1. Colombia
  2. Quindio
  3. Salento
  4. Cocora Valley

Salento: 3-Day Los Nevados National Park Trip

Product ID: 316437
Experience the Andean thermal floors, as you encounter the Páramo ecosystem. This tour allows you to take in the marvels of tropical glaciers, throughout this astonishing 3-day hike in the Colombian coffee region.
About this activity
Duration: 3 days
Starting time 6:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

At your hotel/accommodation in Salento.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Reach the summit of the former volcanic glacier Paramillo del Quindio at 4,750m
  • Enjoy a privileged view over Los Nevados National Park
  • Hike through the Paramo ecosystem and learn about its ecological importance
  • Enter the Cocora Valley forest and experience the ecosystem of the famous wax palms
Full description
The day before your hike, meet up with your guide and group for an orientation to prepare for the experience.

Day 1:


Leaving Salento at 6:00 AM in a Jeep, the typical transportation of the coffee region, you will head to Cocora Valley. Starting at an altitude of 2,390 meters, you will enter the forest among the tall wax palm trees. Then, ascend into the High Andean Forest (commonly known as "Cloud Forest") bordering the San José River. Enjoy a cooked lunch at a traditional farm at an altitude of 3,170 meters.

After lunch, continue the ascent through the sub-Páramo ecosystem until you reach the Páramo. Filled with unique flora and wildlife, this ecosystem is native to the Andes and will amaze you with its distinctive diversity. After reaching an altitude of 3,800 meters, start the descent to the accommodation for the night, “La Primavera” farm at 3,700 meters. Here, the wood-burning oven will not only warm you up, but is the key ingredient for a traditional dinner cooked by the farm's owners. 

Day 2:

Your second day starts amongst the frailejones of the páramos with spectacular panoramic views of Nevado del Tolima and its surrounding landscape. Make an ascent to the wetlands of the Paramillo del Quindío at 4,200m, the source of the Cardenas River. From this point, you’ll help set up the base camp before starting an ascent to the extinct volcano crater.

The ascent to reach the summit of the Paramillo del Quindio at 4,750m takes approximately 2 hours due to the care needed on steeper sections — sometimes as much as 45 degrees. Depending on weather conditions, the summit offers panoramic views of Santa Isabel and Nevado del Ruiz, two glacial peaks in the north of the national park, plus the Otún Lagoon. Then, make your return to the Finca La Primavera, normally arriving as the sun starts to set around 5:30 PM.

Day 3:

Following a delicious traditional breakfast prepared by your host, start the day heading uphill towards an altitude of 4,000 meters. After an in-depth discussion about the importance and problems facing the Colombian paramos with your guide, the group will start their descent.

This route gives you the opportunity to see the stunning Paramillo del Quindio mountain and the surrounding area of breathtaking natural beauty. Mark the halfway stage of your day by enjoying some hot soup when passing La Argentina Farm before completing the circuit back towards the Cocora Valley.

After taking private transport back to Salento, you will finish the adventure with a celebratory dinner at one of the finest restaurants in town.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup
  • Entry tickets to attractions mentioned
  • Certified mountain guide
  • Accommodation as specified in the program
  • Insurance policy
  • Meals specified in the program
  • Water purification during the trek
  • Impulse insurance
What’s Not Included
  • Equipment rental
  • Mule or porter
  • Tips and gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Gloves
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight
Not allowed
  • Plastic bottles
Know before you go
• Please bring a water canteen, warm comfortable clothes and gloves, waterproof clothing, and hiking boots
• Please note that hiking at high altitudes is a demanding activity and that it is not recommended to perform these activities right after arrival from a low-altitude city
• The maximum altitude of this hike is 4,950 meters above sea level
• Changes on the tour may occur due to external factors, these changes will be notified to you in advance
• Please send your passport number at the time of booking for insurance purposes
• The average hike per day is 19 km long (12 mi) with an approximate duration of 6-8 hours.