Exceeding Expectations: Hostal Finca La Violeta in Susacon
Sometimes your expectations when traveling are exceeded. It doesn’t happen often but on our recent trip to Colombia we got lucky on more than a few occasions. The whole hiking experience in the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy far exceeded our expectations.
And so did our stay at a local B&B our guide had discovered in Susacon – Hostal Finca La Violeta (no website but you can search for them on Facebook and they respond quickly).
Entrance to the owner’s
part of the house
We had finished our six day trek in Guican – right where we started. But we had to get back to Bogota and I was not up for another 14 hour bus ride from hell. Fortunately Rodrigo had business to do in Bogota and offered to drive us back but the idea was to break up the drive and stay in Susacon for a night, about half way there.
I figured we’d end up staying in some cheap, dumpy hostel but Rodrigo had discovered a wonderful spot on one of his many stopovers. It was still inexpensive – about $40 per night but dumpy it wasn’t.
We arrived in the dark so although we could appreciate our room, it wasn’t till morning that we realized what a beautiful spot we’d landed in.
One of the owner’s cows with Susacon as a backdrop
Our room was behind the door
Our room was a two story affair that could comfortably sleep four people. There was a seating area, a fridge, a table and chairs, a TV and a bathroom – with a small amount of hot water. Interesting art pieces adorned the walls.
Many people come and stay for a week at a time. No meals are served but you can do some cooking. And there are loads of things to do in the area. It’s not far from an area renowned for its birding.
In the morning we were provided with a fresh cup of coffee from locally grown beans and milk fresh from the cow. The owner tells us that he makes his own yogurt and cheese too.
Meadowlark singing off in the fields
Bougainvillea framing the doorway
Some of the interesting details on the house
One of the many hand painted tiles inlaid into the walls of the house
An assortment of saddles
Another colourful seating area
Brick stacked for future projects
Everywhere you looked there were flowers in bloom and plants in pots.
Looks like a raspberry read to burst
Once it bursts
Hibiscus in bloom
A blast of pink
Pretty windowsill display
I could easily have stayed a few days. It’s the kind of place where you can’t help but relax. And the owners – former professors at the university in Bogota, speak English.
Would do you think of the Hostel? Could you stay for a while?
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