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Opened in Febuary 2012, Hostel Mamallena, Cartagena is the first Colombian hostel opened by Hostel Mamallena, Panama(  Hostel Mamallena has long been regarded as a leader in providing a good hostel atmosphere, reasonable prices, friendly staff and great travel advice without compromising on the things that travellers want and need.  Cartagena is a great city for backpackers, offering the right combination of history, beaches and parties.  Hostel Mamallena, Cartagena is located within the walled city, in the historic district of Getsemani.  Getsemani is known as one of the nightlife centres of Cartagena, and here you´ll find everything you need, within seconds of the hostel.  Whether it´s bars and pubs, cheap or expensive restaurants, Getsemani has it all.  And it´s only a few minutes walk from the more expensive center of Cartagena.


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Air con, air con, air con!!!!

 - 31 dorm beds with air con
- 15 private rooms with double beds(and some have singles as well, to provide for group bookings), 12 privates have air con
- Full spring mattresses, some of the best you’ll find in any hostel
- Free internet, including our own computers and WiFi
- English speaking staff who sometimes smile :)
- Backpack sized lockers in each dorm
- A freshly made pancake breakfast is included in the price
- Onsite cafe with reasonably priced food such as salads, homemade pasta and pizzas
- Cheap drinks in the bar and an all day happy hour
- Large sunny patio with out door tables and chairs
- Wednesday is party night in Calle Media Luna and we´re in the midst of it all!
- Our beautiful white dog Suki, our cool black cat Rudi, Katy the ex disabled kitten and Tori the nippy green parrot.
- Budget day tours to Playa Blanca and tours to Totumo mud volcano
- Going to Panama but don´t want to sail? We book everything in San Blas, including our new San Blas camping tour
- Sailing from Colombia to Panama?  Email us for the next departures or reservation
- Don´t forget Hostel Mamallena in Panama City and Hostel Mamallena in Boquete

Our dorm rooms are priced at 25000 with AC) and privates are 80000 for 1 or 2 people with air conditioning between the hours of 9pm and 9am. Compared to other Cartagena hostels we´re very reasonably priced for what we offer. We also have rooms available with two, three or 4 beds on special request. Email or go to our reservations page.
Our 15 private rooms have a combination of double beds and single beds so we can be sure we’ll be able to accommodate your group. All but three have private bathrooms. Our dorms are large, take 8 people and each have their own private bathroom as well.  We’re firm believers in cleanliness and insist that are rooms and common areas are obviously kept as clean as possible. Our staff speak English and are all locals from Cartagena. We picked them for their customer service and their knowledge of Cartagena, they’ll be there to make your stay in Cartagena the best that it can be.


If you come here you might have fun. You might meet some like minded guests and you´ll sit in the patio and you´ll have some drinks, plan the rest of your travels and just generally enjoy yourself in the hostel and Cartagena. The patio is situated between our private rooms and down from the dorms. While we do ask people to respect others we do encourage fun(with-in reason….), if too much fun might annoy you then we may be able to suggest another place to stay. Please not that we also do not permit drugs of any kind. We post this here because, even with the amount of reviews(mostly good) that we have on the internet, some guests are surprised when they arrive and we´re not a 5 star hotel.

Travel insurance: simple and flexible

Compared to other countries in South America, Colombia is a safe country. But that doesn’t mean that nothing will happen and that you should become complacent. You’re traveling and it’s an exciting business, but  you should probably have travel insurance shouldn’t you? We’re recommending World Nomads. They are some of the cheapest around, they cover nearly everything and the insurance period can be extended even while you’re traveling. It’s not that expensive and it could cost you more not to have it.

You can buy, extend and claim online even after you’ve left home. Recommended by Lonely Planet, World Nomads, travel insurance is available to people from over 150 countries and is designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and activities such as skiing and snowboarding.






Mamallena Cafe/Bar
Our breakfast cook Jimena has taken over the running of our restaurant and is running it as her own business.  She’s doing a great job of keeping up the quality and all the profits go to her.  Of course we still have our famous pancake breakfast and other breakfast options are available to buy. With an all day happy hour you won´t complain about our drink prices. All day every day it is 2 mojitos for 15000 pesos, you just can´t go wrong at prices like that. Come on in and choose your own music as well, you pick it and we´ll play it on you tube on the big screen TV. If you´re after sports then let us know and we´ll put it on. Drop by and tell us what you´d like to see.

MAMALLENA TOURS AND TRAVELLocated right in the hostel is our own travel agency, specialising in organising sailing to Panama from Cartagena and tours around Cartagena such as the Totumo mud volcano and Playa Blanca.  We now have our own van and each morning we run a shuttle bus direct from the front door of the hostel to Playa Blanca beach for 35 000 pesos.  Which ever day you want to come back on you either pay 15 000 to come back in the morning with the van or in the afternoon on a boat.  This is the quickest way to get there, avoids hassles and you don’t need to pay the taxes you have to pay by taking the boat.Soon we’ll be doing a combo tour pack of the volcano and the Playa Blanca trip.


Sailing Colombia to Panama
If you’re looking to sail from Colombia to Panama, or sailing from Panama to Colombia, via the San Blas islands then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve been in this business for the last 10 years and have contacts with some of the best boats in the backpacker business. Among others we deal with regular boats such as the Wildcard, Gypsy Moth, Sacanagem, Sailing Koala, Jacqueline and the Independence.
Over the years we’ve weeded out the boats that we don’t feel provide value for money and safety. Our reputation matters to us and we want you to have the best time on your sailing trip between the San Blas islands and Colombia. Check out our Panama Travel Unlimited page on sailing to Colombia for some infomation on how it all works. Remember, booking through us doesn’t cost you anything and you’ll be on a boat that we reccomend and you’ll be supporting our business for the service that we’re providing you. If you do book directly then be sure that you’re on a boat that we’ve heard of. If someone is offering you a price below whats normal then be careful. In the last few months a number of boats have found themselves in trouble. It’s your safety we’re talking about here.Mamallena Tours and Travel If you´re looking at booking: shuttles to Santa Marta and Taganga or Tayrona PNN – Buses to everywhere in Colombia including Bogota, Medellin and Cali – Doing the unforgettable sailboat trip between Cartagena and Panama via the gorgeous San Blas Islands- Local tours in Cartagena like the Totumo Mud Volcano Tour, Chiva City Tour or Party Bus, Day boat trips to Playa Blanca and the Islas Rosario, shuttle to Playa Blanca, Sunset Bay Tours, Diving Tours or Courses, Watersports like Kitesurfing and Paddleboarding – Personalised Private Boat Charters to the Rosario Islands, San Bernardo Islands – Lost City Trek/La Ciudad Perdida 4,5 or 6 days and more…Contact us at tours@mamallena.comIf you’re traveling on to Panama, don’t forget both our hostels in that great country. The Original Hostel Mamallena located in Panama City and the Second Hostel Mamallena located in the beautiful northern Panamanian town of Boquete.