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, Business Trip 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

La Ponderosa Reserve is an off-grid regenerative hostel, nestled within a hidden jungle paradise of the Colombian Sierra Nevada. Secluded from roads and modern civilisation, you wake up to the sounds of monkeys, birds and rare dramatic views of the snowy peaks, in one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Surrounding the land is an incredible crystalline river and white sandy river-side beach. Private and pristine, you can swim, tube, or even raft all the way to the Caribbean sea. With supplies of food arriving from local farmers on horseback, it’s easy to feel as though you've stepped back in time and into an authentic experience of rural Colombia…

La Ponderosa has something for everyone:
- Spend the day sipping on jungle cocktails at our river-side bar and soak up the sun on our beach
- Relax in a hammock in our peaceful traditional Colombian farmhouse surrounded by the fruit forest
- Those looking for adventure can freely explore our 13 hectares of jungle and mountain creeks
- Take a tour of our cacao forest and make your own chocolate
- Learn about permaculture on a tour of the farm and vegetable gardens

Our sociable family style dinners provide an easy space to meet like-minded people over delicious vegetarian food and our lively bar atmosphere with games, quizzes, live music events and full moon parties mean you will never be short of entertainment.

La Ponderosa is a hub for many unique local activities:

- Visit the neighbouring thermal healing spring, one of only two in the Sierra
- Treks to a number of sacred indigenous sites
- Tours of traditional indigenous villages
- A jungle hike up to the remote mountain village Quebrada del Sol
- We are also located close to the start of the famous lost city trek and can provide direct transport from the hostel

But beyond just a hostel, powered 100% by solar energy, La Ponderosa strives to showcase a regenerative model of tourism with zero waste and support in local reforestation projects. During the Covid-19 Pandemic we began to reforest the land planting 1000 trees and started the construction; making use of the local materials available to us. We made bricks from clay and sand from the land and used local wood, prioritising fallen trees and driftwood from the river. We refurbished an abandoned traditional Colombian farmhouse to create welcoming and comfortable dormitories and private rooms.

La Ponderosa Reserve Policy and Condition:

Your adventure starts with a stunning 40 minute moto-taxi ride from the main road (Troncal Caribe) into the mountains.

You will then cross a wide stream, follow the path on the left handside of the stream to a farm house who will point you to the river crossing. Depending on the height of the river, you will cross on foot or be met by our staff to help float you across. Further details on directions will be emailed to you after we receive your reservation.

Due to the river crossing and current rainy season, we ask that you arrive between the hours of 10-2pm.

Cancellation Policy: 1 days before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay.

Check out before 11.00

Payment upon arrival by cash, credit and debit cards
Taxes included
Breakfast is included

Reception from 07.00 to 18.00
No curfew
No special conditions View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.9

  • Security 9.9

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.7

  • Atmosphere 9.8

  • Cleanliness 9.7

  • Facilities 9.7

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    28 Jul 2022
    Staying a week at La Ponderosa has been an absolute amazing experience - without question, the best hostel I've been to in Colombia! The hostel is located next to Buritaca river and has a littel beach, which is a great spot to spend the day. They also cook the most delicious veggie food. Everyone has been so welcoming too. They run a full moon party once a month which is so much fun - a lot of people I've met told me that they keep coming back for those :) This is a solid 10/10
    Germany, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    24 Jul 2022
    One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been in Colombia. Great food, great people & definitely worth the adventurous moto-taxi ride. Thank you again for the wonderful week!
    Germany, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    22 Jul 2022
    One of the best hostels ever. The place, the staff, the vibe, everything was up to expectations and beyond! My only regret is that I couldn’t stay longer. Thanks Sam&Co!
    Belgium, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    16 Jul 2022
    Staying at La Ponderosa was a wonderful, very unique experience. Not just that you are in the middle of nowhere, but you are in the jungle with lovely people. I loved the lunches and dinners we had together, it was good, healthy food. The marvelous, green surroundings invite for hikes, swimming or just relaxing.
    Germany, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    14 Jul 2022
    Unique place to stay, great food, beautiful river to swim!!! Kogui village 1 hour away!
    Greece, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    09 Jul 2022
    Great place, great team and great vibes. The blonde guy who works there is really kind to the animals too.
    Scotland, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    08 Jul 2022
    amazing hostel and lovely people
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    07 Jul 2022
    Such a beautiful location right in the heart of the jungle! Would highly recommend to anyone who is up for the ultimate jungle experience and adventure! I've never personally experienced anything like it its really an experience like no other. It has its own private beach on the River which is absolutely luxury, stunning walks, great views and the food is always Amaaaazing!! Staff are very layed back and always happy to help with anything which Is really great! Definitely worth a visit!!!
    Wales, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    22 Jul 2022
    Unreal hostel very different to anywhere else I have stayed. Amazing staff/volunteers felt like a family, good prices & everyone is so friendly
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    08 Jul 2022
    Magical place. It's quite an adventure to get there but the place is super beautiful and relaxed. The food is outstanding. I would recommend to stay at least 2 nights. Would love to go back one day!
    Germany, Female, 18-24
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Board Games
  • Wi-Fi