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I´m Michelle and I am traveling in Latin America. I have always wanted to travel here and I finally left my home in Boston, MA in July 2013. I have been traveling since then, working here and there and continuously realizing that the world is filled with opportunities for exploration. I hope to travel for a long time but I always find a cozy place to stay for some time. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions I am more than happy to take you up on them. Live long, travel far, love often.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Minca, COLOMBIA: café y chocolate

I took a nice weekend break away from it all and headed to the Sierra Nevada again to a little town named Minca. I arranged to stay on a coffee farm with a local couple named Eugenio y Ana. Eugenio is the third generation proprietor of La Candaleria coffee farm. We were taken up by mule to their coffee farm which is a good 1 hour hike straight up. There were lemon trees, grapefruit, banana, avacado, cacao, beautiful birds, howling monkeys, giant cicadas, butterflies, magnificent views and much more. I even learned how Eugenio makes his coffee from picking the seed to toasting the coffee.
Minca is surrounded by beautiful hikes and waterfalls.
View outside my room with a chile tree right next to the window.
Eugenio made this contraption himself.
Eugenio giving us some delicious fruit on our coffee tour.
Picking lemons.
Grinding coffee.
Tossing the beans.
We helpes to pick out the shells of the coffee beans.
Then toasted the cofee.
Going down to pick some grapefruit.
How's ya grapefruit?? It's HUGE!
Needless to say we enjoyed many fresh cups of coffee. Lemons and cacao. 
Jesse, the local neighbor boy holding cacao cut in half.
Humming bird stopping in for a drink.
These remind me of pointsettas.
The eye of the tree.
Playing damas with the two Isaacs. Ana's son and the volunteer from Australia.
View of Santa Marta.

Ana, Eugenio, Simón, Isaac and i drinking coffee.
Beautiful sunsets over the Sierra Neveda. I really enjoyed my stay at La Candelaria coffee farm, I felt like a member of the family. I will try to go back to visit soon!























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