Day 2: Visiting the Sachamama coffee farm
16.02.2012 - 17.02.2012
The area is called the Coffee Zone so one of the most interesting and unique things to do is to visit a Coffee Farm or “Finca” as it’s called in Colombia. There are plenty of tours in the area but we got a tip from some other travellers we’ve met along the way to go to a specific Finca called Shashamama. We set off on the 3 hour trek the next morning with Nicole, a fellow Canadian and one of the volunteers at the hostel we were staying at. The road to the Finca is an experience in itself since it leads through stunning valleys along beautiful rushing creeks and through some luscious jungle. We also made some new four legged friends on our way.
When we finally got to the Finca we were greeted by its wonderfully friendly owner Pedro and his entire family. They spoke absolutely no English so Nicole ended up being our translator. We were extremely impressed with her knowledge of the language after only a few months in South America. The tour started with a cup of coffee on their terrace with the entire family present. This ended up being a good hour or so of him telling us all kinds of interesting stories about how he started the Finca while we watched incredibly colourful birds make their visit to his front yard. It was wonderful to share some time with this incredibly interesting family in this naturally gorgeous setting. I tried to record most of the excellent tour where we saw the entire coffee making process from picking our own coffee beans to packaging the finished product.
Here is the video: