La Guaca Hostel is a spacious and tranquil hostel that is a great place to organise your sightseeing around the area.
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.
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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Published on 2018-08-27