The Finca is first and foremost a place to relax. Take your pick from any of the comfortable hammocks, lakeside recliners, or bedrooms with a view to Colombian paradise. You cannot be at the Finca and not unwind.
The Finca at sunrise.
This is the most popular area at the Finca. This is one end of the "living room/dining room/kitchen" space. The architectural design of the Finca encourages socializing and views of nature. This area exemplifies that design.
This is one of the guest rooms at the Finca. The walls open up to the outdoors and you can see Colombia's natural beauty for miles.
This is another of the guest rooms at the Finca with another wall that opens up to the garden outside.
This is the view from the upstairs bedroom at the Finca. With its location on the second floor, this is probably the best view in the entire house.
The dining room table is one solid piece of gorgeously crafted wood and the benches surrounding it allow seating for up to 14 guests.
The Finca's full-time service staff prepares all meals and arranges the table for the appropriate number of guests. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (with many snacks in between!) are served whenever the guest is ready for them.
This view of the common area highlights the openness of the Finca. The valley breezes pass gently through the house and the small moat-like gutter around the house keeps any rain flowing peacefully towards the nearby lake.
Some guests taking an afternoon "siesta" in one of the many hammocks.
The view from right outside on the guest rooms.
Flowers, plants, and trees cover the Finca grounds making even a walk around the house a very colorful experience.
The Finca at dusk.
The Finca near nightfall.
Guests can opt to rest in hammocks at anytime of the day. Some even enjoy them overnight!
Fresh flowers are brought in daily from the Finca gardens.
Su Casa Colombia guide, Marcela, prepares the following day's activities as night falls at the Finca.
If you're someone who enjoys board games, you will definitely enjoy this Colombian version of Monopoly. It's called "Metropolio" and has some very unique twists to the classic American game.
One corner of the Finca. The moat-like gutter looks level but is actually built at a small downward angle to allow the rainfall to find its way to the lake.
The moat-like gutter is made of different colored cobblestones.
And sometimes, it catches more than just rain.
The path down to the lake runs parallel to the flowing water.
The steps leading down to the sun deck.
Another angle of the steps leading down to the sun deck.
A peaceful view of guests sunbathing and swimming in the lake.
The lake is still enough for some excellent mirror photography.
The on-site staff keeps the gardens and paths immaculate.
The Finca even contains some relics from the past. Pictured here are some antique Colombian theater chairs.
This newly installed barbecue pit area is an excellent addition to the Finca. Evenings can be spent underneath the stars as you relax and your meal is prepared for you.
The skies over the Finca are postcard worthy.
The view of the valley below.
The Cauca Valley
Not a bad place to take in the view or just settle down for a nap...
Depending on what time of day you view it, the valley below the Finca can be varying shades of gorgeousness. Here we see the valley at dawn.
Here we see the valley at dusk.
Overnight, the moon comes out to play and patiently be the subject of some photos.
The hundreds of trees on the property also make for great photographic subjects.
Here is one of the many palm trees.
This trees blossoms orange for only a few weeks a year.
These two macaws were rescued from Colombian homes where they had been kept illegally as pets. The Finca is a wildlife refuge for these such animals and has been a safe home for monkeys, otters, turtles, and wild dogs, among other animals.
An artist's rendition of two macaws.
The red macaw strutting his stuff.
When you're at the Finca, a tropical fruit drink is pretty much obligatory.
Here we see two of the seven horses available for riding at the Finca.
A guest meets her horse before the ride.
Su Casa Colombia tour guide, Marcela, prepares to lead an afternoon horseback ride.
The Colombian "sombrero" is a little different than the ones you might be familiar with. These hats are made with loose brims that still provide lots of shade and are absolutely perfect for an afternoon horseback ride.
Su Casa Colombia guide, Marcela, with her cousin, Pedro.
Two horseback riders pose for a photo opportunity.
This cluster of horseback riders is one small part of a "cabalgata", a day-long horseback ride for hundreds of people. All the riders begin at different places but end at a mountain-top coffee plantation to share a community lunch and make donations to help local schools.
This horse-stereo hybrid is known at the "disco-burro". One lucky horse gets to provide the music for the entire "cabalgata" and entertain the riders on their way up the mountain.
Kids get to enjoy the fun of the "cabalgata" as well, sometimes doubling up on one horse.
Riding horses in Colombia always brings a smile to your face.
This is what a horse parking lot looks like.
Around the holidays in Colombia, some trees are decorated with empty potato chip bags in a colorful display that gives everyone something to laugh about.
This is a cock fighting arena. While certainly not for everyone, cock fighting is a part of Colombian culture and small rings like this one can be found all over the country.
Viewers pack around the ring in anticipation of the evening's entertainment. You will not see any pictures of an actual cock fight here; you'll need to visit Colombia if you want to see that!
One of the many rescued turtles found on the Finca grounds.
Iguanas are also a common sight at the Finca.
Colombian cows are distinctly different from the ones we see back in the U.S. We also think they're considerably cuter.
You'll find many of these cute cows on hikes around the Finca.
Two horses discussing the route of the upcoming horseback ride.
These flowers have been called 'Avatar flowers' by some of our guests because of their seemingly alien appearance. Despite their other-worldly look, they're actually quite common at the Finca.
The Finca has hundreds of other 'normal' flowers, too.
These red, orange, yellow, and green plants can be found all over the Finca giving all of the scenery a rich variety of color.
These green bananas are almost ready to be plucked. Note that bananas actually grow up while they're still on the tree.
This is one of the dozens of mango trees found at the Finca. Guests are encouraged to pick as many as they can eat!
Butterflies will greet you in the morning as they enjoy the hundreds of flowers found all over the Finca grounds.
A trip to Colombia really isn't complete without a trip to the Finca. Su Casa Colombia welcomes you! Salud!
These plants remind us of something out of the movie Avatar when in fact, they're quite common on the Finca's property.
In the mornings, you can step out onto your balcony and witness dozens of butterflies getting started on their day as well.
These two macaws are "rescued" animals. When the Colombian government finds exotic pets in a household, our family has offered them their Finca as a refuge. Over the years, there have been monkeys, an otter, and macaws.
These pink flowers adorn most of the Finca walls.
The cows in Colombia look a little bit different than the ones we're familiar with back in the U.S. We think they're actually pretty cute.
There are 7 horses at the Finca and horseback riding is an encouraged and exciting activity to do when you're there.
Little yellow sparrows can be seen hopping along the Finca lawns.
The two macaws are out on the prowl.
Iguanas are also a very common sight at the Finca. They find time to sun bathe during the day and when they're in the mood, they often go swimming in the nearby lake.
Here an iguana is taking a stroll across the Finca's lawn.
This horse, named "La Milagra", is waiting for her saddle.
Turtles are hard to see at the Finca but if you look closely, you'll find some.
Lizards and geckos are a common sight all over the property.