September 20th - 27th, 2014


Tuesday, 23rd of September

It is a sanctuary, for all who live here and for those who visit. We got up early to go bird watching with a bird guide who was just perfect. I was amazed at the life in these forests. A couple of hours just flew by then we had breakfast and after that a walk around the sanctuary nature paths...again the plant material in this old growth forest was stunning. Each fighting for their fair share of light and moisture. There are two interpretive walking paths you can take through. The one we took had some great old remnants of a swimming pool with wonderful details, a pond and a lot of plant material that was actually brought in by these people who originally owned a house here....many years ago. The house is long gone and now all that is left is a moss covered pool. There is also Villa Amparo, an estate built in 1930 that has a two-storey house. The house was built with wood and stucco and mud walls and is a true example of the architecture of Antioquia and Cauca provinces. The other buildings on site for guests all have the same exterior look to them. Inside the rooms are basic with bathroom (shower only) no tv and no phone.

After Lunch we were on our way...we stopped at Tambo Lookout in Boqueron for a short rest stop and to enjoy refreshing fruit drinks, then again a coffee stop to observe the panoramic view of Pereira and its surroundings.

Soon we were at Hacienda Venecia

The boutique hotel accommodation at Hacienda Venecia is found in what once was a family home ... but WHAT a house! Among the incredible views of the steep coffee fields, the abundant blooming orchids around the perimeter porch, the flowering trees, the retro elegance of the rooms...especially loved our red doors! If you are in this area you must stay here, you will never regret the memories. Located within the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ´Coffee Triangle´, just 20 minutes from Manizales, Hacienda Venecia is a fourth generation working coffee plantation which offers a range of accommodation for a variety of budgets. Set amongst the award-winning coffee plants and tropical gardens, guests have the choice of bedding down in one of two renovated farm houses. The main house where we stayed has a swimming pool, stunning views and the second converted farmhouse, also with its own swimming pool, has seven more simple ´backpacker´ twin and double rooms. Guests here also enjoy the included breakfast, plus free espressos. While at the Hacienda, activities include coffee discovery tours, bird watching and hiking around the plantation. If that sounds too active, you can simply kick back by the pool or snooze the afternoon away in a hammock. I only wish I had the time for that! The ladies made delicious meals and soon we were all either checking email, having a coffee or having a drink ... .then off to bed.

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