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 8.8

  • Security 8.6

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 9.1

  • Cleanliness 8.7

  • Facilities 8.4

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    22 Mar 2019
    Food was great, staff friendly, clean facilities and pretty quiet rooms. Would revisit again on my next trip to Guate
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    19 Mar 2019
    Hostel is right on the shore line, lots of communal space - and homely dinners cooked in the evening. Was a really comfortable place to stay. We had the castillo dorm, which was cold and windy in particular beds because of the mesh wall so we ended up sharing beds. Apart from that, was good atmosphere and worth it for the food !!
    England, Couple, 18-24
  • 10.0


    09 Mar 2019
    This is a great hostel, one of the best I've ever been to. It is located right on Lake Atitlan with amazing views, adjacent to the boat taxi dock and a few steps to a swimming dock. They have a bar/cafe/restaurant that I'd recommend visiting whether or not you stay the night. We stayed in a treehouse-like room with an a-frame roof and a balcony that was super cute and comfortable. The whole property is covered in lush beautiful landscaping. Staff were friendly & hostel guidebook had great tips.
    USA, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.7


    10 Apr 2019
    Best hostel I stayed at in Guatemala. All the volunteers working there are awesome and super social. The view from the hostel is really nice. Family style dinners are a great way to meet people. Lots of dogs wandering the property. Dorms are a bit basic (no locks) and showers aren’t really hot, but it’s good enough, and the atmosphere more than makes up for it. Great place to go unplug and chill out for a few days.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 9.7


    02 Apr 2019
    Very nice & helpful staff. Location is beautiful and atmosphere is relaxing and fun. We stayed in a private room and it felt like sleeping in a cool treehouse. Highly recommend.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    11 Mar 2019
    NEVER hesitate to come here! La Iguana Perdida is the perfect place, a piece of paradise! Everyone here is so friendly, the rooms and accomodation are basic but are scattered throughout wonderful, well-kept gardens, the view on the lake couldn't be better, and the food is great! Not to mention the owners, Dave and Deedle, who are so dedicated to helping the local community. I would not hesitate to come back!
    Canada, Female, 41+
  • 9.4


    26 Mar 2019
    Cant fault it
    Wales, Male, 41+
  • 9.4


    20 Mar 2019
    Great location and view! Fantastic views! I think it was an amazing place to stay and I highly recommend. My only critiques: The bunk dorms are dark, no hot water for showers, and the property is open so security isn't really a thing but I didn't have a problem. But I would still stay here again purely for the food and view!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    27 Mar 2019
    Great place! Great community.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1


    17 Mar 2019
    Awesome place! One of my favorite places and hostels through all my travels. The family style dinner is delicious and a great way to meet others and enjoy company, the staff are super laid back and helpful, and the property itself is gorgeous! I split my time doing various activities and reading in a hammock with a Gallo in hand - this place is pretty much paradise. Only slight drawback is lax security - take precautions and don't forget it's a hostel and you will be fine.
    USA, Male, 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