Paramillo del Quindío Trek
Paramillo del Quindío Trek

Paramillo del Quindío Trek

6 nights

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Trek on one of Colombia’s top treks in Nevados National Park

Colombia is famous for the beauty, and one of the best treks to experience this beauty is the Paramillo del Quindio Trek. This trek is located in the heart of the Andes mountains of Colombia, in the remarkable Los Nevados National Park.

Los Nevados is known for its spectacular natural beauty and diverse ecosystems, and you’ll see it all when you hike to the peak of Paramillo del Quindio and take in the 360° view of the whole park.

This guided trekking tour takes you through the diverse ecosystems of Los Nevados National Park. Watch as the landscape around you changes as you gain altitude. You’ll pitch tents in some of the most remote and beautiful parts of this amazing park as you explore the Colombian wilderness.

Since this region of Colombia is also the traditional coffee area, your tour also includes a visit to a coffee farm, where you can learn about the process of producing coffee. You’ll also have an educational coffee tasting. Book your spot on this incredible Paramillo del Quindio guided trekking tour in Colombia!

Highlights of The Paramillo Del Quindío Trek

Discover the variety of ecosystems and landscapes in Los Nevados National Park in Colombia.
Trek to the summit of Paramillo del Quindio and see 360° views of the whole Los Nevados park.
Camp in peaceful and scenic farmland areas within the national park.
Take a guided tour of a traditional working coffee farm with an educational coffee tasting.

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Paramillo del Quindío Trek Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Bogota

Welcome to Bogota, the capital of Colombia! Make your way to your hotel in the city. Airport transfer to your hotel is available for an additional fee.
Overnight Location: Hotel Casa Real 93, Bogota
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Fly to Pereira, Trek to La Pastora Refuge

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel back to the airport for a one-hour domestic flight to Pereira. Transportation will be waiting to take you to the trailhead, with a chance to stop in the city first to shop for snacks or anything else you need. Drive for about 2 hours into the mountains, following the Otun River. Pass the rural areas of La Florida and La Suiza, then begin your trek at the El Cedral trailhead (2,105 m/6,906’). This lovely trail climbs moderately and after about 2.5 to 3 hours you’ll reach La Pastora refuge (2,460 m/8,071’). Camp for the night in tents here in the cloud rain forest.
Overnight Location: Camping at La Pastora Refuge (460 m/8,071’)
Distance: 2.5-3 hours, 5.9 km, 355 m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Trek from La Pastora Refuge to Berlin Farm

Continue on the same trail today where the moderate terrain will become steeper. Hike for about 2.5 hours to reach the well-known El Jordan farm. Pause to enjoy this stunning location, surrounded by volcanic hills with lovely waterfalls and dense green vegetation. As you continue trekking, the forest will begin to open as you cross the tree line and the landscape changes to a paramo area. The last stretch of today’s trail is very steep, climbing up to the El Agrado ridge. Here, in this beautiful and remote area, you’ll find the Berlin farm (3,848 m/12,625’), your campsite for the night.
Overnight Location: Camping at Berlin Farm (3,848 m/12,625’)
Distance: 4 hours, 10.9 km, 1,388 m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek to the Summit of Paramillo del Quindio

Hit the trail early today for a long but rewarding day trekking to the summit of Paramillo del Quindio. As you leave Berlin Farm, begin by climbing through El Agrado valley up to La Angustia pass (4,193 m/13,757’), which is also the border between the state of Risaralda and the state of Quindio.

After crossing the pass, descend gently into the valley, then cross to the northern side to climb again to the Humedales de Quindio wetland area (4,193 m/13,757’). These wetlands are the source of the Quindio River, which provides water to many lower regions. Stop here to rest and eat lunch, then begin your climb to the summit of El Paramillo del Quindio, an extinct volcano which is the highest point in the state of Quindio. Follow the trail across the slippery scree up to the ridge called El Caballete (The Easel). Continue climbing along the strikingly red sand ridge which leads to the peak at 4,745 m (15,568’). From here, you can see nearly all of Los Nevados National Park, as well as several neighboring volcanoes, including Nevado Santa Isabel (4,965 m/16,289’), Nevado del Tolima (5,221 m/17,129’), and Nevado del Ruiz (5,321 m/17,457’).

Return by the same trail to the wetlands area, then continue hiking down on the northern bank of the river, through the valley and past the abandoned Buenos Aires farm. Head into the narrow gorge to find your campsite for the night at La Argentina farm (3,483 m/11,427’).
Note: If anyone in the group does not want to climb to the summit of Paramillo del Quindio, it is possible to wait at the wetlands area and rejoin the group as they descend.
Overnight Location: Camping at La Argentina Farm (3,483 m/11,427’)
Distance: 9-10 hours, 18.6 km, 897 m of ascent, 1,282 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Trek to the Cocora Valley, Drive to Salento

Complete your trek today with a beautiful descent through the rain forest ending in the renowned Cocora Valley (2,425 m/7,956’). The spectacular valley is full of wax palms, which is the national tree of Colombia. When you reach the Cocora Valley, traditional Willys Jeeps will drive you to the nearby town of Salento. These Jeeps have become a symbol of the coffee culture in this area. Check in to your hotel in the colonial section of Salento then enjoy some free time to explore the town. Don’t miss your chance to sample some of the best coffee in Colombia!
Overnight Location: Hotel Salento Real (1,919 m/6,296’), Salento
Distance: 4-5 hours, 10.7 km, 1,058 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 Coffee Tour in Salento

Start with a relaxing morning to rest and recover from your trek, then enjoy a guided tour of a local coffee farm. This tour will show you the traditional process of producing coffee, from planting seeds to the recognizable product that is sold or exported. You’ll also be invited to participate in an educational coffee tasting, learning more about the different qualities and varieties of coffee produced here. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant (not included) then explore the town on your own. You may enjoy browsing and shopping for local handicrafts and other locally produced products. If you would prefer to be active, you can choose to take a guided botanical tour of La Kasa or try a horseback riding or mountain biking tour in the area.
Overnight Location: Hotel Salento Real (1,919 m/6,296’), Salento
Distance: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Travel to Bogota, End of Tour

You’ll be picked up from your hotel for the 30-minute drive to the Armenia Airport. Fly back to Bogota and if you’re staying longer in Bogota, enjoy a transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Paramillo del Quindío Trek Price and Dates

Pricing for this guided Paramillo del Quindío Trek depends on whether you choose to join an existing group on a specific date or if you prefer a custom tour for your group only.

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

Prices of Private Guided Paramillo del Quindío Trek

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 2: $1,200 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3-4: $1,020 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 5-7: $925 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 8+: $825 USD per person
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Accommodation on the Paramillo del Quindío Trek

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 and Salento.

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 $125 USD to have a private room in a hotel and tent. Private rooms are not possible in mountain huts/farms. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Hotel Casa Real 93, Bogota ★★★★

Just a block away from Park 93 in a safe and quiet neighborhood of Bogota, make yourself at home in a hotel that’s more like a residential building.

Night 2-4

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.

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.

What’s included in the Paramillo del Quindío Trek?

Meals

6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners are included on your tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights along the tour are included as described. You will stay in 3- or 4-star hotels for 3 nights, and during your trek in Los Nevados National Park you will be camping in tents for 3 nights.

Transportation during the Tour

  • Private transfers in and out of Bogota
  • Private transportation throughout the tour

Also Included

  • Local English-speaking mountain guide for days 2-6
  • Local assistant mountain guide (groups of 4 or more)
  • National Park entrance fee and park’s insurance
  • Coffee tour in Salento
  • 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 flights (budget $200 to $250 USD per person)
  • Personal camping gear
  • Tips
  • Personal equipment and expenses
  • Insurance
  • Anything else not listed as included

Optional Extras

Prices below are subject to change:

  • Extra tours in Salento (day 6):
    • botanical tour
    • horseback riding tour
    • mountain biking tour
  • Flight return ticket (Bogota to Pereira and Manizales to Bogota) - $200 USD

Frequently Asked Questions about Paramillo del Quindío Trek

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 4 / 5. You should be able to hike for up to 9-10 hours and you will climb to altitudes above 4,000 m in elevation.

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