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Los Nevados National Park lies in Colombia’s coffee-growing region of its central Andes. The region boasts snow-capped volcanoes, moonlike valleys and glacial lakes. Manizales town in the northwest, serves as a gateway for treks into the park and its active volcano Nevado del Ruiz. Further south, are emerald Lake Verde, trout-filled Lake Otún and snowy peaked Nevado del Tolima, reached from Ibague town. The park hosts parrots, hummingbirds, condor, as well as tapir, bear and cougar. 

This Colombian trekking adventure is within the boundaries of the Los Nevados National Park. It follows trails teeming with birdlife and past waterfalls, hot springs and traditional villages. Experience rich cultural and architectural diversity in the cities of Bogota and Manizales and visit a premiere coffee plantation and processing factory. Also, trek in Otún Quimbaya National park to spot tapirs, howler monkeys and spectacled bears amongst the numerous birds and over 200 species of butterflies.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 14-DAY COLOMBIA TREKKING ADVENTURE…
And, experience climbing to the top of nearly 5,000m-high La Olleta Volcano.
 

What We Love
  • Hike to the top of La Olleta volcano and to the Nevado Santa Isabel glacier.
  • Look out for Speckled Bears amongst the myriad birds and butterflies in one of Bolivia’s most bio-diverse nature reserves.
  • Explore the capital, Bogota, and a number of small traditional villages.
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • Given the degree of difficulty of this ascent, good health is required.
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

This fantastic Colombian trekking tour takes place mostly within the boundaries of the spectacular Los Nevados National Park, considered by many to be Colombia’s ecological crown jewel. The region boasts high-altitude vegetation, three active snow covered volcanoes, stunning moon-like valleys and two breathtaking lakes. Trek through the humid forest, teeming with birdlife and pass waterfalls, traditional villages and gold mining communities in the central Andean mountain range.

Between mountain treks you will take some fabulous tours to discover the rich cultural and architectural diversity in the cities Bogota and Manizales and visit a premiere coffee plantation and processing factory.

Finally you will stay overnight in a nature reserve where you may be lucky to spot tapirs, howler monkeys and spectacled bears amongst the numerous birds and over 200 species of butterfly.

Please be aware that some aspects of the treks are quite strenuous, thus good health is a pre-requisite for this tour.

Getting There

Colombia’s biggest international airport is Bogatá’s Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado. Direct services from Europe to Bogotá are offered by Iberia (Madrid and Barcelona), Air France/KLM (Paris), Avianca (Barcelona and Paris) and Lufthansa (Frankfurt). Avianca also operates flights from Madrid to Cali and Medellín. In South and Central America, Lan links Bogotá with major Latin American cities.

By boat from Brazil, Peru and Panama: From the Amazon region it’s possible to cross to or from Colombia into Manaus, Brazil, and Iquitos, Peru, by taking a riverboat.
 

 
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Colombia Trekking

Los Nevados National Park and Reserva Natural de Floray Fauna Otún Quimbaya
(14 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 – Arrive
Bogotá Arrive at El Dorado airport in Bogotá and private transfer to your hotel in Bogota for two-night stay.
Overnight at Hotel de la Opera.

Day 02 – City Highlights Tour
Bogotá With your private guide, enjoy a half day visit to the historic centre known as La Candelaria. Explore Plaza Bolívar and the various architectural gems, religious sites of interest, and areas of political importance that grace the capital city. Visit to the Museo Botero that houses works donated by the artist Fernando Botero, Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti. Later, depart north towards Zipaquirá. The name Zipaquirá evokes Zipa, chieftain of the Muiscas community and absolute master of the area’s rich salt mines. Travel across the central region of the Savanna, home to Colombia’s famous flower cultures- evidenced in the greenhouses which line the roadside. On arrival, visit the impressive Salt Cathedral, a magnificent work of engineering.
Overnight at Hotel de la Opera (B)

Day 03 – Transfer
Manizales This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Manizales. Arrival and private transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon visit the town and explore Plaza Bolívar- admire the statue by sculptor Rodrigo Arenas Betancourt, visit the cathedral and the Republican style Palacio de la Gobernación, investigate the train station or present day university,  and explore the cable car station- current home to the Faculty of Architecture and the wooden cable-car Torre del Herveo. Continue on to the Recinto del Pensamiento and visit the butterfly garden, the orchid forest, which showcases over 130 species, and the medicinal plant garden.
Overnight at Hacienda Venecia (B)

Day 04 – Mountain Trek
Termales del Ruiz Take a morning transfer to Vereda Maria and begin the six hour walk along a mountain path. Trek through the humid forest, observing en route a great variety of plants, waterfalls, birds, traditional villages and gold mining communities in the central Andean mountain range.
Overnight Refugio Termales del Ruiz at 3,500m (B, L, D)

Day 05 – Volcano Trek
Valle del Cisne Private land transfer to the base of La Olleta volcano (4,700m) and complete a two hour ascent to the top. Then continue to Valle del Cisne. After lunch, enjoy a three hour walk to the Laguna Verde lookout (4,600 m).
Overnight in tents in Valle del Cisne (B, L, D)

Day 06 – Glacier Trek
Valle del Cisne Ascent and approach to the Nevado Santa Isabel glacier, a beautiful path rich in “páramo” ecosystem flora and fauna, among which many are medicinal plants. Ascent to the glacier (5,000m) on a route surrounded by lagoons formed by the thawing of the snow and ice, and return to the Valle del Cisne shelter.
Overnight in tents in Valle del Cisne (B, L, D)

Day 07 – Glacier Trek
Valle del Cisne Given the degree of difficulty of this ascent, good health is required. Start the ascent from the southern side and climb to an altitude of 5,321m in the glaciers around the Arenas volcano. The climb will take approximately seven hours and will allow great opportunities for sightings of incredible landscapes.
Overnight in tents in Valle del Cisne (B, L, D)

Day 08 – Forest Trek
Ecotermales La Quinta Today we make a five hour descent through mountains, forests and paths that lead to Finca Las Nereidas and Termales La Quinta (3,800m), a cattle ranch with beautiful mountainous landscapes, waterfalls and thermal waters. Enjoy the remainder of the day to relax.
Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

Day 09 – Coffee Plantation Country
Chinchiná Return by “chiva” (local bus) through Villamaría, Manizales and Vereda Alto Tablazo, to start a five hour scenic road trip that eventually leads to the densest coffee producing area, near Manizales and Chinchiná. Visit Hacienda Venecia, a coffee producing and exporting plantation.
Enjoy the remainder of the day at your own leisure.
Overnight Hacienda Venecia (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Coffee Plantation Tour
Chinchiná Enjoy a full-day visit to an agricultural region of economic importance and observe coffee growing culture in the hills covered in coffee shrubs- currently being considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the plantations and witness the coffee bean ‘drying and selection’ process in a “trilladora”- with the end product being tasted to define its favour. Later, enjoy a walk along a coffee planted hill until you reach Hacienda Venecia.
Overnight Hacienda Venecia (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Nature Trek
Pereira Private road transfer to El Cedral station near Pereira and begin the walk to the basin of the Otún river and La Pastora eco-lodge.
Overnight at Refugio La Pastora (B, L, D)

Day 12 – Nature Trek
Reserva Natural de Flora y Fauna Private road transfer to Reserva Natural de Flora y Fauna Otún Quimbaya and enjoy a walk to observe the local plants and animals. This ecological reserve was created in 1996 to protect the biodiversity of the pre Andean rain forest- the lakes, waterfalls and rivers is the perfect habitat for numerous bird species, tapirs of the “páramos”, howler monkeys, spectacled bears, insects and about 200 butterfly species. Arrive by car to La Suiza and begin the trek into the jungle to observe the flora and fauna.
Overnight stay in Reserva Natural de Flora y Fauna Otún Quimbaya. (B, L, D)

Day 13 – Transfer
Bogotá Transfer to Pereira Airport after breakfast for your flight to Bogotá. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day for individual activities.
Overnight at Hotel de la Opera (B)

Day 14 – Depart
Bogotá Transfer to the airport today for your outbound flight. (B)
 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 200 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 150 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
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Overview Most of Columbia is an unknown territory and some of the Columbians. Although there is mist and mystery about Columbia, it is without a doubt, a dramatically beautiful country with diverse terrain and weather. It is the only country in South America to border the Pacific and the Caribbean, Colombia offers a huge range of ecosystems, from the Amazon rainforest near Leticia to the snowcapped mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and the tropical islands of San Andrés and Providencia.

Where to go Colombia’s three major cities; Bogotá, Medellín and Cali are cosmopolitan in nature, with a vibrant cultural scene and festive nightlife. But it is the small towns scattered throughout the country that are more interesting. Colombia’s coffee-growing region, the Zona Cafetera, offers breathtaking walks in the foothills where the bean is grown, accommodation in authentic fincas (coffee farms) and excellent trekking.

In the West, the Andes Mountains extend into the country in three ranges running north-south. In the southeast are the grassy prairies, the jungles and the rainforests of the Amazon. The country’s jungles also hide wondrous archaeological treasures, like the ancient city of La Cuida Perdida and the monuments, tombs and burial mounds at San Augustin and Tierrodentro.  

In the centre of the country lies its capital Bogotá; the city blends Colombian tradition with Spanish colonial influences. A major drawcard for tourists is the Spanish colonial port of Cartagena with its spectacular walled old town, a medieval wonderland of palaces, monasteries, plazas and overhanging balconies. Historical landmarks include the Capitol Municipal Palace and the Plaza Bolivar cathedral; Santa Marta’s modern hotels and white beaches. The two are also great bases for a five-day trek to the archaeological ruins of La Ciudad Perdida, the Lost City.

Almost un-Colombian in their feel, the remote Caribbean islands of San Andrés and Providencia both offer great diving, crystal-clear waters and – particularly in Providencia’s case – a unique Raizal culture.

When to go December through March is Colombia’s high season with plenty of sunny days; ideal for exploring the country’s charming towns and cities, the coffee district, and relaxing on the beach. April brings sporadic rain but persistent rainfall is very unusual. Remember, Easter is a popular time for regional tourism.

July and August brings a short dry season and a good time to visit Colombia. September onwards, tourism begins to decline but it can still be a good time to visit as dry weather can still be enjoyed, and the advantage of off-peak travel should not be overlooked.

Visas British nationals can enter Colombia for up to 90 days as a visitor without a visa at the discretion of the Colombian Immigration Officer on arrival. You may need to provide evidence of return or onward travel. Check the latest entry requirements with the Colombian Consulate General in London before you travel.

If you enter Colombia by land from either Ecuador or Venezuela, make sure you have your passport stamped by the immigration authorities. Failure to do so may result in a fine on departure. If the immigration office on the border is closed, seek help at the nearest office of Migración Colombia.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Colombia.

Visa information source: www.gov.uk