The Andean Mountain Range is one of the five geographical regions of Colombia and a must see paradise for explorers and adventurers. It enters Colombia in the south-western part of the country and it is divided into three ranges: The Cordillera Occidental (Western mountain range), the Cordillera Central (Central mountain range) and the Cordillera Oriental (Eastern mountain range).
The so-called Cinturón de Fuego del Pacífico (Pacific Ring of Fire), formed by numerous volcanoes, is located in this region. The Galeras volcano, near the city of Pasto, and the Nevado del Ruiz (also a volcano) are important for their recent activity.
These mountains are home to many iconic landscapes, species of flora and fauna, ancient ruins and a broad range of temperature zones, climates and microclimates throughout the year. The Andes offers amazing trips among some of the most beautiful mountains in the world.
The Andes are definitely a highlight; with rolling hills, valleys with wide rivers like the Magdalena and Cauca, high altitude National Parks, cloud forests and unbeatable panoramic views perfect for hiking, trekking, mountain biking or just relaxing.
Beautiful colonial towns found in the Colombian Andes include Salento, Barichara, Villa de Leyva, Jardin, Salamina and San Agustin, amongst many others. Cities like Medellin, Bucaramanga, Bogota, Popayan, Pasto and Cali also lie on the top of this stunning region.
The páramo, an ecosystem unique to the Andes, found above the continuous forest line, yet below the permanent snowline, are spectacular high-altitude habitats that create continuous moisture via rain, clouds, and fog, with many of them receiving over 2,000 mm (79 in) of rain annually. These water fabrics are home to many flora and fauna species like the iconic “frailejón” plants who belong to the Sunflower family.
The Andes region has more than enough hiking trails to satisfy all levels of hikers. From tough, multi-day treks to mountain peaks to short trails in the heart of urban areas in warm weather.
Your Andean adventure awaits you: come and find excitement and adventure in one of the world’s most beautiful locations.