Although the origins of the town are confused, who know their history (1) recall that late last century a Spanish adventurer, Don Juan de Minca, fell in love for the place and he settled with his family.

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.


Over time, when his family grew, Don Juan decided to send his oldest daughter to study at a Catholic school in Barranquilla.

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.

Some people report that an affair was caused by the Mother Director of the Convent with the priest of the place. The scandal ended with the convent and today its ruins, operates Hotel Minca, an hostal that receives Canadian foreign visitors mainly who come to know the richness of the vegetation or the spell of the Sierra Nevada.

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)