El Rio is a unique boutique hostel built alongside the Buritaca River between Tayrona National Park and Palomino. This riverside oasis offers travellers a unique hostel experience, combining excellent facilities with personal service, underpinned by the owners’ love of socialising and travel.

Our social spaces – private beach, sundeck, bar and garden – even our family-style dining, encourage story swapping and friendship building, and our weekly tubing parties always go down a treat.

We know that backpackers also appreciate a little luxury and comfort, so we believe in paying close attention to even the most basic details to make staying at El Rio extra special. From private cabañas to hammocks, we cater to every budget.

Working closely with local suppliers, we try to be as environmentally friendly as possible in all that we do.

We speak English, Spanish, French, and even a bit of Italian. We look forward to welcoming you to El Rio Hostel soon!

private river beach

Enjoy exclusive access to the Buritaca River from our beach. 


Relax in the sun, cocktail in hand. 

Riverside bar

Ice cold refreshment all day and night.

Beer garden

Plenty of chill space outdoors, everywhere. 

Superior sound system

Music to suit all tastes.

Barbecue & Kitchen

We’ll fire up the barbecue to meet all your grilling needs. We offer breakfast (included plus extras from 6,000COP), lunch (12,000COP) & dinner (15,000COP). We do not offer guest kitchen facilities.