El Carmen Estate

Boutique hotel in Ataco

The ubiquitous Cafe Ataco brand hails from this charming finca, which has been operating since the 1930s. The original house, La Casona, has been converted into a luxurious boutique hotel, set in lush gardens and with several elegant common areas including a library and bar. A second building, Quinta el Carmen, is a fabulous option for families with plenty of room to run around.

Interesting tours of the coffee plantation are followed by a tasting session and there's also a popular restaurant (mains US$4 to US$11). The estate is signposted opposite the turnoff to Ataco.