Minca may be a town in northern Colombia, but staying in this backpacker enclave is definitely – almost 100% – more about staying in the jungle-y foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

The outdoors game here is strong – think jungle treks, mountain rivers, nature watching, waterfalls, touring coffee plantations, as well as ending (and/or starting) each day with a literally incredible view. It’s definitely a delicious part of the world.

But that’s the thing… do you want to stay actually IN the mountains, complete with jungle views (and the critters that come with it), or would you rather stay in a crumbling old place in Minca itself?

Don’t you worry! With the help of our handy list of the best hostels in town (split up by category, too) you’ll be able to find the right hostel to suit you.

So what are you waiting for? Check out the top hostels in Minca below!

Quick answer: The Best Hostels in Minca

Best Hostels in Minca

Best Hostels in Minca

If you’re a nature lover backpacking Colombia, there is no way around Minca for you. In order to enjoy the outdoor adventures to the fullest, you need to be well recharged. Minca’s hostels are the perfect accommodation if you’re looking for a safe place to rest your head, a chance to meet like-minded travellers and keep the costs low. We’ve listed our favorites below.

Overall Best Hostel in Minca  – Finca Carpe Diem

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Finca Carpe Diem is our pick for best hostel for digital nomads in Minca
  • $
  • Restaurant & Bar
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool

If you’re within 100km of this place, you should go out of your way to get to Carpe Diem. Like a stylish enclave of calm and minimalism in the chaotic green jungle, this cool hostel in Minca is pretty dang sick. AND CHEAP.

This place has Wi-Fi (not common in Minca), which makes this flocking grounds for digital nomads. But close the laptop if you can to disconnect and chill on the wooden terrace complete with pool overlooking the jungle canopy. Need we explain further why this is the best hostel for digital nomads in Minca?

Another EPIC Hostel in Minca – Casa Loma Minca

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Casa Loma Minca is our pick for best overall hostel in Minca
  • $
  • Bar & Restaurant
  • Book Exchange
  • INCREDIBLE VIEWS

Well, dang, this place is EPIC. Like, seriously. One of the best views you’re gonna find in all of Colombia, for reals. This top hostel in Minca is literally on the side of a mountain so that’s probably why the views are so amazing… but still. And the cheapest option is a hammock.

Despite being on a mountainside you can still get to town pretty easily from this best overall hostel in Minca. Nature-lovers will, um, love this one, since you’re basically surrounded by jungle and mountain landscape up here. They serve up their own food at this place, and there’s NO WI-FI… But that just means more actual human interaction.

Best Party Hostel in Minca – Casa Elemento

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Casa Elemento is our pick for best party hostel in Minca
  • $$
  • Bar
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Tours/Travel Desk

Another Minca backpackers hostel with incredibly breathtaking views, you won’t wanna miss this one either (how about you stay at this one and Casa Loma?). It’s a bit of a rough ride outta town but once you’re here get ready for fun people, nightly campfires and views from one of the BEST outdoor terraces you’re likely to find at a hostel.

Again it’s set in jungle sorta place, so if nature’s not your thing don’t even bother. But the big group dinners, flowing drink and music playing loud late into the night easily make this the best party hostel in Minca. It might be out of town, but this hostel IS the destination.

Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Minca – Hostal Cocobomgo

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Hostal Cocobomgo is our pick for best hostel for solo travellers in Minca
  • $$
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfer

Set in an old colonial building this Minca backpackers hostel is small and brimming with atmosphere. Actually instead of small, think of it as personal: you get to know people really well at this place and the staff are super, super kind.

So that’s why we’d say this is the best hostel for solo travellers in Minca. Also, this place is really clean (major plus), has large beds and a big outdoor terrace for chill times. Also 5 mins from the minibus stop, which is always helpful.

Best Cheap Hostel in Minca – Finca Hostal Bolivar

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Finca Hostal Bolivar is our pick for best cheap hostel in Minca
  • $
  • BBQ
  • Cable TV
  • Outdoor Terrace

Although Minca backpackers hostels tend to be generally on the affordable side of things anyway, this one really is the BEST cheap hostel in Minca. It might not be in the middle of town, but it’s 5 mins walk to the city centre from this hostel’s jungle edge location.

There’s a whole lotta value for money, comfort and big dollops of heart here. And surprisingly, for the middle of the jungle, it’s spotlessly clean. The dorm has only 8 beds, so you get a real community feel here. The wooden terrace looks over the river. Nice mix of jungle and city, we’d say.

Best Hostel for Couples in Minca – Casa Viejas

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Casa Viejas is our pick for best hostel for couples in Minca
  • $$
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Bar & Restaurant

Set in the Finca La Victoria, an old coffee farm in the mountains near Minca, Casa Viejas is a cosy and relaxing spot for you and your partner to unwind in a bit of solitude. The whole place is all decked out in like, rustic chic, and we can’t help but think this is definitely one of the coolest hostels in Minca.

Chill places to sit, a restaurant serving local food, plus a load of outdoor activities (which, of course, includes a visit to the coffee factory) make this our top pick for the best hostel for couples in Minca. It’s like a luxury adventure getaway… but you can actually afford it.

Best Hostel with a Private Room in Minca – Mundo Nuevo Minco

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Mundo Nuevo Minco is our pick for best hostel with a private room in Minca
  • $$
  • Pool Table
  • Free Breakfast
  • Outdoor Terrace

This is a farm hostel. On the farm hostel you learn about working on a farm. You also learn about indigenous culture and biodiversity. The private rooms here have INSANE views – big wooden shutters open up to reveal a stunning mountain landscape.

So, yep, definitely the best hostel with a private room in Minca. But also nearby there are literally so many hikes you can go on. Back at the hostel the food at the restaurant is amazing. And there’s Wi-Fi in the dining area – for the ‘gram we reckon.

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More Best Hostels in Minca

Casa Relax Minca

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Casa Relax Minca
  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Bar & Cafe

What more would you wanna do at Casa Relax other than chill the F out? So you can totally do that. Because this is another one of those top hostels in Minca that’s set in the mountains away from basically everything.

The house is beautifully maintained and features big ol’ clean beds – always a plus. The staff are also helpful and friendly here. But one of the funnest things about this place is the cheap pizza nights compete with drinks deals. It’s also 10 mins from town if you need any essentials.

Hostal Guacamaya

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Hostal Guacamaya
  • $
  • Bar & Restaurant
  • Common Room
  • Cable TV

Offering up an authentic experience, and run by a Colombian family, this Minca backpackers hostel is definitely the place to stay if you wanna eat up a load of tasty local food and wash it down with cold beers. Nightly. That’s what we’re talkin’ ’bout.

Near all of the sights in Minca, staying at this recommended hostel means you’ll find nice cafes and bakeries nearby, which is cool if you’re more of a townie sorta person who likes walking around streets instead of jungles. But may we again stress the AUTHENTICITY of this place. Very cool – and not in a boutique way.

Marymonte

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Marymonte
  • $
  • Free Breakfast
  • Book Exchange
  • Bar

5 mins from the centre of town, there’s a whole host of choice on offer at this youth hostel in Minca, from private suites all the way down to just camping in the open. It’s definitely a rustic kinda place, that’s for sure, very low-key.

However, it does have some very nice views of the surrounding city and the mountains, too. And you can do some pretty cool tours from here too, including checking out the coffee plantations and waterfall treks. Food’s available here, but otherwise, this is quite a basic, but decent, option.

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What to Pack for your Minca Hostel

We don’t often travel without these essentials.

Luggage Travel Lock

1. Padlock: Keep your stuff safe, guys. Unfortunately not all dorm lockers share the same security standard. You’ll want a lightweight lock that can fit all the various dorm lockers you’ll clip it to. Having a padlock that is flexible and can fit a variety of locker styles is the best way to make sure none of your belongings wander away while you are out.

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2. Active Roots Microfiber Towel: Having your own towel on your travels is a game changer. The Active Roots Microfiber Towel is perfect for travellers who are looking for a lightweight, quick-drying and extremely soft option. The antibacterial material is super water-absorbent and resists odor buildup because of its antimicrobial material. Ain’t technology cool?

Headphone Spltter

3. Headphone Splitter: You’re the one with the Netflix account and your friend wants to watch too? But you don’t want to share headphones? And you’re good people who wouldn’t disturb your dorm mates? That’s not going to be a problem with this Headphone Splitter! Plug in two pairs of headphones at the same time, so both of you are able to listen to music or watch shows simultaneously. It comes in handy and won’t weigh you down.

Playing Cards

4. Playing Cards: Name your ideal night: I’m for a few cheap beers and some card games. Oh, and you don’t even have to be drinking to enjoy a game – having cards with you traveling definitely helps out on those long airplane or beach days! Make sure to snag a waterproof deck to protect from the pool, ocean or Chang.

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5. Active Roots Toiletry Bag: Keep your bath-and-beauty items organized and in the right place with this water-resistant bag. With large compartments, mesh and enclosed clear sections, you can fit everything you might need inside. Hang it up or let it stand on its own – this bag is a must-have for dorm-lifers.

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6. Sea to Summit Travel Soap: When dirtbagging around the globe, hygiene sometimes comes a bit short. This Sea to Summit Travel Soap can wash your hands, clothes or anything else, wherever you are. The soap strips are dry and super thin but dissolve in contact with water, so you can even take it easily through security in a carry-on.

Why you should travel to Minca

Wow. So those were the best hostels in Minca.

You can stay in what’s basically jungle retreat here, complete with some of the best mountains views you’re likely to see from a budget hostel!

So many of these  Minca backpackers hostels not only boast incredible vistas and out of the way locations, but they have AMAZING food on offer, too!

But you can also stay in town. With nature practically on your doorstep, it’s never difficult to arrange a tour into the amazing wilderness of this area.

Can’t decide on a place to stay? Don’t you worry.

As a good choice for anybody, we recommend Casa Loma Minca – the best overall hostel in Minca.

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So get packing and get ready for the wild beauty of Minca (oh and don’t forget the mozzie repellent).

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More Epic Hostels in Colombia and South America

Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Minca.

Planning an epic trip all across Colombia or even South America itself?

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Minca has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you’re planning on travelling further, you can be sure that you’ll always find a place to rest your head. There are amazing hostels all over Colombia, each offering a safe home-away-from-home, a chance to meet like-minded travellers and an affordable price for the night.

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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