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“The Quintessence Of Colombia”
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Rancho Relaxo
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1 review
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“The Quintessence Of Colombia”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

After 10 days in the beautiful Tayrona national park avoiding hordes of hormonal Argentinians, mosquito s and the occasional bout of toilet trauma there is no where more relaxing than Rancho Relaxo.

The reason Rancho Relaxo is so special comes down to a multitude of factors. Its ran by 3 of the coolest, charismatic Canadian blokes you'll ever meet, from the moment you arrive your made to feel as part of the hostel family. Events are regularly organised each evening whether it is simply everyone sitting down to watch a movie, a bonfire on top of a spectacular hilltop with panoramic views known as the mirador or an exciting trip down the river that leads to the sea by palmino on rubber rings. There is a team of dedicated and friendly staff that maintain the property and every aspect of its running, through their ingenuity and tenacity to make the business successful many parts of the Ranch's running exceed any standard ive ever come across. To take it from the top the organic garden is well on its way to producing enough fruit and vegetables to make Rancho Relaxo a fully sustainable environment, there is also plans in the works to start using animals to further the eco system that is starting to grow. In the surrounding area of the ranch there is an abundance of activities to take part in, you are a stones throw away from the Caribbean coast line with options at the sister hostel to do surf lessons or just cabbage on a beach all day. 1/2 minutes away from the main area is a beautiful jungle waterfall complete with its very own pool that day or night will provide a luxury relief from the heat, if you walk futher afield you will discover more jungle water falls/tire swings and a beautiful hill top view known as the mirador. Every meal experienced is a special occasion, the standards set within the kitchen are unbelievable. They strive to always produce organic wholesome meals and i can promise that you will never leave the table hungry. Each day the menu differs offering cuisines from all corners of the globe and if it isnt your thing then they will always accommodate your needs. They operate a restaurant friday/saturday and sunday which is affordable and provides ridiculously large portions for you to feast on.

As for the cleanliness of the accommodation and kitchen, it is on par with standards you would expect in a western kitchen. They offer huts/hammocks and dorm sleeping for a very resonable price which also includes breakfast, water is not an issue as they provide unlimited free drinking water.

To sum up every thing ive written, ive spent the last 5/6 years in an incredibly stressful job, travelling was my way of coming back to earth again. The 4 days spent at Rancho Relaxo were the most peaceful, serene and relaxing ive experienced in all those years so dont pass it by and check the place out!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

We found this place by chance, as the place we were staying was fully booked, but I'm really glad it was, as this is definitely worth a visit. Such a nice vibe. The people who run it are all extremely helpful and somehow manage to make you feel very relaxed and at home without it seeming like they are really trying. A very chilled place to stay. The place seems like it's still a bit of a work in progress but it doesn't affect your stay, in fact it's one of the nicest things about it, that they are still trying things out.

The food is also really good.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Burlington, Canada
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

Rancho relaxo is a pretty cool place. Good food, friendly environment, comfortable accommodations and the most affordable prices in the area. There is lots of stuff to do on the property like hikes, enjoy the spectacular views, take a ride on the swing, and walk around the gardens. Around the property there is tubing, hiking, the ciudad perdida, and park tayrona. I hope anyone reading this finds some time on their trip to come by and take a break and try something different.

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Property: Rancho Relaxo
Address: Kilometer 46 on the Troncal del Caribe from Santa Marta to Palomino, Buritaca 46, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Buritaca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Buritaca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rancho Relaxo is a farm, restaurant and hostel located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains on Colombia's Caribbean Coast. Our sustainable operation offers fresh and delicious farm to table meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We can host travelers in our indoor 4 bed dorm, 3 private rooms and outdoor dorm that sleeps 8 comfortably. Pricing varies from 20,000 COP to 90,000 COP including coffee and breakfast. Come for the view, the wildlife and incredible food. Take a quick ride on a bicycle to the beach, or maybe jump on a mule and head into the mountains to camp for a few days - our 150+ hectare property is yours to discover. ... more   less 
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