Tucked away in the verdant hills of Colombia's Sierra Nevada, the vibrant town of Minca has long captivated travelers with its unspoiled beauty and bohemian vibe. As the gateway to the lush jungle and winding rivers that define this region, Minca has become a haven for adventurers seeking an off-the-beaten-path escape.
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Mundo Nuevo Eco Lodge, situated in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, offers a peaceful respite surrounded by stunning views and flower gardens. The lodge is a sustainable farm that focuses on preserving the natural beauty and biodiversity of the area while also promoting environmentalism and indigenous culture. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities including hiking, bird watching, permaculture tours, massages, and more. Accessible by walking, moto, or high 4x4, the lodge offers free Wi-Fi and private parking.
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Reserva Biologica Caoba, a former cattle and agriculture farm now turned beautiful 30-hectare biological reserve is a perfect place to stay for nature lovers. With a focus on conservation, preservation, sustainability and reforestation, guests can learn about the indigenous history of the place, discover wide collections of plants and relax with a variety of wellness programs including yoga, aroma therapy massages, meditation, and medicinal teas.
Reserva Biologica Caoba also offers vegetarian and vegan lunch options and outdoor activities such as walks to waterfalls and chocolate encounters. Bungalow-style rooms offer mountain views, fans and private bathrooms with showers. With a garden, a terrace, a games room and lots of outdoor activities and wildlife, Reserva Biologica Caoba is an ideal place to unwind and explore.
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Perched atop a farm in Minca is La Quinta, a quaint main house that is seventy years old. From this vantage point, visitors can gaze upon stunning views of nearby Santa Marta and the Caribbean Sea. To get to the top of the Finca Hostal Bolivar - Casa Quinta, guests should expect a seven-minute uphill hike or catch a convenient Mototaxi from Minca center town.
For those seeking adventure and fun, numerous hiking trails and cycling paths are available to explore the area’s famous waterfalls, coffee and cacao fincas as well as the town's lively nightlife. Finca Hostal Bolivar - Casa Quinta is perfect for coworking/coliving, offering a fast 100mb WIFI, BBQ area and a terrace with unparalleled views.
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Mano Verde, nestled in Vista Nieve, is paradise for nature enthusiasts. Guests can revel in stunning vistas of the Sierra Nevada and Caribbean while lounging in a hammock with a piping hot cup of local coffee. Linens are provided with new and comfortable dorms and private rooms. Additionally, new bottled drinking water is available, as are shared hot showers. The on-site culinary master serves delicious meals inspired by European flavors.
Guests can admire breathtaking sunsets and birdlife from the large terrace, while even enjoying the warmth of a bonfire. Hikers experience the beauty of nature on their spectacular 1.5-hour trek to El Jaguar waterfall, while 5-hour hikes lead to the peak of Cerro Kennedy to observe the sunrise. Please note, the kitchen is reserved for staff only, and the hotel does not have storage for guest food or drink.
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Nestled in the heart of finca La Victoria, one of the largest coffee farms in the northern mountains of Colombia, lies Masaya Casas Viejas, a rustic haven for nature enthusiasts and wanderers alike. Guests can enjoy cozy accommodations and breathtaking mountain views, while indulging in a blend of local and international cuisine, handcrafted beers, and various outdoor and cultural activities. Whether it's hiking, bird-watching, or exploring the coffee factory, there's something for everyone.
Start the day with a traditional indigenous massage or morning yoga-stretching session in the middle of the jungle before embarking on a hike to Cerro Kennedy, where you can witness the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Be sure to plan ahead, as Masaya Casas Viejas is located 8km outside of Minca and gates close at 5:30 PM.
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La Casa del Pozo Azul is a serene, off-the-beaten-path getaway tucked into Minca's mountain jungle. With a river meandering through it, the hostel boasts the stunning natural beauty of La Sierra Nevada De Santa Marta. You'll hear nothing but the sounds of wildlife and rushing water while staying here. Guests can take a dip in the cool, clear river or take advantage of the best hiking in Minca, just minutes away.
Enjoy spacious indoor and outdoor common areas with Wi-Fi speeds up to 30 mbps, and indulge in delicious Italian food and drink on-site. Rooms are spacious and come with a private bathroom, hot showers, and free breakfast.
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Finca Hostal Bolivar - Casa Maracuya, the luxurious boutique guesthouse, sits amidst lush jungle just a short 5-minute walk from Minca. With private access to the Rio Gaira, guests can cool off in the refreshing waters after a day of exploring. You can take a relaxing stroll to the top of Finca Bolivar for a scenic view of the majestic surroundings, or enjoy a meal on the spacious wooden terrace overlooking the river. The fully equipped kitchen boasts all the necessary amenities for cooking enthusiasts.
Cotton bed linen imported from Europe ensures maximum comfort, while a warm shower and strong fans guarantee convenience. With free high-speed WIFI and 24h surveillance, Finca Hostal Bolivar - Casa Maracuya aims to provide the ultimate blend of comfort, relaxation, and security.
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Nestled in the lush forests of Paso del Mango, near Minca, Finca Carpe Diem is a hidden gem for hiking and relaxation enthusiasts. The lodge offers three swimming pools and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and jungles. With yoga classes, farm-to-table meals, and massages, there are plenty of ways to relax and rejuvenate.
The lodge's eco-friendly facilities are spread out across the nature reserve, offering open and green spaces for guests. There are endless hiking options available, from short treks to guided tours of coffee and cacao farms. Finca Carpe Diem is committed to social and environmental causes, including a tree-planting project and locally sourced ingredients.
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Hostel Rio Elemento, located in the heart of Minca, offers a tropical paradise experience. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the 30-meter swimming pool, unwind on the giant hammocks, and indulge in delicious meals that the onsite restaurant has to offer. The villa also offers exciting outdoor activities such as hiking and mountain biking.
With English and Spanish speaking staff, free WIFI, and en-suite dorms, Hostel Rio Elemento is the perfect getaway. Explore the surrounding area: Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, Santa Marta Gold Museum, Santa Marta Cathedral, and Simon Bolivar Park are all within 21 km from the property.
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