& eventually our last day in Colombia sadly came.
Willing to make the most of it, we woke up at sunrise & started the day with a good breakfast on the balcony of our guesthouse.
We walked on the still empty & quite streets…
Meeting some locals enjoying the morning sun on the way…
To our destination, The Plantation House. As I told you before, The Plantation House is a coffee farm & also a guesthouse, moreover they can organize airport transportation, even if you’re not staying at the guesthouse.
We booked through them our transports indeed, but above all we wanted to visit the coffee farm.
We already visited a coffee farm in Minca, but being in the coffee region, we thought we couldn’t miss another visit!
And it turned out to be a vey wise decision! The coffee farm we visited in Minca was huge & industrialized, whereas The Plantation House is a little, cute coffee farm, with a smaller production (they don’t export coffee for instance) therefore the visit is much more deep & interesting. They explained us the different kinds of coffee, all the production steps & at the end we also made our own coffee!
Plus, as it was very early in the morning, we had a private tour. And the guide was too nice. It really was awesome!!
A guy from the guesthouse, & his cute dog, walked us to the plantation, through a path zigzagging among lush vegetation.
Something a bit scary happened on our way though. I’m telling this, as we experienced, to try to show all the sides of the country.
While walking, we saw a men ahead of us falling on the floor sick. We run to him & saw he was having an epileptic crisis. We gave him water & after a while he calmed down. We offered to call an ambulance or a doctor, but he refused. He told us he had to go to the town centre to try to sell his products – don’t know exactly what he was selling – to try to gain enough money to buy medicines for epilepsy. He needed around 20€ for one month medicines. We eventually gave him the money for 2 months & he couldn’t stop hugging us & it was heartbreaking. We then talked with the guy who was accompanied us to the coffee farm, & he explained us that when you’re poor in Colombia you have a kind of a card & you can go to the hospital & you can have almost free cares, but depending on the cares you need, you still may have to pay a certain amount. I said that 20€ is not a small amount, but he explained that medicines for epilepsy are quite expensive & that epilepsy is a real problem in Colombia, so people who cant’ afford it can’t be treated.
Sorry to tell such a sad story, but I think that it’s important to know the different sides of a country & not only the touristic, nice places.
We continued our walk to the farm a bit confused, as I feel right now that I recalled the facts, and eventually the farm came into view, in the midst of bright green plants.
We said good-bye to the guy who walked us there & hello to our coffee guide!
Who began to show us the different coffee plants.
The plantation not only grows coffee, but other plants as well, & as we followed him around, he showed us several species.
I discovered then that avocado grow on trees & pineapple on the floor (I would have said the opposite).
We saw where the coffee is planted & then stored.
And eventually we took some grains to make our own coffee!
We filtered the grains to take away the skin,
we roasted them,
we filtered them again for the remaining skin,
& we ground the roasted grains (it was really hard, seriously!)
we put boiling water,
& we finally drank the delicious – & very strong – coffee we made! 🙂
It was really a beautiful morning, the place was wonderful, but above all our guide was too nice!
A perfect way to end our Colombian adventures!
And of course, before going to the airport, we couldn’t miss a stop at one of the fruit juice stalls in Salento main square to grab a last guanabana juice for the road!
We also came across a car show in the main square, Colombia really treated us to all its beautiful traditions!