The Review

Zanahoria is a quirky vegan hostel in close proximity to much of the nightlife in Cali. This hostel offers a unique option to explore the nightlife and famous salsa dancing of Cali in Colombia and usually has many fun things happening within the hostel itself.

The Location

Zanahoria is located in the touristic San Antonio district of Cali. It is just a short walk to the city center and downtown. You can find many salsa clubs and restaurants close by. The hostel itself can be found quite easily -- you will notice a beige and orange building on the street with a carrot on the door.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dormitories in Zanahoria hold upwards of ten people and are uniquely designed and quite different than other hostels. There are two dormitories that are connected and use the same door to the central common room. Dormitories contain what they call “capsules” in which to sleep, consisting of a mattress on the ground (which is more comfortable than it looks), clean sheets, a universal plug, a light, and a “blackout sheet” to cover the entrance to your capsule for privacy. There are three floors in parts of the dormitory with ladders you can use to climb to the top floor. In the other room of the dorm that is connected, there are stairs and even a pole you can slide down. There is also very large lockers for each capsule to store belongings. In addition to the dorms there is also a private room available and some balconies. There is one bathroom to share for everyone in the two adjoining dorms, however, there are also extra bathrooms in the main common area as well.

Common Spaces

At Zanahoria, the primary common area is a large, open living room area that is next to the front desk and centrally located in the hostel. Here is the center of the nightlife and activities of the hostel. This opens up and connects to a dining area and kitchen on the far end of the room. This main living room comprises a hodge-podge of different things that give it character -- plants, small inflatable pool, beer pong table, signs of prices and tours, and various seating areas and tables. This room changes depending on what’s going on that day. There is a good-size dining in area in the back for more places to eat and a large kitchen with all the essentials for cooking.


Zanahoria is a fun hostel to stay, even if you are not vegan. They offer many dance and language classes, and are not afraid to throw themed parties and events throughout the year. The rooms can feel somewhat crowded, as there are many people in the dorms. Nevertheless, the capsules give you a feeling of privacy not offered at most other places, and the lockers ensure you have enough space.
by WayWard Wanderer Staff Reviewer
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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Zanahoria" at Carrera 5 #2-123, San Antonio.)


Carrera 5 #2-123, San Antonio, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
3.448088, -76.539079 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+57 3137165912
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