Hostal El Encuentro
The Hostal El Encuentro is perched on a hill overlooking the lake and mountains of Guatapé, Antioquia. Modest accommodations in dormitories with shared bathrooms or private rooms with en-suite bathrooms are decorated in warm colors, lending them a cozy feel. Free Wi-Fi Internet reaches all parts of the property, and a large lounge area downstairs has a flat-screen television with cable channels and a DVD library. Alternative accommodations can be found outside, where guests can camp in their own tents or rent a tent from the hostel.
Hammocks hang in various parts of the hostel and make a great place to enjoy the views and fresh air. The property boasts private access to the lake, where guests can swim. Other on-site amenities include a spa and massage center, barbecue and campfire area, an English-language book exchange, a yoga and meditation area complete with mats, and a collection of board games that will keep guests occupied for hours. Visitors can book tours with the on-site travel agency or rent kayaks, mountain bikes, or fishing gear and organize independent trips to the lake and other locations. Spanish and salsa classes can be arranged, and private parking is available on the property for a fee.
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Situated just a 10-minute walk from the center of Guatapé with its banks, pharmacies and famous boardwalk area where local vendors sell artisanal wares and food on weekends. The area around Guatapé is also popular with travelers who enjoy adventure sports, from zip-lining to paragliding or just taking a long hike, all of which guests can do within a few minutes of the hostel. There are many swimming holes in the area to which hikers journey for their healing powers and the closest airport lies two hours away in Medellín.
Food & Beverage
The hostel has a communal kitchen where guests can prepare their own meals with food bought from the convenience stores and local vendors in town. Tea, coffee and water are free, and there is a barbecue area for guests who prefer to prepare their meals outside. Guatapé offers a variety of eateries, mostly local cafés but also some fast-food locales and international cuisine.
How To Get There
Buses to Guatapé leave from the Terminal del Norte in Medellín. Once in Guatapé town center where you get off the bus, walk one block down to the malecón, where you turn right and walk along the lake. At the end of the malecón, go right before the bridge. Follow this road to the T-junction, where you turn left and keep walking until you see the hostel signs on the right.
Amenities & Services
General:Patio, Breakfast, Communal Living Room, Restaurant, 24-Hour Front Desk, Cable/Satellite TV, Roof-Top Terrace, Bar, Guest Kitchen, Free Coffee and/or Tea 24/7, Garden, On-Site Parking (free).
Services:Safety Deposit Box at Reception, Wi-Fi/Wireless LAN (free), Bike Rental, Airport Transfer, Laundry Service, Tours and Excursions, Computers with Internet Connection, Luggage Storage, Boat Rental, Wake-Up Service.
On-Site Activities:Picnic Area, Spanish Classes, Dance Classes, BBQ Facilities, Yoga Classes, Hammocks, Board Games, Massage Service, Collection of Books, Movie Collection on DVD.
Nearby Attractions:Waterfalls, Bungee Jumping, Cycling, Horseback Riding, Monastery, Boating Lake, Climbing, Forest, Trekking, Swimming, Wildlife Observation, Canopy Tours, Plantation, Bird Watching, River Trips, Hiking, Fishing.
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