Don Juan saw the potential for coffee plantation and brought on his behalf several Puerto Rican and Honduran families like the Soto or the Pérez, whose descendants still live here, to plant the first plantations.
In Minca can still be found 5 houses from this period, rammed earth houses made with walls up to 50cm thick.
Taking a vacation, the sisters accepted the invitation of his pupil's father and impressed by the beauty and tranquility of Minca requested assistance from the Spanish colonizer to build a monastery there.
Later other religious groups where established, such as the congregation of La Enseñanza, which until ten years ago running the school that they had to leave for lack of official support.
In Minca is also in the House of Spiritual Exercises The Tabor, site of meditation, where religious, students and in general, groups of people are envolved in meditation and study of various disciplines. As stated, the Bible defines the Tabor as the mount where Jesus was transfigured before being handed over by Judas.
The pastor of the Church of Perpetual Help of Minca, father Oswaldo Herrera, said that the House of Prayer was conceived by Bishop Javier Naranjo Villegas (now Bishop Emeritus), 25 years ago. Since then it has remained as the backbone on which holds the spiritual life of Mincas people.
(1) Investigation by Antonio Santos Yanet (El Tiempo, Bogotá)