The Maya Hostal in San Agustín, Colombia, was a pleasure to stumble into late one night after a long day of buses. When our taxi dropped us off at the door, we were greeted by a chubby and animated man named Mario. “Super Mario”, we later learned, is his preferred nickname. He and his wife Yaneth run the hostel with some help from their young-adult daughters. We ended up staying at the Maya Hostal for one night before going to our WWOOF farm and then for two more nights at the end of our time in San Agustín.
The hostel is reasonably priced, with private rooms with shared bathrooms for about 15,000 COP per person per night, or dormitories for 10,000 COP per person per night. Mario will also give you a increasingly better price the longer you stay. The dormitories are spacious and the beds are comfortable. We actually had a whole dorm room to ourselves! The bathrooms are clean and modern. The whole hostel is really interesting looking, as it’s built into the side of a hill so the giant rocks which form the hillside protrude into some of the rooms and are painted vibrant colors to fit in with the decor. The hostel spans about 4 stories with all the common rooms exposed to open air. There’s a kitchen available for guest use, 2 dining areas, laundry, and an awesome rooftop lounge with hammocks and a great view over the town.
As we entered the hostel for the first time, Mario described the amenities in slow, easy-to-understand Spanish. Free coffee, free juice, free hot water, free Wifi, free use of the kitchen, cheap meals available, and information on local tours. We had a great time at Maya Hostal, as there is always an energetic young crowd of travelers hanging out in the hammocks, as well as the charming and hilarious Super Mario and family. I would highly recommend the Maya Hostal to anyone passing through San Agustín!
Disclaimer: I didn’t receive anything from Maya Hostal for writing this post. I just like to give credit where credit is due!