Casa del Presidente Private Villa , Colombia

The former home of president Belisario Betancourt and a historic landmark of Barichara, Colombia is opening its doors to special guests.

With fresh new interiors, exceptional staff, and an outstanding gastronomic experience, this is an ideal retreat for travellers seeking culture, art, nature and adventure.

Inspired by close friends such as novelist Gabriel García Márquez, and artists Fernando Botero and David Manzur, president Betancourt helped shape Barichara into a haven for artists and artisans.

Today, the property is welcoming guests who want to experience a special insider access to life in Barichara.

Casa del Presidente Private Villa - Barichara, Colombia

Barichara was founded in 1705 as part of the Spanish colonization of the eastern Andes mountains. This village remains frozen in time, and its remoteness has helped preserve the colonial architecture, quiet local life and rich culture that make it such a unique destination.

The maze-like cobblestone streets lined with beautiful white colonial houses inspired many Colombian artists to leave everything behind and set-up shop in Barichara. Today, it is a haven for local artisans and renowned artists including David Manzur, one of Colombia’s most recognised painters. As a guest of Casa del Presidente, get exclusive access to certain artists’ ateliers and artisan workshops that were part of the creation of the villa’s interiors.

Barichara, Colombia

Located beside the 2,000-meter deep Chicamocha Canyon, Barichara is an ideal destination for adrenaline junkies who prefer to spend their days white-water rafting, paragliding, zip lining, and rappelling.

Guests seeking nature can be in the Andean countryside within minutes biking and trekking to nearby colonial towns, waterfalls, or lookout points of Chicamocha Canyon.

For more adventurous guests, helicopter expeditions to remote parts of the canyon and the region are a must. Land in the middle of nowhere for epic trekking and mountain biking, or a simple picnic with a glass of wine and a breath-taking view.

Casa del Presidente Dining

Casa del Presidente’s gastronomic experience has been designed by chefs Natalia Velásquez and Rafael Buitrago, who have more than 12 years of experience working in Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, and Mexico, in hotels like Sofitel Victoria Regia and top restaurants like El Chato —#21 in Latin America.

The chefs personalise a menu based on each guest’s preferences and requirements, whilst highlighting the gastronomic richness of the region and supporting small, local producers. Wake up to fresh baked bread and homemade fruit jams, and end the day with a bonfire dinner of traditional dishes with a modern twist.

Casa del Presidente Rooms:

Casa del Presidente Rooms
Casa del Presidente Rooms
Casa del Presidente Rooms
Casa del Presidente Rooms
  • Casa del Presidente Features:
  • Casa del Presidente Features

  • The Property
  • 5 bedrooms for up to 10 guests, all with en-suite bathrooms
  • 2 indoor and 2 outdoor dinning areas overlooking the town and Yariguies mountains
  • Climatised swimming pool
  • Outdoor cinema
  • Large terrace areas and gardens with fruit trees and herb gardens
  • The Experience
  • Onsite chef for a personalised gastronomic experience
  • Full-time English-speaking host
  • Curated selection of wines, spirits and cocktails
  • In-home massages and spa services
  • In-home yoga and meditation services
  • Housekeeping
  • Childcare services



Casa del Presidente Private Villa

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