Sometimes you come across places which you never wanna leave. Rancho Relaxo on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia is such a place. It’s one of the few must-sees that’s not even mentioned in the Lonely Planet and only gets passed on through the grapevine. The name says it all: ultimate relaxation. Mango’s popping out of the trees, hammocks everywhere, a parakeet called Jimmy stealing the show, and the sweetest crew you can wish for. The vibe is contagious. Oh, and the food. To sum it up, the food is amazing. Jeff and Nicole cook up gourmet dinners, lunches, and breakfasts, and the mango bars are to die for. Can I move here?

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Natural swimming pool at Rancho Relaxo

Sunday fun day at Rancho Relaxo

Sunday afternoon pool parties with fruity cocktails or lounging the day away in one of the many hammocks; it’s a seriously tough life around here. Rancho Relaxo is a place to wind down. To finally read those books you didn’t have the time for before, to chat with other travelers about everybody’s adventures, and to soak up every sunrise and every sunset. Does this sound too boring for your liking? Rancho Relaxo is always looking for volunteers to make the place even more awesome than it already is.

As you are on the Caribean coast, the beach is just down the road. The chances are most likely you got the place all to yourself. White sand, palm trees, and an ocean you can’t resist. What more can you wish for?

Sleep like a baby

After a day on the beach you can crash down in one of the many sleeping options they have available. Whether you stay in the main house, or in the cute little dorm-inspired huts around the property, you’ll sleep like a baby guaranteed. If you wanna top it up a bit, then head up the hill. Keen on watching the sunrise while slowly waking up? All possible with their hammocks up on the hill with a view that can’t be beaten.

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A one-way trip to Rancho Relaxo

People at Rancho Relaxo keep saying goodbye and keep coming back. They must be doing something very well if this happens all the time. I better got you convinced by now, so go, go, go and pay this little piece of paradise a visit. How to get to Rancho Relaxo? Hop on a bus from Santa Marta to Palomino, and after passing Tayrona Park and Costeno beach, you’ll notice a big donkey sign. That’s where you’re supposed to be! Careful, you might get stuck here.

Love, Marthe

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Photos by: M. Barends ©

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