Finca Cafetera El Balso
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... of the country. It is believed the name was changed in memory of the Armenian people murdered in the Turkish Ottoman Hamidian Massacres of 1894-97. It is also known by its nickname "Ciudad Milagro" (Miracle city).
Despite Armenia's quickly expanding economy at the time, the means of transport were still very limited. The main form of transporting people and merchandise was by mule, due to the mountainous terrain surrounding the city. It was not until ...
... looks exactly like the image that I always had in mind of the classic owner of a coffee plantation in Colombia; he could very well be on the logo of a brand of precious roasted beans, and it would not surprise me at all if it already was. A huge smile, his face marked by the work and by the sun, a beautiful sombrero on his head and the kindness and friendliness of times long gone. We felt at home from the minute we set foot in his finca.
For an italian fanatic of ...
... and I also know that just like my birthday this year, this will also be the first Christmas which I can ever remember truly looking forward too, although it will be strange to spend Christmas in a hot country, rather than the UK, which is freezing at this time of the year. Yay bring on the Christmas carols, decorations, food, parties and most of all I look forward to being with my friends ...
... showed us around the plantation. They produce about 3000kg of coffee per year and keep some for the family's consumption and sell 70% to the Colombian Coffee Federation who then sell it on. Bad coffee is anything that has been spoiled during the process and most ends up at Nescafe! We were also told that children are brought up drinking coffee from about 5 years old and that most people drink about 10 cups a day with no side effects! Don Elias was a ...
... and arrows that they used to stick in people (to sacrifice them - pretty brutal).
After Bogota we took the night bus (awful - we didn’t sleep, and my bag side off somewhere and we thought it had been nicked (it hadn’t), someone puked everywhere etc...) to Salento. Salento is a small coffee producing town and is very pretty. It’s only had ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking