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Cartagena - El Viajero Hostel

Calle 7, Infantes 9-45, Cartagena, Colombia

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El Viajero Hostel Cartagena - one of the best hostels in South America. Breakfast included in the rate and air conditioning in all the rooms.

  • Dorm
    From $11.71
  • Private
    From $48.38
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Cartagena Hostel

Hostel Cartagena

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

We are located inside the walled city, surrounded by history, colorful and little streets. El Viajero is a beautiful nineteenth-century colonial house with two large patios, a bar with great music and cocktails.
We have private rooms and shared dormitories with air conditioning in all of them, luggage storage and safe-deposit boxes are also available. Free breakfast is included in the rate.
We offer free salsa, bachata and champeta classes among with other activities in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Ranked the BEST HOSTEL in South America in 2013 by Hostelworld, with more than 5.000 guest reviews, and TripAdvisor's certificate of excellence 2017.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • A deposit is payable at check-in.
  • A deposit is payable at check-in. For room keys
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 18 are unable to be accommodated under all circumstances.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of 10 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Limited payment options apply at hostel check-in
  • Payment methods accepted at hostel are cash only in local currency.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • TV room
  • Terrace / patio


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Internet Cafe Nearby

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning
  • Car parking nearby
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Rental
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lockers Available
  • Locker Type - In Room
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Playa Blanca (5 to 10km)
  • Walled City (At or next to the hostel)
  • Islas del Rosario (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



On my first night there was an incident in the shower area. A male guest harrassed me. It was about 11pm so it was only the night manager there. The hostel's reaction was extremely disappointing. Their protocol did not make me safe at all. I had to fight just to get the male perpetrator kicked out (and I barely trust that he was kicked out). There was no follow up with me at all. I again had to push just to be heard out. The night manager said this was the first time he experienced this and that this "never happens there" but that's irrelevant to me. It's simply common sense on how these situations should be handled. Other than this incident I had a good time. I chose not to let it ruin my trip.


Avatar for Stephanie


Fri 13 Mar 2020

I really enjoyed my experience. The only thing was they advertised “free breakfast “ when I was booking. But if they could change the advertising to reflect that people pay for their breakfast.


Avatar for Michael


Mon 17 Feb 2020

Ich hatte gefragt, wegen meiner Mietgliedskarte, dies wurde verneint. Ich glaube ich musste den normalen Preis zahlen


Avatar for Katja


Mon 11 Nov 2019


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (1 to 2km)
  • Cinema (2 to 3km)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Gym (2 to 3km)
  • Local market (500m - 1km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (1 to 2km)
  • National / State Park (More than 10km)
  • Nightlife (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (At or next to the hostel)
  • Shopping area / Mall (1 to 2km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Theatre (1 to 2km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

By taxi: you can negotiate the prices. From the airport it’s about $ 12 000 Colombian pesos (US$ 4) and only takes 10 minutes to the hostel. (Remember not to confuse our Hostel with the Hotel (also in the center) with the same name tell the driver that we are located in Calle de los 7 Infantes to avoid confusion. By bus: Walk one block in front of the airport take a bus called "Metrocar" or "VehiTrans" it cost 1 900 Colombian pesos and it takes 25 minutes Tell to the driver to drop you at the India Catalina’s monuments walk down street one block until to get to the wall turn right and walk up until the Supermarket called EXITO San Diego and continue straight one block to the street of the 7 infantes.
The transportation terminal is 12 km away to the hostel. By taxi: it cost $ 25 000 Colombian Pesos (USD 8) and it takes about 40 minutes. By bus: From inside of the bus terminal there are buses called "Metrocar" it cost 1 900 Colombian pesos form the bus terminal it take 1 hour and 15 minutes; Tell to the driver to drop you at the India Catalina’s monuments walk down street one block until to get to the wall turn right and walk up until the Supermarket called EXITO San Diego and continue straight one block to the street of the 7 infantes.

Sustainability initiatives


  • Low carbon activities
  • Environmental cleaning


  • Energy saving lights


  • Working with local community
  • Mission-based activities


  • Recycling areas
  • Local and seasonal food


  • Water savers in showers
  • Water savers in taps
  • Water savers in toilet

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