Paso De Mango – Finca Carpe Diem
Only 50 minutes away from Santa Marta lies Finca Carpe Diem. This farm and ecolodge sits on the remains of a small town used by the indigenous Tayrona people. The Manzanares River flows through the hostel’s garden, leading to numerous natural swimming spots, waterfalls and a natural Jacuzzi. The owners will happily explain the many activities happening on the farm, such as harvesting tropical fruits, planting trees, beekeeping, coffee production, and more. Much of what they grow is used for everyday cooking in the meals. You may also want to visit nature reserves, organic coffee & cacao farms, old Tayrona ruins, and undertake marked trails and horse-trekking activities through the Sierra Nevada and its stunning scenery.
It is easy to get to Carpe Diem as the owners organize free transport every Tuesday and Friday leaving from Brisa Loca around 10.15 AM. Otherwise take a buseta or taxi to Bonda (30 min) and get off at the football field (campo de futbol) where you can take a mototaxi uphill (20 min). www.fincacarpediem.net
Cost: Dorms to Private Suites range from 20.000 to 60.000 pesos. Meals range between 7000 and 15000 pesos.
What to bring: outdoor walking shoes