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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Mi experiencia en Puerta Vieja ha sido todo lo que he esperado y más, me he divertido muchísimo y definitivamente me sentí como en casa algo que muchas veces es difícil de encontrar cuando estás de viaje, la ubicación del hostal es perfecta y los demás voluntarios y el personal del hostal se han ganado un lugar en mi corazón, espero volver algún día y espero volvérmelos a encontrar a todos si no es aquí en algún otro lugar del mundo 🫶

about 1 month ago



My time at the hostel was amazing, the staff crew are super nice (and you can tell that they get along switch each other) and all the volunteers are also super cool and friendly. When I got there, we were 8 different volunteers so it kinda creates a little family, cause you all live together and hang out together. It’s a great hostel if your travelling alone since there’s so many people (volunteers or guests) so you get to meet all kinds of people! I would recommend to everyone ;)

3 months ago

United States


I absolutely loved my time volunteering at Puerta Vieja Hostel and would've extended it if I didn't have to come home to study! The staff was so welcoming that it really did feel like home. In addition, the schedule was very organized and everyone was flexible with exchanging shifts if necessary. All the volunteers stayed in the same dorm in the hostel which aided in the homey feeling. As a traveler, there was no end to the amount of help the staff would offer to get you where you need to go during and after your stay. Tears were shed when I left and I would recommend over and over again!

3 months ago



Puerta Vieja was an amazing place to volunteer, the rest of the working staff were more than happy to be patient and happy whilst I was trying my best to speak Spanish. The parties were outstanding but the aspect that sets this place apart is the food from the amazing kitchen staff. Thanks to the bosses for having me, very welcoming and easy going. Nothing was an issue at all, from a volunteer or guest perspective.

3 months ago



Puerta Vieja is a great hostel to volunteer, had a good time and made a lot of new friends. The tasks are simple and you know what is expected from you as volunteer.

4 months ago

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