Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia, the small town of Minca has become a popular destination for travelers seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the country's larger cities. Known for its lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and stunning views, Minca has quickly become a favorite among backpackers and nature enthusiasts.
How to get there?
To reach Minca, most people travel out of Santa Marta. we took a flight from Medellín to Santa Marta, which is situated about 45 km's from Minca. The road leading up to it is winding and steep. However, once you arrive in Minca, you'll find that the journey was well worth it. You can choose to take a bus from Santa Marta to Minca or take a taxi. The beautiful nature, waterfalls, amazing birdwatching and the views over the jungle make it to one of the most beautiful spots in Colombia.
Where to stay?
There are many options in Minca but we preferred going up the hills to Masaya Casas Viejas . To reach this hostel (which also offers private rooms with a private bathroom) you need to take a jeep in the village of Minca to take you up. The views from this hostel are priceless, there's a great infinity pool from which you have a direct view on the jungle and the beautiful birds. The restaurant has a terrace and some lovely relaxing spots. It's recommended for backpackers but as it' is also an extraordinary place to stay we decided to book a private room here and enjoy the views from our hammock on the terrace as well.
Things to do in Minca
#1 Check out the waterfalls
One of the town's biggest draws is its natural beauty. Minca is home to a number of stunning waterfalls, including the popular Pozo Azul and Marinka falls. Visitors can hike through the surrounding forests to reach these waterfalls, taking in the stunning scenery along the way. At Marinka falls, the most beautiful one, there's a restaurant and some hammocks to chill in. I would highly advice to go as early as possible.
#2 Visit a coffee farm
Minca is also known for its coffee. The town is home to a number of coffee plantations, and visitors can take tours to learn about the coffee-making process and sample some of the local brews. The coffee in Minca is known for its unique flavor profile, thanks to the area's rich soil and ideal growing conditions. Finca Victoria is one of the oldest coffee farms in North-Colombia, founded in 1892. You can visit here directly from Casas Viejas, as there is a hiking trail that leads to the coffee farm.
#3 Go birdwatching
Another popular activity in Minca is birdwatching. The town is home to a number of exotic bird species, including toucans, parrots, and hummingbirds. Visitors can take guided tours to explore the surrounding forests and spot these colorful creatures in their natural habitats. I was so happy to have my binoculars with me as I could watch so many birds surrounding the hostel and while hiking up in the neighborhood.
#4 Take a yoga session early in the morning
For those seeking a more relaxing experience, Minca is also home to a number of yoga and meditation retreats. These retreats offer visitors the chance to unwind and connect with nature in a peaceful, serene environment.
I had an early morning yoga session at Casas Viejas, a great experience in this beautiful environment.
#5 hike up to the sunset spot view
Directly from Casas Viejas you can hike up the hill to a wonderful sunset spot nearby, only 20 minutes away. From there you can even watch the lights of Santa Marta and the Caribbean Sea.
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