Monasterio San Agustin Boutique Hotel
Monasterio San Agustin is a superior colonial-style boutique hotel overlooking San Agustín.
Monasterio San Agustin is a charming property epitomising rustic chic, embedded in the verdant countryside around San Agustin. Heavy tiled roofs, russet coloured walls, wooden balconies and rafters: it's all very Spanish colonial style.
In harmony with this, the rooms and suites are furnished in traditional style with shuttered windows and polished wooden floors. They are decorated in earthy tones and have large windows allowing natural light to flood in. The domed roofs are a special feature in the guest rooms, and they all have panoramic balconies, private bathrooms and open brick fireplaces. Tables and chairs in the gardens allow you to enjoy the expansive views over the pretty rolling countryside which you can appreciate even better from the observation tower.
There is a coffee museum on the property and coffee is grown and processed on the land: you can watch this happening at harvest time. Other facilities include a hot tub, a restaurant and bikes for rent.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
In terms of places, we liked Villa de Lleyva, Medellin and Cartagena and very much enjoyed Punta Faro but what struck us was the friendliness of the Colombian people that we met, their courtesy, good driving habits, lack of hassle etcAR, London
Highlights?: I cannot really think of anything that wasn't memorable. Perhaps my overriding memory is of the friendliness and helpfulness of the ordinary Colombians I encountered.DM, Nottingham
Colombia is a fascinating country with very friendly people. It is opening up to tourism, after years of conflict, and offers the prospect of an exciting, varied and economic holiday.JH, Chester
it was all very good For me, Colombia stands out as No.1 (I hoped it would be, even before I set off, and it was)FD, Sandwich
It was a great trip, a nice balance of activity and free time and we felt we saw several different sides of Colombia.MJ, E14
Highlight?: The local knowledge of the guides and their willingness to adapt to our needs. We were taken to places that were not part of the schedule. E.g. Local restaurantsSD, Esher
Most Memorable Moment?: Impossible to pick one place/moment. A very varied and interesting few weeks. Cartagena was definitely a highlight.SJA, Malvern
When I told friends I was going to Colombia they immediately warned of guerrillas, drug barons and violence. This may have been true a few years ago, but Colombia felt safer to me than many other Latin American countries I've visited. It's a beautiful country with very warm, welcoming people.JB
Barichara and the walk to Guane. Also the village of Raquira.RH, London
Very hard to say which was the most memorable: flour and shaving cream fights in San Agustin on New Year's Eve; stunning views of the Magdalena, both in the South and the North (including the ferry crossing and river boat tour in Mompox);WR, London
Our two weeks in Colombia were extraordinarily stimulating on every level, from the warmth and friendliness of the Colombian people to the fertility of the countryside and its fascinating geology and topography, the extraordinary stone monuments created by different Indian cultures and the fine detail of their craftsmanship in gold, platinum and copper, to the amazing legacy of the Spanish conquistadores, and the energy, vitality and sophistication of Colombia today. The programme Tom Manchester devised was well conceived to introduce us to so many aspects of this richly diverse country. Although, or perhaps because, soldiers and police are much in evidence, we never felt at all nervous, or in the least concerned about our own safety. Our programme included four nights in Cartagena, two in Villa de Lleyva, three in San Agustin, and a total of four in Bogota, used essentially as a stopover on three occasions with one full day for exploring the city. We would strongly recommend all four places to anyone visiting Colombia, whatever else they might also wish to do.JM, London
From the trips arranged by JLA, we both found the Amazonas region wonderful. It was quite emotional seeing the Amazon River for the first time and floating around the tributaries, watching the birds and the monkeys. The fruits in Colombia were amazing and we enjoyed all the different juices. Another memorable part was the drive from Pereira to Medellin where you drive along the ridge with in places amazing views down into the valleys on both sides.MD, London
Highlight: The coffee country. The Colombian people.CB, St. albans
Highlight: The beauty of Cartagena's streets. The historic district of La Candelaria in Bogota. And finally standing in the main square of Villa de Leyva.TF, Wakefield
Highlight?: The coffee region and Cartagena were both spectacular to visit. Mompos was lovely and worth making the effort to get to.IR, London
San Agustin (was the highlight)...which was superb.DB, London
Our first visit (to Colombia) has stimulated a desire to return to experience more of this beautiful, friendly and welcoming countryGG, Banf
Colombia was superb. A wonderful variety of scenery and cultures, and people trying their hardest to live normal lives and welcome visitors very genuinelyJK, Basingstoke
Highlight: Tayrona National Park trekking and meeting the local community in nature environment.JS, Harrow
Highlight?: San Agustin statues for me, Cartagena for the kids.AGB, London
Zip lining and trek in Iquaque, Cartagena.OKNS,
Highlights?: Coffee region and Tayrona, lovely people everywhereJM, St Albans
San Agustin and Isnos were amazing expereinces: cultures I knew nothing about and memorable sites and monuments.DG, Sheffield
Highlights?: Salt cathedral at Zipaquira, Communa 13 in Medellin and the thermal springs in Purace NPDC, Tarporley
Enjoyed every aspect of our trip to Colombia. Fourteen years ago when we first visited the country we felt slightly on edge due to security situation. This time we experienced a very different feeling as we travelled around. Everyone we met seemed eager to show their country in a positive light and we sensed a population very proud of what their nation has to offer.JE, Sunbury On Thames
The whole trip was really enjoyable, the amount of wildlife (turtles, crocodiles, armadillo, anteater, monkeys etc etc!) and scenery we saw met all expectations. All well organised and minor problems were resolved quickly.HT, Cardiff
Overall we had a wonderful holiday in Colombia and were very pleased we decided to visit this beautiful country. Colombia offers a huge variety of choice for travel, from the mainland to the islands and everywhere we went the Colombian people were extremely friendly and helpful. At no time did we feel in danger and safety for all visitors was obviously a priority for the Government.AW, Aylesbury
It was a superb trip, I don’t think our feedback really conveyed how much we enjoyed Colombia particularly. It really exceeded our expectations. Los Llanos was super superb.SM, Helensburgh
Thank you for providing this fantastic trip to a country where so many are still hesitant to travel to. Colombia is a diverse, beautiful, vibrant and amazing country to visit. I felt welcomed and safe at all times, Colombia’s people eagerly waiting to share their culture and country with those who care to visit.LH
Our favourite organised trip was probably Cocora Valley. Absolutely stunning and the trek was tough, but well worth it. Our guide knew a lot about the wildlife and flowers tooMB, Oxford
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