Help in a destination of nature tourism and Astronomical observation near to Popayan, Colombia



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    This is a place of privileged nature, as is the Cauca region, which is where it is located geographically. It gathers the ideal conditions to live a great experience, stimulate relaxation, creativity, observation of the sky, contact with nature and its rhythms, bird watching (more than 60 species were found on our farm). Therefore, we are dedicated to nature tourism, offering services for the strengthening of culture and recreation from an environmental and astronomical approach.

    The farm is located in the village of Cajete, a few kilometers from Popayan with good public transport options.
    The following physical facilities are available:
    • An auditorium where courses and / or workshops on environmental protection, organic agriculture, astronomy and other cultural topics are offered.
    • An astronomical observatory where, and whenever the weather permits, observations are made of the Moon, planets and other celestial objects of the night sky.
    • Five small rustic cabins built with natural materials to welcome people who attend courses or observation of the night sky.
    • An ecological trail with 15 stations, where everything related to adaptation to climate change is shared, how to deal with it and what we can do to lessen its effects.
    • An organic vegetable garden and a medicinal plant garden
    • A composting of organic fertilizers.

    Note: Courses and observation of the night sky are done on weekends, when there's good weather conditions. Also remember in any farm you may find some insects, ours its not the exception.


    Es un lugar de naturaleza privilegiada, como es la región del Cauca, que es donde se ubica geográficamente. Reúne las condiciones ideales para vivir una gran experiencia, estimular la relajación, la creatividad, la observación del cielo, el contacto con la naturaleza y sus ritmos, la observación de aves (se encontraron más de 60 especies en nuestra finca). Por todo ello, nos dedicamos al turismo de naturaleza, ofreciendo servicios para el fortalecimiento de la cultura y la recreación desde un enfoque ambiental y astronómico.

    La finca está ubicada en el corregimiento de Cajete, a pocos kilómetros de Popayan con buenas opciones de transporte público.
    Se cuenta con las siguientes instalaciones físicas:
    • Un auditorio donde, se brindan cursos y/o talleres sobre protección del ambiente, agricultura orgánica, astronomía y otros temas culturales.
    • Un observatorio astronómico donde, y siempre que lo permita el clima, se hacen observaciones de la Luna, planetas y otros objetos celestes del cielo nocturno.
    • Cinco pequeñas cabañas rusticas construidas con materiales naturales para acoger a las personas que asisten a los cursos u observación del cielo nocturno.
    • Un sendero ecológico con 15 estaciones, donde se comparte todo lo relativo a la adaptación sobre cambio climático, como enfrentarlo y que podemos hacer para aminorar sus efectos.
    • Una huerta orgánica de verduras y una huerta de plantas medicinales
    • Una compostera de abonos orgánicos.

    Nota: Los cursos y observación del cielo nocturno se realizan los fines de semana, cuando hay buenas condiciones climáticas. También recordar que como en cualquier finca, encontrar algún tipo de insectos es completamente normal, la nuestra no es la excepción.


  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is an educational and recreational place where people from all over the world can come, teach, learn and take advantage of every experience for their personal and life growth, aware of the protection of the environment. They can share knowledge about:
    • The processes of organic agriculture, coffee cultivation, medicinal plants and crops in general.
    • Rural construction, painting, carpentry, electricity.
    • Maintenance of trails and farm facilities.
    • Learn Spanish.
    • You will also have the opportunity to learn from other travelers subscribed to other programs.

    Since this farm started as an eco-destination, we have been visited by travelers from all over the world and with great effort we have managed to adapt a place where everyone is welcomed with great affection. For this reason, healthy coexistence is favored and privileged, considering the difficulties that may arise as opportunities to learn and evolve. In this way it is achieved that the space of this place is friendly, harmonious and of mutual support. However, there is always something to learn ... especially if someone comes from a culture different from ours.

    Este es un lugar educativo y de recreación donde personas de todo el mundo pueden venir, enseñar, aprender y aprovechar cada experiencia para su crecimiento personal y de vida, conscientes de la protección al ambiente. Pueden compartir conocimientos sobre:
    • Los procesos de agricultura orgánica, del cultivo de café, plantas medicinales y cultivos en general.
    • Construcción rural, pintura, carpintería, electricidad.
    • Mantenimiento de senderos e instalaciones de la finca.
    • Aprender español.
    • También tendrás la oportunidad de aprender de otros viajeros suscritos a otros programas.

    Desde que se inició esta finca como, hemos sido visitados por viajeros de todo el mundo y con gran esfuerzo hemos logrado adecuar un lugar donde todos son acogidos con mucho cariño. Por ello se propicia y privilegia la sana convivencia, considerando las dificultades que se puedan presentar como oportunidades para aprender y evolucionar. De esta forma se consigue que el espacio de este lugar sea amigable, armónico y de apoyo mutuo. Sin embargo, siempre hay algo que aprender…sobre todo si alguien viene de una cultura distinta a la nuestra.

  • Help


    To help with the mission, we would love to know from the beginning, what they like to do to volunteers or what they are interested in and define the daily tasks during the stay on the farm, considering the following issues that are required to strengthen this:
    • Support in maintenance of the infrastructure of the farm (houses, auditorium, observatory, dining room and others)
    • Agricultural work (orchards, coffee, medicinal plants and other crops)
    • Maintenance of the ecological trail (bleachers, cleaning, railings, signage, cutting weeds)
    • Bird watching activities (example: build or repair turrets)
    • Tree planting and / or forest restoration activities.
    • Stream cleaning.
    • Maintenance of astronomy equipment
    • Maintenance of electrical installations.
    • Planetary Management
    • Educational workshops for visitors (children, youth and adults).
    • Teach English language and learn Spanish

    Type of help
    - Gardening
    - Construction (masonry)
    - Mechanics
    - Electricity
    - Interior / exterior painting
    - Maintenance of vegetable gardens
    - Maintenance of ecological trails
    - Maintenance of cabins, auditorium and observatory
    - Maintenance of volunteer house
    - Help attending the groups that attend the courses or observation of stars
    -To teach languages
    - Interpretation and / or guides in nature tourism and / or astronomy.
    - Support in accommodation.
    -Your MAIN GUIDE will be Rodrigo, who is always working at the farm and with whom you will work and learn to develop new tasks along the week If you would like help with different ideas that you find useful, let us know so we can learn from you too.
    -Generally on Saturdays, depending of weather, Sebastian, Patricia or Juan can teach you Astronomy and you can be on the astronomy conferences as well as in the astronomical Observatory. Usually this service costs $35,000, but since as our part of interchange you can enjoy our services completely free.
    -On specific dates that we will let you know with time, we'll develop astronomy activities.
    • We would like to receive volunteers who are willing to stay more than two weeks on the farm, so that they get involved in the different projects, enjoy them and experience their development.
    • Likewise, smoking is not allowed inside the houses or cabins of the farm.
    • The necessary is given so that the volunteers can make their own breakfast.
    • For lunch or dinner, volunteers must buy their own food at the market.
    • They must also bring their own articles of personal hygiene and laundry.
    • Work is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, the afternoon is free, as well as Saturdays and Sundays, to carry out personal activities inside or outside the farm.
    • We request that volunteers who wish to come to this farm, be people who prioritize the saving of electricity, the cleaning of workplaces, bathrooms, kitchen, dining rooms and rooms they use, as well as the washing of utensils. kitchen that are provided.

    Para ayudar con la misión, nos encantaría saber desde el primer momento, que les gusta hacer a los voluntarios o en que están interesados y definir el quehacer diario durante la permanencia en la finca, considerando los siguientes temas que se requieren para fortalecer este:
    • Apoyo en mantenimiento de la infraestructura de la finca (casas, auditorio, observatorio, comedor y otros)
    • Labores agrícolas (huertas, café, plantas medicinales y otros cultivos)
    • Mantenimiento del sendero ecológico (gradas, limpieza, barandas, señalética, cortar malezas)
    • Actividades de aviturismo (ejemplo: construir o reparar torretas)
    • Siembra de árboles y/o actividades de restauración del bosque.
    • Limpieza del arroyo.
    • Mantenimiento de equipos de astronomía
    • Mantenimiento de instalaciones eléctricas.
    • Manejo de Planetario
    • Talleres educativas a visitantes (niños, jóvenes y adultos).
    • Enseñar idioma ingles y aprender español

    Tipo de ayuda
    - Jardinería
    - Construcción (albañilería)
    - Mecánica
    - Electricidad
    - Pintura interior/exterior
    - Mantenimiento de huertas
    - Mantenimiento de senderos ecológicos
    - Mantenimiento de cabañas, auditorio y observatorio
    - Mantenimiento de casa de voluntarios
    - Ayudar atendiendo los grupos que asisten a los cursos u observación de estrellas
    - Enseñar idiomas
    - Interpretación y/o guías en turismo de naturaleza y/o astronomía.
    - Apoyo en alojamiento.

    • Nos gustaría recibir voluntarios que estén dispuestos a permanecer más de dos semanas en la finca, para que se involucren en los diferentes proyectos, los disfruten y puedan vivenciar su desarrollo.
    • Debido a la visita habitual de niños, no se permite el consumo de bebidas alcohólicas dentro de la finca
    • Asimismo, tampoco se permite fumar dentro de las casas o de las cabañas de la finca.
    • Se entrega lo necesario para que los voluntarios puedan hacer su propio desayuno.
    • Para almorzar o cenar, los voluntarios deben comprar sus propios alimentos en el mercado.
    • Asimismo deben traer sus propios artículos de aseo personal y lavado de ropa.
    • Se trabaja de 08 a 13 hrs, de lunes a viernes, la tarde es libre, así como los sábados y domingos, para realizar actividades personales dentro o fuera de la finca.
    • Solicitamos que los voluntarios que deseen venir a esta finca, sean personas que prioricen el ahorro de la energía eléctrica, la limpieza de los lugares de trabajo, baños, cocina, comedores y habitaciones que utilicen, así como también el lavado de los utensilios de cocina que se les proporcionan.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
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  • Accommodation


    - There is a house for volunteers with two bedrooms, bathroom, shower and kitchen. The kitchen has an electric refrigerator, gas stove and the necessary utensils for cooking (pots, spoons, forks, etc). This house is independent from the main house.
    - In addition, there is a room with an independent bathroom that can also be used by volunteers.

    - Se dispone de una casa para los voluntarios con dos dormitorios, baño, ducha y cocina. La cocina dispone de nevera eléctrica, estufa a gas y los utensilios necesarios para cocinar (ollas, cucharas, tenedores, etc). Esta casa es independiente de la casa principal.
    - Además, se cuenta con una habitación con baño independiente que también puede ser usada por los voluntarios.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are many places to visit: Museums and tourist places in the city of Popayan, Puracé National Park (hot springs, lakes, volcano), Tierra Adentro archaeological park, Nevado del Huila National Parks, rural tourism and bird watching farms, agricultural markets. The municipality of Silvia with its indigenous cultural legacy and municipalities with extraordinary places of nature.

    Hay muchos lugares para visitar: Museos y lugares turísticos de la ciudad de Popayan, Parque Nacional de Puracé (termales, lagos, volcán), Parque arqueológico de Tierra Adentro, Parques Nacional Nevado del Huila, fincas de turismo rural y de avistamiento de aves, mercados agropecuarios. El municipio de Silvia con su legado cultural indígena y municipios con extraordinarios lugares turísticos de naturaleza.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Keep up our web pages, upload content and generate new leads

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We live in a farm, we have space

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 horas, 5 días

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