The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is an impressive mountain range that joins the Caribbean Sea. The “Pico Colon” rises up to 5700 m above sea level. It is the highest peak in Colombia!
If you are planning to add a Sierra Nevada getaway to your Colombian itinerary you will be able to, among other things:
- Hike through lush vegetation and still see the sea.
- Visit coffee or cocoa fincas
- Discover the Aboriginal communities that live there
- Bird-watching! This is one of the best areas for birdwatchers.
Minca is the easiest village to get to but also the most touristy to come and spend some time in these enchanting mountains on the Caribbean Coast. The atmosphere is pleasant and the accommodation possibilities are numerous. The options outside the village will allow you to fully enjoy the rich natural environment of the Sierra Nevada.
Due to its success, some of Minca’s points of interest (Pozo Azul & Marinka) are invaded by tourists. Chances are that you will not be alone in such places.
Luckily, we know at least 2 or 3 lesser-known places and have some tips to help you avoid the crowds.
Articles about Minca you must read before coming:
Where to travel after Minca:
Getting to Minca? (+)
You must first arrive in Santa Marta.
From Santa Marta to Minca:
- By minibus/van from “Calle 11 con Carrera 9” near the “mercado public” (public market) of Santa Marta | Coostrasminca | 45 min
- Or a taxi | 30 min
- More information: How to get to Minca.
Where's the terminal?
In Minca, there is no bus terminal as such. Minibuses/shuttle buses/jeeps next to the “Super Mercado Minca Express” on the main road when you arrive from Santa Marta.