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 2017 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:
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 9.2

  • Security 9.5

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 9.5

  • Cleanliness 9.4

  • Facilities 9.5

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    14 May 2019
    One of the best hostels I’ve been to. Very loose. Lots of room for activities and great atmosphere about the place.
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    03 May 2019
    Incredible experience at El Rio. Staff and volunteers are all legends and make the stay that much more enjoyable. Different activities planned every day or you can just lounge at the hammocks or by the river. Food was incredible, stayed 4 nights and not a single bad meal. Great memories from volleyball games, tubing, drinking and the most insane scavenger hunt. If you're in Santa Marta or heading to Palomino make sure to check this place out
    Canada, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    01 May 2019
    THE best hostel I have ever stayed in in the world despite visiting 50+ countries. Everything about this hostel is designed with the "traveler" in mind. It gives the vibe of "The Beach" film / a 2019 version of proper hippie Goa times. The atmosphere is incredible. Everyone is sociable. No-one is on their phone. You don't need to carry a wallet due to the tab system. I genuinely felt truly free. I am SO enthusiastic about this hostel that I have told friends from home and travelling. STAY HERE.
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    28 Apr 2019
    Such a vibe! We loved it here. The staff are nice, they have well priced meals and well organised activities everyday!
    Australia, Couple, 18-24
  • 9.7


    08 May 2019
    What an experience at El Rio ! The entrance was beautiful, and the rooms were spacious enough with lockers underneath the beds. The vibe was amazing, everyone was sociable with no phones around and it wasn’t so big, so you get to meet a lot of people. Food was great, breakfast was simple. Showers were perfect and spacious. We went tubing one morning and I highly recommend !! (Staff were very well informed but a little impatient)
    Brazil, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    30 Apr 2019
    Absolutely loved this place. The volunteers are an absolute vibe. The hostel is in the most EPIC location, close to the beach yet on a river in the mountains. Great parties, great cheap food! Such a vibe had the best three nights.
    South Africa, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 9.1


    14 May 2019
    Amazing hostel. Unlike any other hostel I’ve been to. The front desk were less than helpful and were the reason we ended up not doing any activities we’d wanted to; they allowed to pay to go to a waterfall that was closed which wasted a lot of time. Other than that it’s an amazing atmosphere with fantastic meal options, several choices every meal and very vegetarian friendly! The hammock “dorm” was super comfortable and the whole area was beautiful. Plus the tubing activity was a solid 10/10
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 8.9


    10 May 2019
    The hostel itself is super beautiful with great food and drinks and in a beautiful location by the river but the vibe is frat party. So if you are over 25 and not dtf and take shots all day and night it’s prob not for you.
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3


    11 May 2019
    Great place! Loved it here, ended up staying three nights first and then coming back for two more! Cheap and good food, but don't like that kitchen is closed between 10.30-12.30 and 15.00-19.00. Hammocks are ok, but where they are its all open so anyone talking in the area can be heard and any movement of people going in or out of the hammocks can be felt. Definitely recommend having some drinks before bed for a good night's sleep!
    Norway, Female, 25-30
  • 6.6


    10 May 2019
    The most overrated hostel ever. Please delete your sing along playlist and if everyone is begging you to change the songs please listen to your guests.
    England, Female, 18-24
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  • Free Breakfast
  • 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

    2nd, Continent Winners Latin America

  • 2018

    1st, Country Winners Colombia

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