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.

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 9.2

  • Security 8.9

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 9.0

  • Atmosphere 9.2

  • Cleanliness 8.8

  • Facilities 8.4

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    24 Dec 2021
    Wonderful location right next to the boat launch. The food was always good and the prices just right. I loved being in Santa Cruz because you’re away from the crazy touristy spots but it’s a quick boat road to all the other towns. Atmosphere of the hostel and staff were excellent. They were incredibly helpful with advice and information. Private room was very clean and spacious. The beds were a bit creaky but an extremely minor issue. Would absolutely come back and recommend
    USA, Mixed Group, 31-40
  • 9.7


    20 Jan 2022
    Loved this place!!! Very friendly and chilled out vibe. Super easy to meet people at the nightly ‘family dinners’ if you’re travelling solo. The sauna is really cool, and then you can run and jump in the lake after. I stayed in the cheapest dorm, which has no electricity. But loved it non the less. Would 100% recommend.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    07 Jan 2022
    When i arrived I felt like I hit the jackpot. Beautiful place right next to the dock of Santa Cruz. The only downsides are the missing kitchen and the service at the reception and the bar as all staff are volunteers. This might also be a feature as you'll learn to leave the everyday stress at home and not worry about waiting a minute or two at the bar. Make sure to not get a room above the pool table area if you want to hit the hay early as the walls are thin.
    Switzerland, Male, 31-40
  • 9.4


    19 Dec 2021
    One of my favorite hostals. Awesome view of the lake and volcanos, good food, lots of activities, good wifi, beautiful gardening, employs local indigenous people. I just wish they had better coffee and kitchen available for self food prep
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.1


    26 Dec 2021
    Easy check in, incredibly kind staff who had learned our names while there. Very helpful with recommendations in the area. Great food and family dinners. Amazing view from the dining room. Easy access to the boat docks and easy access to hikes.
    USA, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.9


    31 Dec 2021
    Beautiful hostel. The atmosphere is so chill and nice, you can just hang out in the common spaces for hours. So nice. The private room walls are very thin and you can hear everything coming from the rooms next door. Showers were not warm enough, wifi barely worked. All in all, highly recommended.
    Israel, Male, 31-40
  • 8.3


    23 Jan 2022
    I really enjoyed my stay here. It's super chill and like a mini resort in ways. It can be quiet and most people drift off to bed around 11pm. Met a great group of people here though and just unwound. The sauna is a nice touch also. The few annoyances were constant cold showers and the internet not extending to the rooms but that forces everyone to the one common area and makes things more social. The food is great and the family dinners perfect for meeting everyone staying there.
    Ireland, Male, 25-30
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    07 Jan 2022
    Love the small single private room they have. The view is amazing. Dinner is always fresh. That’s why I stay there. Downsides are the small number of showers, the price of food and drinks (coffee not free) and the lack of a kitchen. The wifi is very lame too.
    Switzerland, Male, 18-24
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    23 Dec 2021
    Not great for meeting other travellers. Showers were never hot. Staff are lovely. Pool table and nice view. Dorms could be more homely. Food at restaurant very good.
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 5.4


    30 Dec 2021
    I got my headphones stolen. I was sitting in one place, moved to another and after less than an hour I went back and my headphones were nowhere to be found, I asked in reception and they didn't even care, it was 'sorry they are not here', they didn't even help me search for them or asked the cleaning ladies. They just didn't care. There are 2 wifis, so ask for the other that is better and not get stuck with the bad one like. All cushions are dirty, got bites all over my leg. Showers never hot.
    Peru, Female, 31-40
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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