LAS COMETAS TESTIMONIAL
Written by Timothy Piontek Hostel Las Cometas sits in the shadow of the Immaculate Church in Jericó, Antioquia. Upon arrival, my girlfriend and I are were given a warm welcoming by the manager Jorge and his lovely girlfriend, Jessica. My first impression of Hostal Las Cometas was that is was remarkably beautiful and in a perfect location. The hostel is painted in Colombia’s traditional red, yellow, and blue colors. It stands out from the street and the interior is just as vibrant. In addition to the lively decoration, there are also several communal sitting areas which serve as perfect places to rest and converse with fellow travelers. Adjacent to the outdoor seating area is the most tranquil garden with a remarkable lime tree and hand carved wooden seats. It’s a great spot if you’re looking to practice some meditation or just want to lay in the grass. I was also pleasantly surprised by the coziness and comfort of the private room we stayed in. The bed was large enough for two and the shower was warm and strong. The hostel also has a dormitory room and communal bathrooms which looked equally inviting. Hostal Las Cometas is only a short walk to the town center which means everything is easily accessible but it’s also just far enough away from the action so than it’s quiet at night and in the morning allowing for a good nights sleep.The facilities at Hostal Las Cometas were excellent but what really stood out and made my experience great was the hostel staff. Jorge was quick to offer suggestions of places to visit, things to do, and the best places to eat it Jericó. As we explored the pueblo, I was blown away by the architecture and decoration of each shop and restaurant. Walking around the center of Jericó is a magical experience. It’s similar to another popular Antioquia destination, Guatapé, but far less crowded and saturated with tourists giving it a more authentic feel.