For coffee lovers, no trip to Colombia would be complete without a stay in the country's famous Coffee Triangle, and Hacienda Bambusa is set right in the heart of its rolling emerald hills. Overlooking the Vieja River valley, surrounded by plantations and working farmlands, the distant central Andes dominate the skyline here. The hacienda, owned by the Montoya family of motor-racing fame, is a masterclass in simplicity and rustic elegance.
Eight light, airy rooms are set around a charming courtyard, filled with splashes of colour and local guadua bamboo. The chef cooks up delicious regional cuisine which can be enjoyed in various scenic locations around the estate. Hammocks are strung up around the grounds and by the inviting swimming pool, offering the perfect spot for an afternoon siesta or simply observing the hummingbirds flitting in and out of the surrounding vegetation. Days can be filled with excursions to coffee or pineapple plantations, as well as riding, mountain biking and hiking through the pristine valleys of the Coffee Region. Cacao tasting, bird watching and cookery classes are just some of the other activities which can be organised by the hacienda.
Excursions further afield include an exhilarating day of hiking in the Cocora Valley, surrounded by the world’s tallest palm trees, or visits to the colourful villages of Salento and Filandia for a picture-postcard snapshot of life in rural Colombia.
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Train your palate with expert-led coffee and chocolate tasting sessions
Sink into a hammock and enjoy quiet contemplation of your natural surroundings
Learn the art of local cuisine with a fascinating cookery class
Enjoy a morning yoga session against a backdrop of birdsong
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Go hiking in the Cocora Valley, known for its towering wax palms
Ramp up the adrenaline with mountain biking, hand gliding or canopy zip lining
Visit the pretty highland villages of Salento and Filandia
Venture out to an authentic working coffee farm and learn about the full journey of coffee from bean to cup
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