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Most restaurants can be found within a block or two of Darién’s plaza, with most serving simple dishes like grilled lake trout or sancocho (beef stew). Accommodations are mostly rustic hostels aimed at the surf crowd. La Casa del Viento (www.casadelviento.com.co; tel. 315/265-6540), Carrera 6 no. 12–40, is one of the better options, with a mix of dorms and private rooms for COP$35,000 to COP$65,000. They can also set up kitesurfing lessons and parasailing over the lake.

The only formal hotel near Lago Calima, Hotel Brisas del Lago ★ (Carrera 7 no. 7–50; www.hotelbrisasdelcalima.com; tel. 2/253-3460) has been a go-to weekend retreat for Colombian families since opening in 1995, though during the rest of the week you’ll probably have it to yourself. It’s right in the heart of Darién, a short walk from the lake. The rooms (COP$104,000–COP$145,000) are smallish but modern and equipped with flatscreen TVs. Bunk beds are added in family rooms so entire families can squeeze in. There’s a discoteca open on weekend nights. Rates include continental breakfast and dinner.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.