#ColombianSeries: Sleep at the very heart of the Cocora Valley

Sleep at the heart of the Cocora Valley in ‘Reserva El Cairo’

Where to sleep near Salento? Where to have a recovery night after hiking, horse riding and waterfall swimming? If you are planning a trip to the Cocora Valley in Colombia’s Eje Cafetero and looking out for hype yet authentic accomodation, look no more. Book in ‘Reserva El Cairo’ my top pick in the region.

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At Reserva El Cairo, a traditional “Finca Cafetera” with red and green wooded doors and balconies turned into eco-friendly boutique hotel.

For the anecdote, I had already been in Salento a few years ago with my family looking to stay at a “Finca Cafetera” (Coffee Farm) and to enjoy the nature surroundings: we ended up in an old, unappealing, over-priced, low-quality, cheap buffet food kind of Finca… so we had to run away and take shelter in a hotel in the City. I wasn’t letting this disaster happen again.

After a lot of Google search I found a little jewel hidden in the Valley: Reserva El Cairo.

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View of the interior wooden balconies with vintage hype

A few (2.9 to be precise) kilometers away from Salento, this Hotel Boutique is a traditional Finca with its original red and green wooden doors, its flowers and folkloric balconies… refurbished into a delightful and delicate up-to-hype hotel boutique. Owned by super nice and friendly 28-year-old Alejandro (hola!), the Finca opened as a hotel 6 months ago with lovely rooms overlooking the mountains, hammocks for nap time, organic garden, its very own waterfall and all the charm and friendliness of Colombians.

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Design and decor mixing modern and traditional styles, what’s not to like?

“I did everything myself, from the pictures on our website to the interior design” Alejandro told me when walking me down to the waterfall “I want this place to be a refuge for nature lovers and for honest committed travelers. We welcome specialists to help us index animal and vegetal species”. Mountain-biking addict and former designer living in Barcelona, he moved back to Colombia, took over his family property and refurbished it to welcome visitors. “The house had only one toilet and one shower, we had to rethink everything so each room could have its own amenities, while respecting the original structure of the house” he tells me as I admire the green and red wooden doors in the house. “My family has helped me a lot” he smiles when his mother, father and sister arrive “but I pretty much do everything because I have a clear idea of where I want to go with this place”.

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Our beautiful room overlooking the Valley in Reserva El Cairo

Certainly, he does know where to go with his beautiful property and how to play a committed role in the Salento community: from supporting local schoolers to filing a national certification for his natural surroundings, the Reserva is off to a pretty good star in sustainable tourism.

If you are looking for a place to stay, do NOT look further and book a room at Reserva El Cairo. Everyone there (from the maids to the owner’s family) are so nice, helpful and friendly they’ll make you wish to never leave, extend your stay or come back ASAP !

More Info : http://www.reservaelcairo.com/ (say hi to Alejandro and Sandra from me :))

Picture Disclaimer: All the photos featured in this blog belong to myself. Do you like them? Great! Be kind and link them back here and/or credit. Thanks 🙂

Already been to Reserva El Cairo? Have other accomodation tips in Salento or nearby Valle del Cocora? All you want to share in comments box below 👇

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