Los Nevados Hiking Tour
Los Nevados Hiking Tour

Los Nevados Hiking Tour

7 nights

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Trek through Los Nevados National Park in Colombia

Los Nevados National Park is Colombia’s treasure in the heart of the Andes mountains. The South-North trail traverses the central and most beautiful section of the park. This guided trekking tour leads you through some of the most spectacular natural areas in Colombia.

Discover how the landscape changes as you climb in elevation and experience the full range of Colombia’s biodiversity. A variety of choices and options are available to customize the length and difficulty level of your trek to suit your abilities and interests. This region of Colombia is also the traditional coffee area, so your tour also includes a stay at a working coffee farm where you can see the process of producing coffee up close. Grab your hiking boots and book this incredible guided trekking tour in Colombia!

Highlights of the Los Nevados Hiking Tour

Hike through the diverse and varied landscapes of Los Nevados National Park in Colombia.
Camp in beautiful natural locations, including along the shore of Otun Lake.
Extend your trek to the summit of Paramillo del Quindio, an extinct volcano.
Stay at an authentic working coffee farm and learn about the coffee production process on a guided tour.

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Los Nevados Guided Hiking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Fly from Bogota to Armenia, Drive to Salento

Get picked up from your hotel in Bogota and transferred to Bogota Airport for a one-hour domestic flight to Armenia. From here, drive to the beautiful coffee town of Salento. Enjoy the laidback atmosphere and traditional colonial-style architecture known as “paisa”. If time permits, there is an optional coffee tour available in the afternoon. In the evening, meet with your mountain guide for a briefing about your trek.
Overnight Location: Hotel Salento Real (1,919 m/6,296’) Salento
Distance: N/A
Meals: None

Day 2 Drive from Salento to the Cocora Valley, Trek to La Argentina Farm

Leave Salento early and travel by Jeep through the spectacular Cocora Valley (2,425 m/7,956’). The scenic 30-minute drive will introduce you to the unique wax palm, which is the national tree of Colombia, and bring you to the trailhead. When the luggage is ready for the pack animals, begin your trek on a trail through the rainforest. Follow the Quebrada Cardenas River, slowly gaining altitude. Soon after crossing the tree line, you’ll come to a beautiful mountain farm called La Argentina. Camp here for the night, in this humble but charming location. Today’s hike will help with altitude acclimatization for the days to come.
Overnight Location: Camping at La Argentina Farm (3,483 m/11,427), Cocora Valley
Distance: 6-7 hours, 10.7 km, 1,058 m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Trek to La Primavera/La Play Farm and the Enchanted Lake (El Encanto)

Continue your climb into the mountains today, continuing to follow the northern bank of the Quebrada Cardenas River. After passing the abandoned Buenos Aires farm, you’ll descend to cross the river before climbing again up to La Linea Pass (4,019 m/13,186’). This pass forms the border between the state of Quindio and the state of Tolima, and offers exceptional views of the neighboring valley as well as the Nevado del Tolima and the peak of Paramillo del Quindio (4,745 m/15,568’). After crossing the pass, an easy descent brings you to La Primavera/La Playa farm where you can eat lunch and sample a local hot beverage made with raw sugar called “agua de panela.” After lunch, take a relaxing walk through the Tolima Valley to the Enchanted Lake (El Encanto) (4,026 m/13,209’). This trail is relatively flat, and it takes about 2 hours to reach the lake. After enjoying the area, return to La Primavera/La Playa farm by the same trail to spend the night.
Overnight Location: Camping at La Primavera Farm (3,769 m/12,365’)
Distance: 7-9 hours, 11.1 km, 793 m of ascent, 507 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek from La Primavera/La Playa Farm to Berlin Farm

Hit the trail early today, returning to La Linea Pass before the continuing to the Berlin farm via one of three routes. Your guide will decide which route is best based on weather conditions and how the group is doing physically with altitude acclimatization.

You will take one of three options on today’s hike, which the guide will decide upon. Option 1 goes Via El Boqueron Pass (4,270 m/14,009’) and goes to the Cerro Chispas overlook (4,390 m/14,403’), which has great views. Option 2 goes Via the Humedales de Quindio Wetlands (4,193 m/13,757’), while option 3 is to Climb the Summit of Paramillo del Quindio (4,745 m/15,568’).

In all cases you will descend to Berlin Farm, where you will camp.
Overnight Location: Camping at Berlin Farm (3,848 m/12,625’)
Distance: Route 1: 4-5 hours, 6.2 km, 770 m of ascent, 691 m of descent
Route 2: 7-8 hours, 16.4 km, 424 m of ascent, 345 m of descent
Route 3: 9-10 hours, 19.4 km, 976 m of ascent, 897 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek from Berlin Farm to Otun Camping Area

After breakfast, leave the Berlin farm and begin your ascent up to the Berlin Pass (3,964 m/13,005’). Here you’ll find exceptional views overlooking El Bosque crater and the surrounding valley full of colorful farms. Cross the pass and descend steeply to Quebrada Blanca (3,606 m/11,831’). Climb again from here through the Otun River Valley, also called Eden Valley. You’ll follow several ridges and cross small valleys to come to El Mosco Lake. Continue from there to Otun Lake, which is the largest lake in Los Nevados National Park. Camp here on the shores of the lake, with time in the afternoon to relax and enjoy your idyllic surroundings.
Overnight Location: Otun Camping (3,933 m/12,904’), Los Nevados National Park
Distance: 5-6 hours, 9.5 km, 443 m of ascent, 358 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Trek from Otun Lake to Camp Alegre Farm, Drive to Manizales

There are two possible routes today from Otun Lake to the Camp Alegre farm. Your guide will choose which route is best depending on the weather conditions and the physical condition of the group.

Route 1 is the Western Lake Trail, which crosses La Asomadera Pass (4,139 m/13,579’). Route 2 is the Eastern Lake Trail, which hugs Otun Lake’s eastern shoreline then ascends to a higher point on the Asomadera ridge (4,237 m/13,901’).

For both you’ll descend to the Campo Alegre farm (3,970 m/13,025’), where transportation awaits. Drive for about 3-4 hours to a coffee farm near Manizales where to spend the night.
Overnight Location: Hacienda Venecia Coffee Lodge (1,310 m/4,298’), Manizales
Distance: Route 1: 4-5 hours, 9.5 km, 206 m of ascent, 169 m of descent
Route 2: 5-6 hours, 10.5 km, 304 m of ascent, 267 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Venecia Coffee Farm Tour

Enjoy a peaceful morning relaxing at the Hacienda Venecia, an authentic working coffee farm that continues to produce prize-winning coffee. The farmhouses here, which were built in the traditional paisa style, have been renovated to become a hotel and a hostel. Guests here can take a tour to see to process of producing coffee, from planting seeds to making a really good cup of espresso. Your tour lasts 3-4 hours, then you’ll spend one more night here.
Overnight Location: Hacienda Venecia Coffee Lodge (1,310 m/4,298’), Manizales
Distance: 3-4 hours (tour)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Travel back to Bogota, End of Tour

You’ll be picked up from the coffee farm for the 45-minute drive to Manizales Airport. Fly back to Bogota.
Overnight Location: N/A
Distance: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

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Los Nevados Guided Hiking Tour Price and Dates

Pricing for this guided Los Nevados South-North Trail Trekking Tour depends on the size of your group.

The best time to travel to Colombia for this tour is from November 15 to March 31.

Private Guided Los Nevados South-North Trail Trekking Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person and don’t include flights to Armenia (typically $200 USD):

  • Guided Groups of 2: $1,455 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3-4: $1,285 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 5-8: $1,150 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 9-11: $1,050 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 12+: $950 USD per person
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Accommodation on the Los Nevados Guided Hiking Tour

Accommodations on your trek through Los Nevados National Park are based on camping in tents. Before and after the trek, stay in 3- and 4-star hotels in Bogota, Salento, and Manizales.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $155 USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Hotel Salento Real, Salento ★★★

Enjoy this beautiful hotel with clean, spacious rooms and everything you need for a comfortable stay. Salento’s main street is a short walk away.

Night 2-5

Camping in Los Nevados National Park

No experience in Los Nevados National Park is complete without camping. Emerge into the nature surrounded by Colombian Andes.

Hacienda Venecia Coffee Lodge, Manizales (Lodge)

Experience life on a working coffee farm where you’ll share the gardens with birds, butterflies, and peacocks. Truly unique accommodations!

What’s included in the Los Nevados Guided Hiking Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners are included on your tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights along the tour are included as described. You will stay in 3-star hotels or Lodges for 3 nights, and during your hiking in Los Nevados National Park you will be camping in tents for 4 nights.

Transportation during the Tour

  • Private transportation throughout the tour

Also Included

  • Local English-speaking AWT mountain guide for days 1-6
  • Local assistant mountain guide for Los Nevados trek from day 2-6 (groups of 4 or more)
  • National Park entrance fee and park’s insurance
  • Coffee tour at coffee farm in Manizales
  • Quality mountain tents for camping (2 people per tent)
  • Common camping equipment for the group
  • Mules for carrying camping equipment, food, and personal gear in Los Nevados National Park

Not included

  • Transportation to and from Bogota before and after the tour
  • Domestic flight to Armenia and from Manizales to Bogota.
  • Personal camping gear
  • Tips
  • Personal equipment and expenses
  • Insurance
  • Anything else not listed as included

Optional Extras

Prices below are subject to change:

  • Extra night in Bogota at the start or end of trip: $95 USD
  • Airport Transfers in Bogota with English-speaking driver: $70 USD for up to 3 guests

Frequently Asked Questions about Los Nevados Hiking Tour

Andes World Travel is a boutique adventure tour operator, founded by mountaineers, grown out of a love for adventure and first-hand knowledge of the Andes region. They offer a wide range of tours throughout South America, including both adventure tours and cultural tours.

Andes World Travel offers climbing, trekking, and hiking tours with an emphasis on safety and professionalism. They also offer “light trekking” trips for less experienced adventurers.

The company runs tours in Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Peru. They focus on sustainable practices and are more than willing to customize their tours to client’s wishes.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5 or 4 /5, depending on which routes your guides selects while hiking. You should be able to hike for up to 9 hours and you will climb to altitudes above 4,000 m in elevation. There are several options along the way to make the trek more or less challenging to suit your abilities and interests. See itinerary for more information.

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