Palomino: Tiki Hut Hostel
Get There: Playas Don Aire, Avenida Principal
Cost: 35000COP (14.50AUD) for a four-bed dorm
Free Breaky: No, but they have a restaurant.
Free WiFi: One of the only free internet connections in Palomino!
Tiki Hut Hostel are the new kids on the block in Palomino. As it’s only a few short steps to the beach and has a gorgeous pool just outside the rooms, it’s easy to see why you could get stuck at this hostel longer than you wanted to. In addition to the pool, the place boasts a games room with billiards, an onsite restaurant and most importantly, free WiFi, which sets it apart from most hostels in the area. The owners are lovely and welcoming, with a huge desire to cater to your every need. Hammocks lining the pool make this backpackers a perfect place to pass the days working on your South American tan or your surfing skills.
The rooms themselves are quaint little huts with outdoor showers, which allows you to embrace your inner exhibitionist without the risk of getting arrested (like all the cheeky Australians at Machu Picchu).
As the hostel is still new, it lacks the atmosphere of some of the more established institutions, but given its value for money, this is bound to change as the word spreads.