On my way I met with a friend in Palomino and she told me that she had just left this amazing place that I would love, an eco-hotel and finca in Minca called Mundo Nuevo, where they grow their own vegetables and are aimed for self sufficiency (something I have always been interested in), and moreover the project had been launched by a young compatriot of mine. I was immediately sold and headed for Minca, Santa Marta, the ecological capital Colombia.
The small town is located at the entrance of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Most of the inhabitants were coffee farmers, but more recently, with Colombia becoming an increasingly more peaceful country, the village has become a major player in Colombia's eco-friendly touristic sector.
In Mundo Nuevo, I discovered a community with amazing people working together towards auto sufficiency.
To get to Mundo Nuevo You have to take a 45 minute hike up into the hills above Minca. The road is difficult but it is definitely worth the walk. You go through beautiful panoramas and lush vegetation, but if your tired or have a lot of bags you can also get a motorbike-taxi from the town.
I spoke about the peace process and my love for Colombia and Colombian people, who have immense hearts and strength of character and how thanks to the peace process for the first time this group of young people were able to come and enjoy all the beauty colombia has to offer.
Colombia has personally brought me so much and it was an honour for me and all the scouts to show our support for this historic occasion and the local community. It is an experience I will never forget and one of the proudest moments of my life. (And of course, meeting el presidente was pretty cool too).