Finca Carpe Diem Hostel in Minca – What You Need to Know

Finca Carpe Diem Hostel in Minca – What You Need to Know

Finca Carpe Diem is a breathtaking paradise hidden in the Paso del Mango forest near Minca.

Finca Carpe Diem

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This family-owned hostel focuses on remote living, employing locals, and sustainability.

Here’s everything you need to know about staying at Finca Carpe Diem Hostel in the North of Colombia.

How to Get to Finca Carpe Diem

Getting to this hostel can be a little tricky, but once you know how to navigate the North of Colombia, you can learn to get anywhere.

You will likely book a combo of buses, taxis, and motorbikes.

I personally came from Cartagena and took a bus to Santa Marta and arranged a car through the hostel that picked me up at the bus drop-off point.

The mini-bus I took from Cartagena to Santa Marta was Berlinastur . This service is an air-conditioned budget-friendly option for under $13 USD (or 60,000 COP).

Where to Book Finca Carpe Diem Hostel

Typically I prefer to book hostels on Hostelworld. Occasionally, if I have points for savings or Iโ€™m booking a private room, I use Booking.com

Both these booking platforms are simple to use, have upfront cancellation & refund terms, and offer a level of protection that other websites may not offer.

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What to Expect

Finca Carpe Diem Ecolodge offers both shared and private dorms throughout the property.

Many travelers expect to party at hostels in Colombia, but at Finca Carpe Diem you come to relax.

Most of your days will be occupied by eating at the hostel restaurant, lounging by the pool, and booking some of their daily excursions.

WiFi did not work during most of my stay, so bring a book or a deck of cards – you’ll need it!

Daily Excursions Offered

Finca Carpe Diem Waterfall Tour

Many activities and tours are offered from the hostel.

Waterfall tours, yoga, cacao farms, and bird watching are just a handful of the excursions offered at Finca Carpe Diem.

I booked the waterfall tour and would highly recommend it.

Hostel Restaurant

The hostel restaurant was very impressive. Their farm-to-table ethics blend the owner’s Belgian culture with Colombian specialties.

My only problem was not running out of things to order, but getting to try everything I wanted before I left! Overall the menu has lots of options and gladly accommodates vegetarians and vegans.

Rooms & Facilities

I booked an all-female dorm and it was equipped with everything you’d hope for at a good hostel. The rooms themselves are relatively bare bones but ideally, you’ll be spending most of your time out exploring the hostel rather than in your dorm.

Our dorm’s private bathroom was huge and very nice.

All beds had mosquito nets!

Location

Bear in mind that this is a remote ecolodge, so you will be at the hostel or in the surrounding nature of it the entire duration of your stay.

Also, it is not technically in Minca town. While the hostel is near Minca (about an hour drive) it is actually located in a more remote area – Paso Del Mango.

Social Life

As I mentioned before, this is not a party hostel and many people come here to relax.

Most of the visitors were couples on a romantic getaway. This was the only aspect I disliked about the hostel, yet it’s not really anything anyone can control.

Thankfully I came with a friend but I feel I would’ve had a poor experience if I came alone. I would not recommend this hostel to solo travelers hoping to make friends.

However, at the end of our stay, my friend and I did meet a group of female solo travelers and we mingled and played games. So, it is definitely possible to make some friends – especially at the pool.

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I hope this post gives you a more well-rounded idea of what to expect at Finca Carpe Diem Hostel!

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An Honest Review of Athens Hub Hostel in Greece

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I research hostels extensively. I live in them, work in them, and thrive in them.

After staying in over a hundred hostels, there are some every now and then that stick out to me – for better or for worse.

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Honest Review of Athens Hub Hostel

I arrived at Athens Hub Hostel after weeks of partying on the islands of Ios and Paros.

Completely drained and exhausted, I wanted to stay in a hostel that focused on comfort but still was somewhat social.

Athens Hub Hostel seemed like the place to stay.

Where to book

Typically I prefer to book hostels on hostelworld. Occasionally, if I have points for savings or I’m booking a private room, I use booking.com

Both these booking platforms are simple to use, have upfront cancellation & refund terms, and offer a level of protection that other websites may not offer.


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Location

Hostel address: Agias Eleousis 7, Athina 105 54, Greece

Located in Psyri, this hostel is literally in the heart of Athens.

I loved being in the center of the city. I felt like the location is a huge advantage because it’s on a quiet side street near the main Psyri strip of bars and restaurants.

Surrounded by the hostel you’ll find plenty of delicious restaurants, bars, and easy access to many of the top attractions and tours in Athens.

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The Rooms

Spacious rooms at Athens Hub offer privacy in a way many other hostels miss the mark.

Every dorm features beds with curtains, lockers, hooks, and mirrors.

Here are the different types of rooms you can book at Athens Hub:

6-bed female, 4-bed female

8-bed mixed, 6-bed mixed

Private double, private double with extra bed.

Pictured above: 4-bed female dorm.

Bathrooms at hostels can make or break a stay. The bathrooms here were always kept impeccably clean. The showers are nicer than mine at home – it feels like a luxury spa experience.

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Facilities

Some of the perks at Athens Hub are what make this hostel stand out.

Check out the bar/lounge area for a drink or if you need to work remotely. It’s a great place to socialize or work remotely.

They also offer a full (and affordable) breakfast menu in the morning that was tastier than some of the brunch spots I tried.

For a small fee or deposit, Athens Hub also offers laundry, hair dryers, and locks.

Activities & Social Life

Athens Hub Hostel is not a party hostel, but it can be social when you want it to be! I’ve stayed both when it’s bustling with outgoing hostel goers and when it’s quiet.

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Unlike party hostels, Athens Hub is a hostel that has a nice level of social activities available for those who want them but prioritizes cleanliness, safety, and hospitality.

A few activities you can join are happy hour & board games, Pub Crawl, or a Free Walking Tour.

 

Overall, I think Athens Hub Hostel is a wonderful place to stay in the center of Athens. After two long stays, I can confidently say I would recommend this hostel to anyone, especially backpackers ages 18-35.

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