The Ultimate Guide To Explore Minca, Casa Loma and Casa Elemento In the Sierra Nevada

The Ultimate Guide To Explore Minca, Casa Loma and Casa Elemento In the Sierra Nevada

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Do you know Minca in the Sierra Nevada? Would you eat a great meal at Casa Loma?  Are you bored by the beach and the inactivity?

It’s maybe time to get out of the routine: Book, Sleep in the sun, Sh** I burnt my back, Put the sunscreen when it’s too late, Hoping the sunscreen will work, Crying because it didn’t.

Fortunately, in Colombia, jungles and mountains are never too far.

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is an isolated mountain separated by the Andes chain. There is the highest peak of all Colombia (5700m), named Simon Bolivar (What a surprise).

Don’t worry. You don’t need to go the top to enjoy the nature around. Just organize an excursion from Santa Marta to a cute small town named Minca, in the department of Magdalena in Colombia

Welcome to a green world with waterfalls, where the hippies are dancing naked on the table, and the yoga teachers are flying in the air – I maybe exaggerate a bit. Choose the hostel of your dream between the giant hammocks of Casa Elemento and the beautiful Casa Loma’s vibe family. And watch out for colorful birds and roasted coffee beans.

 

 

The 10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Minca, Casa Elemento and Casa Loma In Colombia

 

 

  1. They have an excellent bread (Yes, it’s the reason number 1)
  2. Giant hammocks in Casa Elemento
  3. Fantastic food in Casa Loma
  4. The view from Los Pinos
  5. The sunset from Cerro Kennedy
  6. Birdwatching in the Sierra Nevada
  7. Coffee tour in La Victoria Farm
  8. Chill vibe
  9. Tours without a guide
  10. Ride a motorbike.

 

 

Table of Contents

 

 

  1. How to get to Minca, Colombia
  2. Where to stay in Minca 
  3. Things to do in Minca, Colombia
  4. Bird watching in Minca, Colombia
  5. Where to eat in Minca, Colombia
  6. Best time to visit Minca, Colombia
  7. How long should I stay Casa Loma, Colombia (Itinerary)
  8. How does Zona Cafetera compare to Minca, Colombia
  9. Where can you go after Minca, Colombia
    1. Lost city trek
    2. Tayrona park
    3. Santa Marta
    4. Costeno beach/ Brisa Tranquila/ El Rio
    5. Palomino
    6. Cartagena
  10. Conclusion 

 

 


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Damned it. The bus terminal is closed because you arrived too late from Cartagena. Your bus driver helps you to look around and found a motorcycle to bring you to Minca.

You are a bit scared because you remember all the times you saw a driver slaloming on the roads.

Anyway, you don’t have 10 000 solutions. You put pants above your swimming short, and ask:

– Vamos tranquilo y suave, dale? 

– si

They always say yes anyway.

At the back of the scooter, on a dark road lighted by orange public lights on both sides, you feel the wind in your hair and your big backpack on your shoulder. The shape of the city of Santa Marta becomes smaller as you progressively arrive in Minca.

 

 

 

I) How To Travel To Minca, Casa Elemento And Casa Loma from Santa Marta

 

 

 

There are 3 options to get to Minca from Santa Marta.  

Coming from Cartagena, the bus will drop you at the main terminal outside of Santa Marta. Then, you will have to take a cab to Minca or to Calle 11 con Carrera 12 to get a shared taxi.

 

 

Option 1: Take a cab from Santa Marta to Minca  – #Fastest

 

 

It’s not too far from Santa Marta.

Price: 30 – 40 000 COP / 45 min

 

 

Option 2: I would like to take a shared taxi from Santa Marta to Minca – #Cheapest

 

 

From Santa Marta, you can take a jeep in La Estacion de Minca’ at ‘Calle 11 con Carrera 12’ in ‘El Mercado. They leave when the vehicle is full.

Price: 8000 COP / 45 min

 

 

Option 3: Shit, it’s too late for the shared taxi

 

 

If you arrive in Santa Marta by bus after 7-8 pm, you have to take a moto-taxi or a cab to avoid sleeping in Santa Marta.

Price: 15 – 20 000 COP/ 25 min

 

More information on the trip Minca – Santa Marta.

 

Viewpoint in Casa Loma

 

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II) Where to stay in Minca

 

 

 

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The town looks small, and you have no idea where you want to stay in Minca. It’s late, so you decide to find a cheap hostel near the main place. 

Oh, have a look! A restaurant doing laundry and hostel at the same time. And there are hammocks available. Done!

The next morning,  you wake up early because of horrible noise.

– Cocorico Cocorico Cocorico

OMG, what is that? After few seconds, you realize that you’re near a [email protected]#%ng rooster. You try to sleep a little more, thinking about a tasty MacChicken.

Flop.

Anyway, it’s time to look around to find the perfect hostel for the next few days. And you have many choices !!!!

I’ve some great news.

In Minca, there are many fantastic accommodations.

Are you looking for something specific? An activity or a place to rest? How far are the hostels? How to get to the different hostels in Minca?

Let’s define your needs:

 

Most of these hostels are not in the center of Santa Marta.

I wrote you below the descriptions and how far are they from the center.

 

 

Hospedaje Villa Silvia  (5 meters)

 

#Closest #Cheapest #Kitchen #Internet #NoBreakfast #Garden 

 

Villa Silvia is located in the center of Minca, directly on the main square, with access to the garden and the river. There are also a few hammocks to chill in. You can camp and use the kitchen. It’s the cheapest option in my selection of accommodations in Minca.

 

Prices (Approximately):

  • Tent & Hammocks: 10 000 COP
  • Dorm: 25 000 COP
  • Private: 50 000 COP (2 people)

 

Contact:

  • Tel: 313 521 2378

 

 

Casa Colibri (50 stairs, 5 minutes)

 

#Closest #Cheapest #NoGarden #Internet #NoBreakfast #NoKitchen 

 

A little above the main square, Casa Colibri is a basic and nice hostel. You can also sleep in very cute wood cabanas with a nice view.

 

Prices (Approximately):

  • Dorm: 25 000 COP
  • Private: 60 000 COP (Max 2 persons)
  • Private: 75 000 COP (Max 3 persons)
  • Private: 90 000 COP (Max 4 persons)

 

Contact: Email: [email protected]

 


 

 

Casa Loma, Colombia (200 stairs, 10 minutes)

 

#Nice View #Great food #CoolHangoutArea #NoKitchen #NoInternet #CoolVibes #Barbecue #GreatStaff #NoBreakfast

 

Come to Casa Loma and learn how to socialize with the people instead of using your phone. Then, Enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset. Surrounded by nature, the hostel Casa Loma is perfect for reading a book in a hammock before eating a delicious vegetarian dinner. Moreover, the staff is lovely! Casa Loma is one of my favorite hostels in Colombia.

 

Prices (Approximately):

  • Tent: Around 15 000 COP – You need your tent
  • Hammock: Around 18 000 COP
  • Dorms: Around 30 000 COP
  • Private: Around 90 000 COP – Depend on your cabanas
  • Dinner: 18 000 COP

 

How to get to Casa Loma 

Pass the church entrance, follow the road and turn left when it’s possible. From there, walk in the direction of Casa Colibri. Then take the stairs to arrive in Casa Loma.

 

Casa Loma Minca Hostel Colombia

 


 

 

Mundo Nuevo (4 km, 45 min hiking or 20 min motorbike)

 

#EcoFarm #GreatView #Greatfood #Quiet #Lost #NoKitchen  #Internet #NoBreakfast

 

Sleep in Mundo Nuevo to learn a little more about the permaculture. Built on an old coffee farm, you will eat all the vegetables from the garden. With all the activities around, you will not go back often to Minca. The food is delicious, and the view from the toilette is memorable. It’s a quiet place.

 

Prices:

  • Dorm: 35 000 COP
  • Private: 70 000 up to 100 000 COP (2 persons)
  • Private: 120 000 COP (3 Persons)
  • Dinner: 20 000 COP

 

How to get to Mundo Nuevo: 

You can hike for 45 min from Minca. Turn left at the police station when you are arriving in Minca and follow the road for 4 km. The road is steep!!!

Or

You can take a moto taxi near the bridge in Minca for 20 000 COP

Amy and Andrew loved their stay in Mundo Nuevo! 

 

mundo nuevo hostel Minca Colombia

 


 

 

Casa Elemento, Colombia (2h30 walking or 30 min Motorbike)

 

#GiantHammocks #Fiesta #NoKitchen #AlmostNoInternet #Niceview #FamousHostel #Goodfood #SometimeSwimmingPool #NoBreakfast

 

It’s the most famous hostel in Minca. Casa Elemento had the great idea to set up one giant hammock above the edge where you can observe the sunset. Surrounded by nature and coffee farm, Casa Elemento is a place to relax and drink some beers with friends. And because it’s well-known, I would recommend you to book in advance. It’s a bit more “party hostel” than the others.

I’m not a fan of their accommodation. Too successful? The food is tasty.

 

Prices:

  • Hammock: 25 000 COP (No Mouskito net)
  • Dorm: 40 000 COP
  • Private: 150 000 COP (2 persons)
  • Dinner: 18 000 COP

 

How to get to Casa Elemento:

From the main square, head right past the church and then the soccer field. Follow this road onward and upwards past Marinka Waterfalls. The path is easy to follow. Read the signs! You will need around 2h30 min…

Or

30 min in Moto taxi from the center of Minca. It’s a little bumpy 😉

Or

It should be possible to book a jeep if you are scared of using a motorbike. Ask directly the hostel. The price should be around 100 000 COP for 1 hour. 

 

Casa Elemento Hostel Minca

 


 

 

Finca Carpe Diem (In Paso del Mango! – 20 min from Bonda)

 

#Campfire #InTheMiddleOfTheNature #TakeSomeCash #FamillyTime #Excursions #Pool #Sunset #AlmostNoInternet #NoBreakfast #HappyLunchAndDinner

 

The Finca Carpe Diem is in Paso del Mango – a tiny Minca – in the Sierra Nevada. The hostel is in the middle of nowhere, and they organize for your excursions to the waterfalls, etc. There are a pool and friendly staff with some crazy cats. You can bring your food and cook or eat at the restaurant. There is a mosquito net for the beds but bring your repellent 🙂

 

Prices:

  • Dorm: Around 30 000 COP
  • Private Room: Starting from 90 000 COP

 

How to get to Finca Carpe Diem:

  • Take a bus from Santa Marta to Bonda: 1600 COP
  • Then take a moto taxi to Carpe Diem: 12 000 COP / 20 min

 

carpe diem hostel paseo del mango

 

It’s a lot of information. Let’s visualize them on my Minca map

 

Map MINCA - Colombia

 

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Other Fantastic Destinations Around Minca


 

 

 

III) Things To Do in Minca And Casa Loma 

 

 

 

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Minca is in the Sierra Nevada. The town is tiny, and you don’t need a map to find your way.

You climb the stairs to go to Casa Loma. Someone told you it was 100 steps; you realize it’s more around 200.

Again a lie!!! 

It’s a painful exercise because you’re carrying your backpack. Maybe two beers Aguila would have been a better option than a six-pack.

Fortunately, after 5 min you arrive at the hostel with your beers already empty. A friendly member of the staff welcomes you with a big glass of water. After five deep breaths, you give a glance at the place.

OMG, Casa Loma is gorgeous. The 5-min “hiking” is definitively worth it.

You take a cold beer, a seat and read a Tomplanmytrip’s post to find the best things to do in Minca. 

 

 

A] Las Cascadas de Marinka

 

 

Las Cascadas de Marinka are two waterfalls, including one with a natural pool. Lush vegetation surrounds the place, and it’s easy to find. Moreover, there is a restaurant with cold Aguila beers! After 3 pm, it should be less crowded.

Price: 4 000 COP for the entrance

Time: 1 hours walking or 15 min by Moto Taxi

 

Cascadas In Minca Activity
Las Cascadas

 

 

B] Pozo Azul

 

 

Pozo Azul is the main activity in Minca, Colombia. Like Las Cascadas de Marinkas, it can be busy during the weekend. There are two main pools – You can jump in the 2nd one. It’s a lovely place.

And, on the way, you can eat at a grill restaurant called Asedero Camarita.

They give you some funny green plants for dessert.

Price: Free

Time: 40 min walking

 

Tip:

Follow the river after the 2nd natural pool. Almost nobody goes there. The path is lovely, and you will discover another secret pool! It’s 10 min walking.

 

Pozo Azul in Minca
Pozo Azul in Minca

 

 

C] Las Piedras

 

 

It’s the closest river spot from the city. Take your swimming short and relax on the rocks.

Price: Free

Time: 5-10 min walking from the center

 

 

D] Hiking to Los Pinos 

 

 

You should hike to Los Pinos to get an astonishing view of the Sierra Nevada, Santa Marta and the sea. Sometimes, if you are lucky, you can see the snow peaks of the highest mountains in Colombia.

You can walk all the way from Minca to Los Pinos and come back by another path (It’s a loop). In my opinion, it’s not worth it to walk all the way because you follow a road. It’s not very exciting

Another option is to take a moto taxi to El Campano then walk. You will save 3-4 hours.

On the way, you can stop at Pozo Azul (If you don’t take the motorbike), Casa Elemento and Las Cascadas de Marinka.

 

Prices:

  • Motorbike to El Campano: 8 – 10 000 COP
  • Casa Elemento: 10 000 COP for the entrance
  • Cascadas: 4 000 COP

 

Time:

  • 5-7 hours if you walk to Los Pinos from Casa Loma and come back
  • 6-8 hours if you take the motorbike and stop at Casa Elemento and Las Cascadas
  • More than 10 hours if you decide to walk and stop at all the activities on the way

 

Tip: Take water, hat, rain jacket, etc…

 

 

E] Take a picture on the giant hammocks in Casa Elemento

 

 

There is the biggest hammock in Colombia in Casa Elemento hostel. It’s above the edge, with an astounding view of the valley, particularly for the sunset.

 

Prices:

  • Entrance for the visitors: 10 000 COP – 1 beverage included
  • Moto-taxi one way: 20 000 COP

 

Time: You can sleep in Casa Elemento

  • 3 hours walking from Minca Or 30 min by moto-taxi

 

Coffee farm in Minca
The coffee farm in Minca

 

 

F] Coffee tour in Minca – La Victoria

 

 

If you want to visit a coffee farm still working with all the original machines, it’s there! You don’t need to book a tour. Go by yourself, and they will find someone to show you the propriety. It’s 60 min after Pozo Azul, uphill. It’s on the left side of the road.

 

Prices: 

  • Tour in the coffee farm: 10 000 COP
  • Moto-taxi: 8000 COP – 1 way

 

Time:

  • 1.5 hours walking up or 50 min walking down
  • 20 min in Moto Taxi
  • Duration of the tour: 1.5 h

 

View from Los Pinos Minca
View from Los Pinos

 

 

G] Hiking in the Sierra Nevada – The Cerro Kennedy summit

 

 

Cerro Kenedy is the best 2-day hike you can do from Minca without a guide.  The trail starts from the center, and you have to walk for 8-10 hours to arrive at the top. 

The excursion through the rainforest is impressive and you will be able to admire many birds and waterfalls along the way.

But there is an even better reward. 

The view of the Sierra Nevada from Cerro Kennedy is astounding, and I advise you to wake up early to admire an unforgettable sunrise.

Also, there is another solution If you don’t like hiking, but you love sunsets.

Rent or take a moto-taxi early in the morning (Around 4 am).

Contact Casa Loma if you decide to hike in the Sierra Nevada to Cerro Kennedy. They can help you to organize your trip and choose the best option.

 

Price:

  • Night in Lorenzo: Around 30 000 COP – Bring your food
  • You can also camp for free at Cerro Kennedy
  • Moto taxi: 100 000 COP

 

Time:

Two days hiking

Or

Two hours by Moto taxi (1 way) – bumpy ride

 

More information:

http://southamericabackpacker.com/cerro-kennedy-colombia-2-day-trek-for-amazing-caribbean-and-mountain-views/

https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=2115610

 

Tip:

Cerro Kennedy is at an altitude of 2 800m. Take warm clothes

 

 

Pozo Azul Activity Minca
Pozo Azul

 

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IV) A Special Activity In The Lorenzo Reserve: Birding in the Sierra Nevada

 

 

 

There are 1900 species of birds in Colombia. It’s 20% of the total number of species on the planet! It’s insane.

And lucky for you, the Sierra Nevada is one of the best places to observe them: 635 species have been recorded in this small area (only 1.5% of Colombia)

There is a better chance to observe birds at sunrise or sunset, and don’t forget you binocular 😉

There are many options to watch these incredible birds:

  • You can decide to walk a full day around Minca
  • You can sleep directly in the Reserve, in El Dorado
  • You can go to the ridge of San Lorenzo. It’s easier to start from Casa Elemento

 

Names of the birds on the link below:

http://www.colombiabirding.com/sierranevadastamarta.php

You have a lot of explanation about the different bird reserves on the website below:

http://www.proaves.org/el-dorado-bird-reserve/?lang=en

More information about San Lorenzo Ridge: Click here

 

 

A] Bird watching – Day trip from Minca

 

 

Jungle Joe is a great option. He knows a lot about nature, and you can be sure to see a lot of animals with him. He also offers other activities in Minca.

Price: 30 000 COP Each – 2 persons minimum

Time: 3 hours

More informationhttp://www.junglejoeminca.com/adventures/birdwatching

 

 

B] El Dorado reserve

 

 

There is the option to sleep in the El Dorado Reserve. The hostel is well equipped, the staff friendly, and the food delicious. Moreover, the view astounding and birds are flying everywhere. Yes, it’s paradise and a perfect place for a honeymoon. However, heaven has a price.

 

Price:

  • From 180$ for a private room (3 person max) with the entrance of the park and the 3 meals included!
  • Transport to get to El Dorado from Minca: 80$ – one way
  • Transport to get to El Dorado from Barranquilla: 280$ – one way
  • Transport to get to El Dorado from Cartagena: 350$ – one way

 

Time: I advise you to stay for at least two nights

Contact: Booking now

 

 

Another Minca Map with the different activities 

 

 

Map of the activities in Minca, Colombia
Map of the activities in Minca, Colombia

 

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V) Where To Eat In Minca

 

 

 

Most of the hostels I recommend in Minca serve delicious meals (Casa Loma, Casa Elemento, etc.). However, you can decide to save money by eating in town. All the restaurants are near the center of Minca.

 

 

A] The bakery (With bread coming directly from heaven)

 

 

There are two amazing bakeries where you can buy bread and hummus. Sometimes, simple things are the best. Don’t forget to try their chocolate bread!!!

Price: Around 6 500 for the bread + Hummus

 

 

B] Santisebella

 

 

Tasty Italian food: Pizza, Pasta. They sell local beers, cocktails and wonderful fruit juices!

Price: From 10 000 to 23 000 COP

 

 

C] Lazy cat

 

 

Fantastic homemade hamburgers, quesadillas, and mojitos. Don’t try the Wok; you risk to become a food addict.

Price: From 12 000 COP

 

 

D] Casa Cristy

 

 

Good hamburgers and meat. Higher standing.

Price: From 15 000 COP for the burger and 30 000 COP for the meat.

 

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VI) Best Time To Visit Minca, Colombia And Casa Loma

 

 

 

The raining season in Colombia is not Omg-I-Need-Gills-To-Breath. But it’s better to know the season if you want to avoid the rainy afternoons.

  • Mid-December to April: Dry season – It’s the perfect time to visit Minca
  • May and June: It’s humid, and it rains frequently in the afternoons
  • July and August: Dry months in the raining season. It alternates between rain and the sun
  • September to November: You are becoming an Octopus. It’s great because you have eight arms, but you’re living in the water. Usually, It’s still sunny in the morning.

 

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VII) How Long Should You Stay In Minca – Example of Itinerary

 

 

 

#Relax #Nature #Birdslover #Yogastudent

Are you traveling as fast than Flash Gordon in Colombia? If it’s the case, You can pass your way. Minca is a place you should slowly enjoy.

Travelers like Minca because of nature around, the yoga vibe, the excellent hostels and the unicorns.

It’s an ideal stop after a long beach/city session between Bogota/Cartagena/Santa Marta.

 

————————DAY+1————————–

Morning: Arrival from Santa MartaChoose your hostel in Minca

Afternoon: Rest in Casa Loma, Expedition in Minca, the fantastic combo Hummus/bread, and Las Piedras

 

————————DAY+2————————–

Morning: Departure for the Big Expedition! Los Pinos, Giant Hammock, Las Cascadas

End of the afternoon: You need some rest, mark your territory in a hammock of Casa Loma

Evening: Restaurant in Town

 

————————DAY+3————————–

Morning: Departure to Pozo Azul

Lunch: On the way back, you eat at the grill restaurant Asedero Camarita

Afternoon: If you’ve stopped at la Camarita, you should be high by now. You fought with a pillow to recuperate your hammock from a German hippie

 

————————DAY+4————————–

You said last night you were leaving today. Unfortunately, you became friend with the German hippie. You decide to stay one more day in Casa Loma

 

————————DAY+5————————–

You’re going to Tayrona Park with Helmut. You know you’re taking a risk because you will have to fight each night for your hammock. Whatever, it’s a cool dude.

 

 

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VIII) How Does Zona Cafetera Compare to Minca, Colombia

 

 

 

A] Coffee Plantation in Minca

 

 

Minca will be your best chance to drink an organic Coffee made by indigenous tribes of Kogi and Arhuaco. They use traditional machines and try to produce the coffee in harmony with nature (Natural Energy, sustainable farming network).

Micky and Claudia are the owners of La Victoria Farm. They are doing their best to offer great organic coffee, and you can visit their farm.

You can read a great article on National Geographic.

 

 

B] Zona Cafetera

 

 

After a major coffee crisis, a lot of small coffee producers appear in the department of Antioquia and around. It became the Zona Cafetera (It’s a triangle between Armenia, Peirera, and Manizales). Most of the coffee in Colombia is produced within this area.

You have the choice between a lot of differents Finca if you wish to visit a coffee farm. Salento is the most well-known town in the region, and the ambiance is different from Minca. Colorful wall, colonial town, tourists everywhere and a mix of big and small farms.

The Character Juan Valdez “is born” in the advertisements for the National Federation of Coffee Growers

You can read a comprehensive article about the evolution of the coffee production in the Cafetera Region

 

Meal Casa Loma hostel MInca
Breakfast in Casa Loma

 

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IX) Where To Go After A Great Stay In Casa Loma, Minca

 

 

 

Check out our selection of hostels and hotels near Santa Marta and Tayrona

 

 

A] The Lost City Trek

 

 

Do you want an adventure in the Jungle? Live with the insects and the monkeys?

In this case, you should hike to the Lost City. You have to go with a group and a guide.  You can book a tour in Minca/Palomino/ Santa Marta

It’s a 4 or 5-day trek through the jungle to discover Indigenous ruins and animals. But, the ruins are not fantastic (Only terraces).

Would like to know how it looks like? Check the excellent article from ExplorationJunkie about the Lost City Trek. Beautiful pictures and a virtual tour!

Also, if you’re looking for more information, you should read the best report about the lost city, Colombia. Kristen did a great job with her detailed guide.

Small points:  The ruins are not significant (Only terraces). You should do it only if you are excited to do a trek in a jungle.

 

Price: Around 750 000 COP

Time: 4 or 5 days – 75 km

Five companies certified:  Guías Y Baquianos, Magic Tour, ExpoTour, Wiwa Tours, Turcol Travel

 

Tips

  • Take a repellent and a rain jacket
  • It’s better to do it during the dry season (December to March – July to August). There is less water when you’re crossing the rivers at this period of the year.

 

 

B] Tayrona Park 

 

 

Are you looking for amazing beaches? Monkeys? Hike for a few days in A National Park?

Then, you should organize an expedition to Tayrona Park.

Let your big bag in a hostel in Minca or Santa Marta. Hiking with all your stuff would be stupid.

You will find food and water at the main camps (Cabo San Juan, Playa Brava, etc.)

I advise you to start by Calabazo entrance (you need to ask the bus driver to stop there otherwise he will go directly to the main entrance).

 

How to get there:

Take the collectivo in Minca and get out at “La Bomba.”. It’s an oil station at the entrance of Santa Marta. Then take a bus in the direction of Tayrona.

 

Price and Time:

  • Collectivo to la Bomba: 8000 COP / 45 min
  • Bus Bomba to Tayrona 7000 COP / 1 hour

 

Park entrance: 42 500 COP

 

The best detailed-guide for Tayrona: All the Tayrona Colombia’s Secrets and tips in one article

 

Tayrona Colombia Park

 

 

C] Santa Marta 

 

 

I’ m not a big fan of Santa Marta. There is no interest to visit it. However, sometimes is necessary to get there to organize your next expeditions (To let your big bag, take a shower, have internet, etc.). Be careful at night in Santa Marta.

 

Read our detailed travel guide about Santa Marta

 

How to get there:

Take the collectivo/moto taxi in Minca (From 7 am to 6 pm). The car will leave when it’s full

 

Price and time: 8000 COP / 45 min

 

Where to sleep:

 

 Read our full list of the best hostels around Santa Marta and Tayrona

 

 

Hostel The dreamer

 

It’s a small paradise outside of Santa Marta (Perfect if you don’t want to deal with the city). Great food, swimming pool, bar! In short, you don’t want to go out.

 

The Dreamer - Santa Marta

 


 

 

Masaya hostel

 

Masaya is an upscale hostel with a fair price and a friendly staff. It’s in the center of Santa Marta. Tasty food and amazing swimming pool. It’s perfect to relax after a trek in La Sierra Nevada.

 

Masaya hostel Santa Marta

 


 

 

Hostel Mango Tree

 

A nice hostel for one of the best price you can find in Santa Marta, Especially for a private room. Be careful around the hostel at night.

 

Mango tree hostel Santa Marta


 

 

La Brisa Loca

 

The perfect party hostel but not to have a good night sleep. Fantastic rooftop and bars with an evil wheel. Spin it and try to win a free shot. If you miss, you have a shitty mission.

 

Brisa loca hostel Santa Marta


 

 

D] Costeno Beach/ Brisa Tranquila/ El Rio 

 

 

Do you want to chill at the beach and do nothing more? Eat a delicious meal while your feet are playing in the water? Between Santa Marta and Palomino, There are many hostels on the coast to fulfill your dreams. Don’t forget to take a repellent 😉

 

How to get there:

Take the collectivo in Minca and get out at “La Bomba.”. It’s an oil station at the entrance of Santa Marta. Then take a bus in the direction of Tayrona.

 

Prices and time:

  • Collectivo to la Bomba: 8000 COP / 45 min
  • Bus Bomba to your hostel: Around 7000 COP / 1 hour

 

 

E] Palomino 

 

 

Do you want to relax at the beach and do quick/chill activities? Tubing on a river with a beer in your hand?

Stop at Palomino!

 

How to get there:

Take the collectivo in Minca and get out at “La Bomba.”. It’s an oil station at the entrance of Santa Marta. Then take a bus in the direction of Tayrona.

 

Prices and time:

  • Collectivo to la Bomba: 8000 COP / 45 min
  • Bus Bomba to your hostel: Around 8000 COP / 1.5 hour

 

Don’t forget to read our Practical guide about Palomino

 

 

F] Cartagena 

 

 

Do you want to explore an old city center? Eat in good restaurants? Explore a big city?

You should go to Cartagena

 

How to get there:

  • Take the collectivo/moto taxi in Minca (From 7 am to 6 pm). The car will leave when it’s full
  • Go to the bus terminal and take a bus to Cartagena

 

Price and Time:

  • Collectivo to Minca 8000 COP / 45 min
  • Taxi: Around 5000 COP
  • Bus to Cartagena: Around 25 000 COP / 4.5 hours

 

Do you want to know more about Cartagena? I wrote a detailed guide for visiting the city in 48 hours!

 

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Conclusion About Minca And Casa Loma

 

 

 

Minca in Colombia will stay in my heart because of Casa Loma, and I’m not the only one to say that.

It’s a great stop if you want to merge with nature, chill and enjoy a home feeling. You learn about organic coffee, do some easy day trek to have a swim and take the perfect selfie on a giant hammock (All your friend will be jealous, and you will receive thousands of likes)

If you are a bird’s lover, you can do a tour in the El Dorado reserve and sleep there if it’s in your budget.

Or, you can decide to do a two-day trek to Cerro Kennedy and have a fantastic view of the sunrise.

Walk away from the beaches and come to swim naked in the river (Optional)

 

Views from los pinos Minca
Direction Los Pinos!

 

Essentials about Minca in Colombia

 

Time in Minca: 4 days

Budget a day: 70 000 COP

Weather: Humid

Best time to visit: Mid-December to April; July to August

Backpacker Profile: Hippie looking for birds and nature

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Looks like a great place. I visited Colombia last year and just loved it! However, I didn’t make it to the Caribbean coast. It’s still on my list, though- yet another reason to return to Colombia in 2019, maybe. Cool information on Minca!

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