Casa Loma, Minca , Colombia

Casa Loma is a hostel with a spectacular view!

This nice wooden hostel is located on a hill and is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens with indigenous stones. The hostal has a big social area with hammocks, relaxing chairs and a long table where you can hang out, eat or just look at the stunning view. You can enjoy the sunset or when it is dark the dazzling lights of Santa Marta. The atmosphere is relaxed and you feel at home immediately. It is an easy place to get lost in time and find yourself staying longer than intended.

The owners, Jay and Anne, are passionate and relaxed ex-travellers from London and Germany - opened Casa Loma in December 2010.
facilities...
There are eight basic but comfortable and clean private rooms plus hammocks and a large camp site complete with fire areas.

‘El Mirador’ is the front room of the house and has a perfect view over Sierra Nevada from the large private balcony. This double is available for 75.000 COP.

'The Tree House' has a 360 degree private balcony complete with hammock and a rocking chair and a view through the forest to Santa Marta and costs, 65,000 Pesos for two people.

‘El Centro’ is a four bed dormitory which is available for 22,000 COP per person.
Casa Lukas is a 7 bed dorm set in the forest with its own balcony and a view through the trees, also available at 22.000. ‘Castillo’ is a twin room with a double and single bed, large sofa and view to the forest which is available for 65.000 COP double occupancy double occupancy or 85,000 for three people. ‘The Den’ is a cozy double room which is available for 50.000 COP, or as a great option for the solo traveler, 30,000 for a single person. There are 2 small cabanas set in the forest at the same price.

It is also possible to sleep in a hammock for 15.000 COP or just camp out in the tropical garden (12.000 COP a person with your own tent/ 18.000 COP a person with rented tent including inflatable mattress).

There are three bathrooms in the house with a nice refreshing shower that has a view into the tropical garden plus three in the camp ground with views into the forest while you shower.

Casa Loma offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is excellent and they serve a different meal every day. There is a variety of hot and cold drinks available for reasonable prices. In the morning they offer a free organic coffee. There is a BBQ area for guest use in front of the hostel.
There are also books including a book exchange and games available.

The hosts speak English, German and Spanish and have great knowledge of the surrounding area. Casa Loma can organize or provide you with all the right information to make various multiple-day trips in the Sierra Nevada, hike up to view the snow peaks plus arrange mountain bike and hiking tours. They can also direct you to all the amazing local sites including waterfalls and swimming spots.

They offer yoga classes at 15,000 COP for 1.5 hr, plus relaxing massages in the forest.
How to get there...
In Santa Marta take a shared taxi to Minca. The shared taxi departs when full from Santa Marta’s market, Calle 11 and Carrera 12 (one block away from where you can take the bus to Tayrona National Park).

The journey will take about 50 minutes and costs 7000 COP per person.

Walk from the drop off point to the church when you arrive in Minca and follow the signs up the hill. It should take you about 10 minutes and it is worth every step.
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Contact Info...
Casa Loma
Minca
313 808 6134
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