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Begin your journey sampling the flavors from the tropical valleys of the Coffee Triangle, and continue to the snow peaked volcanoes in Los Nevados National Park. In mountainous Tamesis, explore high altitude ecosystems and follow stone paths built by ancient cultures that once called this region home. Finish your trip in trendy Medellin. A great Colombia tour that balances cultural and natural discovery in the Central Andes.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Pereira | Gourmet Coffee Tour & Tasting
Day 2 : Hike Otun Quimbaya and Los Nevados
Day 3 : Explore Mountainous Tamesis
Day 4 : Santa Fe de Antioquia and Serrania de Las Baldias Hike
Day 5 : Medellin City Tour and ARVI Nature Reserve
Day 6 : Return home

Highlights

  • Hike through a 489 hectare cloud forest in search of local flora and fauna
  • Look for petroglyphs as you climb an ancient stone path
  • Hike Serrania de Las Baldias to see rare orchids and bromeliads
  • Experience the museums, galleries and exciting nightlife in Medellin

Places Visited

  • Colombia
  • South America
  • ARVI Nature Reserve
  • La Pintada
  • Medellin
  • Otun Quimbaya
  • Pereira
  • Santa Fe de Antioquia
  • Tamesis

Activities

Trip Type

  • Adventure Life Exclusive

Activity Level

Moderate

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Arrive Pereira | Gourmet Coffee Tour & Tasting

Arrive in Pereira. This region, referred to as the Coffee Triangle, is the heart of Colombia’s coffee production. Here visit an award winning coffee hacienda and walk through plantations to learn the intricate techniques of cultivation, harvesting, peeling, selection and the roasting process. Experience a process known as "Coffee Baptism" to better understand the difference in blends and aromas. Your time in the Coffee Triangle ends fittingly with a barista demonstration and coffee tasting.

Day 2 Hike Otun Quimbaya and Los Nevados

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The day begins in Otun Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary - a 489 hectare cloud forest filled with hundreds of species of birds, butterflies and small mammals. Hike through trails lined with old growth forest, orchids, bromeliads and ferns. Following your cloud forest hike, continue on towards Manizales and the foothills of Los Nevados, home to Central Cordillera’s highest peaks. This region is home to many unique high altitude species of birds and plants including thousands of conspicuous Speletia or Frailejon. Enjoy views of the endemic Paramo (alpine tundra) ecosystem, cloud forest and classic Colombian farmland. Tonight, relax in the town of La Pintada, situated along the Rio Cauca.

Otun Quimbaya hike: 2.5 miles (4 km)
Elevation gain: 280 feet (85 m)
Max. altitude: 6375 feet (1973 m)

Los Nevados hike: 2.5 miles (4 km)
Elevation gain: 486 feet (148 m)
Max. altitude: 13,652 feet (4161 m)

Day 3 Explore Mountainous Tamesis

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continue the journey north along the fertile Cauca River Valley. This area produces coffee, cacao, bananas, citrus fruits and sugar cane. Arrive in Tamesis, a small colonial town with great views of the Farrallones peak. Once inhabited by the Chami-Embera Indians, the region is home to hundreds of petroglyphs; today’s hike takes you on a stone trail built by this ancient culture. The landscape in this mountainous area is filled with caves, underground rivers and waterfalls. As you climb the stone trail, explore the flora of the cloud forest: Lichen, ferns, bromeliads and orchids. Based on your fitness level, visit an underground riverbed. Or hike to the Cristo Rey (King Christ) monument that is perched high on the mountain – this hike is a recognized by many as spiritual pilgrimage. In the evening, settle in at your hotel and enjoy views of Cauca River gorge.

Total distance: 6.2 miles (10 km)
Elevation gain: 520 feet (835 m)
Max. altitude: 8,094 feet (2467 m)

Day 4 Santa Fe de Antioquia and Serrania de Las Baldias Hike

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Founded in 1541, Colombia’s Santa Fe de Antioquia is a beautiful example of a traditional colonial town. Dotted with squares, streets, plazas and churches, learn about the local history as you spend a leisurely morning in this historic town. After lunch, continue to nearby Serrania de Las Baldias. This high altitude cloud forest reserve remains a best-kept secret in the region. Thousands of rare orchids and bromeliads are found throughout. Explore the reserve on foot. Your 4 mile (7km) begins at 3,150 m (10,335 ft.) and descends to 2,500 m, offering views of both the Central and Occidental mountain ranges. Finish the day in the city of Medellin. Overnight in Medellin's “zona rosa” neighborhood to enjoy local galleries, restaurants and some of Colombia’s exciting nightlife.

Serrania de Las Baldais hike: 4 miles (7 km)
Elevation descend: 2133 feet (650 m)
Max. altitude: 10,335 feet (3150 m)

Day 5 Medellin City Tour and ARVI Nature Reserve

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Surrounded by mountains, the locals call Medellin the “City of Eternal Spring” due to its pleasant year round temperatures. Your tour of this bustling city begins with a visit to Plaza Botero, a space designed to honor Colombia’s famous artist of the same name. Continue to the Antioquia Museum and the botanical gardens, which act as a wildlife refuge and research center. From the gardens, you’ll ride up on a cable car to ARVI, the city’s most important park and nature reserve. Enjoy panoramic views of the city. From here, visit the Silleteros or saddle men who live in the Santa Elena community. The Silleteros were porters from the colonial era that used to carry goods and even people. Today this community is especially recognized for their elaborate floral arrangement prepared for the annual flower festival -- Feria de Flores. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel for a farewell dinner in Medellin.

ARVI hike: 3.7 miles (6 km)
Elevation gain: 300 feet (92 m)
Max altitude: 8,425 feet (2568 m)

Day 6 Return home

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the airport and return home.

La Pintada - Hotels

Medellin - Hotels

Pereira - Hotels

Per person starting at
$2,350

Notes

$200 - $375 single supplement

Rate based on 2 travelers
Rate based on 3 travelers: $2,195/person high season ($1,975 low season)
Rate based on 4 or more travelers: $1,850/person high season ($1,650 low season)

Included

  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
    • 5 Nights Hotel
  • 6 Days Private Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.

Excluded

  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $40 Meals not Included
  • $40 Airport Departure Tax
  • $20 Park Entrance Fee
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