Jun 12, 2020 | Latin America

Guatemala: The Best Hostels For Your Trip

Hostels are one of my favorite accommodations while traveling and I have begun to pride myself as being a sort of hostel connoisseur. I have stayed in hostels in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and even the USA! After spending a week traveling through Guatemala, I came to discover their hostel scene was strong! So many incredible hostel options and nothing but good things to say about the three I experienced myself. Check out my list below:

Antigua: Maya Papaya hostel

I cannot say enough about the town of Antigua. It was my favorite city in Guatemala and quickly rose to the top of my list for favorite cities in Central America. In addition, Antigua had some of the best hostel choices I had ever seen! We ended up choosing the Maya Papaya hostel and it definitely lived up to its “Best Hostel in North America” award for both 2019 and 2020 from HostelWorld.

Our stay included a free breakfast, great Happy Hour deals every single day, and a totally beautiful setting. The aesthetic of the hostel was perfect (I am a sucker for good aesthetic and decor) and included a variety of private and dorm style room options. Plus, The location was perfect – right in the middle of central Antigua with tons of restaurant options around the corner. I even made several friends while sitting in the courtyard sipping their famous mojitos (including the two resident pups!).

Lake Atitlan: La Iguana Perdida Hostel

Lake Atitlan is simply breathtaking. Surrounded by volcanoes and filled with bright blue water (that was also incredibly clear), the lake has tons of activities and multiple towns to explore around its circumference. When choosing a hostel, there are several options in several different towns. I ended up choosing the La Iguana Perdida hostel due to its great reviews and family-like atmosphere. After staying there, in my opinion this is the only place you should consider staying on Lake Atitlan!

It’s located in the quiet town of Santa Cruz la Laguna which is a short lancha ride (the public taxi boats) from the main town of Panajachel and an easy jump to explore other lake towns. The hostel was right on the water, had beautiful facilities of both private and dorm style rooms, filled with greenery, and definitely had a very social atmosphere. They helped family style dinners every night for a great price with local food where I met so many other incredible travelers. Plus, it had amazing sunrise views of the lake (probably one of the best sunrises of my life, no exageration)!

Flores: Los Amigos Hostel

I stopped over at Flores after crossing over the border from Belize (post on this process coming soon!) Flores is pretty much a necessary stop when coming from Belize and the crossroad to any other destination in Guatemala. Which actually ended up being totally fine with me because it was a pretty cool place! The city of Flores is an island in the middle of Lago Peten Itza and also the jumping off point to the popular Mayan ruins at Tikal.

The Los Amigos Hostel can not only set you up with a variety of tours to visit Tikal at their internal travel center, but they also offer tons of other fun group activities like sunset booze cruises on the lake. Plus the hostel itself was INCREDIBLE! It houses several floors of both private and dorm rooms with a centralized courtyard area filled with greenery (you will feel as if you are sitting in the middle of a magical forest!). Plus its restaurant makes very tasty food for a great price. It also had a very social vibe for meeting other travelers. Finally, the hostel workers were very friendly and helpful. One of the guys drove us to the airport at 5 in the morning in his own car so we wouldn’t miss our flight.

So if you are headed to Guatemala (which should be at the TOP of your list), check out these incredible hostels! Wether you are a solo traveler trying to meet others (I met so many incredible solo travelers in Guatemala), a group of friends, or a couple, these hostels offered anywhere from dorm style rooms to large privates with an ensuite bathroom. Plus they provide the perfect jumping off point for exploring the region!

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