We hope you are as ready as we were to discover the best hostels in Lake Atitlan!
Seriously, this little lake is full to the brim with BIG spirited hostels that we fell in love with instantly.
Note: In this guide we include a range of hostels spread over the major towns surrounding Lake Atitlan. We’ve made sure to make it obvious where each hostel is located. Check the map to get a clearer overview of all hostel locations.
Get ready for lake views, hammocks, sustainable buildings and endless social opportunities.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Best Town to Stay in Lake Atitlan: Lake Atitlan is surrounded by a diverse collection of smaller towns, each offering its own vibe. While Panajachel is a popular gateway to the lake and our first choice, it’s good to know about the other towns with cool hostels in the area, too.
San Pedro La Laguna
San Juan La Laguna
Santa Cruz La Laguna
Note: In this guide we include a range of hostels spread over the major towns surrounding Lake Atitlan. We’ve made sure to make it obvious where each hostel is located.
La Iguana Perdida officially opened in 1996 and back then there was no electricity or hot water. Safe to say this hostel has come a long way since then!
“We are your home away from home whether you come here to learn to dive, hike the trails, study Spanish, experience Mayan culture or simply lie in a hammock with a paperback or enjoy doing nothing at all.”
It also happens to the home of the only dive shop on Lake Atitlan! Why not take a PADI diving course whilst you’re there?!
We love the perfect mix of cosy, social, fun and gorgeous design of this place.
Just look at all the reasons to stay here:
Lake views from the bedrooms
Lakefront restaurant (breakfast & lunch)
3 course family-style dinner every night
Saturday dress-up party & BBQ
As you can see, there’s no way you can get bored here!
Good to know: It’s not possible to bring your own food on to the premises so we suggest definitely making the most of the restaurant and group dinners.
The evening dinners are renowned for leading to hours of storytelling, board games, sing-alongs and very bad jokes. It will likely be a highlight of your stay.
La Iguana’s rooms range from simple to downright luxurious. There is something for everyone, froom shared dorms to double/triple privates and cute family rooms.
Happy Hour is enjoyed every night of the week with all of your favourite drinks on offer. But don’t worry, “Happiness is often permitted outside of happy hour. ”
Location: Santa Cruz La Laguna is another relaxed and wild area on the lake. This makes it an ideal place to be if you want to spend most of your time hanging out at the hostel. As you’re right on the waterfront it’s super easy to catch a boat to other parts of the lake.
This is one of the best hostels in Lake Atitlan for
Here are the Lake Atitlan main tourist attractions:
Volcán San Pedro
Cerro Tzankujil (Nature Reserve)
Reserve of Multiple Uses of Basin Lake Atitlán
Mirador Kaqasiiwaan, San Juan La Laguna
Are hostels in Lake Atitlan safe?
Not all hostels in Lake Atitlan are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Lake Atitlan. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!
How much are hostels in Lake Atitlan?
Hostels in Lake Atitlan cost 9€ – 15€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 25€ up to 50€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.