What can I say but, Wow! After arriving at the port aboard the Carnival Triumph we were bussed from the port, through the town of Santa Marta, up the Sierra Mountains to the small mountain town of Minca. Here we were transferred to four wheel drive vehicles of various types and were driven further up the mountains to the La Victoria Plantation. We unloaded, attacked the restroom facilities and were each given a freshly brewed cup of La Victoria coffee. We were then broke up into small groups of about 15 and the owners, Micky and his wife Claudia, each took us through the coffee production area. We were given a brief primer of how the process works, from growing the coffee, through harvesting to the actual roasting and grinding of the product. There was a Colombian worker present, roasting a small batch of coffee that we would later learn was specifically for us! After this tour we were taken to their private residence where we were served a homemade lunch consisting of meat and cheese pies, a fresh apple pie and fresh squeezed native fruit juices. Delicious. After the meal those that wanted to hike to the waterfall were escorted by Claudia. Along the way we came across some of their horses. The walk was refreshing as the trail was almost completely shaded with a small stream running alongside the trail the entire way. The view could not be described as anything but stunning. You could even barely make out our ship in Santa Marta. After the hike, the 4x4's took us back to the production area. We were each presented a warm bag of freshly roasted and ground La Victoria coffee! We then repeated the 4x4 ride back to Minca and then boarded the bus for our return to the ship. I would highly recommend this tour, coffee drinker or not. You will have the opportunity to meet some of the nicest people with a true love for coffee and Colombia.
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