Antigua might be the ultimate destination for travellers in Guatemala. It’s a popular stop on the backpacker trail, but not nearly as spread out as Guatemala City or Lake Atitlan, which makes this a great place for meeting likeminded people and enjoying a few days of downtime before heading up one of the many volcanoes in the area. Here are some of the best hostels in which to do just that.
Another option that’s sociable without being an out-and-out party hostel, Matiox has plenty of options for both groups and solo backpackers. Female travellers can book into one of the women-only dorms, and there are semi-private rooms for those who want to spend a bit of time by themselves. The common areas are comfortable, the kitchen is well-equipped, plus there’s a bar for socialising and a hot tub to help your recovery. It’s located a little further from the city centre, in a quieter neighbourhood.
Wicho and Charlie’s is a volunteer-run hostel that’s a solid option for anyone who’s after a friendly place to stay that still offers a bit of privacy. The ‘pod’ beds come in handy when an early night is needed – they only open on one side, and come with a blackout curtain. For a great way to meet other travellers, sign up for the overnight Acatenango hike, it’s difficult, but you’ll make some real friends along the way.