BONDA’S NATURAL RESERVE

The reserve’s land was bought more than 20 years ago and its main focus was reforestation. After reforesting the land, the work is directed towards conservation and preservation

After a hike of 5 hrs through forest and coffee farms from Minca, you will arrive to a 20 year old natural reserve. The trek to Bonda is very interesting, as you will be walking from an altitude of 650 mts a.s.l. to 1050 and then down to 320.In the way you will have the possibility of bird and fauna watching, while enjoying the fantastic scenarios of landscapes with mountains, tropical forest, coffee plantations and ocean views.

The reserve’s land was bought more than 20 years ago and its main focus was reforestation. After reforesting the land, the work is directed towards conservation and preservation.

This is located in a region that used to be a big Tayrona town. So far, there have been discovered and restored 400 mts of Tayrona paths (stoned paths). Kogui tribe is a descendant of the Tayronas. Due to the reserve’s location, and owners close friendship with the tribe, they have worked with them on different projects located in the Reserve and have built a Kogui bridge and Casamaria.

The reserve holds the most beautiful part of the Manzanares river in it. The water is fresh and very welcoming especially during hot or humid weather. The best area to swim is “El pozo del Indio” where visitors can find an original Tayrona petroglyph. While walking up this river, there is also found a couple of waterfalls.

Besides all its natural richness, the reserve has a small Museum that holds a collection of minerals, fossils, indigenous artefacts and seeds. It is a small but very broad and interesting collection. In the Museum, there is also a sitting area in case visitors wish to have a glass or two of wine in good company.

Another of the secrets found at the reserve is a medicinal labyrinth built with a medieval monastery style. There is a wide collection of medicinal plants from the region and abroad. The end of this labyrinth has a small pond with Coi fish.

Interactive and personalised guided tours are part of the visit in which visitors can take part and support conservational initiatives.
During the tour it is possible to find, learn and enjoy:

  1. Macaw Project ( with 7 macaws)
  2. Peccaries – South american wild pigs
  3. Labyrinth of Medicinal plants and a small introduction to some of the plants we have
  4. Reptiles (water and land turtles, tortoises and caimans)
  5. Along the tour, we will show you some palms and trees and introduce you to the stories behind them
  6. Collection of water plants
  7. Brief intro into the Tayrona and Kogui Culture, showing Tayrona paths and Kogui houses
  8. Display of a Kogui bridge
  9. Our Orchid house
  10. Butterfly house (working on it at the moment, but soon to be back)
  11. Our Arapaimas/Pirarucus. We have 7 Arapaimas, which is the largest amazonian fish
  12. Bath in the river
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