This is the first post I write on the new website, I’m really happy! 🙂
Anyway, let’s continue with our trip through Colombia.
Last time, we left the fishermen village of Taganga to go to Minca.
Minca is a teeny tiny village on the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains. It’s still a quite unknown place as until a couple of years ago, the FARC were in these mountains so it wasn’t safe to go there.
Local people told us they’re continuously discovering new hikes or waterfalls or viewpoints in the mountains as they’re finally free to wander around.
The main activity in Minca is indeed to hike the surrounding mountains to reach viewpoints or beautiful waterfalls, where you can swim & play in the water.
To go to & from Minca, 4×4 jeeps leave from the central market in Santa Marta & from Minca main square as soon as the car is full. Otherwise, you can take a taxi or even a motorbike!
Speaking of motorbikes, from Minca main square there is a service of motorbikes to reach the farthest accommodations as well as all the tourist spots nearby.
Prices are clearly displayed on the wall.
Of course you can walk around, but if you’re short in time or you booked a hotel really high in the mountains, motorbike can be a good option!
I didn’t know about this service before going, so for instance I avoided to book a hotel that was really on top of the mountains as I didn’t know how we could have gone there…
Nevertheless, we stayed in a very cute place, Casa Loma.
They say Casa Loma must be earned… Indeed, it’s a stiff path to reach it… But once you’re up there, you’re rewarded by a magical view over the Sierra Nevada mountains, the forest & the city of Santa Marta.
There are different kind of accommodations from dormitories to private bungalows that allow you to literally sleep in the middle of the jungle. Here’s Casa Luna, our home for the night.
It was the cutest place we stayed in Colombia, from our bed we could see the mountains, the sunrise, the stars, the moon…
Of course you won’t have many facilities, we had a shared bathroom, but everything was neat & clean.
Plus, the staff is really kind, they helped us planning our stay in Minca as well as our travel to Cartagena for the following day.
As we wanted to visit the two main waterfalls and we only had one day, we followed the advice of the hotel manager & booked 2 motorbikes.
I honestly didn’t know Minca was so nice, I suggest to spend 2 days there so to be able to walk around on your own or to go a bit higher in the mountains the second day.
We bought some empanads for a picnic lunch while waiting for the motorbikes to arrive…
…& off we went to Marinka waterfall!
Or I should say waterfalls, as there are a lower and a higher waterfall.
The lower one ends in a larger and deeper pool
where you can swim once you overcome the coldness of the water 😉
& the upper waterfall.
As you may know, Colombia is known worldwide for coffee production & although the majority of coffee grow in the coffee triangle, in the region Minca there are several coffee plantations too.
Keen to learn a bit more about coffee production, our second stop was at Finca La Victoria.
A coffee farm established in 1892 by an English family (the named it after the at the time Queen), where they produce organic coffee still using old-fashioned machineries.
Finca La Victoria is a quite big farm, nestled in the luxuriant forest
the coffee beans are transferred from a point to another through pipes by water.
No modern, industrial equipments here.
We had a very passionate guide, who explained us everything about coffee production, from the beans to the final product.
& at the end of the visit, we were offered a cup of delicious coffee.
The last stop of the day was at Pozo Azul, a wonderful series of waterfalls & pools.
There were way more people than at Marinka waterfall
but there are a lot of pools, so you can always go a bit further up to have your own peaceful pool.
Or you can join the locals jumping in the water…
Unless you prefer to relax in such a natural spa.
At the end of the afternoon, we walked back to Minca, enjoying on our way the view over the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
& observing the colorful houses & the village late afternoon life.
We arrived at Casa Loma perfectly in time for sunset… But as I already shared way too many pics, I’ll tell you more tomorrow. & as sunset in Minca was one of the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen… I think you should stop by tomorrow! 😉