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Crossing the Central Andes of Colombia

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Duration

3 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

8 people

Languages

English, Spanish

Overview

One of the most complete routes to live the experience in Los Nevados National Park, we will cross the forest with the most impressive views of the peaks: Nevado Santa Isabel, Nevado del Tolima and Paramillo del Quindío, the three most beautiful mountains in the Park, and we will pass next to the majestic Laguna del Otún. For three days we will cross the park from the south to the north; We will walk a total of 40 km, starting in the Quindío department and ending in Caldas or Risaralda.

Each night of this trek is an invitation to connect with the essence of rural families, two places full of particular charm where we will listen to their stories and share the experiences that have marked their lives embraced by the heat of the kitchen where you will try traditional mountain dishes. A trek to feed the heart and senses of the best emotions that only live in the mountains.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Day 1:
  • Cocora Valley
  • Páramo Ecosystem
  • Cultural immersion with local farmers
  • Minimum Altitude: Cocora Valley: 2.400 m
  • Maximum Altitude: Finca Argentina: 3.400 m
  • Day 2:
  • Páramo Ecosystem
  • View point to Nevado del Tolima, Nevado Santa Isabel and Paramillo del Quindío (weather depending)
  • Cultural immersion with local farmers
  • Minimum Altitude: Finca Argentina: 3.400 m
  • Maximum Altitude: Páramo Ecosystem: 4.200 m
  • Day 3:
  • Laguna del Otún a 4.000 masl
  • Páramo Ecosystem
  • Minimum Altitude: Finca Berlín: 3.800 m
  • Maximum Altitude: Laguna del Otún: 4.000 m

Itinerary

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Day 0

We ask the travelers to please arrive the day before to Salento to acclimatize; Also, to have a mandatory meeting with our team at the Paramo Trek office where we take you through a pre-departure briefing to double-check you are adequately equipped.

Day 1

At 07:00 am we will start our day in private transport on our way to Cocora Valley, the gateway to Los Nevados National Park, we will start our trek at 2,400 masl and enjoy the forest ecosystem. We will take a break for lunch and continue on a steep ascent until reaching 3,150 meters.

In the afternoon we will arrive at our destination, la Argentina, a peasant farm located at 3,400 masl, we will share with the family, listen to stories and have a typical dinner, tonight's accommodation will be in dormitories with a shared bathroom (basic conditions).

Day 2

After having a rural breakfast, we will begin ascending with a big inclination until we reach the paramo ecosystem; We will have the chance to see Nevado del Tolima, some eagles and different animals. At 4,200 meters in the paramo ecosystem, we can see the Paramillo del Quindío, which rises in the background dressed in brown rainbows, making a rugged contrast with the magic of its swamps, also the Nevado del Tolima dancing with the mist in the distance (depending on the weather) a landscape to admire in silence while our eyes light up.

We start the descent crossing the forest and will arrive at the El Berlín farm at 3,800 meters, we will share with the family their stories and adventures in the mountains, we will have dinner and spend the night in dormitories.

Day 3

A mountain breakfast with the peasant family will be the best way to start our day. The path is marked to ascend towards the Otún river basin, we will walk until we find the Laguna del Mosquito; from this point we will be surrounded by the forest ecosystem and will be able to see some birds. We will arrive at the Laguna del Otún where we will be surrounded by the Paramo ecosystem again and enjoy the view of the lagoon, the largest reservoir of water in the Park, perfect place to have a picnic.

We continue our way to the Campo Alegre farm at 3,800 meters and at this point we will take a 4x4 car to go to the municipality of Santa Rosa de Cabal, the city of Pereira or Manizales.

Included/Excluded

  • Food and drinks:
  • 3 breakfasts, one in Salento and two at peasant farms.
  • 3 lunches, all on the way (picnic).
  • 2 dinners, at peasant farms (dinner is not included on the last day).
  • Snack package per day.
  • Water purification during the trek (you must have your bottle; we will refill it).
  • Rehydration salts
  • Hot drinks: coffee, chocolate and herbal tea.
  • Accommodation:
  • Night 1: at the Argentina farm, basic accommodation in dormitories at 3,400 meters.
  • Night 2: at the Berlín farm, basic accommodation in dormitories at 3,800 meters.
  • Equipment:
  • Rain pants and trekking poles.
  • Transport:
  • Day 1: From Salento to Cocora Valley, in private transport.
  • Day 3: From Finca Campo Alegre to Manizales, Pereira or Santa Rosa, in a 4x4 shared vehicle.
  • Accompaniment and preparation:
  • Introductory meeting one day before the trek at our office.
  • Certified and National Park registered guide.
  • Advisory and personalized preparation before the trek by the Páramo Trek team.
  • Others:
  • Insurance policy that covers accidents (does not cover altitude sickness).
  • Parques Nacionales entrance fee.
  • Food and drinks:
  • Extra drinks or food not specified in the program.
  • Dinner on the last day.
  • Accommodation:
  • Accommodation in Salento or another city the day before and the day after the trek, we can send you recommendations.
  • Equipment:
  • Personal mountain equipment such as waterproof clothing, thermal clothing, trekking shoes, backpack. At the Páramo Trek office there is personal equipment available that we can rent, write us in advance if you require any equipment.
  • Transport:
  • Transport from another city to get to Salento.
  • Transport to another city at the end of the trek. If you are interested, we can book private transport for you.
  • Mule or horse assistance for backpacks or people (if necessary ask us, we can surely help you).

Durations

Multi day

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FAQs

How many kilometers trekking?
Day 1: 12 km
Day 2: 11 km
Day 3: 17 km
How many kilometers by car?
Day 1: 22 km
Day 3: 55 km
What should I bring?
Take everything we recommend!
-Proper backpack for trekking of 30 liters or more. Here you will carry what you need during each day of the trek.
-Sunscreen, sunglasses with high UV protection, sun hat, warm hat and gloves.
-Headlamp with extra batteries
-Bring a two-liter bottle of water or more, preferably not plastic material.
-Semi-rigid and waterproof trekking boots. Tennis or running shoes will not allow you to safely walk the trails.
-Waterproof jacket and pants to protect you from the rain.
-Take a down jacket or different layers of clothing with you to keep you warm at night (Temperatures between 3 °C -10 °C with humidity of 80% and lower thermal sensation).
-Clothes to change into at the end of the day and personal toiletries.
What is the difficulty level?
Challenging
If you are a physically active traveler, with an adventurous spirit and with some mountain experience, you will know that a route through mountainous terrain, while carrying a light backpack, will be a plan that you will fully enjoy. Your disposition should be to walk between 6 and 10 hours per day, the distances can be around 10 and 14 kilometers (≈ 6-9 miles).



On the terrain you will recognize that there are paths with steep slopes, irregular trails with mud and some sections without shadow (direct sunlight). The elevation change is of minimum 1,000 meters and a maximum of 1,600 meters (≈2,000 - 5,200 ft), with an altitude of maximum 4,000 meters (≈13,000 ft).

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