toucans, followed by a fresh breakfast, yoga and chill. The hostel offers a wide range of activities. I personally enjoyed the sunrise hike, horse back riding and of course TUUBBBIING!!
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    12 Dec 2020
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.4


    08 Jan 2021
    Great staff. We didn't end up staying the night. I wasn't prepared to sleep in a Hammock. The description said nothing about a Hammock.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 6.9


    15 Mar 2020
    Overrated. This is very basic but the food is nice and bar is chill
    Ireland, All Male Group, 25-30
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  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Linen Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Flexible NRR
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Security Lockers
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Housekeeping
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Board Games


  • 2018

    1st, Country Winners Colombia

  • 2018

    2nd, Continent Winners Latin America

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