Let us take you to know the Páramo in a unique and electrifying way. We have designed a tour that creates a perfect balance between beauty and fun in Los Nevados National Park.
Here you can integrate with nature by hiking through the páramo, relax in a natural river with hot springs at more than 3,600 meters high, enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by a local family living in the mountains, and finally, feel the adrenaline of a descent by bicycle from the Páramo to the outskirts of Manizales.
Includes: Insurance, Transfer (from and to Manizales), Bicycles (with safety equipment), Lunch, Hydration, Snacks, Guide, Music and fun.
Learn more about the National Park of the Nevados all its fauna and flora, in this experience of 3 days and 2 nights
Includes: Transportation from Salento to Cocora Valley and Pereira bus station, Guide, All meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners and snacks, Insurance policy, Baggage transport.
Day 1. Cocora Valley to Finca La Argentina
We meet at the Salento Trekking office at 7:50 am. to be ready to leave at 8:00 a.m. and take a Willys Jeep for the 10km drive to Valle de Cocora, where our trek begins. Valle de Cocora is a natural cloud forest and home to the Colombian national tree Palma de Cera. This giant wax palm, the tallest in the world that grew up to 60 meters, was close to extinction but was brought back to life after the Colombian government designated it a protected area in 1985. In Cocora, after about a kilometer of easy walks, enjoying the beautiful view of the valley, we cross the Quindío River for the first time, enter the Palm Forest and start walking in the jungle. This is also the entrance to Los Nevados National Natural Park created on April 30, 1974. We will cross the Quindío River twice before our destination. The forest is home to 250 species of birds, including hummingbirds, yellow-eared parrots, blue-crowned motmots, and Andean condors, to name a few. The trail heads up quickly and we ascend for the next 2.8 km (approximately 3 hours), crossing the Bosque de Niebla and passing an indigenous cemetery. After about an hour (2.5 km) of walking, we take a break for lunch (altitude 2,900 m). After lunch, we head to the 3.5 km (2.5/3 hours) hike that takes us to our final destination Finca La Argentina. The trail will relax a bit and cross a meadow where raccoons can sometimes be seen walking around. The last 600 meters to Finca La Argentina will again be a bit steeper and will take between 30 and 45 minutes. Dinner at Finca La Argentina.
Day 2. Finca La Argentina to Paramillo del Quindío and El Jordán
After breakfast, at 7am, we leave for Finca Buenos Aires (altitude 3,700m), on a one kilometer steep uphill section where we will take our first break, have a cup of tea or coffee and a water replenishment. After 20 minutes we arrive at the Páramo (from 3,750 to 3-750), in this vegetation, we can see the Frailejones. Some time later, when we reach 4,200 Mts, you will choose your next destination. The first and shortest option is to climb to 4,300 meters and descend to El Berlin, where we would have lunch and then go directly to El Jordan; completing a 7-hour itinerary. As a second option, we can leave our backpacks 1 hour from Paramillo del Quindío, go there and then return to have lunch at the place where we left our luggage. And finally, we leave again for the 8 km walk that takes us to El Jordan, a family farm, which will be our second night refuge and where the Tapirs come freely, completing a 9-hour itinerary.
Day 3. Finca El Jordán to La Florida
On our third day and according to your destination, we start walking, mainly downhill, at 6 or 7 am. for about 5 hours on a 14 km road, to reach El Cedral at 2,100 Mts, through another Cloud Forest located at the same altitude as the Cocora Valley, but with a different flora due to the type of land where it is found. find. In Cedral, there will be a Yeep waiting to take us to Florida, where we will have lunch; On this path it is sometimes possible to see howler monkeys. Finally, another car picks him up and takes him to the bus station in Pereira, Risaralda. You can pay the driver a little more and he would take you to the airport or back to Salento.