Gachancipa chosen as one of the best towns in Colombia
by Pat Skriletz
(Gachancipa, Cundinamarca, Colombia)
the view from my farm (and it's for sale!)
I've lived outside Gacha (as it's known here) for 5 years. In that time I've seen how much it's grown and it promises to grow even more. The widening of the main highway into a freeway is in the works so the 45 minute drive to Bogota should soon be only a half hour. The large tax-free area of the town has brought and will bring even more development and opportunity to this town of about 8000.
The climate here was perfect for me after having lived for 2 years in Panama (I hate heat and humidity). On cloudy days it's about 60 degrees F and, although there may be light frost 2-3 mornings/year, most nights are in the low 50s. Because the elevation is about 8500 feet, the sun is STRONG but the air is always cool. It reminds me a lot of the California Sierra Nevadas in the summertime.
We have grown crops on my farm and found that the ones that do best are cold-weather crops like broccoli, spinach, and lettuce. The area is known for its milk cows and rose greenhouses. The fresh cheeses here are so good!
I find everything I need in Gacha but if your tastes run to gringo style you can always find what you need in Carulla, Carrefour, or Exito which are US-style supermarkets with imported goods from all over the world, only a half hour away in Chia.
Me? I just love spending time on my farm. After 30 years living in Los Angeles, California, the clear air, gorgeous views, and total peace and tranquility are top of my list for things I appreciate most about Colombia.
For more information about the farm I'm selling, please visit BCR's sales page clicking here !