WALKS AROUND MINCA To the lost waterfall, and another couple of waterfalls less than 1.5 miles from the hotel, is a popular day trip the scenery and wildlife along the road are worth the journey on their own. Popular bathing spot Pozo Azul is 45 minutes away by foot; birding along the descent is especially good. A visit to a coffee farm is a good way to find out about growing and harvesting this popular beverage, especially well known (and good!) in Colombia. Just wandering around and checking out life in this friendly town is also a good way to pass the time.
A number of activities have become available in recent years, including tubing down the Minca River, canyoning, mule rides, and mountain biking of various levels of difficulty. Kids in Minca also have their area for Skateboarding.
SANTA MARTA AND THE COAST
Santa Marta (pop. 400,000) is the oldest town in continental America. The historic center has been renovated recently and is undergoing a revival in tourism. Places to visit include the gold museum and the Quinta San Pedro Alejandrino, where Simón Bolívar spent his final days. Tayrona National Park is a well-known gem. Transport can be arranged at our Jungle Joe Center in Minca.
THE SIERRA NEVADA AND EL DORADO
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is the highest seaside mountain in the world. The perpetual snow tops of Santa Marta’s twin peaks, Pico Colón and Pico Bolívar, are accessible to only very experienced mountaineers but can be viewed on a day trip from Minca to the San Lorenzo ridge. The ProAves Reserve of El Dorado is the best place for seeing most of the endemic birds of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Local guide Jungle Joe is a Specialist Bird Guide, and is available for day trips.