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Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

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Address: Minca, Colombia
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Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

You need to take a guided tour, or you will get lost. The mountains are lush with vegetation you are going through a jungle. There is a large coffee plantation you can visit. You... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 February 2017
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Coral Springs, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

You need to take a guided tour, or you will get lost. The mountains are lush with vegetation you are going through a jungle. There is a large coffee plantation you can visit. You can see Santa Marta from the mountains, a historic port city, one of South America's oldest. But to experience Santa Marta you need to walk the... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

The Sierra Nevada mountains around Minca offer some very decent hiking trails and some sights, such as coffee plantations and beautiful views. Trails can be pretty steep and the heat can be oppressive, so bring plenty of water.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Beautiful mountains, great views of Santa Marta and the coast. The area has fantastic hiking opportunity, going through jungle, coffee farms, waterfalls... We came here as part of a hiking and chocolate tour from Santa Marta, with Vergel Tours (highly recommended tour and company).

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

The visit to the high lands of Sierra Nevada begins with an informal reservation at the Cafe de Minca store. They offer two tours: coffee and/or cacao, From seed to cup! To get to the Finca La Candelaria you ride on the back of a motorcycle, -yes! that you hire at the center of town. The guys who offer this... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Upon arrival in Minca, we heard that one has to be very lucky to be able to see the highest coastal mountain in the world, Pico Cristobal Colon. Mostly, it's very cloudy, especially in the rain season. However, we asked around town and the shopkeeper claimed that if we left early enough in his Land Rover, we'd be able to... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

So far this the most beautiful mountains at front beach that I was before, landscapes are superb and idyllic I come back soon.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

Initially, the tour was great. The young lady who showed us around was very kind and knowledgable as it was our first ever visit to a coffee farm. We also had some nice cold beer and a piece of banana bread and even purchased a few bags of coffee to bring home. We really appreciated the tour and she even... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

Its a quick taxi drive up a nice mountain road to get there and then you can get a hotel in town or in various nearby coffee finca hostels which are quieter. Mince has a lot of backpackers and young people so that is an attraction if thats what you like. Lots of good eating but a little noisy. I... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

Town is dirty clearly not ready for the boom it is going threw. Garbage all around very sad. The paradise will be destroyed very soon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

Minca is nice quiet place in the mountains. We stayed in Oscar´s palce where is the best sunset view from Minca on the mountains around (you have to walk there 15 min. throught small path). You can just chill out here in hammocks, go for swim in small river Polo Azules (1hour walking or take mototaxi for 6 000 cop),... More 

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