1-99 Santa Marta - Minca
Coastline Mountain Oasis overlooking Colombian Jungle CanopyWith the highest snow peaks in Colombia situated to the East, the Caribbean coast to the west, Los Pinos Hostel sits high nestled amongst the Sierra Nevadas overlooking the lush green top of the jungle's canopy. A former military base/finca, this newly hostel-ized property provides one of the most stunning views of the Colombian coastal Santa Marta region and a magical South American sunset like no other. Spending time in the Santa Marta area, a trip to Minca is an absolute must to round out the experience. Situated at 1450 ft above sea level, the hike/taxi/moto-taxi (or combination of all 3) that you take up to the top is well worth the journey. As one of the only places in the world where you can see both snow capped mountains and the ocean's coast from the same view point, the lookout makes for the ideal spot to watch a radiant colorful sunset fall beneath the thermal layer of thick fog that blurs the horizon line. Read lazily on a hammock, take a hike through the vast jungle below the property, pick fresh fruit, visit a coffee finca, rappel waterfalls off cliffs in the area, enjoy the bon fire under the stars in the most picturesque, cool jungle setting. This area is also a mountain bike enthusiast's dream, with endless trails, be prepared to rent a bike and ride the 1400+ ft descent with white knuckles all the way down. Take a trip with Elemento Tours (http://www.elementooutdoor.com) and see the depth of beauty this place has to offer.