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The Finca Barlovento estate, adjacent to the Tayrona National Park near Santa Marta, in Colombia.

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Luis is a man of the world, who has acquired a lot of experience. Now that he is in his sixties, he doesn’t mind taking things more slowly.


For two weeks every month, he leaves the hustle and bustle of city life behind in Bogota. That includes his family: his wife, his daughter (an artist), his son (a photographer) and his seven-year-old granddaughter.

Luis also keeps an eye on the guest- houses on the estate. Finca Barlovento Cabana is on the beach, right at the water’s edge; the Maloka cottage is situated a little higher, up on the rocks.


Although the estate has been in the family for 50 years now, the houses built on it had long been almost abandoned.


Luis and his wife decided to turn

them into guesthouses a couple of years ago.


Luis Fernando Gomez Mejia

Luis travels alone to a small cottage in

what Lonely Planet calls the best place to stay in Colombia: Finca Barlovento.


To Luis, this natural enclave is a true sanctuary. This is where he finds

inner peace through taking long walks, reading and meditating – with only a cat, three dogs, two parrots

and the caiman that lives outside his front door for company.



“This is truly one of the most beautiful places in the world: a tropical mixture

of jungle, river and ocean.”

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