When I say Colombia, most people think about a notorious drug lord and the most dangerous comuna in the world, but when I hear Colombia, my mind drifts off to the one thing that is able to wake me up in the morning: coffee, also known as black gold.
Colombia is often regarded as one of the top leaders in producing world-class arabica coffee. But what makes Colombian coffee so good to be considered the best in the world?
Of course, Colombia has the perfect climate for growing coffee. The mountainous terrain, tropical temperatures and the perfect combination of high rainfall and just enough sunlight all have input in creating the perfect coffee-growing country. And now I was finally here myself. After several years of dreaming of coming to Colombia, I was able to discover first-hand what makes this country so special.
There was a small language barrier, given the fact I don’t speak a word of Spanish and most Colombians don’t speak English that well. After doing some research online, I was able to find a local guide with excellent knowledge of the English language, Juan Carlos from Bukap Travels. We drove through the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, right into the small town of Minca. This little town used to be under the control of the guerrilla group FARC, but when they left, more and more backpackers found their way into this picturesque area. There are several hostels around with breathtaking views, surrounded by wild mango trees. Something we can only dream of back home, being able to wake up and just pluck one right out of a tree for breakfast. Not only wild mango trees can be found here. I also saw plenty of avocado trees along the way, another Colombian fruit of success for the country.
I can understand why this place is so alluring. What better place to understand how people can live in this jungle, than a town where time seems to stand still?