My favorite thing about Minca was the birds. (In case you are wondering, Robert’s favorite thing about Minca was visiting the organic coffee farm.) Colombia has the highest diversity of birds in the world. In fact, there are over 1900 species of birds found in Colombia, equivalent to 20% of the birds found in the entire world. Crazy, right?
Our first hotel was awful, but it had a great deck where I spent hours watching birds. Hummingbirds were a constant presence. In the morning, they would sit nicely in the trees waiting for food to be put out.
Once the food was put out, it was amazing to watch them fly. And, they were fearless. I swear one or two ruffled my hair as they flew by me.
The hotel also had an orange tree just off the deck that attracted a large variety of birds. My favorites were the four toucans (aracari toucans of some sort) that hung out most days eating oranges. Watching them peel the oranges with their beaks and then pluck out orange segments was beyond cool.
Other birds loved the oranges too.
There were plenty of other birds that hung out at the hotel too.
We did a bird watching tour, but it was a bit of a bust. Our guide was awful and got all excited about tiny, little birds we could barely see. We did find one pretty one on the tour though.
Our second hotel was also good for bird watching.
But the best part of our second hotel were the toucans. Several evenings (and one morning) they flew around the hotel and perched in nearby trees. They were beautiful and looked so weird when flying. Plus, they make a noise that sounds more like a bullfrog than a bird.
If you like birds, Minca has so many of them. Just double up on bug spray and bring plenty of calamine lotion….
* In light of the Covid-19 situation, we are no longer traveling. This post reflects pre-pandemic travel. We are sheltering in place and hope you are doing the same. Stay safe.