The Colombian Hostel Association came and made Kasa Guane, Bucaramanga the proud hosts the bi- annual meeting of the Colombian Hostel Association from the 22nd – 25th of April.
The Colombian Hostel Association was started by some of the owners of the first backpacker’s hostels in Colombia. German from Hostel Platypuss, Bogota, Urs fron La Iguana, Cali, Oscar from Colombia Highlands Villa de Leyva, Hans from Casa Vienna, Cartagena and Shaun from Macondo, San Gil, to name a few.
Remember, back in 1991 when German opened Platypuss in La Candelaria area of Bogota, Colombia was a very different place. These guys have worked tirelessly to show you the best of what Colombia has to offer for almost 25 years.
The original idea of the Colombian Hostel Association was to create a network of hostels in Colombia that would provide a high quality level of service and information throughout this beautiful country. They wanted travellers to have a friendly face and access to good quality hostels wherever they were in Colombia.
Now with over 40 hostels in 25 different destinations in Colombia you could say they have achieved their goal.
However the Colombian Hostel association is still growing and adapting to the new challenges that have come with Colombia becoming one of the major up and coming travel destinations world-wide.
The meetings are now a great opportunity for all the members of the Colombian Hostel Association to share ideas, information, best practice and a beer or three to ensure we all stay at the top of our game when it comes to hostelling in Colombia.
It was our pleasure to host these founders and the new generation of Colombian Hostel owners and get a chance to show them our favorite spots in and around Bucaramanga for a week.
We spent the week staying in a beautiful finca just 20 minutes from the hostel in Piedecuesta and had a good mix of social activities and meetings planned.
After receiving all the members at Kasa Guane on Monday morning we had a great lunch in one of Bucaramanga’s best new restaurants, Tavolo. Thanks to Gustavo and his team for the great food and service, we’ll be back soon.
We then headed to the Camara de Comercio for a meeting with the guys from Portal Santander, a website aimed at promoting tourism in the region. After the meeting we went back to the finca for a great BBQ prepared by Tyler from The Humback Turtle en El Valle, El Choco.
Tuesday and Wednesday saw full days of meetings with a range of topicsdiscussed and good progress made. We headed out to explore Giron on Wednesday night, with a meal in La Fritanga and a pub crawl CHA style.