Hostal La Isla

Our place is not simply a place for travelers to sleep. It’s more like a community house that attracts like-minded people. Whether you are a yogi, meditator, musician, artist or just a simple traveler exploring the world, you will find a home away from home here. Our place is where magical people like yourself come to recharge and connect. We are 100% not a party hostel, but there’s a super friendly, social vibe if you feel like ‘peopling’ - and a super chill, laid-back vibe when you feel like you need time alone.

The hostel is located right in the charming historic center of San Cristobal de las Casas, within a 5 minute walk from anything you could ever need. Local markets, restaurants, nature hikes, and main attractions.

We offer free yoga classes 4 days a week, taught by talented teachers from around the world, with a variety of yoga styles including hatha, vinyasa, yin, and kundalini. These classes are free for hostel guests and volunteers like yourself. Professional quality Manduka yoga mats and blocks are provided.

The town of San Cristobal is full of spiritual events and activities like ecstatic dances, kirtans, cacao ceremonies, sound baths, and healing workshops.

If you are someone who does work online or takes online classes, our hostel is digital-nomad friendly. We have some of the fastest, most reliable internet in town, and quiet spaces to get work done.

Volunteers have a separate room with 6 bunk beds. Unless otherwise stated in the position description, our volunteering program is based on a 6 day cycle. Every volunteer resident works three 5-hour shifts and one 2-hour shift (on average) every 6 days, which is considerably less work time than most volunteer programs. We take on more volunteers so each person can work fewer hours at the hostel and have more time to work on themselves and their own passion projects. We request a 6-week commitment to keep the rotating schedule working smoothly for all six volunteer spots. If you can't do 6 weeks, please feel free to let us know how long you can commit and we can try to fit you in depending on availability, with preference given to volunteers who can stay longer. Providing a good social vibe and cleanliness of the hostel is very important. You will be working the reception desk, checking guests in and out, cleaning, helping to set up the yoga mats for classes, and general help around the hostel. We are looking for people who will approach the volunteer position from a place of service and love, much like a Karmic Yogi. Someone who will be friendly and fully present when interacting with guests and while helping keep the hostel clean and organized. You will have several 'shadow shifts' with current volunteers before you start your own solo shifts, as well as detailed documentation for the volunteer tasks, to ensure you feel prepared for the position.

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la isla was one of the nicest hostel i stayed at, the place is so chill and really feels like home :) Ak is the kindest soul and working hours leave plenty of free time !

about 2 months ago



Mi estadía en La isla fue muy tranquila, al principio me costó un poquito porque recién estoy aprendiendo inglés, pero AK siempre fue muy amable haciendo su mejor intento de español y eso lo agradezco mucho!!
Estoy muy agradecida de mi tiempo en la Isla, lo recomiendo y volvería a visitar:)

2 months ago



Mi experiencia en la Isla fue muy hermosa, AK super amable y respetuoso, el ambiente es agradable y se forma un hermoso grupo con los huéspedes! Lo recomiendo mucho

3 months ago

United Kingdom


This is one of the best hostels I’ve stayed at, the work is easy and the hours are very reasonable. AK is a perfect host, he is clear and direct with communication and a pleasure to be around. The city of San Cristóbal itself is also amazing, incredible food as well as great music. I highly recommend volunteering here, thank you AK for facilitating so many unforgettable memories during my stay✌️

3 months ago



My time is Hostal la Isla was something that I will cherish for all my life. That cliche that people make the place is absolutely true! I am really thankful for all the people I have met there – volunteers and guests, without them my experience wouldn’t be the same. San Cristobal is a great city with many things happening around the world– community kitchen, great films, nice food and loads of cultural activities (drop me a message if you want some recs).
The work in the hostel is pretty chill and you always will have people to talk! And the location is amazing!

5 months ago

Perfect for you if you're looking for

Contact with nature


Yoga / Meditation