"Minca - day trip from Santa Marta or stay awhile" Top 5 Page for this destination Santa Marta Off The Beaten Path Tip by wolfla
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I recommend staying a while but this can definitely be a day trip. It depends on what you are looking for. There isn't much to do in Minca but take long hikes, bathe in a river, watch birds and butterflies and enjoy new scenery, and peace and quiet (ok, like everywhere else you can hear music playing at times by a river or corner store, but most of the time it was peaceful). Stayed two nights and took long walks to Pozo Azul and in the other direction cascadas/waterfall that cost $3000 to get to (private property) but I think there was another waterfall that we missed that didn't charge. It was fun to watch the birds, the butterflies, listen to the river, breath fresh air, be accompanied on one of our walks by a healthy, friendly dog and on another walk meet up with three young children (age 4, 6 and 7) play and laugh contagiously (also accompanied by a dog). It looked like a very safe place. At the Pozo Azul we met a man who watches over the location and makes sure people are safe. There is a small, precarious path along both sides of the pozo to get to another pozo.
How to get there: You can catch a carro publico for about $5000 pesos from carrera 10 and calle 11 in the market area. When you get there and are planning on coming back the same way you came, make sure you know when the last carro will be going back to Santa Marta. I was told around 5 - 5:30 pm. You can also take a taxi, which will cost more. It takes about 45 minutes to get there.
I've been living in Santa Marta for the past six months so it was wonderful to get out of the city especially now when it has gotten so hot. The road to Minca is a little bumpy but my driver was cautious and slowed down when he needed to. It was a little cooler but it also was more humid as it hadn't rained in Santa Marta for the past three months, so it probably felt about the same when hiking around. Minca is a small town and is known for coffee growing. The coffee price just went up for Semana Santa. The Tienda Cafe de Minca/coffee shop near the Police station sold well-packaged coffee for 13,000 COP per kilo but we found it sold for $10,000 COP ground out of someone's home. You'll see a sign painted to a post leading you to this house. No fancy packaging. Unfortunately, it is difficult to find the local organic coffee that is grown here in Santa Marta. The best Colombian coffee is exported.
If you are a bird watcher, San Lorenzo, which is about an hour further is known a a bird watching location but I saw some birds and butterflies that I haven't seen in Santa Marta.
Where to stay: There were five of us and we stayed in a cabin by the river. it's called Los Paisas somos Asi. It is in town. Tel: 421-9904, Cel:316-870-3060. There were five of us, $30,000 COP each per night. We brought food with us and cooked. There are places to eat in town but it looks like at least one opened during meal times and then closed part of the day. We stayed during Semana Santa so the price may have ben higher. There are cheaper options as well. The web site below will provide some of those options. The web site doesn't list all of the options in Minca however.
Tips - bring plenty of bug spray, the zancudos will get you and you won't even see them, or consider covering up well. Also, if you are staying, bring some snacks with you since there aren't a lot of stores there.
https://www.facebook.com/hotelminca , http://www.hotelminca.com/
About bird watching:
The web site listed has a useful map to at least take a look at before going. You may also find a map at the store across from the Police station at the entrance of the town.
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