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 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 and people actually talked to each other! While we have moved into the 21st century we do try to keep the original spirit of the Iguana alive and that's why we don't offer Wi-Fi. We understand the necessity of communication while you’re on the road so we have a computer room where you can access the internet free of charge, but we like to keep the screens out of the restaurant area to keep the vibe more about great conversations, acoustic guitars and sunsets rather than posting selfies and status updates. Unplug with us. You might just enjoy it!

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 8.6

  • Security 8.6

  • Location 9.2

  • Staff 8.7

  • Atmosphere 8.9

  • Cleanliness 8.5

  • Facilities 8.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    29 Apr 2019
    Great place to relax and enjoy the nature
    USA, Mixed Group, 41+
  • 10.0


    22 Apr 2019
    I absolutely loved my stay here. The food was AMAZING! Each night they have a family dinner and everyone just eats, drinks and talks about everything under the moon. The staff is friendly and very helpful when needed and Dave the owner is such a gem of a person. The property is covered in plants and beautiful flowers whom welcome hummingbirds and large black bumblebees. The Dive instructor is easy on the eyes and such a great teacher. I'll be back some day!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    07 May 2019
    Absolutely loved my stay here and kept on extending it because of that. It has a really chill atmosphere, is great to meet other travelers or be on your own if you like. Enjoyed the family dinners, very sociable. Staff were friendly, however inattentive when we made bookings to different activities as a few times we had to remind them to give us our tickets and give us info about where and when to go...Showers had barely any hot water. But that's Guatemala. Other than that, a wonderful stay!
    Israel, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    27 Apr 2019
    One of the best hostel I've ever been, the view of the lake it's amazing, the vibe is good, it's easy to meet other travelers. I would definitely comeback.
    Guatemala, Male, 25-30
  • 8.6


    03 May 2019
    Rooms are clean and well-kept. The staff is generally clique'ish, but there are a few stand out members. Some daytime noise due to construction in front, but overall great property and idea.
    Canada, Female, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    10 May 2019
    Great place but staff are not very helpful and the hours of reception are too short.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    09 May 2019
    Really beautiful location. Santa Cruz is a pretty chill and quiet place (which is what I was looking for), easy boat ride from Panajachel. The dorms were nothing fancy (as you'd expect) it kind of reminded me of summer camp cabins, in a good way. The food is more than solid, albeit a little pricey compared to some other towns around the lake. That being said, after 5pm or so, the public boats stop running, so they've got you. Staff were overall nice, but a bit too cliquey in my eyes and other's
    Israel, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    09 May 2019
    Nice chill hostel and good location right off the jetty. Not much going on in Santa Cruz. Dorms are basic, but fine - dorms have small lockers for valuables. Family dinners are a great way to meet people and good fun. Bathrooms are basic but fine - did wake up to lots of excrement (!!!!) in one shower for what ever reason but it was cleaned up! No WIFI but restaurant just behind the property has wifi and you can still get online outside the pool room at the hostel. Would recommend for chill time
    Australia, Male, 31-40
  • 6.6


    01 May 2019
    I rarely post reviews but I did not enjoy my stay at La Iguana. Nice location but staff made it a difficult stay. Staff were unwelcoming, clicky and I felt I was bothering them when I asked for things. Difficult to tell who was staff, as they spent the night getting drunk themselves. Unprofessional, sexual behaviour around the campfire. There was dogs everywhere although they said no dogs in the kitchen and dining room - they barked, smelled and begged. No hot water and overcharged us.
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 5.7


    24 Apr 2019
    Dusty rooms and bedding- would not recommend to anyone that has rather bad asthma and allergies! Also there were no locks on room doors. I left earlier and went elsewhere.
    England, Female, 25-30
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  • Linen Included
  • BBQ
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Airport Transfers
  • Currency Exchange
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table