Sometimes the unrelenting pace of a city like Bogotá can just get too much. As fun, vibrant and bustling as the city is, the occasional weekend away
is exactly what you need.
That’s where the Colombian tradition of heading out to a finca becomes less of a luxury and more of a necessity.
So what’s a finca?
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A nice finca for the weekend?
A finca is a country house outside of the city where the weather is warm
, the music is loud and relaxation is a serious business. Usually found on the outskirts of small villages, they often have pools, stunning views, and enough space to cater quite a large gang.
Relaxing by the pool in tierra caliente (hot land) or tierra fria (cold land) with a beer in hand and salsa on the stereo is one of the finer pleasures available to you in the country, and something you should try to enjoy as much as possible in Colombia.
But without friends with fincas, you’re stuck in Bogotá, right?
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It could be worse than being stuck here..
Such is the popularity of fincas that around Bogotá there are several options for renting them, meaning just about anyone can enjoy the pleasure of a weekend trip.
So how do you go about renting a finca?
Renting a finca
on the outskirts of Bogotá couldn’t be easier thanks to companies like Finkeros (http://www.finkeros.com/
) who provide a simple to use service and boast a whole range of beautiful, comfortable fincas. Some people rent privately too, but that’s dependent on contacts. You’ll also find fincas on the site that are located elsewhere in the country, so if you’re not in Bogotá it’s still worth checking their options.
Where exactly are these fincas?
As mentioned, if you’re in Bogotá you’ll find them in the villages on the city’s outskirts. The most popular places to find fincas are are as follows: La Mesa, Melgar
, Tenjo, Guatavita, Girardot, Cajica, Viota, Villeta, Tocaima... Fincas are also popular closer to big cities as Medellín, Cali & Bucaramanga.
How will I get there?
To get to a finca you'll generally need to take a bus, unless you have a friend with a car. Fortunately these are usually easy enough to get and will run from either Portal Norte, Portal Sur or Terminal. Tickets will generally cost between $10,000 to $20,000, depending on the distance.
Staying in a finca is a uniquely Colombian experience, and one you’ll relish. I know that if I leave Colombia one day, it’s one part of life here I’ll definitely miss.