El Rio is a unique boutique hostel built alongside the Buritaca River between Tayrona National Park and Palomino.

This Colombian riverside oasis offers travellers a unique hostel experience in the Sierra Nevada - home to Tayrona National Park and the Lost City Trek. El Rio Hostel combines excellent facilities with personal service, underpinned by the owners’ love of socialising and travel.

Our social spaces – private river beach, sundeck, bar and garden – even our family-style dining, encourage story swapping and friendship building, and our daily tubing trips 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 Hostel extra special. From private cabañas to hammocks, we cater to every budget. We also offer free drinking water for everyone.

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

We speak English, Spanish & French. We look forward to welcoming you to El Rio Hostel soon! Book now.

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 space to chill outdoors, in the sun or in the shade.

Superior sound system

Only good music.


We offer breakfast (from 6,000COP), lunch (from 14,000COP) & dinner (18,000COP). We also fire up the barbecue once a week, to meet all your grilling needs. We do not offer guests kitchen facilities.