About this listing
We offer a beautiful and peaceful natural paradise with a large pool alongside a crystalline river full of swimming holes and waterfalls.
We set up a lovely hostel, eco-farm and nature reserve; you will arrive in a land of cacao, coffee and gorgeous waterfalls in Paso del Mango, which is a lush tropical valley in the Minca area.
We are surrounded by nature on all sides so you will sleep as a baby in the affordable indigenous styled eco-huts with King Size beds.
We are known to be unique for our setting: an extremely beautiful natural surrounding with lots of private spaces (the facilities are spread out over a few hundred meters with connecting natural paths in between); a peaceful tranquil atmosphere that is hard to find elsewhere.
Furthermore, we are located alongside a crystalline river, with dozens of swimming holes and impressive waterfalls just around the corner (some are over 40 meters high).
The centerpiece is a large swimming pool with lots of terraces, ideal to sunbath. A bit further on the farm you find breathtaking views over Santa Marta, Taganga, Rodadero and the ocean.
Finca Carpe Diem is perfect for relaxing, swimming & outdoor activities. Many excursions can be done: visit nature reserves; learn how to grow and make your own coffee; cultivate honey and make cheese and yoghurt on site; taste chocolate in our neighbors cacao farm; follow tracks throughout our farm and nature reserve of over 50 hectares; taste some of our tropical fruits; go swimming & find crazy waterfalls, discover pre-Colombian cities…. Last but not least, charge your batteries
We harvest, process and use all kinds of local products, such as organic coffee, honey and cheese. Furthermore, we grow dozens of tropical fruits, some of them you can taste all year long; and keep animals, including horses, cows and goats.
You can taste many of the farm-grown ingredients in their well-equipped kitchen and bar. Furthermore they provide food a la carte. Daily you can choose between meat, fish, pasta and lots of vegetarian dishes. Our breakfast also comes with homemade bread.
You will have access to all the facilities, including the swimming pool, riverside, kitchen, wifi and all the open-air terraces and gardens.
Interaction with guests
We do not bother our guests to much but are always on site, we live only hundred meters away, so yes we are available when needed. There is also a receptionist and kitchen staff on site.
Paso del Mango is a traditional village located in a beautiful valley in the Sierra Nevada mountains, in between evergreen forests and cool mountain rivers. It is the ideal location to discover the indigenous Tayrona civilization as there used to be a Tayrona town about 100 years ago. There are ancient ruins, stones and paths all over the place. In Paso del Mango you will find spectacular views over the surrounding mountains, Santa Marta and the Caribbean ocean. Two rivers crisscross the village, making place for beautiful waterfalls and natural swimming pools. Paso del Mango is thé ideal location for outdoor activities (hiking, swimming, horse riding, canyoning, etc.) as well as for relaxation and meditation. It has a tropical climate, but because of its height and the forests and rivers nearby it cools down at night, which is perfect for a good sleep!
Some unforgettable headlines:
Vist a botanic garden with numerous medicinal plants & a butterfly farm (10pp).
Visit an interesting organic cacao or chocolate processing farm (10pp) & support local business.
Play petanque (jeu de boules) with other travelers or take a relaxing sauna in a steam hut next to the river in Finca Carpe Diem
Use signposts and detailed maps for hikes in the surrounding mountains, for example to/from Minca (4-6 hrs).
Be romantic and have a dive in the Poso del Amor or the Pool of Love
Jump from 5 meters high in crystalline waters
Use the swimming pool when the river is too wild to get in.
How 2 get here:
OUR EXACT LOCATION IS PASO DEL MANGO.
DO NOT GO TO MINCA TOWN TO GET HERE, RATHER FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS:
COMING FROM SANTA MARTA AND TAGANGA
Take a taxi in Santa Marta going to Bonda (30 min – 10,000 pesos). You can also take a small bus. Ask to get off at the Police Station or footbal field in Bonda. Here you need to go up a small road with a motorbike (15 min - 10.000 cop) to reach Carpe Diem. The whole drive is easy to find and takes roughly 50 minutes in total from Santa Marta.
We can offer door-to-door services for 100.000 pesos for the whole car from any place in Santa Marta.
COMING FROM PALOMINO OR TAYRONA:
Take the bus direction Santa Marta. Ask to get off at Veracruz in Bonda (this is a crossing some 20 minutes before entering Santa Marta). Go to the footbal field of Bonda from where you take the mototaxi uphill (15 min - 10.000 cop).
We can offer door-to-door services from any destination at the Caribbean Coast.
THE ROAD BONDA - CARPE DIEM IS IN VERY BAD ESTATE, A 4x4 CAR IS REQUIRED FOR THE LAST PART. YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR CAR IN BONDA AND ARRANGE A TRANSPORT IN MOTORCYCLE OR 4x4 CAR.
The rules are simple. Just enjoy your stay and let the other guests enjoy theirs also. Everything goes around peacefully here.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
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We are Kobe and Nele, two young Belgians, who bought the spot of Carpe Diem in 2011 from another Belgian couple. We decided to do the big trip because we felt in love with the natural beauty of Paso del Mango and Carpe Diem more specifically. Nature unbounded. Since then, we have put all our energy and soul in Carpe Diem and as such the place became what it is today.
In the beginning years of our stay in Colombia, Kobe wrote his doctoral research on conflicts and co-management in Colombia’s national parks, which is, by the way, the main reason why all Carpe Diem’s rooms are called after Colombian protected areas. In this context, both Nele and Kobe travelled a lot to all the outskirts of Colombia and are impressed by its natural and cultural diversity.
Nele started this adventure basically without really knowing Carpe Diem and practically jumped in the unknown…however she easily felt in love with all the natural wonders of this region. Nele also enjoys dancing and hanging out with friends and family, something she very much misses living here. Being here, Nele wrote her Masters these on teenager pregnancies in Colombia. A lot to write about it, as some 20% of all teenagers in Colombia are or have been pregnant.
Kobe enjoys working on the farm – planting trees, weeding, picking fruits, etc. with all the ups and downs that are well-known for small-scale farmers in less developed regions.
In 2013 Nele gave birth to Boris in the hospital of Santa Marta. Roxanne was born two years later, at home in Carpe Diem – a lifetime experience!.