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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 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, gym and massage… 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!
LOTS OF OPEN SPACE, FRESH AIR, AND NOT CROWDED. You will love it here! This is one of the safest places to stay!
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 9.4

  • Security 10.0

  • Location 9.1

  • Staff 10.0

  • Atmosphere 10.0

  • Cleanliness 9.1

  • Facilities 9.4


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    21 Mar 2022
    This place is special in so many ways. The hosts are warm and welcome you as family. The meals are delicious, healthy, and reasonably priced. The grounds are beautiful, tranquil, and the resident dogs are big teddy bears. They've really created a little slice of heaven just outside Salento, and thankfully they share it with others. If you're backpacking in the area, do yourself a favor and spend some time here.
    USA, Couple, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    16 Mar 2022
    We absolutely loved our stay at Ed’s lodge. It’s such a great place to reset and retreat. It’s just a few minutes away from the main road, from where you always catch a bus to get to Salento or Armenia to socialise and mingle. This place gave us so much. We enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you!
    Germany, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    01 Mar 2022
    This hostel was an amazing little getaway just outside Salento. Ed and the rest of the family that runs it are AMAZING. They took really good care of me and made sure I was well-fed at all times. It rained very hard when I was in salento so this was the perfect place to be (as it wasn’t possible to leave and do anything else in town!). As an added bonus, they have three adorable dogs that kept us company.
    Canada, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    27 Nov 2021
    It's really an amazing place. It's not in the city, but the navigation to and from is incredibly easy and they will take you almost anywhere you want to go with with vehicles. We loved not being around all the noise of the city and listening to the River instead. Will definitely be back when we come back to Colombia!
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 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
  • 9.7

    Superb

    27 Apr 2022
    Lovely quiet getaway stay in Salento. The property is so relaxing and peaceful! Ed, Luigi, and the rest of the staff were very welcoming and helpful with ensuring we enjoyed our stay. The lodging was outside of Salento in Boquia, however it was easy to take the shuttle for 2 mil that goes every 15 min into and back from town. Really enjoyed staying here and will be sure to recommend it to my friends.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 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
  • 9.4

    Superb

    14 Nov 2021
    Ed and his family were incredible hosts! The property is SO beautiful! It is a true get-away experience. Ed organized transportation for us to and from the airport and to Cocara Valley. We had home cooked breakfast and dinner, which were delicious! The property is close to Solento, but you have to take a 10 min bus, which is very easy. Ed had great recommendations for us including coffee tours, hiking, and the waterfall. I will definitely be coming back!
    USA, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.1

    Superb

    29 Apr 2022
    Refugio was beautiful. Very peaceful and surrounded by nature. The family that owns the property are amazing and make you feel at home:)
    USA, Female, 25-30
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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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