Our introduction to Colombian culture began in a Finca. Fincas have been part of Colombian culture for generations. They're family farms turned country weekend homes. I live in the coffee region (Eje Cafetero), so ours featured coffea arabica plants that hit the bus windows as we drove up the narrow dirt road. This Finca was recently remodeled but used salvaged materials from older Fincas. The colors were bright yellow, green, and red. It was wifi free, and there were a handful of rooms decorated with local bullfighting art, a lush garden, hammocks on an outdoor balcony, and a pool. It was, considering the lack of sleep from the flight the night before, completely dreamy. We woke up to the sound of birds chirping and threw open the large wooden windows to the green mountains.
Since that first whirlwind orientation weekend, I've discovered that many families in Colombia spend a lot of weekends together at their Fincas. This delights me in the way that Little House on the Prairie delights me; there is something charming in its old school family values and simplicity. Aaron and I are looking forward to many more Finca fiestas and siestas in Colombia.
Getting There // Taxi from one of the three main towns in Eje Cafetero (Manizales, Pereira, or Armenia)
When // You're in need of relaxation and solitude
Where to Stay // Hacienda Venecia (also offers tours of the coffee farm)
How Much // As little as 50,000 COP (approx. $17 USD) a night per room
What to Pack // Gabriel Garcia Marquez, camera, hiking boots, sweater, enough bottled water for your stay, and a swimsuit