La Serrana in Salento, Colombia: Our Favourite Hostel!

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We’ve stayed in some amazing hostels during our eight years of travel, but none can compare to the incredible place that we recently just stayed: La Serrana Eco-Farm and Hostel in the coffee region of Salento, Colombia. In our opinion, if you don’t stay here, you’re missing out!

Note: We weren’t paid to write this review and we didn’t receive a free stay. We paid for our room just like you…but we loved it so much that we felt it deserved this write-up! 🙂 

Our Room

La Serrana has numerous room options: camping in your own tent, camping in their luxury tents, dorm rooms, private rooms with shared bathroom, private rooms with ensuite bathroom, and our room which was actually in a separate house, about a 7 minute walk down a dirt road from the main hostel.

Our house was called “Las Camelias”, and it was shared with 2 other rooms. We were in the King Room and it was spectacular!

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This is the King Room in the Las Camelias house

From our bed, we looked out through a large window at the mountains across the way. The sun beating in the window in the morning was the best way to wake up! During the chilly evenings when it was raining, we would light a fire in our private fireplace and crack open a bottle of wine.

The bed was comfortable and the attached bathroom was a bonus.

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The view from our bed! A great way to wake up each morning 🙂

We also had access to the entire farmhouse, with the other two couples who were staying in the other rooms. We had some great housemates! The living room was filled with comfortable furniture, another fireplace, a large dining room table and a kitchen for us all to use.

The entire living and dining room areas were blessed with floor-to-ceiling windows. The expansive views across the valley were awe-inspiring.

Each day, our room was cleaned by the friendly staff and the wood for our fireplace was replenished. A large breakfast of eggs, toast, fruit and coffee was included in the room rate as well. Our wonderful room was 135,000 pesos ($44.75) / night, but because we stayed for 7 nights, we received a 10% discount, making the room around $40 / night.

The Amenities

La Serrana, which is considered the main farm-house / hostel, has a kitchen for guests to use, and a very large common area with couches, tables and chairs. Laundry service is available for 7,000 pesos ($2.32) / kilogram. The receptionists here are a wealth of knowledge, with one person speaking English, and the rest speaking Spanish.

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Views from our house 🙂

No matter where you’re planning to travel to after Salento, you’ll find the information you need by flipping through one of the travel binders the hostel has put together, or simply asking the staff.

In the house next to La Serrana (on the same property), you’ll find a few of the double rooms and the main kitchen (staff only). Here they offer a nightly dinner for 17,000 pesos ($5.60). The cuisine changes each night, and it’s not offered on the weekends. The women who serve breakfast and dinner here are lovely!

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Dinner with backpackers at the hostel

Just beside that kitchen is a backyard with covered picnic tables and a bonfire area – which is lit every night, weather permitting.

To the other side of the kitchen is a large area for camping, either in your vehicle, your tent, or one of the stilted tents available from the hostel. There is a large outdoor bathroom / shower area, plus benches and tables with outstanding views of the mountains. This is where we chose to enjoy our coffee in the mornings.

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Enjoying a cup of coffee at La Serrana Hostel – look at that view!

In the mornings, we would walk down our dirt road to join everyone for breakfast in the morning. And for dinner when it was raining and we didn’t feel like going into town or to the main hostel, we would order in from one of the restaurants! There are two in town that deliver (Brunch and Beta Town), and they would bring our supper directly to our door – gotta love that!

If you go to the Luciernaga restaurant, guests of La Serrana receive 10% off, and a free beer.

The Landscapes

If you love vast mountain ranges, deep valleys and a peaceful atmosphere, then this place is for you. The farm-turned-hostel is set on a hill surrounded by a valley, with towering mountains in the distance. This area receives quite a bit of rain, so the hills are a vibrant green colour and are incredibly lush.

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Enjoying the views at the entrance to La Serrana

Even during the rainy / cloudy weather, we were in awe of our surroundings, especially when the mist would rise from the valley floor to create an eerie atmosphere!

We spent many afternoons and early mornings with a cup of coffee in hand, an adorable stray dog by our side, and gorgeous vistas in front of us. This hostel was so serene.

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The perfect spot for coffee – this dog was so adorable!

The Activities

There are numerous things to see and do around Salento, all of which can be arranged at the hostel, or at least they can help you out with any questions you may have.

There’s a small dirt road directly beside La Serrana which is a very nice, 45 minute walk to reach the coffee farms of Osaco and Don Elias. You can hire horses to take you to the coffee farms, or to the waterfalls as well – arrange this from the hostel.

For trips to the incredible Cocora Valley, La Serrana can call a “willy” (jeep) for you, and they also have directions for the hike printed out.

La Serrana also offers Yoga at the hostel twice a week, and you can arrange for Spanish lessons too!

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Need a “willy”? La Serrana can call one for you!

Convinced Yet?!

After spending 7 nights at La Serrana Hostel in Salento, we can honestly say that it’s our favourite accommodation to date. The staff went out of their way to help us with any and all questions that we had, and they were a pleasure to be around. The property was so large that even though the hostel was filled with like-minded backpackers, it never felt crowded.

Being able to have our own little farm-house, with fireplace, really added to the romantic and tranquil feeling of the area. We highly recommend you stay here during your trip to Salento, but be warned, this place books up fast so if you are planning a trip to this area, definitely book ahead if you want to stay at La Serrana 🙂

Again, we weren’t paid to write this, and we didn’t get a free stay at La Serrana! It was just so awesome that we wanted to share it with you. Cheers!

Where has your favourite accommodation been? Tell us in the comments!

Check out our quick video of our time spent in Salento!

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Dariece Swift author's bio Goats On The Road

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Dariece Swift

Dariece is a co-founder of Goats On The Road, and an expert in saving money, finance management, building an online business and of course... travel. She loves meeting new people, trying new cuisines, and learning about the unique cultures of our world. She has over 12 years of experience helping others to realize their travel dreams and has worked in numerous jobs all over the world to help pay for travel.

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14 thoughts on “La Serrana in Salento, Colombia: Our Favourite Hostel!”

  1. After all the many places The Goats have stayed, saying this is your Favourite Hostel, is really something. It sounds amazing, and the photos prove it as well.
    Thanks for sharing this Wonderful place in Salento Columbia. 🙂

  2. This hostel looks like a perfect place for me and the surroundings look so beautiful! I will definitely be booking my stay here when I get around to traveling to Colombia, within the next few years for sure. Thanks for writing such a great review and for the recommendation.

  3. You can do hikes to a waterfall, walks to coffee farms or do the main hike to the Valle de Cocora. Salento to Bogota is easy, just take a bus or a flight from nearby Armenia

  4. I stayed here about 5 years ago, definitely one of the best places I’ve ever stayed and I’ve also traveled quite a lot. Can’t wait to get back there! Great write up.

  5. Hi y’all, just wanted to let you know La Serrana is no longer offering the nightly dinners. I stayed there this week after reading about it here and on other blogs. I asked about the dinners and apparently they stopped doing them a few months ago. It’s still an amazing hostel and id 150% stay there again, but you do have to either cook for yourself, order delivery, or walk/Jeep into town for dinner now. Not a major downside but it might make some solo women uncomfortable to do that walk alone in the dark (I did it several times and never felt unsafe).

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