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La Ruka Hostel

Hostel | 400 meters passed Salsa Brava, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica 70403

81.9% Overall Rating

5 out of 6 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (22/02/2015)

Bob Levit thinks…

"La Ruka has a great atmosphere. Friendly and welcoming people (staff and fellow travelers); Fun loving but nicely laid back; Great location; very good kitchen; very good bicycle rental program. Rooms…"

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  • Bar
  • Car Parking
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Outside area

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 0.92

What's Included

  • Linen

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

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Welcome home! We’re not the biggest or the loudest hostel in Puerto Viejo but we pride ourselves on working everyday to make our hostel the very best. If you’re looking for a mellow place to relax, stop on by and stay for our comfy rooms, friendly lounge, hot water showers(!) and free WiFi. A quick and gorgeous walk will get you to the center of Puerto or to the sandy shores and we’re always happy to point you to our favorite beach breaks, happy hours, yoga classes & restaurants in town. Read more

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About La Ruka Hostel

Our hostel has two buildings that are surrounded by tropical jungle filled with flora, fauna & fruit trees. When you arrive you’ll probably be greeted by one (or both!) of our friendly dogs Ruka and Moo Moo and, if you’re lucky, our kitten, Sirena. You’ll find us at the reception in our octagon lounge where you can relax after your journey, grab a brownie & a beer, peruse some used clothing, swap some books at our book exchange and use the free WiFi which available across the property. Upstairs you’ll find our two private double rooms and at the back is our outdoor guest kitchen. Our second building has three separate 6 or 8 bed dorm rooms all with private bathrooms. We have hammocks around for lazy days and also offer snorkel + fin rentals as well as surf lessons and board hire when you’re ready to take in the incredible water, waves and sands of Black Beach, Salsa Brava, Cocles beach and many more.

Accommodation Information

Each dorm sleeps 6-8 people and includes a bathroom with a hot shower and ceiling fans.
Our Two private rooms are located in a different building than the dorms. They share a balcony and a bathroom with a hot shower. Each room has hardwood floors and a ceiling fan.

Location Information

We are located midway between the main beach and town center. It is about a 10 minute walk to each.

La Ruka is only a short walk away from many popular bars and restaurants as well as beautiful beaches. Punta Uva, said to be one of the 21 hidden beaches in the world is a short bike ride down the road. Also Cahuita National Park is a short bus ride away.