La Guaca Hostel, Santa Marta

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La Guaca Hostel is a spacious and tranquil hostel that is a great place to organise your sightseeing around the area.

The Location

La Guaca Hostel is located about a kilometre out of the city centre, but you can catch a local bus from the front door of the hostel to the area fairly easily. It is also a short bus or taxi ride away from the bus terminal that accesses many of the major towns and cities around the area. There are several supermarkets close by, including a small shop over the road.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms are incredibly spacious. They have comfortable, bunk-style beds that each have a double power outlet for charging your electronics. The rooms contain an air-conditioning unit that is turned on every night before sleeping, and also fans that can be used throughout the day to keep the room cool. Sometimes in the night it can get a little bit chilly, but if you need, they can supply you with another sheet or a blanket.

There is a bathroom with a shower off the dormitory; it is spacious and cleaned daily. The water for the showers is cold, which isn't too much of a problem, given how hot it gets in Santa Marta during the day. There is also an extra toilet in the reception area if the bathroom in the room is occupied.

Common Spaces

The hostel is not short of common spaces. As you first enter the hostel, there is a large seating area outside with tables and chairs which also functions for the restaurant next door during the evenings. The restaurant is part of the hostel, and if you want a pizza or pasta you can order at the desk. From there, you walk into a large living area with a couch and tables and chairs. There is a television here as well, so you can ask to watch whatever you like on the television (provided it is free). Breakfast is served free in this area every morning as well between 7 and 9.

Behind this is the reception area, where the friendly staff can help you with your questions in both Spanish and English. There are lockers behind that where you can keep your valuables if you have your own lock, but they can store larger valuables for you. They can also store your baggage in the back room while you are away trekking or on a trip.

They have a board with loads of information and prices on all of the different tours you can take around the area. You can book these through the hostel as well.

There is a fully equipped kitchen that you can use in the evenings to cook meals and a fridge where you can store food but not alcoholic beverages. They have alcoholic beverages for sale as well as other drinks in the fridge in the living area.

Out back, there is an area for lounging about in hammocks, and further beyond that is a small swimming pool where you can cool off in the afternoons when it gets too hot and read a book from their bookshelf if you don't have your own.


This is a nice, well-laid-out, and clean hostel. It takes the effort out of the organisation when it comes to exploring the Santa Marta region. We fully recommend staying here.
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La Guaca Hostel, Santa Marta
La Guaca Hostel, Santa Marta
La Guaca Hostel, Santa Marta
La Guaca Hostel, Santa Marta
La Guaca Hostel, Santa Marta
La Guaca Hostel, Santa Marta
La Guaca Hostel, Santa Marta
La Guaca Hostel, Santa Marta
Globetrotter Staff Reviewer
Published on 2018-08-27


You’ll find La Guaca Hostel in a huge noble house close to the downtown of Santa Marta.
The hostel is in a very safe part of the city and within short distance of two large shopping centers ( Ocean Mall and Sao).
Public transport to surrounding attractions like Taganga and El Rodadero is easily accesed.
You’ll be able to make use of a large cooking space, equiped with everything necessary for your culinary ventures and ample dining spaces to share them with other travellers.
Our hostel offers various social spaces where comfortable you can relax, have a drink, converse and basically have a good time.
We also invite you to have a dip in our pool and jacuzzi and enjoy the sun and heat of the Caribbean.
We’re happy to store your luggage while you’re off discovering the amazing beaches of Tayrona National Park and the Sierra Nevada with it’s mysthical Lost City. Of course we can provide you with any information you require about the must do, see and visit of the region!
Lastly, here we are all about looking after all your needs and making sure you 100% enjoy your stay and experience with us: Backpackers look after backpackers.

Location and Contact




Address: Cra. 8 No. 27-75 Barrio de B, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

La Guaca Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website La Guaca Hostel Santa Marta
Phone Number: +5754305373
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller


Lockers in Lobby

Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage

Pub Crawls

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Breakfast (7000)

City Tours

Dinner (15000)

Towels (5000)

24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Concierge/Info Desk



Hot tub/Jacuzzi



Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Swimming Pool


Airport Pickup

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking


Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 14

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 12:00 (12 Noon)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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