About this listing
Come stay on a working coffee farm and live in a house owned by two biologists! Alejandro and Kristiina both study hummingbirds and have turned their house into a hummingbird research station! We have 20 feeders and over 500 hummingbirds!
Come enjoy the numerous hummingbirds and learn about how coffee is grown! We run a shade-grown coffee farm that has a lot of nature too! We have 20 hummingbird feeders and you will have private access to over 500 hummingbirds of at least 15 species! The birds are very tame and come very close to you if you stand quietly on the balcony. The photo opportunities are endless, especially because of the diversity of natural backgrounds! We also place out bananas and other fruits to attract tanagers and other tropical birds.
We have 4 bedrooms available and each bed comes with a mosquito net in case you are particularly tasty. On the 2nd floor, with the wrap around balcony, there are two bedrooms each one with a full bed, and a shared bathroom. On the 1st floor there are 2 bedrooms, one with a full bed, and another one with 2 single beds, plus a shared bathroom. The bathroom showers are the only places with hot water.
Guests are welcome to use the kitchen, washing machine (cold water only), and living rooms (with dinner tables and couches) on both the 1st and 2nd floors.
Most inviting is to wander the gardens, enjoy the treetop view from the balconies, or relax in the hammocks!
Interaction with guests
Alejandro and I split our time between Bogota and this farm, so you might get to chat science and hummingbirds with us!
Lucero and Mary (family of farm caretakers who live in a house down the hill) are always available to deal with any needs (Spanish only). We are happy to provide meals (3 meals per day for COP $60,000) since it's hard to get back and forth from Fusa (20 mins away) with groceries. Parmenio would be happy to teach you about growing and processing coffee (in spanish)! And Liseth (7 years old) will be happy to be your local tour guide!
Other things to note
We have 2 small dogs (Schnauzer mixes) who "rule" the finca and will keep you company (outside only). Down the hill, the family who takes care of the farm and runs the coffee crop has 2 dogs on dog runs (1 is not friendly), a cat, chickens and ducks (there are two small ponds)!
Rural life starts early and with sunrise (~5:30am) comes roosters calling, hummingbirds fighting, birds singing and dogs barking!
Please no pets (we have enough farm dogs), or smoking near the house or the feeders.
This is a family neighborhood, so we ask that there be no rowdy, noisy behavior.
We take great care of our gardens and wildlife and ask that you respect them and avoid any disruptive behaviors (no littering, hurting plants, harassing birds, etc.).
Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 24 hours of your trip and the first night is non-refundable.
I am biologist who studies and teaches Animal Behavior. My husband and I both received our PhDs in Ecology at UConn and now live in Colombia studying hummingbirds.