But first, let me back up a bit…
“This isn’t my school, I don’t work here!” “Nope, I’m sure this is it, get out now.”
But, as luck would have it, there was a truck stop around the corner with quite a few “mechanics” just hanging out with not much to do and three of them came over to offer their assistance.
But, if anything, the rain warmed up the freezing river water, and we spent the next few hours jumping off waterfalls and trying to keep warm.
After the rains let up, we hiked back to town for Tara’s birthday dinner! If you’re looking for the best Filet Mignon in Minca (and possibly Colombia) check out Burukuka, it might just be worth the trip to South America.
From the 1970’s to 2000, Micky worked in Mexico, but he continued to invest in the coffee plantation. Then, in 2002, Colombian FARC rebel forces took over the plantation. He decided it was time to cash in on his investment and moved back to La Victoria to spend the next 5 years negotiating for the peaceful release of the plantation and the workers.
Finally, in 2007, the rebels left, and he’s been rebuilding the coffee plantation ever since. Now, he’s working to make the agriculture more sustainable while providing better salaries and working conditions for the 20 families that live and work on the farm. And, on top of all that, they make a delicious brew.
Here's a comparison between the plantation in 1952 and today:
And if you want to see the complete photo gallery from the trip...
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