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.
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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)

We offer accommodation in hammocks (our 18 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 basketball net, a volleyball court, pool table and probably the best bar in South America, serving up cool mora gin & tonics, maracuya 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
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 9.1

  • Security 9.2

  • Location 9.2

  • Staff 9.2

  • Atmosphere 9.2

  • Cleanliness 9.2

  • Facilities 9.2

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    12 Nov 2019
    Great food, vibe, drinks and atmosphere. Definitely tube & do the nature tour. I'll be back
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    20 Oct 2019
    One of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed in; if not the best!
    Ireland, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    14 Oct 2019
    Best hostel I've stayed at in 6 months traveling. Excellent atmosphere, every one socialising while eating the delicious food. Tubing is a must, one of the most fun things I've done in my travels. Get a box of beer from the bar and sit in a tube enjoying the magnificent namesake Rio. You can hear and sometimes see howler monkeys. Big shoutout to Andrea, the gorgeous receptionist who goes the extra mile to make sure her guests have it easy. Love this place, you won't want to leave!
    New Zealand, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    14 Oct 2019
    Where to start?! The most amazing vibes throughout the hostel. -the food is incredible - the staff feel like family - no wifi so everyone actually interacts and has fun together - BANOFFEE F***G PIE FROM THE BAR OH MA LORD. - the sickest parties from 8pm-8am - 1/2 of the owners throws down mad musical tunes on the decks - bar top dancing - sunset hikes and amazing nature trials - super close to tyrona park and lost city Left a piece of my heart here. Till next time El Rio - Blue x
    Wales, Male, 18-24
  • 9.7


    18 Oct 2019
    Great spot, not the easiest to get to but once you're there you dont want to leave. Group meals are filling and delicious, the staff/volunteers are a great laugh! Tubing and other activities are a perfect way to meet people. Good party at the weekend!
    Ireland, All Male Group, 25-30
  • 9.7


    14 Oct 2019
    Free water was amazing, you do have to pay for pretty much everything else which hurt the wallet a bit but it was well worth it!
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    17 Oct 2019
    This hostel is so much fun!! The staff are so lovely and you should definitely do the tubing! Food is good if not a little expensive and the hammock chill out area is just what you need on a hangover. I would definitely go back to el Rio it was one of my favourite places in Colombia !
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 6.6


    21 Oct 2019
    Pros: Free water, Tubing was fun - take water shoes though not flip flops - it's a 30 min. hike before it starts, just FYI. Cons: Party atmosphere was lacking due to maintenance on the bar and it being 'off season' - just bad timing i guess. Don't plan to travel there in the rain - made for a terrifying motobike ride due to road conditions. Food was good but for the price, I think breakfast should be included given how far out of the way the place is. 1 Staff volunteerwas rude & confrontational
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 6.0


    21 Oct 2019
    The hostel itself has the potential to be a really, good time. The problem is that there are so many volunteers, which means they are clicky and don’t interact with the guests. As a result, they aren’t welcoming and are rude. In my opinion, they think they are so ‘cool’, because they volunteer in a hostel. Especially Basil, he is rude, arrogant and he walks around like he owns the place. It would of been better if it was busier, however the volunteers ruined the atmosphere of the hostel for.
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 4.3


    21 Oct 2019
    Very disappointed with this hostel. A group of travellers and I came for two nights expecting it to be a fun party hostel. There was no atmosphere both nights and they shut the bar down early. Staff/volunteers were very uninvolved, rude, and cliquey. They pretty much just stuck together for the most part rather than trying to get travellers engaged. Also, not sure if it was a coincidence or not, but three of my friends got violently sick during our stay there after eating the food.
    Canada, Mixed 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
  • 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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