Minca is a beautiful town located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta , and is known as the ecological capital of Colombia due to its completely natural landscapes and most buildings that promote ecological tourism . Minca is an excellent option for those who want to rest, connect with nature and enjoy its magical places like the Marinka Waterfalls and Pozo Azul.
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Minca has many places to know and several other things to do, but the Marinka Waterfalls and Pozo Azul are two especially magical places where one can connect in a special way with water and nature. These are some of the most beautiful places in the town and also the most visited, so it is better to go during the week where the influx of people is lower.
To get to the Marinka Waterfalls you have three options. Walking, by car or motorcycle, but the first thing you should do is to arrive to Minca . Once here the step to follow differs depending on the way you want to reach the waterfalls.
If you are walking, the best thing to do is asking in your hostell the way to the Marinka Waterfalls , as this can be going up or down, it depends on where your hostel is located. Walking takes between 40 to 50 minutes, it depends on you.
Now, if you want to get on a motorcycle or car, just go to the entrance of the town, just after the bridge, where you will see many parked motorcycles and some cars. The only thing you have to do to get to the Marinka Waterfalls is to negotiate the price before getting on, generally the motorcycle trip costs 10,000 COP and 60,000 COP by car.
The entrance to the Marinka Waterfalls costs 5,000 COP and within the place you will find bathrooms, restaurants and places to rest. In total there are three waterfalls but they are a bit far away, if you really want to explore the place and admire something very nice, we recomment you to go until the third waterfall.
The options to get to Pozo Azul in Minca are similar to those of the Marinka Waterfalls , with the difference that they are located in different places.
In this case the walk from the town center is 30 minutes to the entrance and then another approximately 30 minutes from there to the waterfalls. This small path is loaded with beautiful natural views and, surrounded by a lot of nature, so your walk will be very pleasant. There is no entrance fee to Pozo Azul , but if you go by car if you have to pay 2,000 COP for parking because it is a private property.
Now, it is called Pozo Azul , but in reality it is a set of seven waterfalls and pools which waters come from the Sierra Nevada and in sunny days you can enjoy blue tones in its water.
The first waterfall of Pozo Azul is generally the most crowded, so if you want to have peace and quite to observe the beauty of the waterfalls, it is better that you go to the next ones, depending on where you want to be. Of course, you should keep in mind that the road to the second and third waterfalls of Pozo Azul get a bit more difficult, practically climbing on the stones, however it is worth it, anyway, the most beautiful treasures and corners are not available to everyone.
Another tip that you should keep in mind is that in Pozo Azul you will not find bars or restaurants so you must bring your own water and food from Minca or Santa Marta and of course, bring the trash back with you when you leave Pozo Azul .