The driver wanted to put me in the back seat of the jeep together with the rest of the females. But then an old man came along and I was downgraded to the very back of the jeep together with two guys. You are on a proper seat here but you do travel backwards together with all bags, boxes and what ever else is being transported. Very happy that i hardly ever get car sick but going up the swirly hills of the Serra Nevada mountains made me feel a bit queasy in the end.
Getting off the Jeep in Minca there was several moto taxis offering me to take me to my hostel. I was happy i was close to where we were let off so i could kindly but firmly decline. Knew i had to take a right at Cafe Minca to get to my hostel and i spotted that cafe as we came in to Minca so i could confident just smile and walk off as i knew the what direction to head. Just love when this happens, hate getting off transportation and not having a clue on where to go. It was only a 10 minute walk to my hostel and it was a hot hot walk, so much for cooler temperatures. I was very pleased that my backpack is only 12 kilo, ok maybe add 3 kilos for my small backpack as well. I'm not jealous what so ever when i meet people with huge backpacks. Minca do get colder night time and the mornings are also cooler then down in Santa Marta but during the day it doesn't really feel like there is a difference.
This time i stayed at Marymonte or Mar y Monte as its actually called. Had a magnificent view over the mountains and when the sun set I could also see all the lights from Santa Marta in the distance. It was such a calm and relaxed feeling to the place.
Minca village is tiny, you can walk all 4 main streets up and down in i would say just over 5 minutes. It consists of a few restaurants, cafes, mini markets, a fruit store stall and no ATM. A lot of places don't accept paying by card so visiting here its important to plan ahead with cash:) I tried a handful of restaurants but the only place i found decent was a place called the Lazy Cat.
It feels like I'm not really selling Minca but trust me I do, it is situated so you can do a few different hikes, you can visit waterfalls, visit coffee and chocolate plantations, chill at one of the cafes or just ensure you get a place to stay with a marvellous view as i did, read a book and enjoy the sound of nature rather then the sound of traffic:)
How to get to Minca???
The 4*4 Jeeps or collectivos as they called here depart from corner calle 11 and carerra 12. Do not expect a bus station or something around, it departs from outside what looks like a small kiosk and is surrounded of motor shops. Slightly confusing but since the Jeep only departs when its full they will call out Minca to anyone passing with a backpack so you can't miss it.
COP 7000/ EUR 2/ USD 2.20
There is an additional COP 1000 charge if you travel with a bigger bag.
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