crimson-rumped toucanet. photo: Chris Calonje
In the 1950s, our grandparents, Julio and Alicia, purchased 30 acres in the Western Andes of Colombia. They built a small 'finca,' and named it ‘La Araucana’ in honor of Alicia’s Chilean heritage. The ‘finca’ was meant as a retreat from the chaos of city life. In fact, when phone lines became available in the area, our grandfather said, "no, thank you, I don't want anyone to be able to reach me here."
Following in the spirit of our grandparents, Araucana Lodge is a place to relax and connect with nature. The lodge is located in the Chocó Bioregion of Colombia, about a 40 minute drive from Cali, and is characterized by its temperate climate and beautiful biodiversity.
The farm section of the property originally housed roses and orchids but is now used to grow organic fruits and vegetables to feed our family and guests. Our father, Alvaro, landscape designer and horticulturist extraordinaire, is confronting the challenge of protecting his crops while ensuring the property is a haven for birds.
Our mother, Suzanne, spent years working to make the finca gardens beautiful, and throwing fabulous birthday parties and campouts!
The three siblings, Michael, Christopher and Anna, grew up visiting and playing on this property, watching birds and connecting with nature. We launched Araucana Lodge in the hopes of sharing this very special small part of the world with you! We cannot wait for you to visit our lodge and meet our growing family!
Via al Mar, Kilometro 29
Municipio de Dagua, Valle del Cauca, Colombia