Casa Galavanta

Casa Oropéndola

Sierra Nevada and the Caribbean Coast, Colombia

At a Glance

  • A beautiful private lodge with a personal chef, housekeeper and host to ensure everything is taken care of

  • Remote location deep within the Sierra Nevada cloudforest, surrounded by nature

  • Its elevated position allows spectacular views over the Sierra Nevada mountain range

  • Limited cellphone signal and internet access make it the perfect place to disconnect

  • A range of included experiences are on offer from adventures in the cloudforest to cookery classes

  • Arrive in style by helicopter and soak in views of the famous 'Lost City' along the way

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Best time to Visit

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The Sierra Nevada can be visited year-round but the cloudforest has two rainy seasons which generally run from May to June and from September to November. The best time to visit is between December and March which coincides with most other destinations within Colombia. It is worth noting that it can rain at any time of year due to the tropical climate.

December to January is the best season for birdwatching as many migratory species return to the forest.

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Perched spectacularly overlooking swathes of dense jungle, coffee fields and the distant Caribbean Sea, Casa Oropéndola is a beautiful private lodge in the heart of Colombia's Sierra Nevada cloudforest which provides an exclusive and remote retreat.

A magical setting in the cloudforest of Colombia's Sierra Nevada mountain range is the icing on the cake at Casa Oropéndola, a stunning private lodge which enjoys an isolated location, where nothing but nature can be seen for miles. Ideal for a family escape or couple's getaway, this beautifully rustic lodge provides plenty of additional luxuries to ensure that everything is taken care of, and your private chef, host and housekeeper will look after your every need so you are free to simply enjoy those enviable views over the jungle, coffee fields and Caribbean Sea beyond. 

Diverse flora and fauna attracts nature enthusiasts and birders whilst the surrounding rugged terrain gives plenty to satisfy adventurers, teenagers and keen walkers. Nearby indigenous communities throw a dash of culture into the mix and this tranquil spot is simply perfect for those in search of meditation and relaxation. A range of activities are included in your stay, taking you to secluded waterfalls where you may find a mouthwatering picnic or refreshing swimming spot, introducing you to the delights of the local cuisine with a cookery class and educating you about the resident wildlife and ecosystems as you explore on foot. Additional activities can also be arranged to focus more on photography, local culture or jungle adventures such as rappelling and canyoning. 

Casa Oropéndola comfortably accommodates eight guests, with four additional pull out beds available should more space be required. Hammocks feature in every room to invite guests to relax after days out in the cloudforest and a comfortable terrace makes the most of the lodge's privileged perch up in the mountains for some memorable outdoor dinners and evenings under the stars. A large, open-plan sitting area forms the heart of the home with a cosy fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows allowing light to flood in and creating a welcoming space. 

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Casa Oropéndola accommodates up to eight guests in four bedrooms, each designed to offer the utmost comfort with high thread-count sheets, hypoallergenic pillows and duvets, ceiling fans and hot water in the bathrooms. All rooms are ensuite and are equipped with an additional hammock.

Master Room

The master room comes with a king-size bed, desk, reading chairs and enjoys views over the jungle.

Mountain View Room

Boasting a king-size bed, two pull-out beds, a hammock and views of the mountain.

Jungle View Room

The Jungle View Room overlooks the jungle and comes complete with a queen-size bed, hammock and ensuite bathroom.


The Studio has twin beds, as well as two pull-out beds, a hammock, TV & DVD player and a detached bathroom.

Private Villa


Children aged 10 and upwards are welcome at Casa Oropéndola.


A collection of classic board games can be found in the lounge of Casa Oropéndola, as well as Bose speakers and an iPod to provide you with the perfect soundtrack to your stay. There is also a TV, DVD player and a collection of classic films to enjoy, as well as HDMI connection so you can supply your own entertainment should you prefer.

A personal chef will provide you with three meals a day which can include picnic lunches and you will also have an English-speaking host available to accompany you on excursions locally. The housekeeper will ensure that there is always a supply of purified water, fresh fruit, juices, coffees and teas, as well as a selection of premium wines and spirits which are available for an additional charge.


Complimentary activities include nature walks, night walks, treks to waterfalls, mountain tops and nearby reserves, coffee picking and harvesting between November and March, waterfall picnics and cookery classes with the on-site chef.

Private yoga lessons, visits to local indigenous communities, coffee haciendas and cacao fields, canyoning and rappelling down waterfalls, bird watching with an expert, nature photography courses, massages and spa services can also be arranged for an additional charge. We recommend booking these in advance to guarantee availability.


  • Coffee Harvesting at Casa Oropendola

    The valleys of the Sierra Nevada in Colombia boast the ideal conditions for growing coffee, and Casa Oropendola produces its own premium organic coffee which can be enjoyed exclusively by friends, family and guests of the house.

  • Cooking Classes at Casa Oropendola

    Join the chef at Casa Oropendola and learn tips and tricks to creating delicious Colombian delicacies, as well as international favourites (all with a Colombian twist of course). Help design the class menu to make your dish of choice.

  • Trekking at Casa Oropendola

    Casa Oropendola is perfectly placed to enjoy some serious hiking, whether you opt for something gentle or more demanding. Experience the stunning landscapes of the Sierra Nevada mountains on foot with the assistance of a guide.

  • Yoga at Casa Oropendola

    Disconnect from the world with a relaxing yoga session on Casa Oropendola's private deck, which boasts incredible views out over the Sierra Nevada, coffee plantations and out to sea.

Holiday Ideas

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    • Experience the diversity of Colombia as you cross from city, to cloudforest, to the Caribbean

Location & directions

Sierra Nevada and the Caribbean Coast, Colombia

Casa Oropéndola can be found in a remote section of the Sierra Nevada cloudforest in the East of Colombia and is completely surrounded by nature. Santa Marta is the nearest big town but the beautiful city of Cartagena is also within driving distance.

How to get there

15-hour flight to Cartagena via Bogota, followed by a 4.5-hour drive to the lodge. When you reach the town of Minca you must change into a 4x4 vehicle for a 30-minute off-road drive.

Alternatively you can fly to Santa Marta, from where it is a 1.5-hour drive (4x4 still necessary for the final portion).

Helicopter transfers are also available.

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