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A home away from home – San Jeronimo Colombia

After an insanely busy week of sightseeing, shopping and partying in Medellin (made even more crazy than normal due to me unknowingly arriving in the middle La Feria de las Flores) I wanted nothing more than to spend a few days relaxing, recharging and reconnecting with nature.

I had heard from a friend about Hostal La Finca – a small farm and hostal about 30 minutes from San Jeronimo (which is an easy one hour bus from Medellin) so I decided to check it out.

I arrived in San Jeronimo and decided to wait with a beer in one of the many small bars around the main square. Alexis (the Finca owner) and I had been in touch and as he was already running some errands in the town, had agreed to pick me up. All I had to do was relax and wait! He arrived in his brightly painted tuk tuk with a huge smile, and took me the 8km up the windy mountain paths towards the Finca. The air was still and calming and the view literally took my breath away. Each turn produced a more beautiful landscape with the evening light casting enticing shadows across the rolling hills. This was exactly what I had been looking for.

We arrived at the Finca at dusk and Alexis showed me around. I was staying in one of the dorms which was clean, comfortable and had plenty of space for my belongings.

The property was everything that I had hoped for with a fantastic swimming pool (including a 5* view across the valley), their own waterfalls just a 15 minute walk away, a BBQ, fire pit, orchard and a shared kitchen that would make even the best chefs jealous!

Everyone was extremely friendly and the ambiance at the hostel was relaxed and welcoming. Alexis and his partner Mathilde made me feel like part of the family instantly.

I had originally planned to stay for just two nights but I ended up staying 5. There was just so much to do! Apart from relaxing by the pool (which I admit I did a lot of) there were some great hikes around the area leading to some beautiful viewpoints, and I also went on a coffee tour where a local grower explained the intricate process of coffee production with such enthusiasm that I couldn’t stop smiling.

We ended up sharing a batch of freshly roasted and ground coffee at his mother’s house, high up in the mountains. Although it is possible to hike from the Finca to Santa Fe de Antioquia (an apparently lovely colonial town and a UNESCO heritage site) I have to admit that this was beyond me. Although there’s always next time!

Everything about my time here was perfect – the people, the accommodation, the food (don’t even get me started on the homemade bread, mango jam, eggs and chorizo for breakfast!), and the surroundings. Staying on the Finca was the little oasis of calm that I had desperately been seeking to find amongst my usually hectic travel schedule. My home away from Home – Im so glad to be a part of the Finca Family.

Written by Emily Markwell from the UK - 2015