Staying at a Colombian Finca

 
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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  

 
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Ashley Peak

Teacher & traveler seeking bright sides and adventures. I recently left my position as a Title 1 middle school teacher in Spokane, WA for a position in Manizales, Colombia teaching English and Geography at a bilingual private school. I'm passionate about education in action, the power of literature, and traveling the world. Optimism Rampage is a place for me to reflect on the adventure. “Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. see the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that . Shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.” -Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451