The SpaceGaviota cabin is part of Eco-Hotel Playa Libre, locally owned and managed by the Camargo family, who have lived on the Caribbean coast for generations. Eco-hotel Playa Libre cabins are powered by solar electricity and auxiliary generators. Rooms are equipped with mosquito nets and fans (no A/C). We make use of rainwater for showers and faucets. Our eco-hotel offers a restaurant with delicious local food (lunch or dinner average $20,000 Col pesos per person), and next door is a small store where guests can buy basic goods. Gaviota cabin is located at the front of our property, past the store and Camargo family home. We do not have WiFi. When guests arrive, they can expect clean linens, towels, and soap. Guest AccessThe nightly cost includes rental of the whole house, as well as a small breakfast and coffee each morning. Transportation, eco-tours, lunch/dinner, drinks, and services while on the island are all paid separately but can be organized through us. Interaction with GuestsOur family on the island speak only Spanish, so it’s helpful if our guests speak some Spanish as well. If you need anything, just ask. At her store, Arnida sells basics like bottled water, cold drinks, mosquito coils, canned/dry food, snacks, eggs, oil, sugar, salt, condiments, some fruits and veggies, beer, rum, shampoo, and cigarettes. Plan to bring anything else with you from Cartagena. The NeighborhoodIsla Grande is the largest of 27 islands that make up the Rosario Island national park. Miles of walking trails span the island, where there are no roads or cars. It is home to a music-loving Afro-Caribbean community of 900 people. The small town of Orika is 30 minutes from our eco-hotel. Temperatures on the island range from 80 to 90 degrees year-round with high humidity.
Eco-Hotel Playa Libre is located on the east side of the island toward the point or La Punta. We are on the main trail past Parques and before Laguna Encantada. Many of our neighbors are friends and family who own and operate their own eco-hotels and visit our store regularly. They are happy to share their culture and history, but few people speak English. Getting AroundWe pick up and drop off guests in Cartagena in our private boat until 2 pm ($800,000 Col pesos round trip per group). Smaller groups may opt to take a tourist boat to the island ($115,000 Col pesos per person round trip) which leave Cartagena once a day in the morning at 9:00 am. We assist all our guests with planning transportation. Other Things to NoteWe highly recommend trying some of the mouthwatering fresh seafood on the island (lobster, crab, octopus, conch, prawns, shrimp). One of the best ways to keep cool is by swimming in the turquoise waters at the nearby beaches. We also love to snorkel the coral reef and canoe through the mangrove trails. On nights with low moonlight, you can swim or snorkel Laguna Encantada to see the stunning bioluminescent plankton. Guests can take a boat tour to the beautiful islands/beaches nearby: Isla Arena, La Playita and Cholon. It’s also fun to visit Orika on a Friday or Saturday night when the locals listen to loud Champeta music and dance late into the night.