Trekking in the Heart of Colombia

Overview

Discover the Colombia few travelers ever witness on this 12-day journey. From towering mountain peaks to quaint street markets, aromatic coffee farms to world-class museums, you'll revel in the country's abundant treasures. Your journey begins in Bogota, a vibrant blend of cultures, art, and architecture. Then, you'll embark on eight days of intense Andean trekking in Los Nevados National Park - 37,000 square miles of spectacular alpine and tropical scenery and home to mountain tapirs, spectacled bears, and exotic birdlife ranging from tiny hummingbirds to the world's largest bird, the condor.

  • Hike among ice-capped volcanoes, breathtaking mountain passes, and lush green valleys

  • Experience Colombia's native flora and fauna, including giant palm trees and Andean condors

  • Enjoy true hospitality while staying with local families at rustic mountain farms

  • Arrive: Bogota, Colombia
  • Depart: Bogota, Colombia
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Group Size: 4-16 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 18 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Bogota

    Arrive in the capital city of Colombia, a lively multicultural center filled with beautiful parks and fascinating museums. Settle into your hotel this evening then gather with your group for a welcome dinner.

  • Day02

    Explore the Wonders of Bogota

    Enjoy a walking tour of the city's colonial district before traveling by cable car up to Monserrate Sanctuary, an iconic church dating back to 1640. Visit two of the city's best museums. Botero Museum features the paintings and sculptures of Fernando Botero, as well as his collection of works by other artists, including Monet and Picasso. The Gold Museum contains a spectacular collection of 36,000 artifacts. You'll never forget standing in a darkened room when suddenly the lights turn on, revealing hundreds of illuminated gold pieces!

  • Day03

    Journey to Pereira and El Bosque Farm

    Fly to Pereira, a city in the lush green "Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia" and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, settle in for a 3-hour drive, with stops along to the way, to the mountain farm of El Bosque (11,811'). Relax and acclimate to the altitude this evening.

    • Accommodation: El Bosque Farm
    • Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Hike to Nevado Santa Isabel Glacier

    Begin hiking at La Conejera wetlands, home to 95 species of birds. Take a well-marked trail that steadily gains altitude up to the edge of Nevado Santa Isabel Glacier. Due to its location, the glacier has a great view over the northern area of the park, and the stillness at the summit is dramatic. Keep an eye out for the majestic Andean condor. The maximum altitude for this day is 15,354 feet. Return to El Bosque Farm for a well-deserved dinner.

    • Accommodation: El Bosque Farm
    • Activity: 6-8 hours hours/5.7 miles hiking with 2,575' elevation gain/loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Trek to Asomadera & Camp by Lake Otun

    Set out early this morning for a hike to Asomadera's lower ridge (13,579') on the border between the states of Caldas and Risaralda. Ascend through a scenic gorge with pastoral scenes of farms and fields along the way, gaining altitude until reaching the ridge. After taking in the incredible view, descend through the Enchanted Forest, home to unique shrubs in the sunflower family called failejones. Reach the Lake Otun campsite at 13,300' and sleep under the stars on the southern shore of the lake.

  • Day06

    Head to Quebrada Blanca & Berlin Mountain Farm

    Leave Otun campsite and follow the trail downward, passing El Mosco Lake and descending the wide Cuenca del Rio Otun Valley to Quebrada Blanca, the lowest point of the day (11,830'). From the Quebrada, start a gentle ascent by one of the most colorful and beautiful crater valleys on the trek. Head up to a pass over 13,000 feet and then descend to our day's goal: the Berlin Mountain Farm located at the bottom of a deep valley (12,625').

    • Accommodation: Berlin Farm
    • Activity: 5-6 hours/5.6 miles hiking with 1,174' elevation gain & 1,450' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Ascend to La Angustia & La Linea Passes

    Hike up to La Angustia Pass (13,756') on the border between the states of Risaralda and Quindio. Then, descend to the Quebrada Cardenas Valley, followed by a short ascent on the northern flank of the valley to the beautiful Humedales wetland. After a relaxing break for lunch, head down the trail on the southern flank of the mountain to La Linea Pass (13,185'), which divides Quindio and Tolima states. Descend to the La Playa farms in the Tolima Valley (12,365').

    • Accommodation: La Playa Farm
    • Activity: 7 hours/5 miles hiking with 1,700' elevation gain & 1,970' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day08

    Laguna del Encanto Trek or Relax at La Playa Farm

    Relax at the farm, or hike through the paramo ecosystem up to Enchanted Lake (13,084'), a moderate ascent after several days of challenging hiking. Enjoy a picnic on the lake's shores before heading back down to La Playa farms.

    • Accommodation: La Playa Farm
    • Activity: Optional 4 hours/8 miles hiking with 719' elevation gain/loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day09

    Ascend La Linea Pass to Quebrada Cardenas

    After a leisurely breakfast, begin the ascent over La Linea Pass and back to Quebrada Cardenas, this time to descend the valley following the northern side of the Quindio River. See the vegetation and landscape change as you descend, and stop for the night at La Argentina (11,427'), a rustic, historic farm offering beautiful views down to the valley below.

    • Accommodation: La Argentina Farm
    • Activity: 4 hours/3.6 miles hiking with 820' elevation gain & 1,758' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day10

    Trek to Cocora Valley & Transfer to Salento

    Trek through a beautiful rainforest, making a semi-circular ascent that ends at the famous Cocora Valley (7,956'). This haunting valley is adorned with Colombia's signature national tree: the towering Wax Palm. After absorbing the spectacular scenery, transfer to the lovely town of Salento in the Willys Jeeps that are a symbol of the area´s coffee culture. Upon arrival in colorful Salento, settle into your hotel, which is located in the colonial part of town. Enjoy the town and indulge in some of Colombia's best coffee.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Salento Real
    • Activity: 3-4 hours/6.6 miles hiking with 3,475' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day11

    Explore Salento & Fly to Bogota

    After a relaxing morning, tour a traditional coffee farm and learn about the process involved in producing some of the world's best coffee, which you'll have an opportunity to taste. Enjoy lunch at one of Salento's wonderful restaurants and then explore this easygoing town and its handicrafts. Optional activities include La Kasa botanical tour, horseback riding, and mountain biking. In the evening, fly to Bogota for a last night in Colombia's vibrant capital city and a farewell dinner with the group.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Casa Real 93
    • Activity: Optional 1-hour horseback riding, or 2-hour mountain biking.
    • Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer & 1-hour flight
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day12

    Bid Farewell to Colombia

    Transfer to Bogota airport for your flight home.

    • Meals: Breakfast
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  • AvailableFeb 04 - 15, 2019
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has designing pioneering high-altitude trekking adventures across the globe for 50 years and is a trusted leader in mountain exploration.

Reason #02

We work with expert local guiding teams who have over 9 years' experience leading groups through Los Nevados National Park.

Reason #03

This exclusive adventure cleverly blends spectacular alpine hiking with city exploration in cosmopolitan Bogota.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Challenging but exhilarating mountain trekking at high-altitudes, between 4 and 7 hours a day. Also includes city touring in Bogota.

  • Lodging

    Several nights on rustic family farms, as well as campsites with beautiful views and stylish, comfortable hotels.

  • Climate

    Best time to travel is mid-November to the end of March.

FAQ

  • Who will meet me on arrival?

    A representative will meet you at the Bogota International Airport on Day-1 and transfer you to your hotel.

  • What kind of trekking and camping gear is provided?

    We will supply Northface V25 3-person tents for 2 people, and Thermarest pads. Single supplements purchase a 3-person tent for 1 person.

  • What is special about this trip?

    Experience the Nevado Santa Isabel glacier (one of the world's last tropical glaciers!), high-altitude Andean trekking, soaring condors, endemic plants of the paramo climate, and the best of coffee culture at its source.

  • What are the farms like on this trip?

    They are rustic, working farms modified for adventurous travelers who appreciate local interaction and experiencing an authentic way of life. Most feature wooden bunkbeds, one shared bathroom, and a kitchen where guests and host families gather for meals.

  • Will we have access to showers at the farmhouses?

    There will be showers in the following farmhouses: "Berlin", "El Bosque" & "La Argentina". Please keep in mind these are very basic shower facilities.

  • Can special dietary needs be accommodated?

    Yes! We are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions.

Dates & Pricing

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Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    Feb 04 - 15, 2019
  • Available
    Dec 01 - 12, 2019

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$4,495.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $400.00 Internal Airfare
  • $500.00 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary camping gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Dinner on Day 2
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Optional travel protection

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