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Hostels in Minca and surroundings

Hostels in Minca and surroundings

Minca and surroundings: what to do and where to stay? Minca is a small but well-travelled town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in the Northern part of colombia. In recent years tourism has grown a lot, and there are many things to undertake, basically outdoor activities. We noticed visitors head off...

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Why hiking between Paso del Mango and Minca, if you can also run?

Why hiking between Paso del Mango and Minca, if you can also run?

I’m a big fan of trail running, because it combines the beauty of nature with adventure and challenge. While reading another blog about hiking between Paso del Mango and Minca, I got the idea to try to do the same trail, running. I was especially attracted by the promising words: “steep – many turns –...

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Things to do in Minca

Things to do in Minca

Getting to Minca Another day, another adventure out of Paso del Mango to the well travelled and nearby town of Minca. Leaving at about 8am by moto taxi, it took more or less 45 minutes and 25.000 COP to get to the town of Minca. There is no ATM in Minca so on the way,...

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Biking around Minca and Paso del Mango

Colombia is famous for its cyclists and mountain-bikers. Getting to know Colombia on two wheels is obviously a fabulous experience. There are many biking trails all over the country. Here we are particularly interested in biking around Minca and Paso del Mango, in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. This region is home to a biosphere Unesco Reserve with...

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Tayrona national park, a Colombian paradise

Setting off to Tayrona National Park We set off from the Finca Carpe Diem hostel in Paso del Mango at 9am in the direction of Tayrona National Park which is located at the foot of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. We were lucky that Bram from Carpe Diem was heading into Santa Marta so we...

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Chocolate making in a Cacao farm near Santa Marta

Recently, Finca Carpe Diem was visited by two travel bloggers, Noelle & Fabio, who did a beautiful piece on the amazing Cacao Farm just down the road from us in Paso del Mango. After reading their post below make sure to visit their blog, Visi Todo for more helpful and insightful information. After reading their post...

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Finca Carpe Diem’s new website

Features of Carpe Diem’s Website FincaCarpeDiem.com has a new face and I believe it showcases this jungle oasis very well. The old site was due for an upgrade and not just a facelift. I worked tirelessly on structuring the content and creating an intuitive, responsive, and clear experience that would answer any questions Finca Carpe...

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Hiking Minca to Paso del Mango

Hiking in Colombia is a very rewarding activity. And the whole region around Minca and Paso del Mango, in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, is truly a hiking paradise. There are dozens of connected trails for hiking Minca and Paso del Mango that are just waiting to be discovered by the more adventurous traveller. There...

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Jogging Pozo del Amor, Paso del Mango

Every Sunday we gather near the front of Finca Carpe Diem in our running gear. Sunday is our jogging day to Pozo del Amor. After we’ve all finished prepping, we start jogging right from the entrance. The beginning leg of the jog is almost like running for the first time. You can’t just run forward...

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A place for every type of traveller near Santa Marta

Finca Carpe Diem, which is located just outside of Santa Marta, has been growing rapidly for the past four years. During this time we’ve had the pleasure of hosting guests of various walks of life. The one thing that really stands out for us is the diversity in our guests and how they all really...

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Mini Ciudad Perdida of Paso del Mango

I was getting many questions here at Finca Carpe Diem about exactly where and how one can visit the Mini Ciudad Perdida of Paso del Mango. Well, that prompted a little jaunt with a camera to document the path a bit better. If you plan on taking the 30 minute hike to what we call...

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Wood master of Santa Marta

A few months back we had a Belgain footbal juggler and artist, Stijn De Pourcq, stayed in Carpe Diem to help out with gardenwork and promoting the finca, and captured some beautiful footage of a lumberjack slicing some branches from a Campano tree that grew huge branches out a little too far for the safety of...

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Paso del Mango activities with Christopher Chiu

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of hosting Chris Chiu at Finca Carpe Diem in Paso Del Mango. A lively, entrepreneurial minded, graceful individual who brought with him a positive energy and a sense of adventure. While he was here, Chris was kind enough to include us and Paso del Mango in one...

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Volunteering at an office with a swimming pool

What a great way to travel, trade work for a place to stay and delicious food on your plate. That it would work out this well, I didn’t expect. But I can say it was love at first sight when I read the workaway advertisement. A Belgium couple, palmtrees in the background, close to my...

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Paso del mango’s hidden waterfalls

Paso del mango contains many hidden gems and unknown secrets. Three of those are the unnamed and untamed hidden waterfalls. At roughly 45 minutes of hiking up a dirt path from Finca Carpe Diem, you arrive at the known waterfall of Cascada de Silvestre. There you can enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings as well as swim in crisp and cool...

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Camping at the Santa Marta viewpoint

Prepping for the hike was fairly straightforward. It was a matter of packing up the tent, a flashlight, grabbing supplies, and a few dinner sandwiches. The hike to the top was not all that difficult however there were times that the added weight of the tent and the backpack were apparent. After about 40 minutes...

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