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Refugio Puente de la Explanacion

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

BEAUTIFUL UNIQUE ECOLODGE in Boquia, 3 kms before Salento. Stunning gardens with 260 meters of private riverfront. Over 6 acres to explore, tranquil areas for picnics, yoga and meditation. We offer swimming the river, sunbathing in private areas, great birdwatching, massage therapy, BBQs, campfires and live music!. Located in a protected natural reserve … perfect for nature lovers!
The gardens are flourishing, the rooms bright and cheery, beautifully decorated, secure covered parking, well equipped guest kitchen, large secure lockers in dorm… and the list goes on. The historic 4 arched bridge on the property adds an extra WOW !!
We offer SHUTTLE SERVICE in our new crew-cab truck, fully licensed with excellent drivers.
We now serve DINNER on request ... wholesome, home cooked meals!
Words and photos cannot describe the tranquility here. Easy access to Salento yet far enough away from the traffic and noise. Competitively priced, breakfast included, great personal service.Truly a refuge for the weary traveller! Undeniably one of the nicest ecolodge/hostels in the coffee zone!

We have two rooms with a Queen bed and private bathrooms (COLIBRI and BARRANQUERO). Two larger rooms (NARANJA and LIMON) each with a Queen, Double and Single with private bathrooms. Safari Tent and Zenzu Hut by the river with covered patios, electricity, shared bathrooms surrounded by luscious gardens. Beside the river, a spacious bamboo dormitory (Maloca) with 3 oversized bunkbeds, covered patio and the soothing sound of the river! Glamping in a safari tent, queen sized bed, patio with furniture. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.7

  • Security 9.9

  • Location 9.4

  • Staff 9.7

  • Atmosphere 9.6

  • Cleanliness 9.7

  • Facilities 9.5

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    20 Jan 2020
    Such a beautiful hostel, and you sleep really well because you are located right next to a river. It feels a bit like camping, the beds are nice and warm and the shower has amazing hot water which is great after hiking all day. Also very social if you are traveling alone. Can't recommend this hostel enough 😊
    Norway, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    16 Jan 2020
    Ed was a great help with providing knowledge of the area and a great person to have a conversation with. The property is absolutely beautiful, I was shocked by how nice the property was when I got there. The cabin I stayed in was right next to the beautiful river that they have on their land. If you want a nice retreat from the cities and towns of Colombia, this is the perfect place for you! Thanks for everything Ed!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    10 Jan 2020
    Cant say enough good things about this place. Unfortunately Ed was not feeling the best when we were here so he wasnt around as much as normal, and wife was out of town, but when ed was available, was an amazing host and just a rad guy who would go out of his way to make sure you had the best experience. The property itself is amazing! A little bit out of town (which was nice!), but super easy to get into town from. Would 100% stay again, and my highest recommendation of anywhere I stayed in COL
    Canada, Mixed Group, 31-40
  • 10.0


    07 Jan 2020
    What an incredible stay with Ed at El Refugio! We stayed in a private room and had the most peaceful sleep. The location is beautiful, and well worth the short walk and bus ride to get to Salento. Ed is very helpful and knows the area well. This can be your base for the activities around the valley, or a place to rest and relax. Hot showers, clean facilities, wifi was good. Dinner (delicious) is available at an extra cost, and we had a bonfire one of the nights. This is the place to be!
    Canada, Couple, 25-30
  • 10.0


    04 Jan 2020
    What a wonderful experience! Really can't say enough great things about this place. Ed and his family are so warm. They do so much work to keep things flowing, but at the same time they make it seem effortless. The property is lush yet well maintained. Common areas are super clean. Food is delicious and healthy. And falling asleep to the sound of the river was serene. I was planning to stay 2 nights but ended up staying 5. Will certainly be back as soon as I can!
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    31 Dec 2019
    This is the most beautiful hostel I've seen so far. The garden is huge, more like a park, and has a lot of possibilities to relax or do sports. There is a beautiful river right at the end of the garden which you can hear in two of the dorms. It is such a lovely place, treated with a lot of love. At the same time it is easy so meet the other guests at the bonfire or the delicious dinner. Ed is a really nice host and will make your stay as comfortable as possible. Felt in love with the environment
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    05 Dec 2019
    Tucked away just outside of Salento is the refugio on a massive property and the dorm is located right by the river. The gentle noise of the river is guaranteed to give you a super relaxed and deep sleep. Ed is very supportive and knowledgeable, helping me set up the best hikes and trips during my stay. Make sure to have at least once the home cooked dinner, it was delicious. Will definitely stay again :)
    Germany, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    04 Dec 2019
    Refugio Puente de la Explanacion is the most beautiful place we have stayed so far in Colombia. We have booked for 3 nights, ended up staying 6 nights. The place is super beautiful, relaxing and safe. We were staying in the basic standard room just beside a river which makes it insanely beautiful, absolutely LOVED IT! Staff were kind and nice, Ed (the owner) is the nicest person we have met. If you like a quite, peaceful and relaxing place away from the crazy cities, this is your place to stay!
    Ethiopia, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    01 Dec 2019
    We stayed here with our 2 kids and absolutely loved it! Ed and his Colombian extended family are wonderful people. Ed (a Canadian) goes out of his way to make sure your stay is perfect and can help arrange whatever activities you’re interested in. The location is impossible to beat and the property is beautifully landscaped and well looked after. It’s an easy 1000 peso local bus ride into Salento or you can just chill out at the refugio and enjoy their home cooked meals. I Highly recommend it.
    Canada, Couple, 41+
  • 9.1


    01 Jan 2020
    Absolutely stunning location in nature. Lots of things to do around the Boquia, we really enjoyed the horse riding, walk to the coffee farm tour and the cocora valley hike. Only a short bus to Salento town, but far out enough to feel like a sanctuary.
    Australia, Couple, 25-30
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Card Phones
  • Cooker
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Meals Available
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Wi-Fi