OUR HISTORY, OUR VISION
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  1. OUR HISTORY
  2. OUR VISION

FROM FAMILY FARM TO FEEL FAMILIAR IN A HOTEL BOUTIQUE IN THE ANDES CORDILLERA!

To tell the story of Finca El Diamante, La Manchuria, La Oliva, La Gloria and La Humareda is to talk about the life of the Vélez family, a large family of fifteen uncles and more than 60 cousins.
In the 1950s, our grandfather Fernando Velez V. conquered these lands with his children and his family, and covered with coffee the fields and mountains of the hamlet "La Humareda". Since then, our family has always maintained a commercial and agricultural activity in the region, but only Finca el Diamante, La Manchuria, La Oliva and La Gloria have remained in the hands of the Vélez family.
Roberto Velez's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren remember growing up waiting for weekends and holidays to climb the mountain, play in coffee plantations and with animals. These were happy days among the mules, the coffee plantations, the Christmas donuts and the simple moments with the family.
But as in every story, there is always a villain, as well as many Colombian families victims of violence, we had to abandon these lands in the 90s. This plague, called terrorism, insecurity and fear, has emerged and grown up in Colombia. The mountain then buried El Diamante and hid this jewel under the bush.

10 years later, the most daring and visionary of the family recovered the land and made their way through the undergrowth to find what was once the El Diamante. With the idea of ​​reviving our land, we planted more than 100 hectares of pine trees. Thus, the pines gave another face to the mountain and created an atmosphere of peace.
On the back of the mules, we mounted the materials to rebuild the old house which had disappeared under the weeds to make an exact replica of the house that once hosted our grandparents. The result was a mixture of emotions between melancholy and joy.

The family had grown naturally and had new expectations and ambitions. The dream of building a larger, more comfortable home began to grow, to ripen like a red coffee cherry ready to be harvested. The house then became an imposing hacienda, beautiful and powerful, ready to share its dazzling views with its visitors.

Finca El Diamante then turned into a paradise to be discovered, in the middle of the mountains of Salgar, a place worthy of the magical realism of the texts of Gabriel García Márquez. Honoring his name, this diamond was then reborn after forced abandonment, violence and solitude, to become a precious stone, a treasure to discover, in a peaceful territory.

With the peace returned to the region, many travelers from around the world began to appear and discover a different country to the negative prejudices they had until then. Our visitors fell in love with our land and the warmth of its inhabitants. Finca el Diamante was quickly transformed as a comfortable hotel of charm, to warmly welcome anyone who wishes to live an unforgettable stay in the middle of the Colombian Andes.

VISION & GOALS

We are focusing on ​​helping our community of Salgar, and in particular the one of the hamlet of "La Humareda", by providing them with fair work, education and training in the agrotourism sector. In particular by helping young people and children to benefit from a good education.

With the purchase of farms La Manchuria, La Oliva and La Gloria, former properties of the Velez family, and with visits from friends and family from abroad, the idea of ​​developing a tourist complex is slowly emerging

These four farms are now part of a major project that Armelle and Eduardo Velez develop and include:

  • - The development of a luxury tourist resort totally absent from the region.
  • - To make agreements with other municipalities of South West Antioquia to contribute to the creation and development of the "Coffee Route" in the region.
  • - The development of our own coffee brand to be marketed nationally and internationally - La Manchuria (created in 2019)
  • - Renovation and improvement of the century-old facilities of La Manchuria farm house and its tourist adaptation in Hostel Boutique (opened at the end of 2019).
  • - The construction of dormitories for more than 250 workers, which can be transformed outside the coffee harvest season into school camps or for business integration or linguistic stays.
  • - Adaptation of a helicopter-landing zone. ( done in 2019)
  • - The construction of more than 18 kilometers of private internal roads between coffee plantations, forests and reforestation, for better communication not only for our visitors but also and especially for our neighbors and residents of our community to be closer to hospitals, educational and administrative centers.
  • - New and modern coffee plantations, able to process 400,000 kilos of coffee per season, including its wastewater treatment plants.
  • - After the reforestation of El Diamante, our watersheds have increased, and we plan to launch the bottling of water from our own sources.
  • - In order to take advantage of the elevation differential on our property (700 meters of elevation gain), we also plan to be able to develop hydropower generation and at least be self-sufficient.

Unfortunately we are currently running into many gaps in vocational training, particularly in the tourism sector, and transport infrastructure, but we are happy to be able to open a new field of action to balance regional development, especially for young people. We therefore hope, thanks to entities such as the SENA (National Service of Learning), to expand teaching in a way that is more adapted to our needs, without forgetting the development of craftsmanship.

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