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.
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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)
  • 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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  • 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 9.0

  • Security 8.8

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.0

  • Atmosphere 9.0

  • Cleanliness 8.8

  • Facilities 8.6

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    12 Jan 2020
    The hostel is right next to the Santa Cruz dock so perfectly located. It offers food at a reasonable price including the family dinner. Amazing views!! We stayed in Arriba dorm which was a private room above a dorm with a private hammock and away from the main area. It was cool for us but read up before you go because there’s plenty of wildlife and nature noises that also inhabit the area. It’s a little walk to the toilet but bathrooms are lovely - mostly cold water only. Recommend!!
    New Zealand, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.4


    01 Jan 2020
    A lovely spot to relax near the lake. The meals are wonderful and the views in the morning can’t be beat.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    24 Dec 2019
    Stunning location with lots of areas to sit/ chill and enjoy the view. The food was amazing, so great to have home cooked food and the veggies were epic. We stayed here for Christmas and the Christmas dinner was delightful- I was not expecting roast turkey so far from home! I was not disappointed and there was plenty! Staff very friendly. Only issue was temperamental hot water. Thank you!!!
    England, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.9


    31 Dec 2019
    Iguana Perdida is a great place to stay as a single, couple or group. The facilities are simple but everything works. The staff is welcoming and helpful. Atmosphere is very laid back. It’s easy to get to other towns around the lake!
    USA, Couple, 18-24
  • 8.3


    03 Jan 2020
    Chill place. We stayed in an open dorm without a door and were not lucky because of the windy nights so we had to sleep with a hoodies on. The location is great right at the dock, however it is really loud in the morning with all the tuk-tuk taxis and boats. Showers were cold. Didn't like the idea that random sellers can use the hotel's premisses to sell their things, because they take the place where the hammocks are and take them down, so most of the day you cannot use that area.
    Lithuania, Female, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    06 Jan 2020
    A nice hostel, place and atmosphere. I did just spend one night, so can’t say too much about it. They have “family dinner” every day, which is nice, but the “staff” (other backpackers) just wanna sit by them selves at there own table, instead of interacting with the “others”. So a bit strange in my opinion, and aren’t good for the whole environment. But a nice and chill place, recommend staying. Comfortable beds, and extra blankets if it gets cold. Diving is possible. Food ok, nothing special.
    Norway, Female, 25-30
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    08 Jan 2020
    Beautiful location and amazing views. Rooms could be cleaner. Santa Cruz is more isolated so you have to eat most meals at the restaurant at the hostel. Found staff to be quite unfriendly but nice vibe of other guests.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    01 Jan 2020
    The location is great right at the dock, the outdoor area has a nice garden has a beautiful view of the lake. It’s a nice place to relax during the day. The home cooked dinners were delicious. Could be improved- Rooms were a bit run down, showers cold, restaurant food on the expensive side, staff were cold and I felt as though I was annoying them when asking simple questions. Our shuttle booked through the hostel cost more than everyone else on it had paid.
    Australia, Couple, 25-30
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    26 Dec 2019
    Whilst the location is great with views of the volcanoes there are quite a few points that I wasn't happy with. The food whilst generally really nice, the prices for some things were quite extortionate. 22Q for 2 pieces of homemade bread, and 19Q for 3 little pieces of homemade chocolate is just ridiculous. Some of the staff could have a better attitude, 1 guy was throwing fireworks in the hammock area whilst many guests were around. Bed wasn't the most comfortable
    England, Male, 31-40
  • 6.6


    26 Dec 2019
    You either love or hate this hostel. Personally, I didn’t really like it. It was a weird mix of people when I was there. Location is perfect, right out of the docks. No security, everyone can come in and out and lockers require a big lock and are small. There isn’t much to do except chill a bit. Food is nice but expensive. Volunteers aren’t very useful and one kept throwing fireworks around the common place where a lot of people were..
    Netherlands, Female, 18-24
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  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Hot Showers
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Sauna
  • Security Lockers
  • 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
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi