Colombia’s Magdalena department has more to offer than Santa Marta and Tayrona National Park‘s beautiful beaches; it is also home to Minca, a small village located high in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Some people choose to spend a few days in Minca, enjoying the slow pace of life, but it is also a great option for a day trip from Santa Marta or Taganga. Hire a taxi to take you to the cool mountains, and you’ll be there in no time. I’ve outlined a full day of Minca activities, after the jump.
After the boat ride from hell (seriously – take the horses or hike!!), we finally arrived at Cabo San Juan. I wish I had a photo of our first glimpse of the cape, because it was stunning. Turquoise water, white sand, lush palm trees, mountain backdrops, and flocks of pelicans flying overhead. It felt like we had stepped back through time.
The surf at Cabo San Juan is strong – I merely went for a quick dip and felt like I could have easily been pulled out to sea. Our merry little band walked through the jungle to get to La Piscina, the nearby swimming beach.