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Hacienda Magdalena: Nice place for climbing the volcano Madera

Hacienda Magdalena is a very basic hostel. You can stay in dormitories, or as we did in hammocks at the terrace. For that we paid 20 c (year 2000-prices).

They serve meals on request all day, and there is a very little shop where beer and basic stuff is sold.

The hacienda is a coffee-cooperative.

We arrived when it was dark to Balgües, and luckily we found a guy that was willingly to show us the way to the hacienda. He let us by torchlight through the bananafields on muddy tracks to the finca. Here we arrived tired from a long days journey and hungry. We didn't know what to expect, and we were glad when we found out we could order dinner at the place.

We went to sleep in our hammocks at the terrace, and the next morning the first thing we saw when we opened our eyes, where the beatuful surroundings, views to the lake and the volcano. And then we noticed the men on horses just in front of us, leading all the cows to the fields.

The hacienda is a popular place for starting the climb of Volcán Madera. We hired a guide at the hacienda to help us up the track to the summit. It took about 5 hours and the track was very muddy.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written June 10, 2005
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View of Madera and farmhuts from Magdalena

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