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Hospedaje Santaelena Medellin Antioquia Colombia | Colombia Backpacking


Hospedaje Santaelena

Hospedaje Santaelena
Finca La Bendicion/Via el Placer-al Parque Arvi, Santa Elena, Medellin, Antioquia
(57) 320.795.7392, (034) 538.1635
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Overview: Hospedaje Santaelena is a wonderful option if you are visiting Medellin but would like to spend a few days in the surrounding countryside. It feels like another world, even though you are just 30 minutes from downtown Medellin. Set in an idyllic rural setting of 1.5 hectares, the warm and friendly owners will make you feel right at home in their delightful cabins, nestled into native forest. You can visit nearby Parque Arvi, take guided nature walks, go horseback riding, learn about the "silleteros" (flower arrangers), or sample the delicious and hearty local cuisine.


Neighborhood: Sante Elena is a rural area located in the mountains, east of downtown Medellin. It's a community of around 12,000 people, just half an hour from the centro. Peaceful and tranquil, the area features close proximity to Parque Arvi, the Jose Maria Cordoba Airport (MED), nature trails, downtown Santa Elena, and a variety of restaurants offering traditional antioqueno (from Antioquia) gastronomy. The area has seen something of a cultural and economic boom in recent years, and numerous foreigners have settled in the area in recent times, including many European families.

How to Get There: Hospedaje Santaelena is located just half an hour by bus from the Jose Maria Cordoba Airport (MED).  A taxi should cost around $40.000, or you can take a bus that will cost you $3.000. Take the bus that says Santa Elena on the front. Get off the bus in front of the Estadero de los Silleteros. Here you will see another road leading up the hill on your right hand side, heading towards Parque Arvi. Walk 300 meters up the hill, and the hospedaje will be on your left hand side, with a sign that says "La Bendicion".

If you are heading to Hospedaje Santaelena from downtown Medellin, you can catch a bus to Santa Elena from either the Plazita de Flores, or Bellas Artes in downtown. Buses leave every 15 minutes, and they cost $2.200. This bus will take around 45 minutes. 

Another excellent option would be to rent a car in Medellin and drive to the hospedaje. Parking is plentiful and free, and having your own car offers great access to the surrounding attractions. If you choose this option, remember that to take the road that begins on Calle 45 in Medellin, and heads east through the mountains towards Santa Elena.

Management/Staff: Edgar and Humberto are the owners of the hospedaje. In addition to the tourism business, they work together on a variety of other projects, including audiovisual production, agriculture, and social development. They have been running the hospedaje for more than a year. They love to receive guests from all over the world, and show them the natural beauty of Santa Elena. More than anything, they want guests to know that they have a new family and Santa Elena. Many guests enjoy their stay so much that they return a second or third time.

Rooms: The management is currently in the process of rapid expansion and construction. Currently they offer two cabins to guests, but by the end of the year they are planning to build two more.Coming Soon!  $60.000 in between Monday and Thursday.  $120.000 on the weekends.

Shared Rooms: No. 

Private Rooms: There cabins currently rent for $60.000 per night from Monday to Thursday, and $120.000 per night on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They feature full baths, complete kitchens, cable TV, wifi, as well as a large living room, and two bedrooms.



Breakfast: No.

Kitchen: Each of the cabins comes with a well-equipped kitchen, with refrigerator, stove, oven, and microwave. There is a small supermarket in the town of Santa Elena near the park.

Restaurant: While there are no restaurants on the grounds, there are a wide variety of places that offer delivery service, or "servicio domicilio" in Spanish. 

Bar: No.

Terrace/Patio: There is a large patio area with tables and chairs, with a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains.

TV Lounge: All the cabins offer DirecTV.

Computers: No.

Wifi: Yes.

Lockers: No.

Bicycles: No.

Credit Cards: No.

Luggage Storage: No.

Check-in Time: Flexible

Check-out Time: Flexible

Santa Elena lives by the "cultura silletera", the elaborate floral arrangements that the region celebrates every year in August. For 55 years that the tradition has been honored, cherished, and celebrated by the local families. If you are there in the right season, make sure you take advantage of the opportunity to see the cultura silletera up, close, and personal. The Londono family and Don Oscar offer some of the best tours. The area has become quite popular for tourism recently.

The area is serviced by frequent buses that offer inexpensive and speedy transportation. Parque Arvi is just 30 minutes to the north. Sports activities include: rafting, canoeing, birdwatching, horseback riding, and hiking. The area is also notable for the presence of rare and exotic species of mushrooms and orchids. 

Chorizos, trucha del rio (river trout), arepas, frijoles, pollo a la plancha, bandeja paisa: the restaurants in the area offer a smorgasbord of culinary options. Portions are large, the food is hearty, and the prices are reasonable. Particularly recommended are: Santa Lena, Canela, Cana Brava, and la Rosita. The local government has even received financial support to develop a local food culture, and to that end they have developed their own "ruta gastronomica".

If you are heading to Parque Arvi, just wait on the road in front of the hospedaje. Buses pass by every half hour. In the park you'll encounter numerous nature walks and trails, guided or unguided. You can also enjoy guided horseback rides, or "cabalgatas" in Spanish. A short 30 minute ride is generally $20.000, while for $40.000 you can take a longer hour and a half excursion that goes deeper into the forest. On the road to Parque Arvi there is also a delightful "mariposaria" or butterfly observatory. It is not to be missed!


Conclusion: The natural beauty and tranquility of the area and the hospitality of the owners make this a great choice. If you are heading to Medellin, spending some time in rural Antioquia is a great option, and Edgar and Humberto will make you feel right at home. Whether you're interested in outdoor activities, enjoying the traditional local cuisine, visiting Parque Arvi, or learning about the "cultura silletera", this is the best place for you!

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