Mountainous, Magical Minca

Magical Minca… The tiny town, home to the largest hammocks in the world, impressive waterfalls, beautiful hikes, and heaps of delicious Colombian coffee.

If you head to this incredible town, here’s a few ideas for what to do in Minca.

what to do in minca colombia

Where to stay:

We stayed at Casa Elemento hostel which is above the town and home to some of the largest hammocks in the world.

How to get to Elemento from Minca:

There are 3 ways you can get to Elemento from the center of Minca:

  • By foot (I will literally take my hat off to anyone who does this- I’m guessing it would take at least an hour and a half)
  • Take a motorbike for 25,000 pesos each (it’s about a 20 minute journey, uphill)
  • You can get a 4×4 jeep too but it’s a bit more spenny- 125,000 pesos

We tried to barter them down but hadn’t realised how crazy long and steep the trip was about to be. It was a 45 minutes full-on uphill journey. We tried to act all nonchalant at first, holding on the back, and by the end we were all clinging on round our drivers’ waists.

But it’s totally worth it, the views from the top are breathtaking. With a pool, bar, restaurant with really delicious and cheap food, and hammocks. It literally does have everything.

How to book Casa Elemento:

Casa Elemento does get booked up in advance so make sure you book a couple of weeks before to book.

What to do in Minca Colombia:

There’s a load of hikes you can do among the waterfalls.

We walked into town from Elemento which took about 2.5 hours, and included a leisurely stop at the Green Dragon pub en route. Here, we met the most eccentric kiwi barman for a very enjoyable random mid hike bevvy.

I have to admit it was nice to have a smidgen of British pub culture in the midst of the Colombian mountains as I hadn’t been to a pub in 6 months!

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After the Green Dragon, we had lunch at The Lazy Cat (they do a mean burger) and then got the bikes back up to Elemento, in time for happy hour. 🙂

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