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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 9.8

  • Location 9.4

  • Staff 9.7

  • Atmosphere 9.5

  • Cleanliness 9.7

  • Facilities 9.5

Latest Reviews

  • 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+
  • 10.0


    01 Dec 2019
    A place where you can feel completely relaxed and soak up the lush green and colourful surroundings. Ed and his family make you feel totally at home, and the rooms are comfy and clean. Coffee and breakfast each morning are a great way to start the day, and you can arrange all the activities from the lodge. We had a great time horse riding to Beunos Aires coffee farm as well from the hostel with a great guide.
    Australia, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    30 Nov 2019
    Another incredible hostel here in Colombia. We wanted a detox away from any busy places and really feel mindful in a tranquil location. Well this place delivered exceptionally. Ed was an extremely cool dude and made us feel right at home. We stayed in the dorm which was located right next to a river which I believe to be the best dorm I’ve stayed in, the sound of the river was so relaxing. Nice clean kitchen and a perfect place to unwind. Keep up the good work Ed!
    USA, Couple, 25-30
  • 10.0


    11 Nov 2019
    This place is like heaven on Earth. The location is right in the middle of the forest which makes it the perfect getaway from the noisy cities. You'll be at a 5min walk from public transportation. The coffre farms are at a 2h walking distance in this wonderful nature. Ed, the owner, knows the region very well and will be able to recommend you the best places around. The food is delicious, we had a beautiful experience!
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    05 Nov 2019
    Such a beautiful retreat, set in the most stunning surroundings. Ed and his family were very welcoming, I particularly enjoyed the home cooked meals!
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    01 Nov 2019
    Super nice little hideout right next to a tranquil river, away from the noise of cities, and perfect for relaxing and washing the road dust off. The surrounding nature is impressive and peaceful. Ed is a very nice man and we even played some guitar for the other guests one night. Go there to relax and get away from city chaos! Thanks Ed and family!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    19 Nov 2019
    Great place just outside Salento. Really nice relaxed feeling to the place, and out in the countryside so it's very peaceful. Salento - You can catch the bus to Salento (the bus takes 10mins and leaves every 15mins) from down the road Mixed dorm - Theres only 6 beds so it's not crowded. The room is next to a river so if you're a light sleeper, maybe bring ear plugs. Wifi - good but a bit patchy down by the dorm. Staff - super friendly and helpful Dogs - 10/10 good boys
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    31 Oct 2019
    Perfect to chill and relax in a hammock while listening to birds. Incredible friendly staff. Beautiful garden and views. It just can get a bit cold at night.
    Germany, Male, 18-24
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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