Minca is a small mountain village located at the edge of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains. Minca is located on a 600 meters altitude and is an ideal stop escaping the heat and the touristic crowd from the Caribbean coast.
My main Minca objective was a day-trip of mountain biking in the forests. Unfortunately this did not work out for me due to my own (lacking of) planning skills. So what did I do? I jumped on the backseat of a motorcycle and during this speeddate I got a good perspective of Minca’s surroundings. And yes, if it was up to me I would go for to a second date. Below all the highlights you cannot miss when you pay a visit to Minca.
1. The waterfalls of Marinka (Cascadas de Marinkas)
The waterfalls of Marinka are one of the highlights of Minca’s surroundings. Luckily it was not crowded when I arrived at the place, I was able to enjoy this lovely place just by myself. I have to mention that the water was very, very cold when I touched it the first time. It felt like ice water!
2. A visit to a coffee plantage - La Victoria Coffee farm
La Victoria coffee plantage. A German volunteer was our tour guide through this organic coffee farm. I learned a lot about the way they pick the coffee beans there and how the selection process works to create the best coffee possible. Off course I also tasted one cup of coffee and yes, it was a pretty good one. At the end of the tour I bought one package to use at home. The taste is a bit sour, but that is what I personally like the most, I also drink my coffee without sugar. It is almost impossible to buy this coffee at another place than the farm as the majority of the produced coffee is being used for the export.
Honestly my knowledge about birds is limited. I can distinguish a condor from a tweety kind of bird, but that’s about it. As traveling is also about learning more about the nature and wildlife, I believe Minca is a great location for it. There are more than 300 different bird species in this area. The next time (probably around June 2017) a bird expedition is on my to-do list. There are several options to book birdwatching expeditions with a local guide here. If you have done this, please share your tips with me.
4. Pozo Azul
I did not cross Pozo Azul during my motor tour. According to my driver it should be a great natural pool with a small waterfall. We choose to drive to the waterfalls of Marinka in stead of Pozo Azul, due to the limited time I had (a little bit more than half a day).
5. Viewpoint of Los Pinos (Mirador at Los Pinos)
The word ‘mirador’ you probably have encountered when you traveled through South America. It means ‘viewpoint’ and mirador Los Pinos gives you an excellent view over the mountains and mountain village Minca itself.
6. Hiking, mountainbiking - actually all kind of outdoor activities
Because Minca is situated in a beautiful mountain scenery with several waterfalls, quiet natural pools and creeks, it is ideal for your favorite outdoor sport. Besides downhill mountain biking and hiking through all these natural highlights around Minca, you can also do a hike to the nearby Paso del Mango. This hike lasts about six hours.
Minca Colombia accommodation tips
Backpacker options in Minca
Hostal Casa Loma Minca
Casa Elemento – Located high up in the mountains. This accommodation has maybe the largest and highest located hammock of the world.
Flashpacker option in Minca
La Candelaria Coffee and Chocolate farm bed and breakfast – Sleeping at a coffee farm and a chocolate factory. What more can you wish for?
Luxury accommodation in Minca
Minca Ecohabs Hotel- The most luxury option Minca has to offer. Your own beautiful tree hut / bungalow.
Travel tips to discover more of Colombia after (or before) your Minca visit
Tayrona National Park
One of the highlights in Colombia is Tayrona National Park. Read more about this park and its beautiful beaches at the Caribbean coast in the north of Colombia.
A small fishing town and a place to relax, that is Tanganga. Also it is known as one of the cheapest places to get your PADI certificate. Recent stories on the internet mention some Israeli’s disturbing this town with tourist packages including prostitutes and drugs. You can understand that a lot of people dislike the change of the fisherman’s town into a sex and drugs place for tourists.
The hike to the lost city (Ciudad Perdida)
Also known as the Machu Picchu of Colombia. Ciudad Perdida is one of the biggest historical cities which was discovered in the whole of South-America. And this discovery was recently done in 1970. The hike to the lost city lasts about five/ six days from Santa Marta. It is on my list for 2017.
A must-visit when you are in Colombia is Cartagena. If you didn’t add it on your Colombia itinerary yet, you might be convinced after reading my visit to this colonial city of Colombia.