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Casa Elemento is one of Colombia’s most famous hostels – and rightfully so. Located deep in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, this hostel best suits an energetic, nature-loving crowd. The hostel has many excellent aspects about it: delicious homemade food, clean rooms, a well-stocked bar, unbeatable views and of course the renowned ‘giant hammocks’ overlooking the valley.

The hostel has been well designed to create an interactive atmosphere among travelers. There is a centrally located pool positioned near the bar, providing guests with views over the surrounding mountain range. The hostel’s lack of Wi-Fi effectively ensures guests socialize. Furthermore, board games and other entertainment is provided.

It is hard to fault Casa Elemento, however the high prices can be hard to justify. Meals, while deliciously prepared using freshly grown produce, are on the pricier side and the location of the mountaintop heaven makes ordering on-site the only option. The 40-minute moto-taxi ride from the town of Minca ensures guests receive a genuine jungle stay, but also makes access to the town difficult. In spite of this, the majority of hiking activities are located within walking distance from the hostel; reception can organize transport for the few that aren’t.

Great location in the nature

Homemade food

Giant hammocks

Well-stocked bar


High price

No WiFi

Far away from town

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Our Rating:
Casa Elemento – Minca

Rated 3.5 / 5.0 (1 review)

From COP 35,000 per person – dorm (available)

Great place for nature-lovers but a bit overpriced.

(Last Reviewed: September 2016)

Tucked away in the bustling streets of Bogota’s most trendy neighborhood, La Candelaria, Fatima Hostel offers guests a pleasant and affordable stay. Well signposted and located nearby to other popular backpacker hostels, hip new bars and hole-in-the-wall cafes, this energetic hostel is best-suited to a young backpacker crowd. There is a convenient bar attached with some of the best salsa music in town, a communal chill-out area and a kitchen specifically designed for guests to avoid staff interference. The dormitories are spacious and clean, the beds comfortable and situated away from the bar area which can be loud at night. Other facilities include a smoking room, computers, free towel rental and 24/7 coffee and tea.

Perhaps the only negative to Fatima Hostel is its popularity; even in off-season reservations are recommended. Secondly, the bathrooms vary in quality; while there is an abundance of showers and toilets, some are not as comfortable as others. However, the hot-water is reliable and they are well-maintained by housekeeping staff. Additionally, the hostel only has 2 computers which makes them a desired resource considering the number of rooms available.

Overall, Fatima Hostel is guaranteed to provide guests with an enjoyable stay in Bogota. The welcoming atmosphere, numerous facilities and comfortable rooms will ensure guests’ satisfaction.

Good location

Welcoming atmosphere

Bar attached

Rooms spacious & clean

Free tea & coffee

Numerous facilities

Bathrooms vary in comfort

Only 2 computers

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Beds from 25,000 COP
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Our Rating:
Fatima Hostel – Bogota

Rated 4.5 / 5.0 (1 review)

From COP 25,000 per person – dorm (available)

Good value for money!

(Last Reviewed: September 2016)

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