La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is an impressive mountain range nestled on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. The peak, Pico Colon, reaches 5700m above sea level and is the highest mountain in Colombia! 

By stopping in la Sierra Nevada, you get the opportunity to plan treks and learn about the indigenous communities living there. The hikes through the dense vegetation can be quite demanding if you’re not used to tropical weather – very humid -, but the viewpoints along the way are fantastic. The ocean is only 47 km away!

Moreover, these mountains are an excellent playground for bird-watchers, as it’s known as one of the best areas in Colombia to observe them. 

Minca is the easiest – and also the most famous – way to start exploring la Sierra Nevada. The town won’t dazzle you by its beauties, but the atmosphere there is pleasant, especially in the hotels scattered all around.

Because of its success, some of the highlights in Minca – Pozo Azul & Marinka – are invaded by tourists, and you won’t be able to enjoy them by yourself – quietly. 

Fortunately, we know at least 2-3 tricks and less-known places to help you to avoid the crowds

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Where to stay in Minca

As I said earlier, visitors love Minca because of the hotels scattered in the Sierra Nevada. Depending on your plans & tastes, you must decide if you wish to stay near the town or not. Be aware that some of them are based 1-2 hours away on foot and you will need a moto-taxi or a private car to get there. Don't worry, all our selection of accommodations serve excellent meals, with vegetarian options.

  • Coco Bomgo

    In the center

    Coco Bomgo

    Clean and affordable hostel in the center of Minca. Lovely staff and spacious rooms
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  • Casa Loma

    10 min away on foot

    Casa Loma

    Lovely hostel with a great view. They serve delicious food. 200 steep stairs to get there.
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  • Minca EcoHabs

    15 min away on foot

    Minca EcoHabs

    Fantastic wood cabins with a lovely view of the Sierra Nevada. Delicious breakfast.
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  • Minca Glamping

    25 min away on foot

    Minca Glamping

    A romantic place surrounded by nature. Lovely owners and great food. Glamping experience.
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  • Mundo Nuevo

    30 Min by moto-taxi

    Mundo Nuevo

    A beautiful place, isolated from everyone. Delicious food. Eco-farm. Permaculture experience.
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  • Casas Viejas

    30 Min by moto-taxi

    Casas Viejas

    Fantastic place, surrounded by birds. On the way to Cerro Kennedy. Delicious meals.
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Things to do in Minca

There are many trails that tourists don't think to take when exploring Minca. Don't hesitate to download and follow the different trails. You won't need a guide for most of the activities. Also, don't hesitate to use the moto-taxis if you decide to stick on the main road. Because of the weather, I advise you to plan your activities early in the morning. By doing so, you will avoid rains or hot-hell afternoons.

  • Walking tour


    Walking tour

    Book a tour to learn about Minca and its surroundings. Tour in English. Private or group.
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  • Pozo Azul


    Pozo Azul

    Well-known natural pools. Get their early in the morning and avoid the weekends.
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  • Marinka



    Well-known place, easy of access. 2 waterfalls where you can swim. Avoid weekends.
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  • Oido del Mundo


    Oido del Mundo

    Secret waterfall located on the way to Marinka. Use to get there.
  • Cacao & Coffee


    Cacao & Coffee

    Get quick insights about Cacao & Coffee in La Candelaria. Tours every day. 1 H.
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  • Birdwatching



    Wake up early and follow Joe and his team to observe beautiful birds. Excellent equipment.
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  • History



    Learn about Minca and its bloody past. Free entrance but you can pay for a guide.
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  • La Victoria


    La Victoria

    A coffee farm using 127 years old machines. You won't learn a lot about coffee but it's interesting.
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  • Casa Elemento


    Casa Elemento

    The hostel has a bad reputation but the view from the hammocks is perfect for a cool pic.
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  • Los Pinos


    Los Pinos

    Loop to explore the different highlights of Minca. Start early and take a moto-taxi to Pozo Azul.
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  • Paso del Mango


    Paso del Mango

    There is an unknown path to reach Paso del Mango. Use and leave early. 6 hours.
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  • Cerro Kennedy


    Cerro Kennedy

    2-day hike to admire the sunrise on the snow peaks from a military base. Easy trail to follow.
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  • Lost city tour


    Lost city tour

    The departure is from Santa Marta. 4-day hike through the jungle to reach an abandoned city.
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