Riding time: 5 hours
The Minca tour is geared towards riders with some experience that are looking to tear up some dirt roads through the jungle. On the first day we will be riding up the mountain, stopping off to swim in some of Minca’s waterfalls and checking out some of the local businesses, including lunch at a local eatery. We then make our way up to an amazing view point called Los Pinos that overlooks everything from the jungles surrounding Minca, all the way to Santa Marta and the ocean. We can decide to ride back down to Casas Viejas, our boutique accommodation perched over 1000m up in the jungle for the night, or we can keep cruising around some lesser known jungle roads for a few hours before heading back.
Riding time: 5 hours
We will start day 2 with breakfast at the hostel before getting back on the bikes. From here we can ride a bit higher up the mountain for a few hours or we can begin our descent down. On our way down the mountain, we will stop in at La Victoria Coffee Plantation which has been operating since the 1890’s, as well as Nevada brewing company. After a quick snack and a cup or two of Colombia’s finest coffee, we are off again on our way to Pozo Azul, a beautiful swimming hole including some cliff-jumping for the thrill seekers. We will grab a late lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants before heading back into Santa Marta.
Riding time: 6 hours
Day 2 on the advanced route is where things get a little more intense. We wake up in the small hours of the morning to leave Casa Viejas at 3am sharp, riding in the dark for 2 hours up the mountain to Cerro Kennedy, the highest accessible point in Minca at 3,200m above sea level. We arrive at the Military base on top of the mountain in time for sunrise, and an absolutely jaw-dropping view of the surrounding, snow-capped mountains, ABOVE the level of the clouds.
We make our way back down to Casas Viejas for breakfast and to re-group, spend a couple of hours cruising back down the mountain, stopping at a swimming hole and a light lunch along the way. We arrive back at Santa Marta HQ in the early afternoon, around 3pm.