TREK THE PARAMILLO OF QUINDÍO (4750m) 3 DAYS – 2 NIGHTS

Description

Experience the wonderful high mountain sands and the Colombian páramo!
 From: $226 USD

The Paramillo of Quindío is a mountain within Los Nevados National Park that offers possibly the park’s best panoramic view from its summit (4750m).  Once a glacier, it has lost its ice over time which is why it is now called a ‘Paramillo’. Its prime location between the Tolima, Santa Isabel and Ruiz volcanoes means the summit provides a stunning view of the biggest attractions of this National Park. This mountain is considered one of the most beautiful of the park, due to its unique geomorphology and its impressive colorful sands – a real paradise for mountain trek lovers.

In just three days you will be able to see enjoy this mountain and experience a range of Andean mountain ecosystems.

DAY 1: Cocora Valley & Cloud Forest

7am: We will get some energy from a full breakfast in Salento and then catch our private transport – a classic Willys jeep – to the Valley of Cocora. Following an informative talk, we will start our adventure at the bottom of the valley, in the Cardenas River canyon. We will climb to the highest point of the valley to enjoy lunch and the spectacular view of the whole Amarguras canyon and its cloud forest. By afternoon, we’ll reach the farm ‘La Argentina’. This will be our resting spot for the first night where we’ll share the family traditions and way of life of the mountain people while enjoying a cup of coffee and some laughs.

DAY 2: Wetlands & Paramillo of Quindío

6am: After having a delicious campesino breakfast, we will start the hike going up to the abandoned house ‘Buenos Aires’. From there we will walk along the middle of the valley. We’ll either reach the beautiful and surprising wetlands ecosystem of Quindío (option 1) or, depending on the group’s energy and weather conditions, we can trek higher until 4700m (option 2) and reach the highest point for today´s hike. We’ll then continue on our hike descending to the farm ‘La Primavera’ at 3600m where we will rest and sleep that night.

DAY 3: Descending the Páramo

7am: Day three is when we’ll descend into the Cocora Valley, taking a different route from our ascent, along the canyon of the Quindío River, highly biodiverse in fauna and flora.

En route, we’ll take a break at the farm ‘Estrella de Agua’ (Water Star) at 3200m to have an energetic traditional drink ‘Agua de Panela’ (a hot traditional sugarcane water), and then continue our descent.

We will enter the Natural Reserve Acaime, known as the ‘Casa de los Colibries’ or House of the Hummingbirds, where you will be able to see several species of these incredible birds up close and personal as they zoom around you. Colombia has more hummingbird species than any other country in the world! We’ll have a lunch stop and then continue to Cocora.

After arriving back to the Cocora Valley, our private car will take us back to Salento.

Included
  • Emergency assistance insurance.
  • Three meals a day, from breakfast on Day 1 until lunch on Day 3. Snacks and hot beverages will be included.
  • Transportation from Salento to Cocora and back to Cocora.
  • Professional mountain guide.
  • Consulting and logistics before and during the expedition.
  • Accommodation in La Argentina farm (Day 1) and La Primavera farm (Day 2). Both farms have basic services, shared bathrooms, comfortable basic beds in shared dorm rooms for four to six people.
  • Entrance to the Acaime Natural Reserve.
  • Trekking poles, if required.
  • Water purification.
Not included
  • Any extra items or individual purchases not specified above.
TAILOR-MADE OPTIONAL EXTRAS:
  • A tour of a traditional coffee farm.
  • A visit to some hot springs.
  • A visit to Filandia, one of the most beautiful traditional towns in the coffee triangle.
  • Hiking or horse riding through the cave tunnels to the Boquia waterfall.


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