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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on Hostelworld.com 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.
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  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
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  • 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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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Come join us under the volcanoes! La Iguana Perdida has been an oasis on the shores of Lake Atitlán 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’re 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’re travelling with your a hand-me-down backpack or a shiny new roley bag we’ve got something for you. We’ve 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. Many of our rooms and common areas have fantastic lake views as we’re located right on the waterfront.

Our lakefront restaurant is open from 8AM - 3PM 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.

Dinner is served at 7:00 and the fixed menu is a delicious 3-course meal consisting of soup with homemade bread, a main course (vegetarian option always available), and coffee, tea & cake for dessert. 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 won’t soon forget. We’ll fire up the grill while you rummage through our costume closet. On the buffet you’ll 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 - 7pm and on Fridays and Saturdays 5pm -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 Atitlán 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 8.8

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.0

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 8.8

  • Facilities 8.5


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    01 Mar 2020
    Loved this hostel. Have recommended to loads of people and will continue to do so! Staff were fantastic and the location is ideal.
    Wales, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    23 Feb 2020
    This hostel is mediocre. The living conditions are certainly more camp-ish. No kitchen for personal use, Wi-Fi is pretty much nonexistent, but I heard the family dinners were very tasty. Pretty awesome outdoor hang out area with hammocks and patios to chill near the water. Directly in front of the boat shuttle area. I would recommend staying elsewhere, but not a bad hostel!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    13 Feb 2020
    Great place. Stayed in one of the privates and it had an unreal view of the lake and the volcanoes. Family dinners are great too.
    USA, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.7

    Superb

    02 Mar 2020
    A good place to chill on the lake. It's right by the dock. Good hammock area. The only thing missing is a pool. The communal dinners make it possible to be a bit social.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7

    Superb

    02 Mar 2020
    Some of the staff were awesome (e.g. Manager, guy from Italy) but some of the younger staff lacked knowledge. But in general I would highly recommend this hostel.
    Canada, Female, 41+
  • 9.1

    Superb

    15 Feb 2020
    Beautiful location on Lake Atitlan with majestic volcanos. Staff was very helpful, competent, and polite. Food was so-so. Ambience was great. Dining room was pretty noisy - hard to carry on a group conversation. Our inexpensive ($25) private room was clean but very small and close to the noisy tuk tuk route up to Santa Cruz, which is really worth visiting. We were able to upgrade to a (much!) nicer room. Only negative was the adjacent stream of raw sewage flowing from Santa Cruz into the lake.
    USA, Couple, 41+
  • 8.9

    Fabulous

    05 Mar 2020
    This hostel is one of the most beautiful hostels I’ve ever stayed in. The location straight at the lake’s doc is stunning and the little local town on top is so nice. It had a nice chill vibe even tho the showers were cold and the second day electricity was completely off. Doubleroom we stayed in was cheap and clean and in a really nice style. Activities, food, even coffee/té had to be paid additionally which compensated the cheap dorm prices. All in all a wonderful place, we highly recommend
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    14 Feb 2020
    This is one of the more laid back of the hostels in Santa Cruz. The lack of a kitchen is a bit annoying, but the shared dinner makes for a great way to meet people. I was worried when I noticed that the dorms are outdoors, but the beds are warm and there were surprisingly no mosquitoes.
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    20 Feb 2020
    Very relaxed location by the lake. Nicely arranged common space overlooking the lake with lots of seating. Staff very attentive & friendly. The food is surprisingly good and not TOO expensive. Nice selection of beers and drinks. The cabanas were disappointing. Pillows very uncomfortable. Large gaps in the walls (1-2cm). I had about 4 inches/10 cm of clearance between my head and the ceiling. Communal dinners are great but everyone goes to bed shortly afterward so it's not very social overall.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    14 Feb 2020
    I stayed at the dorm with no electricity, got the feeling I was sleeping in a tree house which I loved! Nice area to hang out really close to the lake. Also clean and hot showers which I did not expect. WiFi not so great. Loved the community dinner and the coffee refills. Good vibe. No lockers to put your stuff away, so keep that in mind. Would stay here again though! Sometimes I felt like the staff was a bit overwhelmed or stressed, so to get good travel advice, go ask your fellow backpackers.
    Belgium, Female, 25-30
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
General
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Hot Showers
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Sauna
  • Security Lockers
Services
  • Airport Transfers
  • Currency Exchange
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
Entertainment
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi


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