Santa Marta to Minca (and back)

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How to get from Santa Marta to Minca (and back)

Minca is one of the main tourist hubs in the surroundings of Santa Marta. It is a very small town and its attractiveness lies in the natural beauty around it. The small town is the perfect destination for nature lovers as there are many hiking routes, rushing waterfalls and meandering rivers. Other activities include birdwatching, some extreme sports and visiting coffee and cacao plantations.

PRO TIP: Similar to Tayrona National Park, you’ll find some of the best places to stay in Colombia in the town Minca. If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, check out these unique places to stay in Minca for inspiration.

Colectivo from Santa Marta to Minca (and back)

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Colectivo45 minutes8,000 COP ($1.65)Read article for more info

The best way to get from Santa Marta to Minca is by Colectivo. As the distance between the two is only 21 km (13 miles), it’s only about 40 minutes on the road. The short distance thankfully also means a relatively cheap journey of 9,000 COP ($1.85).

It is also possible to take a yellow taxi hailed from the street, but it’s significantly safer to book a taxi via your accommodation or an official taxi company. The rate will depend on your ability to negotiate with the driver, but should not cost more than 70,000 COP ($14.50).

You can also book a private transfer through BookAway, starting at 104,000 COP ($21.50).

Itinerary from Santa Marta to Minca (and back)

Santa Marta to Minca by Colectivo

Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: 9,000 COP ($1.85)
Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: 9,000 COP ($1.85)

Note that colectivoes operating from Santa Marta to Minca do not depart from the main bus terminal. Instead, they go from a bus stop behind the central market (Mercado Central), quite close to the city centre.

The exact location is on the intersection of Carrera 9 and Calle 11. You can either take a taxi from the city centre to the bus stop for 6,000 COP ($1.25) or walk for 20 minutes. However, you need to pass through some unsafe areas, so the better option would be to take a taxi.

Once you get to the bus stop, you will see a sign with the name of the company ‘Cootrasminca’. You should buy the ticket directly at the office for 9,000 COP ($1.85).

Colectivos for the Santa Marta to Minca route run from 07:00 to 18:00, but they do not have set departures. Drivers wait until the bus is full before leaving, so you may have to wait a little if there are not enough passengers, but this is usually no longer than 30 minutes.

Bus schedule from Santa Marta to Minca

Bus CompanySchedulesDurationCosts
CootrasmincaEvery day from 07:00 to 18:0045 minutes9,000 COP ($1.85)
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The bus will drop you at Minca bus stop. If you are staying in town, everything is within walking distance.

If you are staying outside of town, ‘mototaxis’ (motorbikes) can take you to where you need to go, just negotiate the rate with the driver and make sure to wear a helmet.

Minca to Santa Marta by Colectivo

Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 9,000 COP ($1.85)
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: 9,000 COP ($1.85)

If you’re looking to travel in the opposite direction, from Minca to Santa Marta, then the same directions as above apply, just the other way around.

You’ll need to catch the Colectivo from the bus stop in Minca on the town’s main street. Buses come frequently, so it’s best to just arrive and wait for the next one available.

The bus journey to Santa Marta is only 45 minutes long and is the same price as the other direction – 9,000 COP ($1.85).

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