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Finca La Esperanza

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#15 of 67 Specialty lodging in Jardin
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Samba wrote a review Jan 2017
Sanibel Island, Florida247 contributions188 helpful votes
Have been to Colombia several times, but the trip this month was the first to go birding, the first to Jardin and my first out of country trip in 25 years traveling without my husband. Though all five accommodations I utilized were nice, La Esperanza was heads and shoulders above the others. The luxury cabin I rented was spacious, had ample spaces to place/hold my luggage and clothes and was very clean. A very big plus was a very comfortable mattress and sufficient covers (it's cool during the night). The bathroom had good light and space, decent and adequate linens as well as plenty of hot water and good water pressure. Best of all, there was no disruptive noise that disturbed my sleep. I was out birding most of the time but did have a couple of meals prepared by Doug in his cheerful and well equipped kitchen. He knows what he is doing, presented lovely selections and was able to meet my needs for gluten free. This is not roughing it in the least.
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Date of stay: January 2017
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abaesel wrote a review Jan 2017
St. Petersburg, Florida64 contributions36 helpful votes
Doug Knapp has created a beautiful bird and nature retreat in the mountains above Jardin, Colombia. Ledgings are in sturdy, clean, attractive rooms. Big windows let us see into the trees. There was plenty of hot water and great water pressure in the shower. Beds were very comfortable, a plus after a long day of birding or exploring down in the town of Jardin. Doug is an excellent cook and is willing to modify his menus to suit dietary restrictions. It was fun to wait for a meal to be ready while sitting out on the patio watching hummingbirds race around the feeders in the trees. Jardin was a beautiful and friendly small town which my husband and son enjoyed exploring while Doug and I went birding up in the higher elevations. There is a bus or taxi transport to Jardin from Medelling (about a 3 hour drive through beautiful valleys and hills). I highly recommend a visit to Jardin and La Esperanza
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Date of stay: January 2017
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Andreae02468 wrote a review Mar 2016
Boston, Massachusetts6 contributions1 helpful vote
Birding lodges can range from rough to rustic, but Doug's place is clean, he cooks tasty trout and chicken, and it's a quiet, cool retreat from the bustle of Medellin and nearby resort towns. Birder's paradise, with views cut from the verdant forcest around on all sides. Try just sitting on one of the pleasant balconies with your binoculars and take in all the wildlife. The small pool and fruit trees attract a myriad of animals, and reputedly some night monkeys, water oppossum and other mammals. Doug will arrange birding and other tours, and is a font of information. Plus he has every birding book you will need to round out the identification of endemic and visiting species.
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Date of stay: March 2016
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Jay P wrote a review Jan 2016
Key West, United States2 contributions2 helpful votes
Douglas has built a fabulous personal ecotel here outside the beautiful town of Jardin on a ridge in the woods overlooking the town. His modern, comfortable cabins are welcome after a long day in the country searching for orchids and birds. Douglas personally cooked all our meals, breakfast, lunch to go and dinner and every one was a culinary delight. I had hoped to lose a bit of weight there but his food was so good that I left as I came. His ecotel is above the town of Jardin in the woods and is great if you like to be in the country. Jardin itself is very pretty and a great place to visit but it is very noisy at night due to the proliferation of motorcycles. The inn has many very nice paths that afford great bird watching and provides many locations to view the town 300 meters below. After a long day it was great to take a very hot, constant shower, dry off and get a great meal before dropping off to sleep listening to the frogs below in his pond on property. This trip was my second to this ecotel, the first was a year and a half ago with my wife who does not appreciate country inns but she was very comfortable there. Both times the exerience was very positive so I cannot say enough about this location! The price paid included 3 meals a day and great conversation. Douglas also arranged a guide and transportation to all the locations that I wanted to go and he had dinner waiting for me whenever I arrived. My wife on our previous visit loved the food as well and she is a complete vegetarian so Douglas can accomodate different diets. There is an on site laundry with a real dryer so the clothes can be ready for the next day. Check it out you can't go wrong.
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Martin I wrote a review Mar 2015
Colombia1 contribution1 helpful vote
This bird lodge is amazing! Doug, the owner created there a little paradise. Doug let us feel to be at home! You could feel that his heart lies in this project. We were a little bit unlucky with the birds(Coudn't see a lot) but it was very nice anyways. There are like over 100 different species of birds. The rooms are so quiet and with love prepared. Everything fits perfectly. You could customize your meals with the food you like. We had a great time there! If you have additional plans like going to Cave of Splendor he can help you.
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Date of stay: March 2015
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