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Casa Oropéndola


Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Santa Marta and Tayrona, Colombia)


In a unique setting in the heart of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta at 1,500 metres above sea level, with views to the distant Caribbean sea. This area offers an incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna and it is a prime destination for birdwatchers, with 628 bird species found here, 20 of which are endemic. The house is surrounded by rainforest and coffee fields, and most afternoons rising clouds flood the house and then fade into the sky leaving a breath-taking sunset. All meals and drinks are included (excluding bottled soft drinks and alcohol).


A number of experiences are included, with the English-speaking host and guide. There are leisurely nature walks focussing on the local flora, fauna and birdlife; more demanding treks of 6-8 hours; coffee harvesting by hand (during the season October to December); or cooking lessons with the lodge’s chef. Birdwatching excursions with an expert local guide and yoga sessions are available at an additional cost.


The lodge has just 4 bedrooms, with views of the mountains or jungle. Guests have private use of the whole lodge which also has lovely common areas - a living room with fireplace, open-concept kitchen and dining area, a large deck with fire pit, and garden.

Client comments and reviews

Open QuoteWe did some great hiking from Casa Oropéndola and the guide was very knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna. The house itself is superb, in a beautiful location and surrounded by lovely gardens. The food was exceptionally good.Close Quote - DM&RB (February 2024)
Open QuoteCasa Oropéndola was a highlight - amazing place. The guide we had was also our host and took us out on a few walks (also joined by 3 dogs), and the chef was brilliant. This is where we really chilled out, even though we did a couple of treks.Close Quote - IW (February 2023)
Open QuoteWhat a wonderful place. Everything about it was excellent and we really enjoyed our stay. Very comfortable, delicious food, lovely walks, good birdlife and all very personal. We were made to feel very welcome by our host who went out of her way to look after us.Close Quote - AS (November 2023)

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