“Almost 300 narrow and winding steps is what it takes to get to this magical hideaway called Casa Loma, hidden in the lush green forrest of Minca, Colombia. Climbing these stairs with our heavy backpacks was not my fav part but arriving at this magical accommodation right during a spectacular orange-violet-golden sunset was a amazing reward.”
The mellow atmosphere, home-cooked vegetarian meals, refreshing locally brewed beer (called Happy Tucan or Jaguar) and the panoramic views over the Santa Marta bay below make Casa Loma truly worthwhile. Next to that it offers lots to explore in the near surroundings: hiking up to a secluded waterfall, taking a dip in the local swimming wells, touring to the nearby coffee plantation, or just enjoying the breathtaking mountain scenery. After being active the two old rocking chairs on the terrace turned out to be our ultimate reading-spot and the home-made cocktails during happy-hour have been the so called cherry on the cake.
Casa Loma – meaning ‘house on the hill’- has multiple forrest cabins and huts, or you can sleep under the stars in a hammock. It offers a break from the intense heat of Santa Marta and the Caribbean coast and is a perfect place to recuperate after hiking the popular nearby Lost City trail (La Ciudad Perdida).