TESTIMONIALS

Happy Visitors, Hobos and Travelers share their experience

We are happy to welcome you in Jardín or Andes, please check COFFEE EXPERIENCE

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Yi-Pin, Taiwan:

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Thank you for arranging the tour and contacting Omar and Juan for me. I had great time in Colombia, and the coffee tour is definitely the best experience that I have had there. I write the blog in my language (Mandarin, I am from Taiwan). To help Omar and Juan to promote their tour visiting coffee farm, I have posted an article on my blog in Mandarin. Hopefully, there will be more people visiting these beautiful towns (Jardin and Andes) and Omar and Juan’s coffee farms.

Here is my website (sorry,. the information is in mandarin): http://blog.yam.com/yipin/article/92691584 (you can also see more pics from Yi-Pin´s visit)

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Bodil and Torjan, Norway:

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We learned a lot on our coffee tour, both about the process of coffee making, and about the nature of this kind of farming and life. After seeing Omar’s carpenter skills with bamboo, of course we had to buy souvenirs to take home too. And we couldn’t get enough of looking at the landscape scenery, so Omar took us for several walks around the neighbourhood. We picked cocoa and coffee, and we learned about every step of both coffee production and chocolate making – appreciating it even more now than before!

The coffee experience at Omar’s farm is of course about the traditions and craftsmanship, but more than anything it’s about the people. We felt extremely privileged to have this opportunity to be invited into the family home, and we are certain we got to know a side to Colombia that few other travellers get to experience. Patricia cooked really nice food for all meals and made sure we weren’t missing anything. Of course sharing someone’s home is not like the ordinary hotel stay, but any one who is easy-going, sociable and not afraid to try something different, should have a nice and special time here.

At least for us, being surrounded by friendly neighbours and sweet children, meeting this lovely and sincere family made La Illusion a Colombian highlight for us, and a visit we will never forget!

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Chris Carnevale, USA:

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“Thank you again for helping set this up. This was the best part of our trip to Colombia for myself and both of my friends. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us.”
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