Location, location: Hacienda Bambusa is a working farm located in Colombia’s coffee region. Owned by the Montoya family, the hacienda is surrounded by the Andes Mountains, bamboo forests, and fruit and cacao plantations.
Get there quick: The closest city and airport is Armenia(AXM), just a 25-minute drive from Bambusa. Fly direct to from Bogotá (Avianca), Medellín (ADA) and Fort Lauderdale (Spirit). Alternatively, hit the road; the Hacienda is 9 km from the Bogotá-Cali highway.
Best for: Families, couples, and nature lovers. Those looking for shopping malls and a banging club scene should abstain.
Coffee lovers alert! Coffee is one of Colombia’s principal exports – its cultivation is full of historic and cultural significance. Learn everything about the coffee process and taste different varieties of beans at neighbouring fincas, open exclusively to Bambusa clients.
Bird’s eye view: A hot air balloon is a fun way to take in the scenery; flights take place early in the morning when weather conditions ensure a smooth ride. For those who like to keep their feet nearer the ground, grab a horse and ride through the Hacienda’s coffee and banana plantations along the Quindío River.
Get out and about: Salento, a bustling colonial market town at the center of the Coffee Zone, is worth a visit. It is also the gateway to one of Colombia’s most captivating National Parks: Los Nevados.
Take a hike: Venture into the Andes for an unforgettable day of hiking. Routes range from 2-7 hours and are tailored to suit individual needs. “Peñas Blancas” and “Rio Verde” are our favourite trails.
Stay local: Immerse yourself in the local culture with a trip to Pijao, a rural coffee village. Hacienda Bambusa’s english speaking sociologist and local coffee expert leads the expedition which seeks to connect travellers with Colombia’s coffee culture.
Furry friends: River otters, armadillos, pacas, anteaters, sloths, jaguarundi pumas and howler monkeys roam the surrounding forests and rivers; the local botanical garden is one of the region’s most valued conservation projects.
Valley magic: If you only head out to one place at Hacienda Bambusa, make sure it’s Valle de Cocora. This majestic valley is home to the Quindio Wax Palm, Colombia’s national tree and the world’s tallest variety of palm tree. Think cloud forests, orchids, and hummingbirds.
Best time to visit: The hacienda lies in the southern part of the coffee region and experiences a warmer, dryer climate than the rest of the area (temperatures range from 20-28º C).
Top Tip: Don’t forget your binoculars! With over 100 bird species on the hacienda, you’ll want to get a closer look at those Fork-tailed Flycatchers.
Don’t miss: You can’t leave before checking out Bambusa’s Cacao cultivation process, unique in the coffee region. An expert biologist guide will lead you through the labyrinth of trails crisscrossing the Hacienda.