Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • 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

In 2021, El Rio Hostel became a signatory of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative (GTPI), led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Tourism Organization (WTO), in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Read about our commitments here

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 9.5

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 9.6

  • Atmosphere 9.7

  • Cleanliness 9.4

  • Facilities 9.4

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    24 Nov 2021
    I had an incredible stay at this hostel! It’s my second time coming here and will definitely be coming back soon. The staff and atmosphere make this place a once in a lifetime experience :) Absolute must if you’re traveling through Colombia!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    24 Nov 2021
    Ahhh what a place! Could not recommend el Rio hostel enough. The best hostel ever: food, nature, people and parties are awesome.
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    20 Nov 2021
    Love love love! Can’t recommend enough :)
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    08 Nov 2021
    BESTEST HOSTEL EVERRR! Gorgeous views. Friendly staff (who make an effort to remember your name). Excellent food. Great beers & drinks. Really good vibes. And when it comes to music, they are ABSOLUTE CHAMPIONS. Their electronic DJs are incredible and the sound system is top notch. It’s as good as being in a proper club in Berlin or something, except that you're surrounded by nature. It’s insane. I love it so much. El Rio is the best experience I've had in South America hands down!
    Malaysia, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    30 Oct 2021
    So good, staff were great, people were amazing and mad parties in the area.
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    22 Oct 2021
    Best hostel in Colombia! Staff are amazing, parties and location also!
    Ireland, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    17 Sep 2021
    Best hostel in Colombia, no discussion. Tha vibe of the place is amazing, beautiful location, the staff is the nicest, loved them all! Katy, Esteban, Pati, Yurani, Sofia, Estrella, Ben, Angel, El Gringo and everyone else made this place feel incredible.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    22 Oct 2021
    Great staff, especially Sam & Kathy on the bar, great atmosphere & beautiful scenery to relax during the day, & a great party in the evening. Will for sure come back again.
    Ireland, Male, 25-30
  • 8.9


    31 Oct 2021
    Good people and great staff. The 5 bed room isnt actually what it says, you're just on a level above a 16-bed room basically to make one big room but you still have plenty of privacy - just noisy sometimes but its a really good place and would go back!
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    09 Nov 2021
    All of us were woken up every morning with drilling noises at 7/8 am which was ridiculously loud and awful way to wake up (especially when dj sets go on until 1 am)The noise could have been put off until 9/10am.This seemed purpose??The food took incredibly long to receive and made it very awkward to try and eat with friends together.Even if the same thing was ordered there was 40 mins in difference. My BF waited an 1hr 20 for eggs on toast one morning.The girl taking orders was lovely and gaby.
    Ireland, 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
  • 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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