Hostel & Cafe

Ciao Cacao Hostel & Cafe offers a spacious tropical garden where guests can relax in hammocks and enjoy treats from the cafe, including coffee, smoothies, & our famous homemade ice cream.

We have a cozy indoor common area with eclectic art & decorations, a unique loft dorm, and one private room. All guests have access to free wifi, free drinking water, a small kitchen with a fridge, and secure luggage storage, and we also offer backpacker priced tours, transport, & laundry service. It’s the perfect choice for a budget traveler who wants to be in the heart of Flores while still enjoying nature.

Ciao Cacao Dorm

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Our 9-bed mixed dorm is in the loft and offers personal fans, night tables with lockers, and electrical plugs for every guest.

Ciao Cacao Private Room

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Private room includes a queen bed, fan, night table, large open closet, and window.

Tours

& Adventures

Buses & Shuttles

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Transportation around Guatemala
We offer buses throughout Guatemala and to bordering countries including Mexico, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaruaga.

We are able to offer you low prices because we arrange everything directly with individual drivers and local companies who we trust and know to be reliable. This means we handle all requests personally and confirm each reservation. You can always feel free to ask any questions you have because you are talking with a real person.

starsHoliday Notice

During holiday seasons around Christmas, New Years, and Easter, some prices may rise and some transport services may be unavailable or have special schedules. Available transports can fill up quickly, so more advance notice than usual may be required to guarantee a reservation.

For any reservations during upcoming holidays, including December 24, 25, 26, 31, January 1, and Easter week, please contact us for specific details!

Tikal and Yaxha are open every day of the year and do not close for holidays.

Full list of destinations:

  • Flores to Lanquin (Semuc Champey) shuttle bus
  • Flores to Antigua shuttle bus
  • Flores to Antigua First Class night bus
  • Flores to Lake Atitlan First Class night bus
  • Flores to Rio Dulce shuttle bus
  • Flores to Guatemala City shuttle bus
  • Flores to Guatemala City First Class night bus
  • Flores to Coban shuttle bus
  • Flores to Chetumal, Mexico shuttle bus
  • Flores to Bacalar, Mexico shuttle bus
  • Flores to Belize City First Class bus
  • Flores to Caye Caulker, Belize shuttle bus
  • Flores to San Ignacio, Belize shuttle bus
  • Flores to Copan, Honduras shuttle bus
  • Flores to San Pedro Sula, Honduras bus
  • Flores to San Salvador, El Salvador bus
  • Lanquin (Semuc Champey) to Flores shuttle bus
  • Lanquin (Semuc Champey) to Antigua shuttle bus
  • Lanquin (Semuc Champey) to Lake Atitlan shuttle bus
  • Lanquin (Semuc Champey) to Guatemala City shuttle bus
  • Lanquin (Semuc Champey) to Rio Dulce shuttle bus
  • Antigua to Flores First Class night bus
  • Antigua to Flores shuttle bus
  • Antigua to Lanquin (Semuc Champey) shuttle bus
  • Antigua to Guatemala City & airport shuttle bus
  • Antigua to Lake Atitlan shuttle bus
  • Antigua to Rio Dulce shuttle bus
  • Antigua to Monterrico shuttle bus
  • Antigua to Copan, Honduras shuttle bus
  • Antigua to El Tunco, El Salvador shuttle bus
  • Antigua to San Salvador, El Salvador shuttle bus
  • Antigua to Leon, Nicaragua shuttle bus
  • Guatemala City to Flores First Class night bus
  • Guatemala City to Flores shuttle bus
  • Guatemala City to Lanquin (Semuc Champey) shuttle bus
  • Guatemala City or airport to Antigua shuttle bus
  • Guatemala City to Lake Atitlan shuttle bus
  • Guatemala City to Rio Dulce bus
  • Guatemala City to Xela bus
  • Guatemala City to Copan, Honduras shuttle bus
  • Guatemala City to El Tunco, El Salvador shuttle bus
  • Guatemala City to San Salvador, El Salvador shuttle bus
  • Guatemala City to Leon, Nicaragua shuttle bus
  • Lake Atitlan to Antigua shuttle bus
  • Lake Atitlan to Lanquin shuttle bus
  • Lake Atitlan to Flores First Class night bus
  • Lake Atitlan to Guatemala City & airport shuttle bus
  • Lake Atitlan to Xela shuttle bus
  • Lake Atitlan to San Cristobal, Mexico shuttle bus
  • Belize City to Flores, Guatemala First Class bus
  • Belize City to Flores, Guatemala shuttle bus
  • Belize City to Chetumal, Mexico shuttle bus
  • Belize City to Flores Bacalar, Mexico shuttle bus
  • San Ignacio, Belize to Flores, Guatemala shuttle bus
  • San Ignacio, Belize to Chetumal, Mexico shuttle bus
  • San Ignacio, Belize to Bacalar, Mexico shuttle bus
  • Bacalar, Mexico to Flores, Guatemala shuttle bus
  • Bacalar, Mexico to Belize City shuttle bus
  • Bacalar, Mexico to San Ignacio, Belize shuttle bus
  • Chetumal, Mexico to Flores, Guatemala shuttle bus
  • Chetumal, Mexico to Belize City shuttle bus
  • Chetumal, Mexico to San Ignacio, Belize shuttle bus
  • Copan, Honduras to Flores, Guatemala
  • Copan, Honduras to Rio Dulce, Guatemala
  • Copan, Honduras to Antigua, Guatemala

If you don’t see your trip listed above, please contact us to see if we can help!

info You can visit us in Flores for an in person cash discount.

About Us

Ciao Cacao Staff
Owners

Luis & Philippa

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Luis is from Guatemala and Philippa is from the US, and we met while traveling. We both spent about a year in Semuc Champey and have traveled over many places in Guatemala, and between the two of us are also quite familiar with Nicaragua and Belize. During our own travels we have often felt that as a backpacker, sometimes you need to make choices about what you can afford, but you should never have to sacrifice service. We created Ciao Cacao in August 2018 with that philosophy in mind and with a goal to provide every guest with a smile, trustworthy and experienced advice, and an environment where you can relax and feel at home—while still staying on budget! We are happy to welcome guests from all over the world into our home, and try to provide the extra little details that make a hostel special, with personal touches as if you were staying with friends.

Reception

Lola

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Lola the kitten came to the hostel in May 2019. She is supposed to welcome guests, but you’re more likely to find her running around the garden chasing lizards or taking a nap in the shade. Either way, she’s really friendly and loves to play!

Housekeeping

Kimberly

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Kimberly joined our team a few months after we opened and has worked her magic making Ciao Cacao clean, organized, and welcoming for all our guests. She lives nearby Flores with her husband and young son, and she is currently pursuing a degree in accounting. If you want to practice your Spanish while you are here, just say buenos dias to Kimberly!

Reviews & testimonials

Thanks to all our amazing guests so far who have taken the time to leave us a review! Click the links to read more!

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