Colombia is often known as one of the capitals of coffee and cocoa in the world, but instead of carting back loads of pre-packaged beans and chocolate like most others would do, you can instead create your own unique blends and flavours.
The lush jungles of Cafetero serve as the heart of Colombia’s coffee production. You can take an exhilarating horseback ride through fragrant coffee fields in the hills, marvelling at the sights and smells of the picturesque valley. Head next to one of the many quaint cafes in Salento, where you’ll be able to sample numerous types of unique coffee blends.
A short ride away is the coastal city of Cartagena, favourite for its bright facades and fresh seafood. There, an expert in Colombian cocoa will explain the process of how chocolate is made, and will guide you through your own chocolate making process. With an extensive range of flavours and top-quality ingredients, you’ll be able to create a decadent bar that will rival any famed chocolatier.
Retreat to the hip Blue Apple Beach House at the end of the day, a luxurious boutique hotel reflective of Colombia’s vibrant colour and culture, and set just across the road from the Caribbean Sea. ◼
© This article was first published online in Feb 2019 – World Travel Magazine.