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Casa Perico Rio Dulce Guatemala Review

casa perico rio dulce guatemalaCasa Perico is about 10 minutes by boat from Rio Dulce Guatemala. We took a small launch to get there and arrived in the afternoon. The Lodge itself is beautiful and quant. The whole place is suspended on poles about three feet above the mud and ponds of the swamp land of the river. The main building is a bar and restaurant with stairs in the middle leading up to the second floor which had six dorm beds and two semi-private rooms. I rented one of the semi-private rooms. I took tons of photos in the afternoon and evening and was enamored by the beauty of Casa Perico. I had a fantastic afternoon and evening at Casa Perico.

Why I Don’t Recommend Casa Perico

Around 9pm the bartender started playing with the volume on the small stereo. Every time a favorite song came on, he turned up the volume to about double of what it was, maxing out the stereo until the speakers were buzzing with distortion. For some songs we had to cover or plug our ears because it was so loud. Some of our group moved to other parts of the bar area just to get away from the speakers. At 11:30 I asked the bartender when they would be turning off the music so I could sleep. He answered, “I don’t know. We will turn off the music when no one is drinking.” After that several people in our group of 10 asked them to reduce the volume. The bar tender would turn down the music for one or two songs until another song came on that he liked, then he would max out the volume. We asked how we were to sleep with the music and we were told that if the music bothered us, we could ‘upgrade’ to the bungalo huts that were away from the bar area. I went to bed at about midnight and covered my head with a pillow to try to muffle the sound. Ear plugs didn’t help. The music continued until around 2pm after which I drifted off to sleep. We woke to the drunks from the bar yelling and cursing each other at around 6am as they went to work and started their day. Needless to say I have a very low opinion of Casa Perico owners and their staff (the owners were there at the bar the entire night). It was poorly done and I recommend avoiding Casa Perico.


  • Reasonable prices for rooms & food
  • Beautiful lodge and surroundings


  • Unfriendly staff
  • Remote location
  • Most rooms directly above the bar
  • Bar often plays music on weeknights (as late as 2pm) making sleeping impossible


  1. You sound like a square trying to stay in a backpacker place….dont be cheap and get a more expensive place if you want to be catered to…..if you pay 5 bucks for a room, thats what you get. I am sooooo tired of stiffs coming into hostels and trying to ruin the party vibe…that’s why it’s a HOSTEL!!!!

    • As you can tell my blog, I’ve stayed in many many hostels. It is true, as an older traveler, I do prefer quieter Hostels. But I was traveling with three others who were all in there 20s. The young guys I was traveling with were actually the ones who went downstairs to complain and to ask the music be turned down. I never left my bed trying to just endure the situation.

  2. I stayed several times in Casa Perico, never had noise problems. There is always one of the three owners a the bar/restaurant who are very attentive towards their guests. I am surprised about the complains.
    Oh we’ll, cannot make everybody. happy! Most surveys are positive and that is what counts. :-)))

  3. I think Sarah needs to realize that hostels are for everyone; young, not so young and older. Staff of any accommodation type should be attentive to their guests and respond appropriately to their guests issues and complaints. If this is a party hostel – they should make that very clear on their website – which they don’t. I appreciate this blogs honest evaluation so I can make my booking decision based on full information.


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