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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 9.8

  • Security 10.0

  • Location 9.4

  • Staff 9.8

  • Atmosphere 9.7

  • Cleanliness 9.8

  • Facilities 9.5


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    15 Mar 2020
    We absolutely loved our time at Refugio. We had a private room which was very clean and had the most amazing porch with a hammock. The dorms looked incredible as well. The whole grounds felt like a botanical garden. Ed and his family are wonderful hosts, and we really enjoyed the company of their two dogs, Achilles and Yukon. The location is perfect, in a quiet area. It's easy to do coffee tours, just a short ride away. Ed sends a lot of good information ahead of time to make planning easy.
    USA, Couple, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    14 Feb 2020
    Truly wonderful property and grounds. Nothing fancy, but simple clean rooms set in a tropical paradise. Easy and super cheap to get into salento. The host Ed was very responsive to communication and extremely helpful with arranging airport pick up and drop offs, and had dinner waiting for us despite a late arrival. Spent 2 nights here, our favourite spot on our Colombia travels.
    England, Couple, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    06 Feb 2020
    We absolutely loved our time at Ed’s home. We stayed in the private tent for the first two nights and loved it there so much we extended for two further nights! The beds were comfy, the showers were hot and the kitchen was clean and had everything you needed to make a basic meal! The hostel itself is located a bit further out from salento, but it was very easy, quick and cheap to get a bus into town, as far as we were concerned the location, hostel and hosts were absolutely perfect!
    England, Couple, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    02 Feb 2020
    A wonderful special place for anyone who wants beautiful gardens, peace and tranquility, great family owners, fabulous atmosphere, fires at night and good meals on request.
    England, Female, 41+
  • 10.0

    Superb

    21 Jan 2020
    I am so grateful to Ed and his family for my incredible stay in the Refugio dorm next to a beautiful river. The showers are hot, breakfast and dinner are filling, and the property is very peaceful. From Refugio you can hike to coffee farms and town is just a short walk and bus ride away. I initially was worried I might miss out by not staying in Salento, but I found myself looking forward to returning to Refugio at the end of every excursion. I booked for two nights and extended it to five :)
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    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

    Superb

    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
  • 9.7

    Superb

    10 Mar 2020
    Fantastic property, a bit far from Salento but in a lovely setting, super relaxed and social, great hosts, simple breakfast offering but awesome dinner service. Two large but lovely Alsatians on site. Good sized rooms, clean, luggage storage, reasonably easy to access local attractions, but last bus for Boquoia leaves Salento at 9pm so be aware! WiFi can be rather slow and weak but the cafe in Boquoia has great WiFi and fantastic coffee! Would definitely stay at Ed's Refugio again!
    England, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7

    Superb

    08 Feb 2020
    We had a great stay at Ed's hostel! The surroundings are beautiful and there are 6 hectares of terrain for only a few people. We stayed in a (glamping) tent next to the river, and could fall asleep to the sound of nature. The only (limited) downside is that it is a bit removed from town (also an upside). So you have to walk for a bit and have to take the bus there. During the day that it is no problem, but the busses stop at night, so this might be a problem when you're arriving late.
    Netherlands, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.4

    Superb

    21 Jan 2020
    A stay I’ll never forget - a beautiful place surrounded by plants and colourful flowers, the view was also incredible. Owner took pride in giving his guests a good experience, and put on a bonfire for us and sang songs. Hostel taxi service (20k peso) was handy, as hostel about 10min drive from Salento. Catching bus is possible, but you need to walk down a long drive for 10mins. Stayed in dorm by the river, the outside bathroom was a bit of a walk especially in the night. Don’t drink before bed!
    Wales, Female, 31-40
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
General
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Card Phones
  • Cooker
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
Services
  • 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
Entertainment
  • Wi-Fi


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