It was in 1892 when founders Mr. Charles and Mrs. Alice Bowden, trekked through the jungle with carriages of coffee machinery to set up La Victoria Coffee Company. It sits on the north western slope of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and still runs today. What is outstanding about it is that it completely runs on its original machinery and relies on backpackers and volunteers to help maintain the farm. La Victoria Coffee in its original packaging can only be bought there as most of its Arabica beans are sold and combined in other companies products.
To help keep La Victoria running, it has opened itself to tourists who need to take a 4X4 through the Sierra Nevada to reach its isolated plantation. Volunteer tour guides will walk you through the farm starting with a cup of Victoria coffee and ending with a craft beer made on the location called Nevada. It produces its beer according to season and if you make it in the right time you can grab one with coca leaves (something we missed). Besides its antique machinery, craft beer, great coffee and friendly faces, it is also in a stunning location with plenty of options for hiking and 4X4 fun.
If your the adventurer who looks for something alternative in travel this should be pinned to your map!
LA VICTORIA- MINCA, COLOMBIA