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Minca, Colombia - A Jeep From Santa Marta To Cool Mountains

Colombia travel blog by Mark Berman - October 2012   » View Photoset (52 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
In late 2012 while living in Taganga fishing village, my friends and I travelled up into the mountains to Minca. It's 1hr southeast of Santa Marta and 600m
Colombia Photo - Flower buds and raindrops, Minca.
Flower buds and raindrops, Minca.
above sea, the temperature is several degrees cooler than down on the coast. It's a welcome break from the heat! Jeeps and small buses will get you there from Santa Marta Market.

Secluded Lodge in the Rainforest

We stayed for a couple of nights at 'Oscars Place', a secluded lodge with fantastic views and gardens. You can sleep inside or outside in hammocks - (see review below). Minca has the feel of a cool tropical rainforest full with birds, bamboo and plantlife. The clouds often close in for a while during the day and add a dash of rain to the green forest and landscape.

How To Get to Minca

The best way to get there is from Estacion Minca in Santa Marta, it's near the markets. Once you arrive in Minca you can find accommodation,
Colombia Photo - Orange, green, purple and red, colors of the garden in Minca.
Orange, green, purple and red, colors of the garden in Minca.
relax and explore. There's no stress (from the heat or crowds) in Minca.

The River Flows Through Town

The river flows through the center of town and there are trees all around. The small local church with a big name 'Parroquial Nuestra Senora del Perpetuo Socorro' is nearby. It has a park area and a white bust of Simon Bolivar outside. I visited the hummingbird gardens in one of the hotels - ask for directions.

Birds, Flora and Fauna

I spent a lot of time while in Minca enjoying and photographing the colorful flowers, bamboo and fauna. There is an abundance of unique birdlife around the area also. It's so different from the dry coast of cactus - so moist and lush. The views down to the sea and Santa Marta are quite amazing, like being in a secret paradise far and above the busy city. Take some friends, some good food to cook, some wine and head up to Minca!

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Minca (Colombia) to:


Map location: Minca, Colombia. If Santa Marta gets too hot for you then Minca is a great escape from the heat less than 1 hour away in the mountains. You can enjoy a whole different world of flora and fauna and much more!
 A : Santa Marta - Colombia 14 kms 14 kms straight distance | 52mins 52mins by car (22 kms) | 1hr 2mins 1hr 2mins by bus (22 kms) (22 kms)
 B : Taganga - Colombia 16 kms 16 kms straight distance | 51mins 51mins by car (24 kms) | 1hr 1min 1hr 1min by bus (24 kms) (24 kms)
 C : Tayrona National Park - Colombia 16 kms 16 kms straight distance | 54mins 54mins by car (25 kms) | 1hr 4mins 1hr 4mins by bus (25 kms) (25 kms)
 D : Barranquilla to Santa Marta - Colombia 21 kms 21 kms straight distance | 1hr 6mins 1hr 6mins by car (47 kms) | 1hr 19mins 1hr 19mins by bus (47 kms) (47 kms)
 E : Barranquilla Carnival - Colombia 85 kms 85 kms straight distance | 2hrs 38mins 2hrs 38mins by car (127 kms) | 3hrs 9mins 3hrs 9mins by bus (127 kms) (127 kms)
 F : Santa Marta to Maicao - Colombia 101 kms 101 kms straight distance | 2hrs 19mins 2hrs 19mins by car (132 kms) | 2hrs 46mins 2hrs 46mins by bus (132 kms) (132 kms)
 G : Camarones Flamingo Sanctuary - Colombia 118 kms 118 kms straight distance | 2hrs 44mins 2hrs 44mins by car (159 kms) | 3hrs 16mins 3hrs 16mins by bus (159 kms) (159 kms)
 H : Cartagena - Colombia 179 kms 179 kms straight distance | 4hrs 21mins 4hrs 21mins by car (244 kms) | 5hrs 13mins 5hrs 13mins by bus (244 kms) (244 kms)
 I : Valledupar - Colombia 117 kms 117 kms straight distance | 4hrs 17mins 4hrs 17mins by car (270 kms) | 5hrs 8mins 5hrs 8mins by bus (270 kms) (270 kms)
 J : Magangue to Mompos - Colombia 223 kms 223 kms straight distance | 6hrs 31mins 6hrs 31mins by car (368 kms) | 7hrs 49mins 7hrs 49mins by bus (368 kms) (368 kms)
 K : Maracaibo - Venezuela 257 kms 257 kms straight distance | 6hrs 27mins 6hrs 27mins by car (386 kms) | 7hrs 44mins 7hrs 44mins by bus (386 kms) (386 kms)
 L : Maracaibo to Coro - Venezuela 354 kms 354 kms straight distance | 8hrs 42mins 8hrs 42mins by car (526 kms) | 10hrs 26mins 10hrs 26mins by bus (526 kms) (526 kms)
 M : Merida to Maracaibo - Venezuela 380 kms 380 kms straight distance | 9hrs 36mins 9hrs 36mins by car (579 kms) | 11hrs 31mins 11hrs 31mins by bus (579 kms) (579 kms)
 N : Cucuta to Venezuela - Colombia 399 kms 399 kms straight distance | 11hrs 22mins 11hrs 22mins by car (637 kms) | 13hrs 38mins 13hrs 38mins by bus (637 kms) (637 kms)
 O : San Antonio to San Cristobal - Venezuela 425 kms 425 kms straight distance | 12hrs 45mins 12hrs 45mins by car (693 kms) | 15hrs 18mins 15hrs 18mins by bus (693 kms) (693 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Minca, Colombia:

Oscars Place, Minca, Colombia - Large Photo
Oscars Place, Minca, Colombia (October 2012 - 2 nights) - I stayed 2 nights at Oscars Place outside in a hammock in a sheltered hut at the end of the garden. What a way to go to sleep at night and rise in the morning - with amazing views over Santa Marta! Oscars Place has a kitchen and bathroom to use as well as a pool and beautiful gardens. It is nice and secluded and located about 10-15mins walk down a track from the main road. Many of the photos I took in Minca were taken at Oscars Place. Recommended.

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