The complete guide and overview to the Best Hostels in Colombia, South America for backpackersHola and welcome to our best hostels in Colombia. We have collected a bunch of amazing places to stay in Colombia; from Bogota over Medellin to Cartagena.

Are these the best hostels in Colombia?

Do Colombians speak Spanish…?

Another thing we’re certain of: these hostels are jaw-droopingly beautiful. So much so, you might decide to lay down roots and never leave. Maybe just warn your parents before reading further.

Get ready for backpacker hostels, flashpacker havens and of course, ideal places to have a good time by the pool.

You’ll spot a big map of Colombia complete with ALL hostels at the end of this guide. This is really helpful for your planning.

Not only that, but we share with you our ultimate hostel packing list.

In this guide we cover the best hostels in following destinations:

Psst! We have THREE 5 star hostels in Colombia;

  1. Casa del Pavo Real in Palomino
  2. Hobu Hostel in Bogota and
  3. Calle 11 Hostel in Santa Marta

Best Hostels in Ríohacha

Ríohacha is known for its native Wayúu people and is the place where the Riohacha river meet the Caribbean Sea.

The hostels we recommend are:

  1. Bona Vida Hostel La Tercera
  2. Bona Vida Hostel La Quinta
  3. Hostel Laguna Sala By FSL

1. Bona Vida Hostel La Tercera

La Tercera is run by an Austrian Colombian couple, just a few steps away from the beach, nice restaurants, bars and shops.

This colourful hostel offers many great perks. See for yourself:

  • Free breakfast (pancakes, scrambled eggs, fruit, coffee)
  • Free access to pool @ sister hostel
  • Cheap beer
  • Communal kitchen

Room choices include private doubles, 4-bed and 8-bed mixed dorms.

There are also 2 gorgeous hostel cats to love!

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Bona Vida La Tercera is one of the best hostels in Colombia, South America Bona Vida La Tercera is one of the best hostels in Colombia, South America

2. Bona Vida Hostel La Quinta

We had to include the second Bona Vida Hostel as it’s equally as beautiful and welcoming.

La Quinta also boasts a swimming pool, sun terrace, rooftop with bar&restaurant and chillout area with hammocks.

Their famous FREE breakfast includes pancakes, eggs and fruit to go with a hot morning coffee – wow!

Also to mention is the:

  • Selection of dorms & private rooms
  • Communal kitchen
  • Great dinner & cheap beer
  • Cocktail happy hours
  • Super fast, reliable WiFi

And on and on the list goes. See you by the pool.

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3. Hostel Laguna Sala By FSL

Calling all flashpackers for a very fancy hostel just 200m from the beach!

Hostel Laguna Sala By FSL will make it easy for you to relax and never leave the premises.

That’s because there is an outdoor swimming pool, terrace, kitchen, bar, restaurant and lounge.

What more do you need?!

Alongside private rooms, mixed dorms come in all shapes and sizes with option of 4, 6, 8 and 10-beds. That’s impressive.

To top it off, the breakfast is free and reception is open 24/7.

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Best Hostels in Palomino

Moving less than 100km from Riohacha and 70km from Santa Marta is Palomino. This next destination is also on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. That’s tempting enough, right?

The best hostels in Palomino are:

  1. Casa del Pavo Real5 star hostel
  2. Coco Sänkala Hostel

1. Casa del Pavo Real

How about a 5 star hostel surrounded by mango trees and coconut palms? Yes please!

Casa del Pavo Real is located in a quiet street just a 4-minute walk from the beach. The Main Street, boasting bars and restaurants, is a 15-minute walk.

The entire design is gorgeous. No matter whether you choose a mixed dorm, double room or private bungalow, you’re going to be amazed.

Breakfast (included), lunch and dinner is served at a big family table.

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2. Coco Sänkala Hostel

The entire design of Coco Sänkala Hostel is made of bamboo – eco-friendly and beautiful!

So it’s no surprise you can expect quiet surroundings, hammocks and a short stroll to the beach. Lovely jubbly.

We highly recommend treating yourself to a private room. It comes with your very own hammock and mosquito net. Either that or enjoy a 4-bed or 8-bed mixed dorm. Each with a private bathroom.

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Best Hostels in Santa Marta

Each hostel in Santa Marta has a swimming pool, social vibes and relaxing spaces.

Prepare to have your socks blown off by:

  1. Calle 11 Hostel Rodadero – 5 star hostel
  2. Casa Avelina Hostal
  3. Republica Hostel

Read: our full guide to the best hostels in Santa Marta – including a fun party hostel.

1. Calle 11 Hostel Rodadero

Once owned by the Colombian cartel, Calle 11 Hostel Rodadero is now an instagrammable accommodation.

Party by the poolside bar, or relax in a hammock. Enjoy nightly social events and collapse in to a comfy dorm bed.

From here, you’ll be minutes away from three – yes three – beaches!

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Calle 11 Hostel Rodadero is one of the best hostels in Santa Marta, Colombia

Calle 11 Hostel Rodadero

Calle 11 Hostel Rodadero is one of the best hostels in Santa Marta, Colombia

2. Casa Avelina Hostal

It never gets boring to mention hammocks, pools and beautiful gardens. And yes, you can expect all three at Casa Avelina Hostal!

Grab a free bike to explore the sights and return for delicious food at the in-house restaurant.

All the spaces here are lovely and bright, with air-conditioning thrown in.

It’s a super duper option for sociable travellers looking to meet people from all walks of life.

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Casa Avelina Hostal is one of the best hostels in Santa Marta, Colombia

Casa Avelina Hostal

Casa Avelina Hostal is one of the best hostels in Santa Marta, Colombia

3. Republica Hostel

At Republica Hostel, you can try out yoga and join in the weekend pool party.

The sophisticated design will ease you in to an unforgettable experience.

Make use of the in-house bar or wander to the nearby boardwalk for more options.

Rooms on offer include 6, 8, 14 and 16-bed dorms as well as deluxe double rooms for the cosy couples out there.

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Republica Hostel is one of the best hostels in Santa Marta, Colombia

Republica Hostel is one of the best hostels in Santa Marta, Colombia

Republica Hostel

Best hostels in Tayrona

Tayrona is a National Park area in northern Colombia, known for the Tayrona civilization, this protected area is very close to Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta as it meets the Caribbean coast.

Yes, all of both worlds, nature and the beach, so beautiful you would not believe it till you see it.

We, Hostelgeeks, love to recommend the best hostels to stay while you are backpacking in Colombia.

For all the nature lovers, adventure travellers and beach enthusiasts, we recommend these two hostels near Tayrona National Park:

  1. El Rio Hostel in Colombia
  2. Viajero Tayrona Hostel & Ecohabs

1.El Rio Hostel

This hostel is right in the middle of a stunning jungle while a 30 minutes away you can reach the most beautiful beaches of Colombia.

  • Features a 6-12-18 bed dorm (full equipped w/ pillow, blanket, locker and mosquito net)
  • Private rooms
  • If you wish more privacy you can also book a Cabaña for yourself and your partner, rrr!

Winner of the second best hostels in South America, this place is fantastic for social couples and solo social travellers.

Also, you can book your all your fun trips, including:

  • The lost City: La Ciudad Perdida
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Dawn walks for sunrise over the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta
  • Cacao and nature tours

More fun stuff includes:

  • Daily yoga
  • Horse riding
  • Rafting
  • Paddle boarding
  • Motorbike hire
  • Bicycle hire

Note that they do not have WiFi so prepare to disconnect!

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Welcome to our second best hostel in Tayrona with all you need to enjoy your adventures in the Colombian jungle.

Surrounded by palm trees, this hostel has comfortable rooms and plenty of space for outdoor activities and socialising.

Free Wi-Fi at this hostel, perfect for nomads.

This hostel is close to Tayrona National Park,Simon Bolivar Airport is at 50 km away,  and the city center is at 45 km away.

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Viajero hostel & Ecohabs in Tayrona, Colombia. Viajero hostel & Ecohabs in Tayrona, Colombia.

Best Hostels in Minca

For the nature lovers out there looking to disconnect and hide away, Minca Colombia is a paradise!

Nestled in the jungle, Minca is a small off-the-beaten-path town in the mountains. Certainly the place for epic sunsets and lush green hills.

Oh and great hostels, of course! We’ve found 4 cool options:

  1. Finca Hostal Bolivar – Casa Mango
  2. Finca Hostal Bolivar – Casa Maracuya
  3. Finca Carpe Diem
  4. Hostel Casas Viejas

1. Finca Hostal Bolivar – Casa Mango

Just 5-minutes from Minca town, you’ll be staying in the middle of a dense jungle.

From this private viewpoint, you can see Santa Marta and the Caribbean Sea!

There are only small dorms here, which are quite basic. But you wouldn’t want to spend much time indoors here, anyway.

Why not refresh in the Minca river which is directly by the hostel? Then all that’s left to do is chill outside by the fire with a beer. Sounds good to me.

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Finca Hostel Bolivar - Casa Mango is one of the best hostels in Colombia, South America

2. Finca Hostal Bolivar – Casa Maracuya

Sister hostel to Casa Mango, the deal here is pretty similar and just as enjoyable.

Casa Maracuya is instead by the Gaira river which is also great for a refreshing swim!

You can also enjoy the river from your very own wooden terrace.

It’s hands-down a beautiful little place in the midst of lush forest, 5-minutes from Minca town.

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3. Finca Carpe Diem

Once again in the middle of the jungle, this incredible eco-resort is your gateway to cacao, coffee and waterfalls.

Oh and three swimming pools!

Disconnect, drink beer and swing in a hammock all day long, if you like.

What else?

  • Surrounded by mountains, rivers & waterfalls
  • Unique excursions (lost cities, bird watching)
  • On-site restaurant
  • Committed staff

See you there.

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4. Hostel Casas Viejas

Do you love coffee? Well, you’re in luck – Hostel Casas Viejas is located in one of the most famous coffee farms in Colombia!

Eat delicious local and international food, savour locally brewed beer and join one (or two) outdoor and cultural activities.

It’s also an ideal base for hiking, morning yoga and treating yourself to an indigenous massage.

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Best Hostels in Cartagena de Indias

This city is really on top of the hostel game. You can find many fantastic hostels, offering swimming pool, fun events, cool and clean dorms.

All you need to add is a cool Hostels Cartagena and you’re ready to go!

Choose from:

  1. Bourbon St Hostel Boutique
  2. Republica Hostel
  3. Be Lounge
  4. Casa en el agua

Check out our full guide to the best hostels in Cartagena de Indias here.

1. Bourbon St Hostel Boutique

Bourbon St Hostel Boutique is for us on top of all the best hostels in Cartagena for solo-travellers.

Why? It is a small, yet sociable design that offers a warm, homely vibe.

There’s a swimming pool, bar-restaurant and often live music to enjoy. It’s a social butterfly’s heaven!

As many as 42 guests can stay, spread over 3 mixed dorm rooms of 12, 14 and 16 beds.

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Bourbon St Boutique one of the Best Hostels in Cartagena

2. Republica Hostel

Here we have a rather large hostel, with a total of 100 dorm beds. Some of which have double beds as well as single!

Get excited for:

  • Free breakfast
  • Daily activities
  • Two bars
  • Rooftop deck w/ hot tub

Oh and two large lounge areas to kick back and relax.

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Best hostels in Cartagena with nice dorms and private rooms

3. Be Lounge

Step foot inside Be Lounge and be wowed by a perfect balance of old and new. This hostel is housed in a 400 year old colonial house!

The dorms have been designed with privacy in mind – female solo travellers will love it.

Many social spaces are on offer including a bar-restaurant and sun deck area. Brekky is also included in the price.

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Where to stay in Cartagena as a solo female travelers? Be Lounge

Be Lounge Hostel

4.Casa en el agua

Welcome to the most beautiful hostel you will ever see.

Casa en el agua; “House on water”.

Yes! This hostel is literary on water.

This unconventional and beautiful eco-friendly hostel can only be accessible by boat.

Located off the coast of Isla Tintipán in the Archipiélago de San Bernardo, on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast. This relaxed hostel has everything you could ask for.

Rrrr!!!

  • Astonishing views
  • Fresh and handmade food (vegetarian options too)
  • A bar on the water with some reggae music

And, what else can you expect a this hostel:

  • King-side private room
  • 8 bed dorm
  • Double bed private room – great for couples
  • Queen bed room – one for solo travellers
  • And Hammocks – perfect for backpackers

This place is not for you if you are not willing to:

  • Shower yourself like the good old days!

Yes, They have only bucket showers.

Unfortunately they do not have a lot of water, at this Tintipan Island they only have two water tanks that hold up to 100,000 liters of clean rainwater and the house already uses about 1000 liters daily.

So yes, if you are not willing to take only showers in the evening, this place may not be for you.

  • To live without WI-Fi.

This place is perfect for instagramers, but unfortunately does not have Wi-Fi which means you will have to share your awesome photos later.

  • This hostel takes eco seriously so it means that all the toilets are dry toilets for composts.

Good to know: Hole #1 for pee and hole #2 for poos.

What you should bring?

Lots of cash because they do not take any cards at all.

Bring some repellent and plenty sunscreen since you will be under the sun most of the time.

Note: This hostels does not take any visitors under 18.

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Best Hostel in Barranquilla

Welcome to Barranquilla, the beautiful Colombia city famous for its enormous Carnaval named “El Carnaval de Barranquilla” and of course, Shakira birthplace.

This city has the perfect vibes and it is considered a great place for party lover, visitors can also get a sense of Colombian folk music: Cumbian and  Vallenatos.

The hostels we recommend are:

  1. La Quinta Bacana Hostal
  2. Hostel Mamy Dorme

1. La Quinta Bacana Hostel

La Quinta Bacana Hostel offers single and double beds room, share kitchen, 24/7 help desk and currency exchanges for visitors, Oh yes!

This hostel is great for visitors who are coming to Barranquilla to join the Carnaval and if you are, book you place in advance because they go quickly.

Located near three shopping center in Barranquilla: The Continental shopping center, Unico shopping center and the Americano shopping center.

Note that the check-in at this hostel is at 14hs and check-out by 12 noon, breakfast is not included. You may have to pay 10.000 COP ( Around 3 Euros) per person per day by cash only.

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La Quinta Bacana Hostel in Barranquilla, Colombia.

2. Hostel Mamy Dorme in Barranquilla

If you are stopping by Barranquilla before heading to the best hostels in Taganga,  Hostel Mamy Dorme is a great choice.

Run by a family, this hostel is located in a safe and quiet neighborhood.

A cheap hostel, best for backpackers and anyone who is visiting Barranquilla during the Carnaval.

Visitors can choose from private or shared bathroom, this hostel also offers a terrace, lounge and a shared kitchen, laundry facilities and 24 hours help desk.

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Hostel Mamy Dorme in Barraquilla, Colombia. Best Hostels in Guatapé

If you’ve ever fancied seeing the views from the top of Piedra del Peñol, Guatapé is a good place to base yourself.

It’s the sort of destination that will win over the hearts of any type of traveller, even you!

We had a good look and found:

  1. Hotel Mansion
  2. Bacoa Hostel

1. Hotel Mansion

Sorry dorm lovers, Hotel Mansion is strictly for those looking for a swanky private room. It’s an ideal choice for couples and families.

And wow, are they impressive! The photos speak for themselves.

Relax and enjoy a heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, restaurant and a spot of tennis – how fancy!

And guess what? Breakfast is included, too.

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2. Bacoa Hostel

With views of a lake and famous Peñol, it might be tempting to lounge in a hammock or on the terrace all day. In fact, the lake can be seen from your bed!

Bacoa Hostel is a traditional country house offering 4 wood cabins and a couple of dorms.

Breakfast is included and there’s a restaurant so you needn’t worry about cooking.

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Best Hostels in Medellin

The City of Eternal Spring is calling your name! Medellin is in fact Colombia’s second largest city, so you can expect a great hostel game here.

Have a look at our hand-picked suggestions we know you’ll love:

  1. Rango Hostel Boutique
  2. Los Patios Suites Hostal
  3. Medellin Vibes Hostel

Looking for party in Colombia, head on over to our full guide to the best hostels in Medellin for more info and party hostels!

1. Rango Hostel Boutique

Rango is a boutique home-from-home that is better lived than told. So what are you waiting for?

Ok, ok, here’s some reasons why this is our top choice:

  • On-site restaurant (cocktails, ideal work space)
  • Rooftop
  • TV & mini fridge in all rooms
  • Fun events

See, we told you it was great.

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Rango Hostel Boutique one of the best hostels in Medellin, Colombia

Rango Hostel Boutique one of the best hostels in Medellin, Colombia

Rango Hostel Boutique

2. Los Patios Suites Hostal

Gorgeous female-only dorms, spacious rooftop (with bar) and co-working room – all and more can be found at Los Patios Suites Hostal.

So what about the more?

There’s also a gym, chill out spaces and top of the line kitchen. Reception is also open 24/7, bonus!

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Los Patios Suites Hostal one of the best hostels in Medellin, Colombia

Los Patios Suites Hostal

Los Patios Suites Hostal one of the best hostels in Medellin, Colombia

3. Medellin Vibes Hostel

What kind of vibes are we talking about here? Cosy, quiet and most certainly luxurious.

I mean seriously, look at it! It’s hard to believe it’s a hostel and not a boutique hotel with the outstanding service and design.

Next to the pool there is a bar offering the best cocktails in Medellin.

Dorm rooms come in female-only size, plus 4,6, and 8-bed mixed. There are also 15 stunning private rooms and suites to choose from. Good luck picking one!

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Best hostels in Santa Fé de Antioquia

Santa fe de Antioquia is a city break destination for all the paisas of Medellin, and of course we want you to explore this town near Medellin as well.

Santa Fe de Antioquia is a perfect place for travellers and digital nomads who are looking for a break after a long travel.

We recommend this two hostel

  1. Hostel Casa de Verano
  2. The Green Nomads Hostel

1. Casa de Verano

Hostel Casa de Verano is a big colonial building that offers very cosy and super chill spaces to stay and relax.

What can you expect at this hostel:

  • Single and double-rooms fitted with private bathrooms
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Seating area
  • Share outdoor kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool
  • Cool hammocks
  • Lounge areas
  • Outdoor bar

Breakfast is included at this hostel with the best Colombian coffee as well as all you can eat arepas!

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Casa de Verano Hostel in Santa fe de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia. Casa de Verano Hostel in Santa fe de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia.

2. The Green Nomand Hostel

This hostel has the perfect vibes and perfect views of the countryside and the mountains, a great location near town square, La Plaza.

What does it offer?

Every room w/ private bathroom fitted w/ either a bath or a shawer, you choose. But, visitors can also choose from the rooms with a great view from a balcony or patio.

  • Outdoor pool
  • On-site bar
  • Common areas with T.V
  • Well equipped kitchen
  • 24 hours help desk and a gift shop
  • Bike hire to get around town

Great place for female solo travellers.

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The Green Nomad Hostel In Santafe de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia. The Green Nomad Hostel In Santafe de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia.

Best Hostels in Jardin: Ayahuasca Casa Artistica

The team at Ayahuasca Casa Artistica aim to bridge the gap between tourists and locals by working closely with both, as well as impressive artists.

Let’s have a glance at just some of the things on offer:

  • Tattoo studio
  • Aerial silks to play with
  • Permaculture garden
  • Pizza oven by the bonfire

This unique place is child friendly, pet friendly and has lovely staff at hand 24 hours a day.

Set in the mountains just outside of Jardin, we recommend hanging out in the hammock to soak in the views.

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Best Hostels in Manizales

Situated in western Colombia, Manizales is a mountainous coffee-growing region. There are many great cultural events to be experienced here!

The best hostels in Manizales are:

  1. Biohaus Eco-Hostel & Cafe
  2. Golden Frog Mountain Hostel

1. Biohaus Eco-Hostel & Cafe

For those of you that love art, nature, sustainability and wellness; we’ve found your perfect match.

Biohaus Hostel & Cafe is made out of recycled shipping containers and local recycled material!
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Private suites and mixed dorms are on the menu, alongside a fully-fitted kitchen and laundry.

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Biohaus Hostel Cafe is one of the best hostels in Colombia, South America

2. Golden Frog Mountain Hostel

The building where Golden Frog resides is over 100 years old and is a typical house you can expect to see in Manizales.

Colourful doors, flowers all around, hammocks – this is possibly the best welcome to this coffee region.

The staff can’t wait to put a smile on your face and introduce you to all the possibilities. They even provide you with a free breakfast!

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Best Hostels in Pereira: Kolibri Hostel

Our one and only recommendation in Kolibri won’t let you down. It has a central location and wonderful amenities in one of the best areas of Pereira.

The showers are powered by solar energy and all the cleaning products are biodegradable. Details that make a big difference.

A mix of curtain-clad dorms and private rooms are on offer.

As for the best bits? Rent a bike, sip on free tea/coffee, relax on the terrace and have fun in the games room.

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Best Hostels in Salento

Salento is the gateway to Los Nevados National Natural Park and rare parrots in the nearby Cocora Valley.

And of course, coffee!

You might be pleasantly surprised to hear that we’ve found 3 wonderful hostels, too. They are:

  1. Hostal Vista Hermosa Salento
  2. Mochila Hostel Salento
  3. Walker’s House Hostel

1. Hostal Vista Hermosa Salento

First up we have one for couples and families. There are in fact two cottages and one apartment to choose from, designed for 2-4 people.

Hostal Vista Hermosa Salento also happens to be in a great location, 3 blocks from the main square and surrounded by mountains.

For that hostel vibe you can hang out in the cozy common area and shared kitchen.

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2. Mochila Hostel Salento

Mochila Salento is ideal for lovers of yoga, mountains and hostel pets.

Also if you’re quite partial to a cold beer and yummy food, you’ll probably like it here.

Stay entertained with many board games, ping-pong and a TV room for when you fancy switching off.

There are private rooms and a 6-bed dorm available. Breakfast is included for everyone.

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3. Walker’s House Hostel

Who’s looking for bright spaces and sturdy, private bunks? Then look no further than Walker’s House Hostel.

The best area to hang out in has to be the rooftop bar.

Friendly staff can help book tours and offer any local advice. They’re at your service 24/7.

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Walker's House Hostel is one of the best hostels in Colombia, South America

Best Hostels in Santa Elena: Casa de Campo Santa Elena

Casa de Campo Santa Elena boasts a lot of cool things which make this the one and only suggestion in Santa Elena.

Stay here and enjoy:

  • On-site restaurant
  • Garden & terrace
  • Shared lounge
  • Games room

Wi-fi is free and the friendly staff are there for you 24-hours a day. All rooms include linen and towels – private only, no dorms.

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Best Hostels in Cali

Southwest from Bogota, Cali is famous for salsa dancing and fun nightlife. Are you ready to get your dancing shoes on?!

The cool hostels in Cali are:

  1. Oasis Cali Hostel
  2. Hostel Rossa Palma
  3. Hostal Ruta Sur

1. Oasis Cali Hostel

Kick start your salsa career with free lessons at Oasis Cali Hostel! Or perhaps you fancy something more slow paced? Join a yoga class instead.

In the garden you’ll spot a jacuzzi and terrace. Inside make use of the TV room, boutique kitchen and 24-hour reception.

From here, you’ll be just 2 blocks from the best nightlife in the area.

Itinerary idea: free breakfast, free walking tour, free salsa and chill.

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2. Hostel Rossa Palma

Situated in the colonial district as part of The Old Cali, Rossa Palma offers a range of cosy dorms and simplistic privates.

All sorts of fun things are possible here. Explore the city, wind down with some yoga, learn salsa or simply relax by the pool – the choice is yours.

There’s also a bar and restaurant on-site, so you needn’t go far to satisfy your belly.

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3. Hostal Ruta Sur

The warm and pleasant space of Hostel Ruta Sur will have you feeling less like a tourist and more of an associate, treated with warmth and respect.

Make yourself at home in bold spaces with clever design. Be sure to nab the hammock quick!

It’s a 5-minute walk to one of the most fun salsa bars around. A salsa school is even closer.

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Best Hostels in San Agustín: Masaya Hostel San Agustin

Ok seriously, sit down before looking at the photos from Masaya Hostel.

Forget ordinary hostel; this is a resort in a stunning setting with eco-conscious dessign and luxurious living spaces.

Make new friends by joining weekly events and disconnect to reconnect with nature. It’s everywhere you turn here.

A filling buffet breakfast will kick start your day, stunning bamboo-lined rooms will see you in to the night.

Magdalena’s river canyon can be seen from the terrace of your room.

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Best Hostels in Bogotá

From wild spaces to sprawling cities. The high-altitude capital of Colombia has a cobblestoned centre and impressive colonial-era landmarks.

To really show off the hostel game, we’ve handpicked 5 hostels!

Your choices include:

  1. Hobu Hostel – 5 star hostel
  2. Fernweh Photography Hostel
  3. Aurora Hostel
  4. Hostal Casa Cubil
  5. Hostal R10

Check out our comprehensive guide to the best hostels in Bogotá with even more recommendations.

1. Hobu Hostel

Digital nomads looking for great workspaces with love Hobu Hostel. The coolest and only 5 star hostel in Bogota!

It’s a homely oasis that is a safe option thanks to 24/7 manned reception and security.

For a change, bunks are suspended from the ceiling – cool, huh?

There’s an on-site bar, lounge (with fireplace) and breakfast is free. Two of the best clubs in the city are just 3 blocks away.

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2. Fernweh Photography Hostel

If you enjoy a chilled, familiar and cosy atmosphere, you’ll enjoy the spaces at Fernweh Photography Hostel.

It’s so chilled, that a 6pm check-out is available on quiet days.

Move from your bed to the hammock, quite literally next to one another. Then sign up to a photography course and make friends in the huge kitchen.

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3. Aurora Hostel

For a smaller option we recommend Aurora Hostel. It can only host 18 travellers, after all.

Dorm beds comes with a privacy curtain and you’ll spot many plants throughout the building. We like that.

Sip a cold beer on the terrace and ask reception about the salsa lessons on offer.

It’s certainly a top choice for older travellers and those going solo that enjoy a quiet atmosphere.

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4. Hostal Casa Cubil

Hands up if you love dorms with privacy pod beds! Well at Casa Cubil, the dorms come with a mix of single and double-sized ‘cubils’.

There is also a selection of three private rooms, all with an en-suite.

A beautiful lounge room is the main social area of the hostel.

Breakfast is included, yet there is no common kitchen for guests to use.

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5. Hostal R10

Once you’ve decided between privacy pod dorms and spacious private rooms, settle down and enjoy:

  • Living room w/ dining tables
  • TV room w/ sofas and Netflix
  • Free breakfast

Need we say more? Only that Hostal R10 is in a central location close to the top sights of Bogota.

No doubts, best travel bogota.

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Best hostels in Bucaramanga

Surrounded by the beautiful Cordillera Oriental range of the Andes, Bucaramanga is the perfect place for backpackers, nature lover and adventure travellers.

Once again we recommend the hostels in Bucaramanga so you can explore the best of Colombia.

Your choices include:

  1. Zamia Hostel
  2. Hostel Rural Chitota

1. Zamia Hostel

The Zamia hostel is our first recommendation in Bucaramanga because of its location.

Located just within 9 km of CENFER Convention Centre, the Neomundo Convention Centre and a 23 km away from Palonegro International Airport to which they offer transfer to.

What else can you expect at hostel Zamia hostel in Bucaramanga?

  • Lovely common areas (indoors and outdoors)
  • Private rooms
  • Dorm
  • 24 hours front desk
  • Shared kitchen
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Airport transfers, very handy!

Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, a shared kitchen and free WiFi throughout the property.

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2. Hostel Rural Chitota

Hostel Rural Chitota is located in the middle of the forest surrounded by nature, waterfall and the coolest hammocks.

Visitors can have single, double or 4 bedded rooms.

What else can you expect?

  • An outdoor pool
  • A spa and wellness center
  • Water sports facilities
  • A shared lounge and
  • A games room

A wide selection of activities on and around the hostel such as fishing or bowling.

Located at a walking distance from Surata River, this hostel in Bucaramanga make it hostel for backpackers and adventurous travellers.

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Best Hostels in Villa de Leyva: Casa Mediterránea Villa de Leyva

Less than 15-minutes from the main square of Leyva is the spacious and lively Casa Mediterránea.

It’s a seriously homely place featuring a wood fire and interesting works of art.

There’s private parking, a fully-fitted kitchen and lovely terrace and outdoor spaces with hammocks.

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Best Hostels in San Gil

Adventure sports galore at the small Andean city of San Gil! It straddles the river Fonce so you can expect a wet and wild time on the rapids, if that’s what makes you smile.

Otherwise, big swimming holes and waterfalls are aplenty.

As for the coolest hostels in San Gil?

  1. Traveler Hostel
  2. Macondo Hostel
  3. Bacaregua Hostel

1. Traveler Hostel

The team at Traveler Hostel can connect you with the best promoters of extreme sports in San Gil. From bungee jumping to para-gliding – are you ready?!

Yet there is so much more:

  • Amazing rooftop
  • Hammock zone
  • Big fully-fitted kitchen
  • Private & dorm rooms

Situated in San Gil’s historic centre, close to great restaurants and the main square park.

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2. Macondo Hostel

Maconda Hostel offers you the chance to learn a local game called Tejo, hosted every Tuesday – a great way to meet new people.

The hostel garden is equipped with a jacuzzi and surrounded by mango and papaya trees. The jacuzzi is open until 11pm daily!

Other fun activities include beer and burger garden parties and jacuzzi gatherings. BYO beer is also allowed.

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3. Bacaregua Hostel

Bacaregua Hostel is home to 11 private and dorm rooms, making this a cosy, homely place.

You’ll find all you need here for a good time. Free coffee, social rooms, kitchen, hot showers and the option to take private Spanish classes.

And of course, you can sign up for some extreme sports. Just ask at the 24/hr reception for more info.

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Best Hostels in San Andrés

For the island lovers out there, we now head to the beautiful Caribbean island of San Andrés. Nothing but white-sand beaches, clear water and coconut palms can be discovered here.

And of course, unforgettable hostels!

We share with you our two favourite finds:

  1. Hostel Big V Raizal Home
  2. Blue Almond Hostel

1. Hostel Big V Raizal Home

In case you didn’t already know, Raizal is the name for the native islanders of San Andrés. And it’s at this hostel where you can really get to know a local family!

Immerse in culture, games, food and dance. Each night there is something happening, and the entire community love to have an intercultural exchange.

The family house is made up of two rooms with a capacity of 10.

This is truly a unique experience for travellers looking to immerse in local culture and escape the beaten track.

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2. Blue Almond Hostel

Welcome to the first, oldest and cheapest hostel on the island. Say hello to Blue Almond Hostel.

The team offer daily activities, free surfboards and dive tanks, coffee and bike rentals. Sweet!

As a family run hostel, you can expect spot on information and great service.

To top it off, you’ll be a minute from the ocean and all other handy bits such as a supermarket and downtown are very close by.

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All Best Hostels in Colombia on a Map

Below we have put ALL of the coolest hostels in Colombia mentioned in this article on a map.

That’s because we want to make your planning as hassle free and straight forward as possible!

We’ve marked them as follows:

  • 5 Star Hostels: Black with White Star
  • Design Hostels: Blue
  • Backpacker-Type Hostel: Orange
  • Other recommendations: Purple

(View full sized map here)

FAQs

Here, the answers to your most asked questions

What are the best hostels in Colombia?

It is already very hard to choose from our 43 best hostels in Colombian, that is why we narrow it down to the best three hostels:

If you are interested in the best hostels in certain areas,

You should read our full guide best hostels in Cartagena de Indias

If you are more like an adventure traveller.

Read: best hostels in Medellin

What are the best party hostels in Colombia?

If we have to recommend the best party hostels in Colombia,

We recommend to check our full guide to the best hostels in Medellin.

This city is a party city,

That is why its called The City of Eternal Spring

Our suggestions, these top three hostels in Medellin.

Where are the best hostels in Colombia?

if you are searching for best destinations Colombia, search not more:

Choose from:

What are the best hostels in Cartagena Colombia?

If Cartagena is on your list of places to visit,

This is our top 3 fantastic hostels from the best of Colombia

Choose from:

  1. Bourbon St Hostel Boutique
  2. Republica Hostel
  3. Be Lounge

Check out our full guide to the best hostels in Cartagena de Indias here with the best colombian beaches

Are there any good beaches in Colombia?

For the beach lovers, nothing like the white-sand with the best colombian beaches at the Caribbean island of San San Andrés.

And of course, we already checked it out,

Here our two favourites  

  1. Hostel Big V Raizal Home
  2. Blue Almond Hostel

Known for the best Colombia beach party.

More Hostels in South America

There are many, many awesome hostels in South America to be discovered and enjoyed, including out-of-this-world 5 star hostels.

Easy: find all of the best hostels in South America here.

We’ve gone one step further and created these awesome guides to nearby destinations to Colombia:

Destination not Listed?

Besides the listed accommodation, we also put together the best hostels in the world; the 5 Star Hostels.

We stayed in a former winery in Santorini, in a former jail-now 5 Star Hostel and many more. And we share all of these unique budget accommodations with you.

Make sure you check out our guides “best hostels in“. Here we cover many more destinations.

Update: We now cover as well curated ‘3 best hostels’ guides to cities with no 5 Star Hostels such as Paris, Tokyo and Sydney.

Summary

By now you should have the answer to your question where to stay in Colombia. Which of the best hostels in the Colombia have you fallen in love with? Let us know!

This guide is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research.

And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.

Any questions?

Then please please leave a comment below. We would be thrilled to hear from you and to help a fellow backpacker.

Have fun & Safe travels!
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