Go to see the sunrise from Los Pinos
At the center of the village you will find moto taxis that will bring you up there for 25 000 COP / person. If you leave at 5 am, you will arrive on time to see the eternal snow on the Picos Nevados, which are at 5500 meters up sea level.
You can as well walk from the village during 3 hours, but you have to leave early because the Picos are visible just before 6:30 am. After, they are covered by clouds.
The road is beautiful so we choose to walk the way back to Minca. Along the road you can find wild berries, mango and avocado trees.
Visit the coffee plantation Finca la Victoria
To get there you will have to walk one hour and a half from Minca, or take a moto taxi. We found it after 2 hours of walking down from Los Pinos.
The visit of a Finca is a must do in Colombia. During 2 hours, our guide, Lorenzo, showed us the property and explained us the uniquely process this farm uses to grow, collect and process the coffee. All of this, using physics and the water resources of the land. A very creative and eco friendly system designed by six engineers more than 100 years ago.
The tour costs 10 000 COP / person with a coffee included at the end.
There is as well a little restaurant where you can eat a gourmet sandwich or a piece of fresh cake and try the Sierra Nevada beer, locally brewed at the Finca.
Where to eat ?
The Lazy Cat, for good international food. We recommend you the vegetarian noodles for an asian twist and the portobello sandwich.
La Miga Panaderia, a french style bakery perfect for a small breakfast or for delicious loaf of bread.
Café Duni for a good trendy place in the mountains.
Other stuff to consider
There is not ATM in Minca, so bring enough cash for your expenses.
We had a power cut that lasted several hours, there is nothing that can be done about that so be patient.
We missed the waterfall of Pozo Azul because of the weather conditions, it was raining a lot at the moment but we heard it is beautiful! Maybe you can share your experience about this spot with us.
How to get to Minca?
Take a colectivo from Santa Marta, on carrera 9, between the calles 11 and 12. It will cost you 8 000 COP per person one way and in 45 minutes you will arrive in Minca.