Minca – Santa Marta (2019): How to make it?

Minca – Santa Marta (2019): How to make it?

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When I came to Colombia for the first time, I didn’t know much about it. I knew Tayrona Park was one of the highlights on the Caribbean Coast, but I had no idea about the other treasures in the Sierra Neva.

And It’s the case of Minca!

Let’s find out how can you organize the trip Minca – Santa Marta.

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Minca – Santa Marta: What are your options?

1. Leaving from Santa Marta

Geographically speaking, Minca is situated in the mountains above Santa Marta. By the way, the combos sunset + green forest + the Caribbean Sea +  little buildings are just astonishing.

It’s a little town so don’t expect an airport or helicopter aircraft. The only way is to take the road, Jack.

Option 1 – From the main bus station in Santa Marta

You’re arriving in Santa Marta, and you think that you have to sleep there. WRONG! First, Santa Marta sucks. I’m sorry to say that, but it’s true. You can’t swim, there are many petty thieves at night, and there is not much to do.

However, the buses from the main station are not doing the trip Minca – Santa Marta.

You have to:

  • Take a taxi and get to Calle 12 con Carrera 9 – It should cost around 5-6000 COP
  • Then there are shared jeep leaving once they are full. The last vehicles go around 6-7 pm. It costs 8 000 COP and last 45 min

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Option 2 – I will arrive late in Santa Marta

If you arrive in Santa Marta after 7 pm, you can find a moto-taxi at the main bus station. They will drive you to Minca for 15 – 20 000 COP with all your stuff | 30 min.

We did it once, without any problems. They gave us a helmet and drove slowly. I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t have a backpack.

In Santa Marta, you can also find a taxi. It should be around 40 000 – 50 000 COP.

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Santa Marta

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2. Leaving from Minca to Santa Marta

You have to walk back at Minca’s entrance, just before the bridge. There is a little office where you can buy your jeep ticket. They leave when the jeep is full, but you shouldn’t wait too much – Maybe 30 min.

If your next destination is Tayrona or Palomino, you can ask the driver to stop you at La Bomba – It’s a gas station where buses are stopping by.

Price and cost: 8 000 COP / 45 Min

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Why should you make the trip Minca – Santa Marta

To be fair, Minca is not a lovely colonial town. And I wouldn’t recommend you to get there if you’re in a rush. But if you’re looking for some days to rest, Minca will be a perfect option.

There are great hostels all around – I fall in love with Casa Loma – and you will quickly feel at home. Birds wake you up every morning. Then you can savor a strong coffee with delicious scrambled eggs mixed with small onions and tomatoes. And In front of you, there is a spectacular view of the valley and the outskirts of Santa Marta.

Meal Casa Loma hostel MInca
Breakfast in Casa Loma

Once your belly filled, you go downtown to check if the bakery is open and buy a french bread for lunch <3. After that, you’re ready to start thinking about the schedule for the day – Waterfalls, birdwatching, an organical coffee farm, hikes.

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A lush Valley and signs above Minca and Santa Marta

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  1. Craig says:

    Can’t swim in Santa Marta? Santa Marta? You’re a fuckin idiot Tom! There are plentiful of decent to very nice beaches around Santa Marta and yeah you can swim at each one. And Santa Marta is a nice town to visit or live in, it is pretty quiet but it also has a nightlife around the plaza. Obviously you just got off the bus and right onto a moto taxi to Minca. Colombia is my 26th country. I know what I’m talking about.

  2. Ben says:

    Hahaha. If you like swimming in a murky mix of saltwater, plastic, diesel, and sewage, then look no further than Santa Farta! Great view of a dirty port while you relax amongst the garbage in the sand, while a barrage of vendors harass you, trying to peddle their bullshit, plastic bags flying in your face! Ohh… you want to watch the sunset?? Hahaha. Then Santa Farta is not for you, take your business elsewhere! Dude I’ve been to like 37,642 countries, I’m the omniscient, the omnipotent.. the omnipresent.

    Thanks for the info Tom!

  3. Christian says:

    Just sitting in Santa Marta, slightly high and sipping on a cold beer.

    I have to agree with Tom. Tayrona is breath taking, Minca really nice but Santa Marta really just a Homebase with some life.

    The only Idiot in this threat is You Craig.


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