After the heat of Tayrona, we sought escape once more into the mountains. Perched high in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is the wonderful town of Minca. The town consists of a single main street lined with shops, restaurants, and open air markets and the farms and fincas which dot the surrounding hills many of which have converted to hostels. We chose to stay close to town at Marymonte. Our room was only so-so and the internet was out in the whole area due to a recent storm. However, the hostel grounds included 2 mango trees loaded with ripe fruit and the staff was so delightfully warm and cheerful.
The town itself is a delight. It has not one, but TWO, bakeries serving amazing bread. One is French, the other German and they both make a pan chocolat (I fell in love with the German version, Annie preferred the French). There are also a number of excellent restaurants ranging from Colombian, Italian, American, and Middle Eastern.
We spent a couple of days relaxing on the porch of Marymonte, drinking in the views, reading anything we could find, enjoying the excellent food, and walking the roads leading further up into the mountains. Another highlight was our afternoon spent at the waterfalls of Pozo Azul about an hour's walk above town.