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 on arrival. 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: Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party 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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Property Description

Come join us under the volcanoes! La Iguana Perdida has been an oasis on the shores of Lake Atitlan for over twenty years now offering memories to travellers both young and old while maintaining commitment to community, the environment, and the betterment of our village of Santa Cruz La Laguna. We are your home away from home whether you come here to learn to dive, hike the trails, study Spanish, experience Mayan culture or simply lie in a hammock with a paperback or enjoy doing nothing at all.

Our rooms range from simple to downright luxurious, so whether you are travelling with a hand-me-down backpack or a shiny new roley bag we have got something for you. We have got three dormitories with 22 beds in total, several single/double rooms with shared bath facilities nearby, and ten more modern rooms with private bath and hot water. Many of our rooms and common areas have fantastic lake views as we are located right on the waterfront.

Check-in goes from 2PM till 8PM. Please note that in case of no message from your part and if we have not seen you before 8PM, we reserve the right to sell the room to another party.

Our lakefront restaurant is open from 8AM - 4PM daily offering breakfasts & lunches aimed to satisfy the hungry traveler. Egg dishes, crepes, fruit, sandwiches, salads and our famous licuados are just some of the options you can choose from. We make as much as humanly possible from scratch (from bread, granola to sauces and pastries) and all our fruit and vegetables are locally sourced or grown in our garden.
Also note that no external food or drinks are allowed anywhere on the premises.

Dinner is served at 7PM and the fixed menu is a delicious 3-course meal consisting of soup with homemade bread, a main course (vegetarian option always available) and dessert. We ask people to sign up for dinner before 3PM, so in case you are checking in later than that make sure to send us a message and let us know you want to join us! Our family-style dinners often lead to hours of storytelling, board games, very bad jokes, guitars & sing-alongs and are often noted as one of the highlights of people's time here.

Our famous Saturday costume dress-up party and BBQ is a night you will not soon forget. We will fire up the grill while you rummage through our costume closet. On the buffet you will find marinated chicken or veggie burgers and a huge selection of side dishes and salads, followed by our famous chocolate brownies for dessert.

The bar is open every day and night for sodas, beer, wine, spirits, home-made liqueurs and specialty cocktails. Sunday through Thursday happy hour runs from 6PM to 7PM and on Fridays and Saturdays from 5PM to 7PM. Happiness is often permitted outside of happy hour.

When the Iguana opened back in 1996, the set up was humble and homey. We had no electricity and no hot water, but as time has gone on we have updated our lovely little paradise in order to accommodate the future. We do offer WiFi on the property in select public areas!

Scuba diving in a volcanic lake! The Iguana has been home to the only dive shop on Lake Atitlan for more than 20 years. ATI Divers offers PADI courses from Open Water on up, the altitude specialty course, and fun dives or refreshers on demand. Lake Atitlan is a collapsed volcanic caldera, so it's something fun and different for those feeling intrepid. Sunken buildings, spectacular volcanic rock formations and hot spots along the fault line are just some of the cool things to experience under the water.

There are plenty of other activities to fill your days here including yoga classes, swimming, kayaking, weaving, hiking trails, pool table and dartboard, book exchange and TV room, and visits to local markets and to CECAP, the Santa Cruz vocational center.

Amazing views, delicious food, clean rooms, great diving, and world-class laziness are all here waiting for you! View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.1

  • Security 8.4

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 9.1

  • Cleanliness 8.5

  • Facilities 8.0

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    08 Jun 2022
    Es un lugar súper tranquilo, limpio y en frente de la laguna para que puedas relajarte
    Mexico, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    20 May 2022
    A really great hostel. Rooms for every budget and really great atmosphere. The only downside is no direct water access to enter but easy to walk a few minutes to jump in.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    18 May 2022
    I would highly recommend this place! Santa Cruz is very quiet, but this hostel has everything you need. Delicious food, good bar, fun evening activities, and an awesome staff. I stayed in a private room that was beautiful and clean.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 9.7


    04 Jul 2022
    If you want a chill and relaxed vibe, Santa Cruz is the place to be. I had a great time here.
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    25 May 2022
    Great stay here, would definitely come back! There's only one spot in the hostel with decent WiFi so wouldn't recommend for someone looking to work. Otherwise it was awesome!
    Canada, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 9.7


    17 May 2022
    Best hostel in Santa Cruz. Family dinners every night for solo travelers. Only downside is that if you want to swim or kayak you need to make your way to the adjacent hostel.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    13 May 2022
    Really lovely hostel. Pretty and great views. Family dinner was amazing and a great way to meet and mix. Maybe a bit tighter on security although we felt safe !
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    25 May 2022
    Lovely hostel with many things going for it, but I leave with a sour taste as I feel it is inconsiderate to offer me a room in which I am supposed to rest, whilst not allowing me to because you instructed builders to start construction at 7am and I'm awoken at 7.45 with someone using a hammer a few metres away. The least you could do is warn us upon check-in so we can schedule our sleep appropriately. How about you build something new at your own expense instead of mine? 9am would be appropriate
    England, Male, 31-40
  • 8.0


    09 Jun 2022
    Overall a good hostel but was slightly disappointed. The location is stunning, staff were mostly very helpful and it’s very peaceful. However, rooms were very basic - private room above the pool room was so noisy and cold. The food was average. I wish there were daytime activities to bring everyone together because I really didn’t find this place as social as I’d hoped. Didn’t love the atmosphere as a solo traveller
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    09 May 2022
    This is certainly my preferred place to stay in Santa Cruz. Good facilities, though I did find that the room itself was super dusty and it unfortunately set off my allergies (luckily I had only booked for one night). The food at the on-site restaurant is absolutely amazing and is definitely worth trying out.
    New Zealand, Female, 25-30
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  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Hot Showers
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Sauna
  • Security Lockers
  • Airport Transfers
  • Currency Exchange
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Board Games
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi