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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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.
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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 Maps.me 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.
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