High up above the clouds that cloak the folds, valleys, mountains and forests of the Central Andes of Colombia is one of the country's most stunning national parks. Los Nevados Natural National Park is home to over 8 volcanic structures - a mixture of active, dormant, extinct volcanoes, 3 of which are glacier capped at over 16,500 feet and all of which provide the dramatic backdrop to a trekking adventure like no other. For before you can reach the pristine high-altitude 'paramos' (tundra) of Colombia's Coffee Region, you must ascend through a number of ecosystems, each one more beautiful and other-worldly than the last, characteristic of the tropical Andes, where mountains make species. The diversity here is remarkable. A 4-day full-service trekking adventure will take you through this unforgettable landscape, and when mixed with the coffee farming process from seed to cup and experiencing hot thermal springs, your coffee region experience will feel very complete. Bogota, Colombia's bohemian and lively capital, will greet you upon arrival and entice you with great museums and historical sectors, great restaurants and an even better nightlife. After your mountain adventure in the Coffee Region, you'll finish in what is without doubt one of Latin America's great cities - the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cartagena, a walled city of architecture dating back to the 16th century, full of plazas, historical buildings, important spots and dates from Spanish colonial history and of course hotels, restaurants and bars - all located on the Caribbean sea front with stunning sunsets to boot.
You will be met upon arrival at the Bogota El Dorado Airport and transfer to you hotel. Overnight at a Bogota hotel, daily breakfast included - 2 nights.
In the afternoon, you will visit Cerro Monserrate in the afternoon for panoramic views over the city. Evening at leisure.
Today you will visit the Paloquemao Market, where you can walk around the market and sample local foods. After this you will go for the Bogota City Tour with visits to the Gold Museum, Botero Museum, Plaza de Bolivar and a La Candelaria walking tour. Lunch at a local restaurant is included. Return to hotel to freshen up.
Transfer to the Usaquen Flea Market (Sundays only) and a cultural tour of the colonial township.
Dinner is included at a typical restaurant in Usaquen.
Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Pereira. Airport reception and transfer to Finca del Café in Santa Rosa de Cabal for a morning coffee tour. Lunch included at Finca del Café or in Santa Rosa, depending on the client’s preferences. Short walking tour of Santa Rosa de Cabal.
Transfer to Colonial town of Salento. Check in to your hotel. Afternoon tour of Salento, discussing its location on the ancient ‘Royal Pathway’ of the Quindios. Pre-trek briefing with your Trek Leader.
Dinner included at local restaurant. Evening at leisure in Salento with maybe a game of Tejo – a throwing game that is unique to Colombia.
Overnight at a Salento hotel, breakfast included.
Transfer to the Cocora Valley and a landscape viewpoint. Begin the trek from La Argentina Hacienda campsite.
Stop off at look out point for snack and rest. Time to observe Sub-Paramo flora and high Andean basin of the River Cardenas. Early afternoon arrival at campsite and lunch. Time in the afternoon to explore local surroundings and other trails that head deep into the forest. Characterization of the location.
Dinner at camp. All meals included.
Today's hike: approximately 11 km, 4-5 hours, medium level.
Begin today's hike to El Bosque village.
Arrive at El Bosque. Lunch at the school campsite. Afternoon and evening at leisure in El Berlin Valley. Dinner at the refuge. All meals included.
Today's hike: approximately 14.5 km, 850 m ascent, difficult grade walk across grassy paramo with steep switchbacks.
Late morning start for the trek to Lake Otun, approximately 7.5 km, 3 hours, medium level trek.
Lunch at Lake Otun. Afternoon free to explore the lake and surroundings, such as Nevado del Santa Isabel, Garden of Eden among other sites. Dinner at camp. All meals included.
Late morning start for trek to Potosi and Hacienda Campolegre, situated at 3,923 meters above sea level (12,870ft), 11.5 km, 3-4 hours, medium difficulty trek.
Arrive for lunch at Campoelgre. After lunch descent to Hacienda Termales La Quinta (2hrs). Arrive at hacienda look out point. Say good bye to trek team. Walk 30mins/1km to Hacienda and check-in. Relax in private hot springs and the main house. Dinner at hacienda. Optional 45min walk to El Plan farmhouse with billiards, good wine etc or just stay at the hacienda with the provate hot springs. All meals included.
Morning at leisure at the hacienda. Various optional activities include: visit the hot springs where you can make a boiled egg sandwich, horseback riding, morning walks of varying difficulties, local farm visits. Early lunch at the hacienda.
Walk to the pickup point where a car will be waiting. Transfer to Manizales Airport for your flight to Cartagena. Arrive in Cartagena and transfer to hotel. Restaurants will be recommended for lunch.
Overnight at a Cartagena hotel, daily breakfast included - 2 nights.
Leave hotel at 9:00am for a morning city tour of Cartagena which covers the following sites both inside and outside of the walled city: Barrio Manga, Popa Monastery, Saint Philip Castle, The Vaults and various battalions.
Optional lunch in Cartagena. Afternoon and evening at leisure.
Transfer to airport for flight back to city of origin.
|Price from||$3,650.00 per person, based on double occupancy|