Finca San Pedro is the most special hostel I've ever stayed in. First of all it is actually a very (!) nice estate something like 5 minutes outside of Sogamoso. The family house is beautiful and the guests can hang out in the nice living rooms, dining rooms etc. The garden is also stunning with some lovely dogs. And then there are several other rooms like a kitchen or a chill-out room, so they really have everything to make you feel comfortable.
We stayed in "the suite of the house" because nothing else was available. Needless to say it was a very beautiful room.
However, the best thing about this hostel is the family owning it. First of all there is Juan who is so helpful and nice and even went on a hike with us. He will help you organize everything you need from a cab to some near town until your food in the evening. Then there is the mother who is equally friendly and helpful. And we also had the chance to meet Juan's brother Felipe, again so friendly and helpful. Everywhere you go and in all the interactions with the family you simply feel welcome and appreciated, so nice!
Together they try to introduce tourism to the region of Sogamoso and also engage in the ecological situation the region is in. There are hardly any tourists in the Sogamoso area, yet it has stunning touristic attractions to over. We did the Paramo hike which was simply the most stunning hike I ever did. Nature is breathtaking with "Guace" (?) plants adsorbing water from the air and acting as the springs of Colombian rivers. They are hundreds of years old, which is absolutely mindblowing once you see them. Also we went to nearby Lago de Tota, which has a sand beach on >3000m altitude! And went to the small village of Nobsa to buy some hand-made wool sweaters.
I mention our trips because they were all organized by Juan and are part of the hostel experience, check their website.
From my point of view the only little room for improvement for this amazingly young hostel is the service by the people that are NOT part of the family.
Overall I strongly recommend Finca San Pedro in Sogamoso. You should leave the gringo trail and go there asap, there are hardly any tourists and everything is pristine. I'm very certain that this will change soon. I truly hope Juan and his family will continue their mission and that this place stays like this for a long time. Thanks for these wonderful days!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Finca San Pedro, the perfect place to explore, enjoy & relax. A friendly family-run historic, beautiful farm/hostel/posada, located in Sogamoso, in the process of also becoming an organic, self-sustaining spa. Located on the edge of Sogamoso city, Finca San Pedro is a convenient and strategic place to visit and explore the spectacular province of Sugamuxi. The hostel is centrally located and is the ideal starting point to explore the region. We do provide complete information about all the tours and activities that you can do. Explore the sacred Lago de Tota (Lake Tota) and its white sand beach 'Playa Blanca'. Go lake diving, horse riding, visit the Temple of the Sun, the magnificent little colonial towns, the beautiful Puntalarga winery or go trekking and see humid tropical forests, waterfalls, paramos (natural sites just below snow attitude but above the continuous forest line) and way much more. We offer all the regular services you would expect from a good hostel. These services include free internet & wi-fi, free towels, kitchen, book exchange, hot water, laundry and board games. We also have a big and beautiful garden, dogs and a cat to play, yoga and meditation lessons (on demand), sauna, massage, optimized water, dining & living rooms, TV satelite, DVD, fax, security boxes and we do have three fire places in case it gets a bit cold at night. You are more than welcome to visit us! ... more less
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