Casa Elemento is one of Colombia’s most famous hostels – and rightfully so. Located deep in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, this hostel best suits an energetic, nature-loving crowd. The hostel has many excellent aspects about it: delicious homemade food, clean rooms, a well-stocked bar, unbeatable views and of course the renowned ‘giant hammocks’ overlooking the valley.

The hostel has been well designed to create an interactive atmosphere among travelers. There is a centrally located pool positioned near the bar, providing guests with views over the surrounding mountain range. The hostel’s lack of Wi-Fi effectively ensures guests socialize. Furthermore, board games and other entertainment is provided.

It is hard to fault Casa Elemento, however the high prices can be hard to justify. Meals, while deliciously prepared using freshly grown produce, are on the pricier side and the location of the mountaintop heaven makes ordering on-site the only option. The 40-minute moto-taxi ride from the town of Minca ensures guests receive a genuine jungle stay, but also makes access to the town difficult. In spite of this, the majority of hiking activities are located within walking distance from the hostel; reception can organize transport for the few that aren’t.

Great location in the nature

Homemade food

Giant hammocks

Well-stocked bar


High price

No WiFi

Far away from town

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Our Rating:
Casa Elemento – Minca

Rated 3.5 / 5.0 (1 review)

From COP 35,000 per person – dorm (available)

Great place for nature-lovers but a bit overpriced.

(Last Reviewed: September 2016)