San Agustin & the Southwest, Colombia
At a Glance
Set amongst rolling green countryside, this rustic lodge epitomizes the laidback vibe of the charming village at the bottom of the hill, so you can easily absorb the local lifestyle and enjoy the views
Expect quirky decorations (the owner is also an artist) and well-maintained gardens full of flowering plants and visited by numerous birds throughout the day
Just a short walk downhill (we recommend a taxi back up) you’ll find a pretty little town with cobbled streets and a cute main square with cafes and places to eat lunch or dinner
Enjoy hearty traditional breakfasts out on the open terrace, usually consisting of fresh fruits, eggs and fried plantain and always accompanied by plenty of rich locally grown coffee (although their unique tea concoction is worth trying too)
Of course, the main draw to the area are the archaeological parks with their mysterious stone carvings, which are just a short drive away, but it’s worth taking a few extra days to explore some of the area’s stunning nature and forest trails
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Colombia is located near the equator which allows for relatively minor temperature variations over the year although temperatures do vary according to altitude. The Southwest can be visited year round however the dry season is from November to March and more rains are experienced from April to June.
To start planning your vacation to Akawanka Lodge
At Akawanka Lodge, the manager is also the artist in residence and as such, the place bursts with character and color. Couple these beautiful interiors with sweeping views over verdant hills and the result is a delightful base for a stay in San Agustin.
Perhaps not the most luxury property in the area, Akawanka stands out amongst the rest thanks to the care and detail with which it has been lovingly decorated by its owners and manager. The result is walls, furniture and doors painted in sprawling quirky and intricate designs that infuse the lodge with character and color, matched only by the gardens filled with flowers and birds.
Rooms and bathrooms are simple yet comfortable and depending on the room category you opt for, you may enjoy a wrap-around terrace, private terrace or even jacuzzi. Breakfast is served at Akawanka’s on-site restaurant (the menu is translated into English), WiFi is available throughout the property and there is an on-site massage room available for bookings. Upon arrival, you’ll be offered a coffee or an aromatic tea. Whilst you may think when in Colombia, you should go for coffee, we actually recommend the tea - it’s a fragrant glass of berries, flowers and herbs freshly picked from the garden.
The lodge is situated just a 15-minute walk from the center of town so well located for those who want some peace and quiet but also the option to wander down and explore. We would recommend taking a taxi back up afterwards, however, as the road is steep and not yet paved.
Please note that English is limited at the hotel and so it is advisable to book at least your first tour in advance and then arrange any subsequent activities with your English-speaking guide on arrival.
Bogota, San Agustin, Villa de Lleyva, Barichara & Cartagena
from $4600 pp 11 nights
- Whizz around the bustling capital city by bike, taking in the colonial architecture and sites of Bogota
- Fly south to the less-traveled southwestern corner of the country and the laid-back town of San Agustin
- Immerse yourself in the pre-Columbian archaeological sites that remain shrouded in mystery
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San Agustin & the Southwest, Colombia
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