In the mysterious hippie style mountain village Minca.
In my previous post you could read everything about the best things to do in romantic Cartagena, the Colombian must see during your visit to this beautiful country! But the colombian adventure continues because besides hot carribean nights it can be very warm in Cartagena with temperatures between 28 and 36 degrees. So time to cooldown a bit and get recharged after all the salsa nights. Than this is the perfect trip discover the relax mountain vibes and fresh air in Minca.
This cute refreshing mountain village is only 4 hours by bus from Cartagena. You can easily reach it with the bus to Santa Marta. The travelagencies can inform you about the bustimes. Normally they run every 2 hours and the trip cost around 10 dollars. Then from Santa Marta its only 45 minutes to Minca. You can take a bus or collectivo (shared taxi) at the market at Calle 11 con Carrera 12, downtown Santa Marta.
From the first moment you arrive in this very small mountain village you smell the fresh air and feel the relaxed vibe. Currently this small village is populair under traveller who want to do an retreat to clear there head. Which give a bit of a hippie atmosfere to this village. The centre is very small but despite this there are some very cute and cosy accommodations to stay and small restaurants for having some good food.
Where to Stay
I can recommend Mirador Hostel. This small family runned hostel is set on a hill and has the most stunning view of the sea and Santa Marta with its beautiful sunset. You can enjoy the big garden and the owners are super friendly and helpfull to give some local tips for hiking tours.
What to do
1. Taste and learn everything about the best coffee and cacao of Colombia
In Minca you can walk to one of the cacao/coffee farms. I can recommend to go to the family runnen farm La candelaria. They offer daily tours explaining everything about cultivating of coffee and cacao and most important you can try it! They even make a chocolate mask to give your skin extra hydratation after the colombian sun and you skin feels reborn and so soft like a chocolate fountain!
2. Disconnect from everything at mundo nuevo
In this organic farm and self sustainable hostel you can sleep and get totally relax and disconnected from everything. Or just drop by for a healthy lunch after your coffee/cacao tour.
3. Take a refreshing dive in the waterfalls
There are several waterfalls in Minca which you can easily reach by foot. Its a nice hike for 2 hours and take a refreshing dive in the waterfall.