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Coffee And Mountains: Eje Cafetero And Los Nevados

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  • Hike to the Santa Isabel Glacier, located 4700m above sea level
  • Visit the Otun Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary.
  • Hike through Valle del Cocora, see hummingbirds and the tallest palm trees in the world
Experience the best of Colombia's coffee region's nature and culture during this 5-day, guided tour. Start your adventure with a visit to a coffee plantation. Travel through Los Nevados National Park next and see the Santa Isabel Glacier. Enjoy hiking through the Otun Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary and the Cocora Valley, home to howler monkeys, hummingbirds and the tallest palm trees in the world.

Colombia is not just famous for its coffee but also for its varied geography, immense biodiversity and scenic landscapes. This hike will take you through an area of Los Nevados known for its collection of glaciated volcanoes and past the Cocora Valley.

Enjoy the beauty of the quaint town of Salento and its sprawling colonial houses. Learn more about the unique paramo environment, part of the alpine tundra ecosystem that is found only in Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Walk through cloud forests full of exotic birds and flowers and past Andean farms thousands of meters above sea level and far removed from civilization.

End your journey in Eje Cafetero. We will drive you to Pereira Airport from where you will take your flight back home.
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Your adventure starts at Pereira Airport where you will meet your guide. Drive through scenic mountain roads from Pereira to Chinchina. Spend your day at a coffee farm. Drive to Manizales in the evening and spend your night there.
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  • Lunch & Dinner
Andean farmhouse
The day starts early with a drive to Los Nevados National Park. Reach the Nevado de Santa Isabel trailhead, located at an altitude of 4000m. Start your hike using headlamps to illuminate the way through a highland forest of dwarfed trees, moss and small lagoons.

As dawn breaks, you will get to see views of rocky cliffs and mountainsides. Patches of snow appear as you go higher, accentuating the barren but beautiful landscape. Trek past a collection of glacial lakes and get the chance to see the Santa Isabel Glacier, which is located 4700m above sea level.

Breath in the thin mountain air and hike back down. Spend the night in Campoalegre, an inn located outside the national park. Taste hand-made arepas and farm-fresh cheese while enjoying the ultimate Colombian highlands hospitality.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Andean farmhouse
Hike through a wide, mountainside trail with sweeping views of meadows and hills full of wild flowers. See El Ruiz, the infamous and highly active volcano that killed 25,000 people when it erupted in 1985.

Reach Laguna de Otun, a lake fed by the Santa Isabel Glacier, after hiking for an hour. Located at an altitude of 3900m above sea level, the lake is also the source of the Otun River, which supplies drinking water to the city of Pereira.

Enjoy the view of the lake and the waterfalls that feed it before taking a narrow path that travels through a paramo. Spend the rest of the day walking through this unique landscape dominated by frailejones (cactus-like plants that are said to resemble friars) and colchones de agua (water cushions). You might even get the chance to see Andean eagles along the way. Arrive at El Jordan Farmhouse in the afternoon. Spend your night there.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Guest house
Descend down the paramo and enter a cloud forest that is often cloaked in a mysterious white shroud but is teeming with life. Your hike today ends at the village of El Cedral. Drive to the Otun Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary from the village.

Hike through this sub-Andean forest that explodes with the color and music of countless exotic flowers, birds and butterflies. Soak in the sights, smells and sounds of this rich ecosystem before driving to the town of Salento, where you will spend your night.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Founded in 1842, Salento is the most well-preserved town in Colombia's coffee region. Its colorful buildings and traditional colonial architecture make it one of the most picturesque towns in the country.

Spend the morning exploring Salento before heading to the Cocora Valley, home of Colombia's national tree, palma de cera (wax palm), which is also the tallest species of palm trees in the world, with its wax-covered trunk shooting up to 60m into the sky.

The first part of your hike will take you through a dramatic landscape, past grassy hillsides full of wax palm trees. During the second part of the hike, you travel through a dense forest crisscrossed by numerous streams. Your destination is a small cottage in the middle of the forest surrounded by flowering plants and abuzz with hummingbirds.

Admire the many different species of hummingbirds feeding on nectar before hiking back to the trailhead for a well-deserved lunch. Drive to Eje Cafetero and, after your last cup of coffee, say goodbye to this wonderful region and drive to Pereira Airport to catch your flight back home.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
what’s included
  • Private transportation (pickup and drop off from and to Pereira Airport)
  • Accommodations as mentioned on the itinerary
  • All meals, starting from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 5
  • An experienced guide
  • Entrance fees to the places mentioned on the itinerary
what's excluded
  • Flights to and from Pereira
  • Personal trekking gear (backpacks, boots, hiking sticks, etc)
  • Meals apart from those mentioned on the itinerary
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 5 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Minimum Participants 2 people
Age Requirement 12 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English & spanish
Maximum altitude 4700 meters
Trek difficulty Medium
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Pereira, Colombia
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A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationYou will be travelling through high altitude areas during much of this trek. We recommend that you acclimatize in Bogota (2640m) for at least 1 day prior to this trip to avoid altitude sickness. You will need to carry a backpack with trail water, trail food, a sleeping bag and your personal belongings (clothes, medicine, etc)
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