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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 24 hours
– 14 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 basic pancake breakfast is provided free of charge(other options for purchase)
– Onsite cafe with reasonably priced food
– Cheap drinks in the bar and an all day happy hour of 2 mojitos for 16000 pesos
– 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, and 2 tortoises
– 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, Hostel Mamallena in Boquete, the Mamallena Ecolodge 1.5 hours outside Panama City and now the Mamallena beach hostel in Rincon del Mar, 2.5 hours from Cartagena.

Our dorm rooms are priced at 35 000 with AC with air conditioning 24 hours and privates are 100 000 for 1 or 2 people with air conditioning 24 hours(non high season prices). 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 14 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 two 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 note 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.



SHUTTLE BUS TO PLAYA BLANCA –  Playa Blanca is one of the most popular destinations in Cartagena and on most peoples must do list.  After years of watching people return disappointed with the traditional tour of the Rosario Islands we decided to start our own shuttle bus.  Leaving twice a day, at 9am and 1pm, the Playa Blanca shuttle is the perfect way to get more beach time, whether its for a day trip or you’d like to stay over night.  The return trips are at 11am and 3pm and your ticket is valid to return when you like.  The less than one hour of travel time each way means you avoid spending half the day on the boat and you’ll get more time at Playa Blanca itself.  The traditional Playa Blanca boat tours only spend one hour at an island in the Islas Rosarios and then 2 hours ta Playa Blanca and in most peoples opinion are a waste of time.  Email us at for more details and reservations

Hostel Mamallena, Rincon del Mar –  We’ve headed to the beach!  Mamallena has finally opened our first beach hostel just 2.5 hours from Cartagena and on the road to Medellin.  Rincon is an undiscovered beach town, a real fishermans village thats off the tourist trail.  That won’t last long though and where the backpackers start to go the tourists will follow.  We’re located right on the beach, so you literally step from the doors onto the sand and into the water.  Its not luxury but you’ll love it.  From Rincon you can also head to thee amazing San Bernardo islands.  If you’re up for a bit more adventure we can organise horseriding.  Hostel Mamallena, Rincon del Mar is the perfect stop off if you want some relaxing beach time.  Either come see us straight from Cartagena or make it a stop off on the bus between Cartagena and Medellin.


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, 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 information on how it all works. Remember, booking through us doesn’t cost you anything and you’ll be on a boat that we recommend 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 Mamallena Tours and Travel is what we call the travel agency arm of the Mamallena network.  We can book anything you need such as long distance buses around Colombia, the shuttles to Playa Blanca, boats to Panama as we say above, shuttle buses to Santa Marta and Taganga or just a plain old hostel somewhere around Colombia for you.  Whatever you need, just let us know at