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El Rio Hostel

Km. 49 Troncal del Caribe, Buritaca , Santa Marta, Colombia

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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 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 on the weekends - check the social calendar on our website for more information!

Fun stuff on offer includes:
Tubing right from our doorstep
Horse riding
Bicycle hire
Bird watching
Dawn walks for sunrise over the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
A cacao tour

We have no wifi - prepare to disconnect!

See you by the river.

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Wed 20 Jun 2018 - Sat 23 Jun 2018 Change
Selling out fast!

Room Summary

Wed 20th June 2018 - Sat 23rd June 2018

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.2

  • Security 9.5

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 9.2

  • Facilities 9.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    11 Jun 2018
    Simply amazing,a MUST if in Colombia. Such a nice vibe,so easy to meet people. Easy to get to but removed from the hustle & bustle. The perfect place to completely relax. Really great value drinks & food, & the food is INCREDIBLE. Staff,especially Benji at reception! are all helpful & friendly. Great hostel activities everyday. Seriously, stay here!!!
    England, Couple, 25-30
  • 10.0


    11 Jun 2018
    This place is unreal, has a river with a rock jump as well as the friendliest staff. Great nightlife and daily activities as well as 3 meals a day and the best hummus you will ever eat. Shout out to staff member henry who instills a great atmosphere.
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    13 Jun 2018
    This place is really cool. Awesome setting. Be aware that it's quite a party hostel. I think the people who you are there with make all the difference. We had some awful Australian lads... Tubing was really fun. Sleeping in a hammock wasn't any where near as bad as I thought!
    Australia, Couple, 31-40
  • 9.7


    11 Jun 2018
    Stayed in hammock and was pretty easy sleep - though I was pretty f**ked up both nights I stayed. Food is very very good, big portions and actually nice food with varied options. You’ll probably be trapped into buying all booze and food there which racks up an expensive couple days for long term travellers but you’ll have a great night of partying. Once the bar finishes at 1am we went down to the beach and drank more. The staff are very nice and good conversation. Tubing was a lot of fun too
    England, Male, 18-24
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Security Lockers
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Board Games


  • 2018

    2nd, Continent Winners Latin America

  • 2018

    1st, Country Winners Colombia

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  • Age Restriction
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Pet Friendly
  • Taxes Included

Things to Note

El Rio Hostel Policies & Conditions:

Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay.

Check in from 14:00 to 21:00 .
Check out from 08:00 to 12:00 .

Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards.
Taxes included.

We do not accept customers younger than 18 years of age.

Breakfast included, a basic breakfast of cereal, toast and marmalade is included, with optional extras (eggs, bacon etc)

No curfew.
Pet friendly.
Reception is open from 8am-9pm

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