Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 272
Weather : Sunny mornings, torrential afternoon downpours
Temperature : 29 degrees
Apparently, Colombia is the number one country in the world to have the largest variety of bird species above everywhere else. Being fans of our feathered friends, and with biologist in tow, we headed to the village of Minca, about 600m altitude in the mountains, and half an hour away from Santa Marta.
We arrived in the middle of the afternoon after a bumpy ride in a taxi which wound it's way up the pot hole ridden roads
The next day was spent going for a wander around the town, following a walking path around the mountains so that we did a loop and ended back in town several hours later. It's astonishing just how much wildlife there is here. Many, many species of birds and butterflies, including parrots, hummingbirds and even toucans. In the afternoon we visited a nearby hotel where there are bird feeders containing a sugary syrup for the hummingbirds....such exquisite little creatures they are. Fortunately, the birds seemed oblivious to the torrential rain and we spent hours watching them zip past us to the feeders where they would flap their wings at incredible speed as they hovered with pin point precision, sipping the sweet nectar from the dishes.
In the evenings we found a great little resaurant called E I Mox Muaca which served delicious savoury and sweet crepes...see..I'm back onto food again
And so after two nights spent at Minca we headed back down to Santa Marta and found ourselves a cheap hostel for the night. The room was hot and stuffy, the pillows were useless and the mattresses were so old that it would have been more comfortable sleeping on the floor. In fact it was so hot and uncomfortable that in the middle of the night I walked into the shower with my clothes on, drenching myself completely and lay back down on the bed under the fan. Sometimes extreme measures are required!
Today we are off to San Andres, a tiny little Caribbean island near Nicaragua. It's been pouring with rain here all day and the skies are permanently grey....let's hope for a little Caribbean sunshine up there.