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El Rancho de Salento
Bologna, Italy
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Rustic and restful”
Reviewed 24 February 2014

We spent two nights at El Rancho as a family with children. This is a rustic hostel on a working farm, the owner has a couple living on the property who prepares meals and looks after the guests needs - the are very nice but do not speak anything other than spanish (this is not uncommon in Colombia). The room are simple and depending on which one you are assigned, the bathrooms can be VERY small.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay - the farm house has a wrap around porch with hammocks and sofas to sit and enjoy the view from. There are cows grazing in the fields below and with the children we went to see the farmers milk them, you can also hire horses for a ride basically on the property (although these are not horse that will take you up to the Valle del Cocora which is 20 minutes away).
Salento is a short ride further up the hill and is close enough that it's easily reached but not too close to have to deal with the commotion of all the tourists visiting.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Parker, Colorado
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

This B&B is located in a beautiful and safe area of Colombia, 16 kms. from the city of Armenia. The nearest town (small) is Salento (2.5 kms). This area of Colombia is quickly becoming known as a wonderful alternative eco-tourism location, so see it now, because I have a feeling by the number of tourists from many countries, that it will not retain its isolated calm for much longer.

El Rancho is a working dairy farm with about 6 or 7 guest rooms. It is owned by a successful couple from Bogota who were able to retire early from their stressful jobs, buy this gorgeous piece of land, and live a very different lifestyle more to their liking.

My wife and I stayed here for three days, loved it, and have recommended it to many friends and relatives. The property is very well maintained, the rooms pleasant (not luxurious), the bathrooms large and work well, the beds are comfortable. Breakfast was served outside our room every morning; the food is good, the coffee (as you might expect since this is the primary coffee growing area of Colombia) was delicious.

Luz Angela Salazar and her husband own El Rancho. The senor devotes his time to running the farm; Luz Angela, the B&B. We found Luz Angela to be wonderful, warm, friendly (though she does not speak English -- luckily my wife does). We had many fun conversations with my wife as the interpreter. I would imagine that the one review that said the guests were treated "like second class citizens" was due in total to a language problem only.

Luz Angela will provide all the information you need on what to see and do in the immediate and general area. If you never leave the property (except for lunch and dinner) you will be treated to beautiful walks, trout filled river, waterfalls, flowers, and unusual trees; the property is quite large.
One day my wife and I just walked down to the river where we sat under a tree and read for hours while listening to the fast running water.

The owners are happy to provide a quick ride into the nearby town of Salento. It is a fair size town with multiple places to eat, excellent coffee houses, and endless opportunities to buy souvenirs. If it is not too late, you can be picked up, or can take a short cab ride back to the finca (farm). I do not recommend walking back at night; the mountain road is dark with many curves and car traffic.

While walking around Salento we met tourists from Israel, Italy, Germany, and the U.S. What are they there to see? Beautiful volcanic mountain terrain with rain forest foliage, and one truly remarkable trick of nature -- huge palm trees naturally growing at 10,000 feet elevation in the heart of the mountains.

Luz Angela arranged a backroad trip (definitely unpaved, off the beaten path) in a 1950's restored Willey's jeep and guide (Omar Bettancourt) to take us into the mountains and up to this incredible area. These palms grow to 200+ ft; they are the tallest palms recorded in the world, and the only palms known to grow at this altitude (National Geographic has been there to film them). The fact that they are there is a geographic/geologic mystery. Omar explained that it is assumed that volcanic and seismic activity in this region thousands of years ago caused movement of the earth, thus displacing this large segment of land, the palms, and the animals that are also not usually found at this altitude (we saw a tree sloth).

The four and one-half hour round trip is rugged because of the roads and the Willeys' suspension (if you have a bad back, don't do it), but it was worth it for us to go to a place that few people have ever been to or seen. It is so unique that you feel that you have stepped back in time.

Our only problem on the trip was being woken up at 3 AM by the neighing of a horse outside our open window (no A.C.) when his friend, a donkey, was taken away to carry milk to nearby small villages. Luz laughed when we told her; said that that the horse and donkey were raised together and are very close. The horse doesn't like the donkey leaving its side. Luz then moved the two of them to a different area so we would be sure not to be disturbed again!

I highly recommend travel to Colombia (I have always found it safe), especially this beautiful area, and definitely El Rancho.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 January 2013

There are so many things good about this Finca, but I'm reluctant to give it a hugely positive review as we were treated like second class citizens - perhaps it was because we were such a small group (2), perhaps it was because my Spanish is non existent.

First the good points.

As per the photos, the finca is a beautiful building set in a countryside idyl. It's relaxing and you feel miles from any city life.

The owners have good local knowledge and gave us some good tips such as:
- go to Corocora valley early to avoid the crowds (heed this advice fellow travellers)
- go to an artesian shop on Calle 10 in Armenia to buy la chamba black pottery at great prices
- hire a horse directly from the finca ... My wife and I had a blast on our well trained and energetic horses as we went on 2 hour round trip to a local waterfall.

The bad points
- we must've have got the gimp room. Our room did not reflect any of the photos on the web. It was tiny. No where to put bags or the contents thereof. One small cupboard freshly painted in creosote with fumes so strong we could only store our hiking boots within. The bathroom was so small i had to contort my average sized frame (6 feet tall 85kgs) to enter and exit. we had zero hot water; which is a little too refreshing for the countryside (where it gets a little chilly at night and early morning).

- we were not advised that a second glass of juice or coffee at breakfast incurred an additional charge ... So found these additions to our final bill a little petty.

- Service was diabolical. One morning it took me 20 mins to find the staff So we could get our morning coffees underway. Only after the owner, his friend, another Spanish speaking guest had been served, we're we finally given our coffee.

- we were told to cut short afternoon activities in order to make a 3:30pm horse riding start time. Yet we had to wait around until 4:30 to start our ride.

I hope this feedback gives other travellers the info to assure better service, and the owners some constructive advice as - despite the bad points - we'd stay there again and there are certainly no other local options to compare this finca with.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Turners Falls, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

We spent 4 days at El Rancho. We ended up there because it was the only place in the countryside outside of Salento that responded to my inquiry. We are glad they did as it was a very enjoyable stay.
It is on an active dairy. It is very well maintained, clean, quiet except for the wonderful natural night sounds (Rio Quindio-be sure to pick a room on the river side), plenty of fresh jugos, good meals (a healthy breakfast is included in a fair room rate, but you can purchase all your meals there if you choose to relax in a hammock for the day or go for a horseback ride - ask for Nelson), pleasant help (in fact, Julie was fantastic), comfortable bed and hot water. The photos on their web site are current. There is an ATV rental nearby and a short walk to the River and/or Boguia (a small village with places to eat and where you can flag a bus to Salento, Armenia or Pereira). They like Americans.
A 4 is a high rating for us.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Bayern, Bayern, Germany
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Reviewed 26 November 2012

The Finca is located a little outside of Salento set in a beautiful landscape. It is peaceful and romantic. The rooms are spacious & clean. Food is great (try the "troucha"). Hosts are very helpful in organizing tours and tripps.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: El Rancho de Salento
Address: Vereda Boquia, Salento 631020, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Quindio Department > Salento
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #19 of 70 Speciality Lodging in Salento
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Number of rooms: 6
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