In the heart of the Andes mountain range, Cannúa stands as Colombia’s first high-end sustainable ecolodge.
Cannúa is an immersive experience, designed on permaculture principles and enriched with organic gardens and elevated dining. The property features 18 rooms—including six cabañas and two junior suites—along with a spa, bar, and restaurant.
Three-quarters of the lodge, which is located in Antioquia (one of the planet’s most biodiverse regions), sits on a protected forest that’s home to 100 species of birds, endemic flora, and preserved pre-Hispanic hiking trails built by indigenous peoples as trade routes.
Cannúa is also the world’s first hotel to be constructed entirely of compressed earth bricks. The bricks were formed and sun-baked on site, eliminating the need for trucks and other heavy machinery. The earth-brick structure is energy efficient, naturally absorbing heat during the day and radiating it at night, minimizing the need for additional heating and cooling.
Design architects Lucas Henquin and Federico Cairoli envisioned an interior design concept that stays true to Cannúa’s commitment to local culture and nature.
Construction materials, such as earth bricks and bamboo, were left exposed, while wood elements were sourced from fallen trees, responsibly forested trees, and local carpenters. For instance, the reception desk, bar, and slats on the terrace were made with wood that would have otherwise been thrown away.
Cannúa actively engages in reforestation efforts, employing permaculture methods to help regenerate natural ecosystems and become carbon negative. The lodge also offers tours of its expansive 86,000-square-foot organic gardens and food forests.