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 8.6

  • Security 9.4

  • Location 9.1

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 9.1

  • Facilities 9.2

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    05 Mar 2020
    11/10 recommend! El Rio is more like a jungle resort for backpackers than hostel. The incredibly friendly staff and volunteers combined with no wifi makes it by far the most sociable hostel I’ve ever been to. Loved being able to tube or chill on the river beach during the day, then partying the night away with travellers from all over the world. The food is delicious, and the dorms/facilities are comfy and clean. My only regret with El Rio is that I didn’t stay longer!
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    04 Mar 2020
    Loved our stay at El Rio. Off the beaten track with no WIFI/ phone coverage. Perfect for some RnR away from reality. Staff were friendly and in general a great time
    New Zealand, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    29 Feb 2020
    LOVE THIS PLACE had the best few days here. Could have quite easily of got sucked into staying for longer which I think most people do!! Great fun for tubing, really good food, dorms are cute and loved the parties. Best part was the staff. Unique people, fun, friendly, gave great tips for other places, created the most fun atmosphere. Xx
    England, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    26 Feb 2020
    One of my favourite ever hostels! Spent 3 nights but seriously considered staying to volunteer if I had time and they had work for me. Staff make sure everyone staying feels like one big family with loads of social activities, tubing is amazing fun! Thanks for the best time Carolina, Alfie, Chenaye, Seamus, Callie & Chris (plus anyone else I'm forgetting!). Missed their famous parties because of the dates I went so may have to go back!
    Ireland, All Male Group, 25-30
  • 10.0


    18 Feb 2020
    This place is honestly unreal! Feels more like a resort than a hostel. Food is great, staff is friendly and helpful and the vibe is super chill. Amazing
    Canada, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 10.0


    13 Feb 2020
    A jungle paradise run by absolute legends!! The staff and volunteers go out of their way to make sure you feel at home from the moment you arrive at reception. Shoutout to Chenaye for being the ultimate hype volunteer and Alfie for absolutely slaying the cocktail game behind the bar! The no wifi makes it a social environment like no other. It’s super easy to meet people and no matter the day of the week, you’re in for a memorable night!Can’t wait to go back and thanks again to the El Rio team!
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    05 Mar 2020
    Ear plugs are essential for a stay here, but if you love to party, you’ll be in excellent company. The location is removed from town, but worth the trip on the way to or from Tayrona. They also serve the best vegetarian food I’ve eaten during my month in Colombia!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    26 Feb 2020
    This place is so nice. The river is great, the ‘beach’ is a little small but it’s good. The service is helpful and they have some really great activities. The only flaw that they need to work on is breakfast service.. it shouldn’t take 10-15 mins for avocado toast or eggs. And for coffee you end up waiting for some longer than it takes to drink it. There are a lot of guests and they use a rotation of French presses for coffee, which once one is filled it’s gone in no time.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    13 Mar 2020
    Do not go here unless you like to drink and party. We stayed for 3 nights and had the best time. Volunteers and staff were so much fun. The food was really good, portions were large which was good as there aren't any shops around to buy snacks or anything. Drinks are a bit spenny but still cheap compared to Europe. For the tubing, it is a shame that there is not a 'deal' for the cooler bags, eg. '6 beers for x' / 'bottle of cocktail for x' as everyone is buying buying in bulk... suggestion
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 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
  • 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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