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Lookout Nature

Salento, Quindío
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Duration

2 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

8 people

Languages

English, Spanish

Overview

Argentina fam and the Piedras Gordas hill, two places not widely listened to but which become the fundamental points in this two-day experience.

In Argentina farm, for being the place that shelters us one night to share closely with the local farmers that lives in the mountains, their customs, the economic activity in which they work and how they fell in love with this ecosystem.

The Piedras Gordas hill for being the paramo mountain, covered with frailejones where we will reach the highest point at 4,000 masl where we can see the two peaks that have brought smiles to the mountaineers, Nevado del Tolima and Paramillo del Quindío.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Day 1:
  • Cocora Valley
  • 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 Piedras Gordas Hill, Nevado del Tolima and Paramillo del Quindío (depending on the weather)
  • Minimum Altitude: Cocora Valley: 2.400 m
  • Maximum Altitude: Páramo Ecosystem: 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 a Jeep Willy 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 taking a rural breakfast, we start our day towards the magical paramo ecosystem of the Piedras Gordas hill, the goal will be to reach 4,000 m.a.s.l to see the majestic Paramillo del Quindío, from this point we can also see Nevado del Tolima (if the weather allows).

We will take a short break and start our way back to la Argentina farm, where we will have a hot drink and continue the downhill route along the same path that we took the first day. Upon arrival in Salento we will have a celebration dinner at a local restaurant.

Included/Excluded

  • Food and drinks:
  • 2 breakfasts, one in Salento and one at Finca Argentina.
  • 2 lunches, both on the way (picnic).
  • 2 dinners, one at Finca Argentina and one in a restaurant.
  • 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.
  • Equipment:
  • Rain pants and trekking poles.
  • Transport:
  • Day 1: From Salento to Cocora Valley, in private transport.
  • Day 2: From Cocora Valley to Salento, in private transport.
  • 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).
  • Food and drinks:
  • Extra drinks or food not specified in the program.
  • 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

Tour's Location

Salento, Quindío

FAQs

How many kilometers trekking?
Trekking: - Day 1: 12 km
- Day 2: 15 km
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).
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 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.

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