Minca Colombia : Complete Travel Guide

In this article, you will learn everything about Minca Colombia :

best places hostels, things to do, where to eat, how to get around, and more.

Let’s dive in

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Table of Contents

Minca Colombia Essentials

  • Best things to do in Minca : Marinka Waterfall, Hike to Cerro Kennedy, Visit a Coffee Farm,  Permaculture Tour, Birdwatching, Chill at sunsets
  • Best Hostels in Minca : Mundo Nuevo, Casas Viejas, Minca Glamping, Siembra Minca
  • Best time of the year to go to Minca : Best time for Sun December to March  Best time for sunsets : April to November
  • High Season : December 15th to January 15th
  • How to get to Minca : Colectivos from Santa Marta’s Market ($ 8000 Cop) or Taxis ($ 50.000 Cop)
  • Rainy Season : September to end of November
  • Where to eat in Minca : Lazy Cat, Mundo Nuevo Vegeterian Restaurant, Siembra Hotel, Donde Orfi, Asadero Camaritas
  • Safety in Minca : Completely Safe

Ecological Capital of Sierra Nevada, Minca is a tiny village located 15 kilometers from Santa Marta, 1 hour drive and the change of scenery is assured.

The village does not present a priori little interest, one comes there especially to lodge in the heights and to benefit from the exceptional environment of this small end of Colombia.

You will enjoy in Minca its incredible diversity of birds and its luxuriant flora. You will understand why it has become one of the favorite destinations of many travelers, and a must in Colombia.

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Minca Wiki

Inhabitants : 800

Altitude : 580m over sea level

Department : Magdalena

Origin of the Name : The minka (mink’a or minga in Quechua,   is a pre-Columbian tradition of voluntary community or collective work for a social utility or reciprocal purposes, as a shared garden for example. 

Minca Colombia Map

Section 9

What to do in Minca ?

Choosing your experiences will make your stay an unforgettable memory… or not!

Some places in Minca are crowded with tourists, while others are less crowded and of unequalled quality.

Discover here the best things to do in Minca

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Pozo Azul

It is the most known plan in Minca, Pozo Azul is a large water hole for swimming in the river. 

It is important to know that it is crowded on weekends and holidays, it is an outing for Colombian families. 

There are other water holes a little further up the river. 

Don’t try to walk there by road, you will waste your time.

Getting there : 

  • Duration to get there: 1h on foot / 20mn by transport.
  • Mototaxi (one way): $10.000/pers.
  • 4×4 (one way) : $40.000 (4 pers. max)
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Pozo Azul - Photo © Tristan Quevilly

Marinka Waterfall

Here is the other most famous activity to do in Minca : go and enjoy the Marinka Waterfall.

There is a small restaurant there. 

Getting There :

  • Walking : 1h walk
  • Mototaxi (one way): $10.000/pers -15 min
  • 4×4 (one way) : $40.000 (4 pers. max) /20mn by transport
  • Entrance fee: $5000
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Marinka Waterfall - Photo © Tristan Quevilly

Trekking to Cerro Kennedy

The Cerro Kennedy is a summit is one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the Minca region.

This viewpoint is still pretty unknown.

In fact, before you could not reach because there were the Farcs, but now there is a military base to protect the TV antenas.

To do this trekking the best is to sleep 1 night in Casas Viejas.

On the second day, you can start the hike to Cerro Kennedy and sleep another night in Donde Moncho.

then in the early morning you ascend to the Cuchilla San Lorenzo and assist one of the most spectacular sunrize of your life.

  • Duration: 9h walking/3h by transport
  • Mototaxi (one way): $80.000 / pers.
  • 4×4 (one way): $450,000 (4 pers. max)

Bird watching

Minca is famous, like all of the Sierra Nevada, for the richness of its fauna and flora, and this can be an opportunity for bird lovers to do some Bird Watching!

There are several possibilities, of which the best known is certainly to call upon Jungle Joe, old man with 30 years of experience in bird watching ;-).

Duration : 3h
Rate: 30,000 pesos

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Visit a Coffee / Cacao Factory

Finca la Victoria

It is one of the oldest finca cafetera in all Colombia, a true institution that offers an organic coffee culture and is a model of social development in Minca. 

  • Duration of the tour: 1 hour
  • Price of the tour: 15 000 pesos
  • Duration to get there: 2h30 on foot/45mn by transport
  • Mototaxi (one way): $15.000/pers.
  • 4×4 (one way) : $80.000 (4 pers. max)
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Finca la Candelaria

The best Cacao and Coffee tours in Minca.

Ana & Eugenio receive tourists with incredible kindness.

The tours will show you the whole process of Coffee or chocolate from the seed to the cup of Chocolate. A delight for your taste buds. 

  • Duration of the tour: 1 hour
  • Price of the tour: 25 000 pesos
  • From Minca : 1 hour on foot/30mn by transport
  • From Mundo Nuevo : 15 Min walking
  • Mototaxi (one way): $15.000/pers.
  • 4×4 (one way) : $80.000 (4 pers. max)
 
Contact : [email protected]
Whatsapp : 3215887985
Phone : 301 451 60 91
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Sunset in Mundo Nuevo

It has become an activity in its own right. Indeed, these two places have become so well known that even those who don’t live there want to go and discover them. It is therefore possible to simply go for a drink at Mundo Nuevo to discover their ecotourism project or at Casa Elemento to enjoy its giant hammock.

  • Duration : 1h00 on foot / 15mn by mototaxi
  • Mototaxi (one way): $20.000/pers.
  • 4×4 (one way) : $100.000 (4 pers. max)

Museum of the memory of the Sierra Nevada

A very small museum for a great history. An interesting visit to learn the history of Minca and the Sierra Nevada.

The team also acts socially at the local level and with young people, so it’s a nice initiative to encourage by going there!

  • Price: free but you can leave a tip to support their action.
  • Getting there: go to the Tienda Café Minca, and take the path away from the main road.

Pictures and Videos of Minca

What to do After Visiting Minca ?

Section 2

Best Hostels in Minca

When it comes to plan your trip, the choice of your hotel can make or break your journey

You will learn here all the best places to stay in Minca

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Thanks to the fact that Minca has become such a touristic place visited by foreigners and Colombians, there is a great variety of offers to stay.

Prices ranging from $25,000 in a shared room to $160,000 in a private room, or Even 700.000 for private houses.

Here are the 5 absolute best hotels in Minca :

Section 3

How to get to Minca ?

Travelling with all your luggage can be a bit stressful, especially when you don’t know the city,

Right ?

Here you’ll get all the detailed information on how to get to Minca : by bus, taxi or Moto Taxi

How to go 3

 Getting to Minca from Santa Marta

MiniVans ‘Colectivos”

Take a Minivan from the “mercado publico” of Santa Marta to Minca.

  • Company: CooTrasMinca
  • Departures: every 30 minutes
  • Price: 8000 pesos
  • Duration: about 1 hour
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How to get to Minca : Mini buses from the Market leave every 30 minutes

Getting to Minca from Palomino or Tayrona Park

Take a bus from Palomino to the “mercado” of Santa Marta.

  • Price: 10,000 pesos
  • Duration: about 2 hours

Then take a minivan from the mercado of Santa Marta to Minca.

  • Price: 8000 pesos
  • Duration: about 1 hour
Section 3

How to get around in Minca

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getting around
Most hostels are a bit lost in the mountains, so when you arrive in Minca, consider hiring a Moto Taxi to avoid a long walk with your luggage on your shoulder
 

Right close to the arrival/departure of the busetas, you will see Motomink (motorcycles) and 4×4 Minca (cars) which offer transportation to all accommodations and to the main points of interest. You will see the prices displayed.

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Beware 

If you are loaded, you will need a motorcycle for yourself and a motorcycle for the luggage. 

Section 7

Where to Eat in Minca

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Best Restaurants in Minca

Despite Most Hostals propose their own food, Minca’s gastronomic offer is quite varied. 

Many foreigners have settled there to open cafes, bars, restaurants, etc. 

La Miga

Eating a real French baguette or a chocolate chip brioche in the Sierra Nevada is the experience offered by the French baker located in the church street. You won’t miss it, everyone will tell you to go there.

Mundo Nuevo’s Vegetarian Restaurant

Bururake

Bururake on Google Map

Asadero Camarita

Camarita is definitely one of the greatest figures of Minca culture.

He offers grilled meats and sausages, and if you like desserts, ask him “el Postre”, you won’t be disappointed!

an obligatory step if you go up to Los Pinos

Camarita’s place on Google Map

Siembra Hotel’s Restaurant

One of the finest kitchens in the region, you can taste its homemade sushi with your eyes closed. 

Siembra Boutique Hotel on Google Map

Pro Tip

Hotel Siembra has a private waterfall called Cascada Escondida, one of the most beautiful and quiet waterfalls in the Minca region.

Restaurant Lazy Cat

Very good service, good globalized cuisine, reasonable prices between 15,000 and 30,000 pesos and the very good advice of the waitress 

Adress : Google Map

Pro tip : go the terrasse close to the river

Section 1

Top Tips and Advices

You want to have a perfect trip ?

So pay attention to this section to get the most out of your trip

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These are the Best tips & Recommendations to take into account when you travel to Minca :

  • Avoid arriving to Minca at night or taking walks without lights, just for your peace of mind.
  • There are very annoying sunflies at sunset. Many people will tell you to use lot of repellent, but it is not ecological. Instead get ready to wear pants and socks use pants from 4:30 pm, it is much more efficient. 
  • Get ready to wear a hat and protect yourself from the sun during the hikes
  • Have cash to pay for motorcycle cabs or tours offered by the locals
  • Bring enough cash for all your stay, they charge 10% fee in the village retirer de l’argent dans un distributeur
  • Use comfortable tennis shoes for long walks
  • Carry hydration with you, preferably a thermos so you can repackage
  • If you plan to save on transportation and walking, keep in mind that you must carry your luggage uphill during the entire trip, so take only what you need
Section 4

Hikes in Minca

There are plenty of great hikes to do in Minca,

But making an ill-prepared hike, or choosing the wrong route can quickly become a hassle. 

Here are all the hikes to do with precise maps, walking times and elevation changes. 

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When you don’t know, you can easily find yourself walking along the road or pass all the cars & motorcycles, or get lost in the forest.

Conclusion
Now Your Turn

I hope that you enjoyed my guide to Minca

Now I’d like to hear what you have to say:

Do you have any questions about Minca ?

Or maybe I didn’t mention one of your favorite tips about this destination ?

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

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Minca Colombia : Complete Travel Guide

In this article, you will learn everything about Minca Colombia : best places hostels, things to do, where to eat, how to get around, and more. Let’s dive in

Minca Colombia Essentials

  • Best things to do in Minca : Marinka Waterfall, Hike to Cerro Kennedy, Visit a Coffee Farm,  Permaculture Tour, Birdwatching, Chill at sunsets
  • Best Hostels in Minca : Mundo Nuevo, Casas Viejas, Minca Glamping, Siembra Minca
  • Best time of the year to go to Minca : Best time for Sun December to March  Best time for sunsets : April to November
  • High Season : December 15th to January 15th
  • How to get to Minca : Colectivos from Santa Marta’s Market ($ 8000 Cop) or Taxis ($ 50.000 Cop)
  • Rainy Season : September to end of November
  • Where to eat in Minca : Lazy Cat, Mundo Nuevo Vegeterian Restaurant, Siembra Hotel, Donde Orfi, Asadero Camaritas
  • Safety in Minca : Completely Safe
Ecological Capital of Sierra Nevada, Minca is a tiny village located 15 kilometers from Santa Marta, 1 hour drive and the change of scenery is assured. The village does not present a priori little interest, one comes there especially to lodge in the heights and to benefit from the exceptional environment of this small end of Colombia. You will enjoy in Minca its incredible diversity of birds and its luxuriant flora. You will understand why it has become one of the favorite destinations of many travelers, and a must in Colombia. minca mundo nuevo colombia

Minca Wiki

Inhabitants : 800 Altitude : 580m over sea level Department : Magdalena Origin of the Name : The minka (mink’a or minga in Quechua,   is a pre-Columbian tradition of voluntary community or collective work for a social utility or reciprocal purposes, as a shared garden for example. 

Minca Colombia Map

Section 9

What to do in Minca ?

Choosing your experiences will make your stay an unforgettable memory… or not! Some places in Minca are crowded with tourists, while others are less crowded and of unequalled quality. Discover here the best things to do in Minca

Pozo Azul

It is the most known plan in Minca, Pozo Azul is a large water hole for swimming in the river.  It is important to know that it is crowded on weekends and holidays, it is an outing for Colombian families.  There are other water holes a little further up the river.  Don’t try to walk there by road, you will waste your time. Getting there : 
  • Duration to get there: 1h on foot / 20mn by transport.
  • Mototaxi (one way): $10.000/pers.
  • 4×4 (one way) : $40.000 (4 pers. max)
minca pozo azul sierra nevada de santa marta colombia
Pozo Azul – Photo © Tristan Quevilly

Marinka Waterfall

Here is the other most famous activity to do in Minca : go and enjoy the Marinka Waterfall. There is a small restaurant there.  Getting There :
  • Walking : 1h walk
  • Mototaxi (one way): $10.000/pers -15 min
  • 4×4 (one way) : $40.000 (4 pers. max) /20mn by transport
  • Entrance fee: $5000
minca marinka colombia
Marinka Waterfall – Photo © Tristan Quevilly

Trekking to Cerro Kennedy

The Cerro Kennedy is a summit is one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the Minca region. This viewpoint is still pretty unknown. In fact, before you could not reach because there were the Farcs, but now there is a military base to protect the TV antenas. To do this trekking the best is to sleep 1 night in Casas Viejas. On the second day, you can start the hike to Cerro Kennedy and sleep another night in Donde Moncho. then in the early morning you ascend to the Cuchilla San Lorenzo and assist one of the most spectacular sunrize of your life.
  • Duration: 9h walking/3h by transport
  • Mototaxi (one way): $80.000 / pers.
  • 4×4 (one way): $450,000 (4 pers. max)
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Bird watching

Minca is famous, like all of the Sierra Nevada, for the richness of its fauna and flora, and this can be an opportunity for bird lovers to do some Bird Watching! There are several possibilities, of which the best known is certainly to call upon Jungle Joe, old man with 30 years of experience in bird watching ;-). Duration : 3h Rate: 30,000 pesos birdwatching minca

Visit a Coffee / Cacao Factory

Finca la Victoria

It is one of the oldest finca cafetera in all Colombia, a true institution that offers an organic coffee culture and is a model of social development in Minca. 
  • Duration of the tour: 1 hour
  • Price of the tour: 15 000 pesos
  • Duration to get there: 2h30 on foot/45mn by transport
  • Mototaxi (one way): $15.000/pers.
  • 4×4 (one way) : $80.000 (4 pers. max)
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Finca la Candelaria

The best Cacao and Coffee tours in Minca. Ana & Eugenio receive tourists with incredible kindness. The tours will show you the whole process of Coffee or chocolate from the seed to the cup of Chocolate. A delight for your taste buds. 
  • Duration of the tour: 1 hour
  • Price of the tour: 25 000 pesos
  • From Minca : 1 hour on foot/30mn by transport
  • From Mundo Nuevo : 15 Min walking
  • Mototaxi (one way): $15.000/pers.
  • 4×4 (one way) : $80.000 (4 pers. max)
 Contact : [email protected] Whatsapp : 3215887985 Phone : 301 451 60 91 minca colombia

Sunset in Mundo Nuevo

It has become an activity in its own right. Indeed, these two places have become so well known that even those who don’t live there want to go and discover them. It is therefore possible to simply go for a drink at Mundo Nuevo to discover their ecotourism project or at Casa Elemento to enjoy its giant hammock.
  • Duration : 1h00 on foot / 15mn by mototaxi
  • Mototaxi (one way): $20.000/pers.
  • 4×4 (one way) : $100.000 (4 pers. max)

Museum of the memory of the Sierra Nevada

A very small museum for a great history. An interesting visit to learn the history of Minca and the Sierra Nevada. The team also acts socially at the local level and with young people, so it’s a nice initiative to encourage by going there!
  • Price: free but you can leave a tip to support their action.
  • Getting there: go to the Tienda Café Minca, and take the path away from the main road.

Pictures and Videos of Minca

What to do After Visiting Minca ?

Section 2

Best Hostels in Minca

When it comes to plan your trip, the choice of your hotel can make or break your journey You will learn here all the best places to stay in Minca Thanks to the fact that Minca has become such a touristic place visited by foreigners and Colombians, there is a great variety of offers to stay. Prices ranging from $25,000 in a shared room to $160,000 in a private room, or Even 700.000 for private houses. Here are the 5 absolute best hotels in Minca : Section 3

How to get to Minca ?

Travelling with all your luggage can be a bit stressful, especially when you don’t know the city, Right ? Here you’ll get all the detailed information on how to get to Minca : by bus, taxi or Moto Taxi

 Getting to Minca from Santa Marta

MiniVans ‘Colectivos”

Take a Minivan from the “mercado publico” of Santa Marta to Minca.
  • Company: CooTrasMinca
  • Departures: every 30 minutes
  • Price: 8000 pesos
  • Duration: about 1 hour
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How to get to Minca : Mini buses from the Market leave every 30 minutes

Getting to Minca from Palomino or Tayrona Park

Take a bus from Palomino to the “mercado” of Santa Marta.
  • Price: 10,000 pesos
  • Duration: about 2 hours
Then take a minivan from the mercado of Santa Marta to Minca.
  • Price: 8000 pesos
  • Duration: about 1 hour
Section 3

How to get around in Minca

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo. Most hostels are a bit lost in the mountains, so when you arrive in Minca, consider hiring a Moto Taxi to avoid a long walk with your luggage on your shoulder  Right close to the arrival/departure of the busetas, you will see Motomink (motorcycles) and 4×4 Minca (cars) which offer transportation to all accommodations and to the main points of interest. You will see the prices displayed. Beware  If you are loaded, you will need a motorcycle for yourself and a motorcycle for the luggage.  Section 7

Where to Eat in Minca

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Best Restaurants in Minca

Despite Most Hostals propose their own food, Minca’s gastronomic offer is quite varied.  Many foreigners have settled there to open cafes, bars, restaurants, etc. 

La Miga

Eating a real French baguette or a chocolate chip brioche in the Sierra Nevada is the experience offered by the French baker located in the church street. You won’t miss it, everyone will tell you to go there.

Mundo Nuevo’s Vegetarian Restaurant

Bururake

Bururake on Google Map

Asadero Camarita

Camarita is definitely one of the greatest figures of Minca culture. He offers grilled meats and sausages, and if you like desserts, ask him “el Postre”, you won’t be disappointed! an obligatory step if you go up to Los Pinos Camarita’s place on Google Map
Siembra Hotel’s Restaurant
One of the finest kitchens in the region, you can taste its homemade sushi with your eyes closed.  Siembra Boutique Hotel on Google Map
Pro Tip
Hotel Siembra has a private waterfall called Cascada Escondida, one of the most beautiful and quiet waterfalls in the Minca region.
Restaurant Lazy Cat
Very good service, good globalized cuisine, reasonable prices between 15,000 and 30,000 pesos and the very good advice of the waitress  Adress : Google Map Pro tip : go the terrasse close to the river Section 1

Top Tips and Advices

You want to have a perfect trip ? So pay attention to this section to get the most out of your trip These are the Best tips & Recommendations to take into account when you travel to Minca :
  • Avoid arriving to Minca at night or taking walks without lights, just for your peace of mind.
  • There are very annoying sunflies at sunset. Many people will tell you to use lot of repellent, but it is not ecological. Instead get ready to wear pants and socks use pants from 4:30 pm, it is much more efficient. 
  • Get ready to wear a hat and protect yourself from the sun during the hikes
  • Have cash to pay for motorcycle cabs or tours offered by the locals
  • Bring enough cash for all your stay, they charge 10% fee in the village retirer de l’argent dans un distributeur
  • Use comfortable tennis shoes for long walks
  • Carry hydration with you, preferably a thermos so you can repackage
  • If you plan to save on transportation and walking, keep in mind that you must carry your luggage uphill during the entire trip, so take only what you need
Section 4

Hikes in Minca

There are plenty of great hikes to do in Minca, But making an ill-prepared hike, or choosing the wrong route can quickly become a hassle.  Here are all the hikes to do with precise maps, walking times and elevation changes.  When you don’t know, you can easily find yourself walking along the road or pass all the cars & motorcycles, or get lost in the forest. Conclusion Now Your Turn I hope that you enjoyed my guide to Minca Now I’d like to hear what you have to say: Do you have any questions about Minca ? Or maybe I didn’t mention one of your favorite tips about this destination ? Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

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