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A working coffee farm, bed & breakfast and chocolate & coffee tour all rolled into one El Paraiso de Tuki (known locally as La Candelaria) have been welcoming guests for the past 3 years, but the family that owns and runs the small coffee farm have been living in Minca for 3 generations, and are the most welcoming hosts you could wish for (as is reflected in their excellent ratings on air bnb and booking.com).

Spend your days relaxing on the veranda watching the clouds roll in through the valley as Tuki (the pet toucan) nibbles at your feet. Or take a tour with Eugenio and discover everything about coffee from seed to cup before relaxing with a cleansing chocolate face pack. Eugenio and Ana always have many great stories to tell about the area and the history of Colombia, they will help show you the local area and recommend many excellent jungle walks and activities to do. If your looking for complete peace and tranquility then this is the place for you.

Best Bits:

  • Stay in a beautiful 100 year old working, organic coffee farm
  • Daily Coffee and Cacao Tours (also open to day visitors)
  • Breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada
  • Cleansing chocolate face packs
  • Meet Tuki the pet Toucan!
  • Stay with the friendliest family in Minca
  • The best hot chocolate in Colombia! (Perfect for those rainy days).
  • Cosy & Private Rooms (They only rent 3 rooms, so you will feel like you have the place all to yourself)
  • Great bird watching opportunities
  • Close to Mundo Muevo and their Awindua village (20 minutes walk from La Candelaria, ask Anna and Eugenio to show you the way).

Getting There:

  • Walk (45 minutes) – Follow the map from Cafe Minca, past the police station up towards Mundo Nuevo until you see the sign for La Candelaria leading off the main path to the right, then continue up through the coffee fields until you reach the white house, with the red roof and yellow poles.
  • Take a mototaxi to the entrance of the coffee fields and follow the directions above
  • To get in touch visit: elparaisodetukibnb.com or call: +57 321 588 7985

Top Tip: Ask Ana and Eugenio to tell you about their family’s history whilst you enjoy a cool beer or a fresh hot chocolate.

Sitting in giant hammocks overlooking the jungle canopy with a spectacular view all the way to Santa Marta, Casa Elemento was was one of the first hostels I visited when arriving in Santa Marta. “You’ve gotta go to the place with the world’s largest hammock!” Marco, a friend had told me. Now 3 years and a bit later the home of the giant hammocks is one of the most famous hostels in Colombia, if not the world, and deservedly so.

Consistently rated as one of the top Hostels in Santa Marta Calle 11 Hostel is located in el Rodadero, a nice beach front suburb just over the hill from the centre of Santa Marta. A beautiful converted mansion, to which the owners have brought their unique European style, favouring a minimal, clean design throughout, with pristine dormitories & private rooms. The hostel offers a sense of space and a relaxed vibe, nicely complimented with their preferred choice of chilled and funky electronic music.

From the moment you enter Casa Carolina you will immediately see the high standard you can expect from your stay here. David and his Wife Vanessa have lovingly restored the old colonial house from the ground up (a fact they proudly display in a mini photo gallery in the hotel restaurant), and have spent the last 3 years getting every little detail just right, creating the perfect blend of modern comfort and historical culture.

Overlooking El Rodadero in Santa Marta, with views all the way to the sea and a backdrop of lush green cactus-filled hills, Villa Escobar is one of the most unique villas in all of Santa Marta.