After a few days staying at a party hostel in tourist town Santa Marta, I needed to get away from the noise and crazy dust winds to a place a bit more serene, and took a day trip to a small town nearby to chill out, do some hiking, and jump into a cold river.  Minca was a beautiful respite from the city madness, and the barefoot hike to reach the local swim hole was a good adventure.

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Though it’s so close to beach, the mountains are elevated enough to produce coffee and chocolate, both of which you can find in plenty, with all kinds of interesting local fruits & flavors…


There is also a very cool hummingbird viewing spot, where you can see a site like this: