Puerta Vieja Hostel

Our Hostel is a brand-new Hostel in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas; Mexico. We opened our doors back on November 20th, 2012. San Cristobal de Las Casas has been awarded as the Most Magical Village in Mexico for 2011-2014, so the city can offer so many different ways to live: culture, arts, music, nature and a great chance to meet people from all around the world and to share experiences. Our Hostel is just 2 blocks from mainsquare and offer different services and activities in and out the place.. Our place is an old big neoclassic arquitecture house, with a beautiful big garden, hammocks and grill. We also have been awarded in some websites and companies like TripAdvisor and LonelyPlanet, which is a great motivation for us to keep working hard and improve all the time to bring our guests (and volunteers) the best experience and services.

This project just started with a main idea: to meet travellers and to share experiences. That's why we are doing our best effort to have in our staff people who like to share and to enjoy every moment, and we use to believe we have a big family here, so we are more than happy every time we have the chance to add a new volunteer to our family. It's just amazing. We also believe that quality/comfort is one of the most (if not the most) important side of a trip, and that's why we are working on bring it to our guests. We have had really amazing experiences in our short time with the Hostel, and we definitely believe we are just working and going in the right direction. We also have had the chance to make a lot of new friends; we have had people who have stayed for more than 50 days, or people who have gone and have come back at different times of the year.

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Puerta Vieja is the best hostel I've ever been so far! The job is easy and the staff feels like a family. Right in the center of San Cristobal. Lot of good vibes. I recommend it and I would repeat the experience without thinking twice!




Ain't no words enough to describe my love for this wonderful hostel! Initially, I came to volunteer here for 2 weeks, then extended for 2 more weeks, and finally decided to extend indefinitely.

The tasks are very simple, the personnel is always eager to help and explain what to do. The conditions for volunteers are really good, the vibe of the hostel is super positive and chill (the place has tons of activities to offer for its guests), which makes it even more stimulating to help. Totally recommend!




My stay at Puerta Vieja was absolutely incredible. The weeks I spent there felt like a second home. Danny, Alex, Flaco, Jorge, the ladies and the reception staff were always kind, helpful and up for a good time. The other volunteers were awesome. I wish I could have stayed longer and was truly sad to leave. If possible I will try to volunteer here in the future.




Fue mi primer voluntariado y a sido genial. conocer personas grandiosas de todas partes. el equipo tan maravilloso. todos un amor ❤. me hubiera gustado que me dieran la oportunidad en otras actividades. pero por lo general estuvo muy bien. echaré de menos a muchas personitas.




Great experience at Puerta Vieja, the hostel is awesome and the work not that demanding... I would definitely had stayed longer if San Cristobal wasn't that cold :))


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