Viajero Hostel Cali & Salsa School, Cali

Barrio San Antonio
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El Viajero Cali Hostel & Salsa School is so much more than just a hostel! The extracurriculars here are incredible -- and for the most part, free!

The Location

The hostel is located in a fairly good neighbourhood, along with most of the other hostels in the city. It is a short walk to get down to the main plaza and there are a lot of really good and cheap places to eat in the surrounding area.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are of moderate size and can be a little cramped at times. The beds, however, are comfortable, and there are fans to keep you cool while you sleep during the warmer nights and lockers under the beds if you have smaller bags that fit into them. They also have safes that you can use to store your valuables.

There is a bathroom for each girls and boys, each containing two toilets and a sink. There are also toilets off the pool area if these are full. They have all of the showers lined up between the toilets and each is a separate, private cubicle. There are a lot of them, so it is a rare occasion having to wait and if you do it is never long. Each of the showers also has hot water from their solar tank -- a novelty in most parts of Colombia.

Common Spaces

The main common area and the focus of the hostel is the pool and bar area. They have lounge chairs out so people can relax if you feel like having a chill-out day. They sell beers at the bar here during the day and also serve a free, buffet-style breakfast here every morning from 8 a.m.

One of the best things about this hostel is the constant stream of activities to get you meeting people and culturally immersed. Six out of seven days a week, they run an hour-long free salsa lesson for everybody; two nights a week they have organised outings to salsa bars. If you want, they also have private salsa lessons on offer. They also have a circus show a couple of nights a week and circus classes during the week as well. They can organise walking tours, street food tours, free yoga classes, and all kinds of other activities, which makes this place so worthwhile and affordable. The staff are very friendly and helpful.


The owners of this place have literally thought of everything. The activities and getting involved in Colombian culture and with other travelers sets it apart from so many other hostels. It's like summer camp for adults, with a beer or cocktail to wash down the fun!
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Viajero Hostel Cali & Salsa School, Cali
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Viajero Hostel Cali & Salsa School, Cali
Viajero Hostel Cali & Salsa School, Cali
Viajero Hostel Cali & Salsa School, Cali
Globetrotter Staff Reviewer
Published on 2018-08-19

Good place

Had everything we needed including pool.


Most travelers have a great time at El Viajero Cali Hostel & Salsa School, chilling by the pool during the day and downing cocktails in the bar in the evenings in the hostel's excellent communal areas. This soon takes a sour twist, however, when mysterious additional costs and payment fees emerge on your bill at checkout and you leave feeling like you have just been fleeced.

The Location

Located in the San Antonio district of Cali, El Viajero Hostel is in one of the better neighbourhoods of Cali. In spite of this, is it always recommended to take a taxi between sights, even in the day. The Iglesia de San Antonio, one of the city's main tourist sights is around a ten-minute walk away up the hill.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The eight-bed dorms are very cramped, with very little room for moving around. The beds are pretty poor and not very comfortable. The mattresses are thin and cheap and bound by plastic sheeting. You are expected to make your own bed using the old covers that they provide. Although there are fans in the room, they are not adequate to keep you cool, especially if you want a nap during the day. The showers are next to the pool and deliver hot water; free shower gel is provided.

Common Spaces

The common spaces, on the other hand, are excellent. The main space -- around the pool -- is cleaned daily; there are a number of sun loungers, deck chairs, and seats that are ideal for relaxing. Alongside is the bar area, where the free breakfast is served daily between 8 and 10 a.m. Drinks in the bar are extortionate, however, and some of the cocktails are more expensive than in some of the local bars. There is a TV room and outside can be found three hammocks, and two communal computers that are free to use. Free salsa classes are held daily; private classes are available at additional cost.


El Viajero attracts a friendly type of backpacker and has excellent communal facilities. It is just a shame that most guests leave feeling like they have been a little conned following the extra drinks charges and "payment fees." Our advice would be to pay in cash for all drinks and avoid a tab at the bar (we did this, but still they tried to charge us for drinks at the end anyway). Also make sure you get a receipt when you pay for the room. If you ignore this unpleasant element, the hostel becomes a good option for relaxing and enjoying your stay in Salsa City.



Located in the historical neighborhood of San Antonio, we are the only Hostel in Cali with breakfast included, free salsa classes everyday, pool & bar. This is our iconic hostel focusing on sustainability and giving back to the social community by partnerships with local NGO´s.

Our chain of hostels are ranked the best in the entire South American continent. We are in the best parts of Colombia (San Andres & Cartagena), Uruguay, and Paraguay.

Located in the historical neighborhood of San Antonio, we are the only Hostel in Cali that includes breakfast with the price, have a POOL and BAR so you can have even more fun!

El Viajero Cali Hostel is our iconic hostel focusing on sustainability and giving back to the social community. We are sustainably responsible in that our decorations are made out of recycled materials, our hot-water system runs on solar energy power, re-use rainwater, and recycle our trash.

We offer free salsa classes everyday in our dance-room! We also offer the ability to take private lessons.

We have private rooms with bath, and a Movie Theater room showing both movies and documentaries weekly.

We also have a 6x9m stage placed next to the bar where twice a week we have free circus shows performed by the Circo Para Todos NGO.

JUNE PROMO: Booking 3 nights you will have the 4th for free!! (check our Espetial Deals)

Please note :
Cancellation Policy : 1 day.
Payment accepted on arrival : cash, credit or debit cards.

Check-in time : 14:00.
Check-out time : 11:00.

Breakfast included
Taxes included.

Only over 18.
Free salsa classes.

Location and Contact




Address: Carrera 5a #4-56, Barrio San Antonio, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

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Viajero Hostel Cali & Salsa School is part of the hostel chain Viajero Hostels

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Website Viajero Hostel Cali & Salsa School Cali
Phone Number: +57 317 640 6813
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Digital Nomads

Party Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller



Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage

Safe Deposit Box

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

City Tours


24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Evening Entertainment


Hot Showers



Live Music/Performance

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Swimming Pool


Yoga Classes

Airport Pickup

Entirely Non-Smoking


Wheelchair Accessible


Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: 75

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: 14 nights

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Large (60-100 beds)


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