Minca is a small little village nestled in the Sierra Nevada jungle overlooking Santa Marta with nature, treks and coffee on offer but minus the internet. We were excited to spend some time here and explore, and after being on the road for nearly 5 months a bit of home comfort in the form of staying in Irish owned accommodation was equally sought after.
We spent 3 nights in Minca and stayed in Emerald Green Guesthouse, which was nice but has seen better days. Niall the host is a kind and helpful guy and we loved his animals Uisce, Cailin, Boots, and Gypsy. I think maybe in a few years it will be a lovely place to return to due to its central location and the upgrades he hopes to make.
Alan and Uisce
We had great plans to do some hikes in Minca but I ended up with a flu (fits of sneezing\chills\fever\no energy type of fun) and Alan’s cut that he got during our San Blas Adventure on some coral decided to flare up so all of our great intentions were put on hold.
Emerald Green Guesthouse’s lovely dog, Uisce
So instead of going to the Pozo Azul waterfall, we ended up going to the centre de salud where a long dark haired doctor pushed, squeezed and pressed open Alan’s two week old and really sore wound in reception. After more squeezing and ripping, a scissors with the tip wrapped in cotton wool appeared, it was then time for me to sit down in reception with my head between my legs while Alan suffered on in silence. “Duele”?? Si claro!!!” with vigorous shaking of head. A dose of antibiotics and pain relief for Alan worked wonders and in two days the cut was looking great so I think it was all worth it, not sure Alan would agree though.
Niall suggested the best thing for my ailment was coca tea which helped relieve the sneezing somewhat but after a night of fever and chills I needed something stronger so Acetaminophen and Codeine with pedilyte (pharmacist said “muy fuerte” so why not try it) was prescribed and finally on day 3 we were half ok. Just in time to tick at least one thing of the list!
I got addicted to my audio book – The Roanoke Girls so I rested my eyes and swung on the hammock in the guesthouse with the cats keeping me complany. I have a new love for audio books now!
We went for a short walk with Niall and Uisce during one of our nights there to see Santa Marta lit up at night. It was a nice stroll where we saw some fire flies and enjoyed being surrounded by sounds of the jungle.
Santa Marta at night from Minca
We opted to get a moto taxi (an experience in itself!) up the track due to Alan’s healing wound but it cost 10,000 COP each and it didn’t bring us all the way up to the entrance. It cost 4,000 COP to enter. As it was cloudy we didn’t bother going in for a dip but we chilled out on the hammocks and took a few photos before deciding to walk down 20 minutes to another more secluded area along the river and then 40 or so minutes back into town. The walk is very doable with the only thing to watch out for is the moto taxis zooming past.
A local took this picture of us at the waterfall, just one problem, we are blocking the waterfall!
Picture on the hammock overlooking the waterfall
After getting our happy hour burgers in the Lazy Cat Cafe we headed up the stairs to Casa Loma to watch the sunset.
Sunset at Casa Loma was spectacular
Would hate to have to carry backpacks up those steps but it seems like a nice hostel and there is construction on-going for a new restaurant and bar so there will be even more room to chill around up there in a few months.
The views are pretty nice too
The only thing we were really able to do was eat even though my appetite wasn’t great, but below are our experiences of some of restaurants we visited.
We found this bamboo ‘bridge’ when we went exploring
There is enough to keep you entertained in Minca but at the same time if seclusion is what you desire it can also be achieved here. Hopefully in a few years time we will go back and actually do some of the activities on offer but I have a sneaking feeling that tourism will change this special place but time will tell.
Marinka waterfall as seen through the hammock!