Walking in Colombia Tour

Walking in Colombia Tour

Walking in Colombia Tour

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From $2,550USD

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Guided

Hotels / Camping

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Highlights

Walk through Colombia’s most amazing natural and cultural sites

Discover the unique Andean paramo ecosystem at Oceta.

Take a guided tour of the San Agustin archaeological sites, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Learn about coffee farming, processing, and production on an authentic working coffee farm.

Hike and camp in Los Nevados National Park and visit Otun Lake.

The best way to experience the natural and cultural wonders of Colombia is definitely on foot. Let your feet take you where there are no roads at a pace that allows you to fully absorb your surroundings. From mountain trekking to city walking tours, the Walking in Colombia tour is a trip to remember!

Enjoy guided walking tours of cities such as Bogota and Popayan. Explore the unique and fascinating archaeological site at San Agustin, which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit other astounding sites of historical and cultural significance, such as the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira and the Venecia coffee farm. You’ll also experience breathtaking natural wonders including the Paramo of Oceta, the Tatacoa desert, the Cocora Valley, and the incomparable Los Nevados National Park. You’re sure to love every minute of this guided Walking in Colombia tour!

Walking in Colombia Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Bogota

Welcome to Bogota, Colombia’s incredible capital city! Transfer from the airport to your hotel and prepare to start your tour.

Overnight Location
Hotel Casa Real 93 (2,640 m/8,660’), Bogota
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Bogota City Tour

Take a private walking tour today of Bogota’s historic district. Here in the heart of the charming La Candelaria colonial area, you can visit Plaza Bolivar and the well-known gold museum. Then ride a cable car to the Monserrate Sanctuary (3,152 m/10,341’), to see a fantastic view of the city. You also have the option to visit a museum dedicated to Botero, a famous Colombian artist.

Overnight Location
Hotel Casa Real 93 (2,640 m/8,660’), Bogota
Distance
Tour lasts 6-7 hours
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Drive through rural Colombia

Leave Bogota early and drive north to the state of Boyaca. The drive is fascinating as the bustle of the metropolitan capital fades behind you and you are immersed into the life of rural Colombia. Stop along the way at the Puente de Boyaca monument which commemorates the last battle for Colombian independence. Continue on to Nobsa, a town known for traditional handicrafts including the Ruana or poncho, which is a traditional symbol of Andean culture. One of Colombia’s few vineyards is also found here. Leave Nobsa and drive another hour to reach the town of Mongui, where you’ll spend the night in a hotel.

Overnight Location
La Casona de San Francisco de Asis (2,900m/9,514’), Mongui
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Trek to the Paramo of Oceta

Explore Colombia’s paramo ecosystem today. The paramo is a unique alpine ecosystem found above the treeline but below the permanent snowline. Hike a circuit trail to the Paramo of Oceta, which is one of Colombia’s best preserved paramo areas. Ride in 4x4 vehicles to reach the trailhead, then trek for about 5 hours to complete the loop. You’ll see El Pedrisco, the Frailejones Valley, the Oceta Canyon, the viewpoint of La Laguna Negra, Stone Town, and the beautiful Penagos Waterfall. After your trek, return by 4x4 vehicle to the village where you will take a tour of the town. Mongui is a well-preserved colonial town, full of fascinating architecture and religious history.

Overnight Location
La Casona de San Francisco de Asis (2,900m/9,514’), Mongui
Distance
5 hours
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 Hike around Lake Guatavita, then return to Bogota

Leave Mongui and drive back to Bogota today. Along the way, stop at the stunning Lake Guatavita, which has long been associated with the legend of El Dorado. Walk around the rim of this lake and learn more about the legend and the response of the Conquistadors to the legend. From here, continue driving south to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, which is a beautifully illuminated church built underground in the tunnels of a salt mine. After visiting this amazing place, continue driving and reach Bogota late in the afternoon.

Overnight Location
Hotel Casa Real 93 (2,640 m/8,660’), Bogota
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Fly to Neiva, Explore the Tatacoa Desert

Fly from Bogota to Neiva, where you’ll meet your guide and transfer to Villavieja. Take some time to rest in your hotel, then explore the Tatacoa desert. Your tour will stop at several different points of interest. There is also an astronomic observatory nearby that you can visit if the weather is clear. Spend the night in Villavieja.

Overnight Location
Hotel Yararaka (430 m/1,412’), Villavieja
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Drive to San Agustin

Leave Villavieja and drive for about 5 hours to reach San Agustin. Enjoy a beautiful scenic drive through the Colombian countryside. Arrive at your hotel, settle in, and take some time to enjoy the lovely gardens there.

Overnight Location
Ecolodge Hotel Akawanka (1,800 m/5,906’), San Agustin
Distance
5 hours driving
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Explore the Archaeological Parks of San Agustin

Take a private tour today of several archaeological parks in the San Agustin area. Begin by visiting San Agustin Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Colombia’s most important archaeological sites. Here you’ll find ruins and remnants of a civilization that had already vanished when Europeans first explored the area. The huge stone figures here are especially remarkable. Continue your tour to the Alto de los Idolos and the Alto de las Piedras archaeological sites. Spend another night in your hotel in San Agustin.

Overnight Location
Ecolodge Hotel Akawanka (1,800 m/5,906’), San Agustin
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast

Day 9 Travel to Popayan, Popayan City Tour

Travel today to Popayan, which is sometimes called the White City because the elegant colonial architecture here is whitewashed. This bustling university city in the Cauca Valley is surrounded by beautiful green hills. After checking in to your hotel, take a tour of the city. Included on your tour are stops at the Casa Mosquera, a colonial mansion where Simon Bolivar once stayed, and two beautiful churches: Iglesia la Ermita and Iglesia San Francisco. End your day at El Morro del Tulcan, a peak that offers incredible views of the city.

Overnight Location
Hotel La Plazuela (1,760m / 5,774’), Popayan
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast

Day 10 Travel to Salento

Leave Popayan and travel to Salento. This colorful village is known as the Gateway to the Cocora Valley. Your hotel here is a destination in itself, with incredible and extensive grounds that are well-worth exploring. You’ll arrive at the hotel in the afternoon and have plenty of free time to enjoy your surroundings.

If your journey to Salento falls on a Tuesday, you can stop along the way at the Silvia Market, an authentic market run by the local Guambiano tribe. This is not a tourist market, but a wonderful way to experience the traditional way of life in the Colombian countryside.

Overnight Location
Reserva El Cairo (1,875 m/6,217’), Salento
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast

Day 11 Hiking Tour of the Cocora Valley

Spend the whole day exploring the Cocora Valley today. Take a guided hiking tour where you’ll learn more about the national tree of Colombia: the wax palm. This amazing tree is the largest variety of palm in the world and can grow to be 60 meters tall. The wax palm, and the unique yellow-eared parrots that only nest in wax palms, are endangered species. Your tour route will be customized to suite your abilities and interests, so you are sure to have a memorable, personalized experience.

Overnight Location
Reserva El Cairo (1,875 m/6,217’), Salento
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Drive to Pereira, Trek to La Pastora Refuge

Leave Salento early in the morning and drive for about 2 hours to Pereira in the coffee area. A brief stop in this city gives you the opportunity to shop for snacks or any other last-minute needs before heading into the mountains. Drive another 2 hours from Pereria along the banks of the Otun River. You’ll pass La Florida and La Suiza rural areas, then reach the El Cedral trailhead (2,105 m/6,906’). Begin your trek here, with a moderate climb for about 2.5 hours to La Pastora refuge. Camp in tents here in the cloud rain forest.

Overnight Location
Camping, La Pastora Refuge (2,460 m/8,071’), Los Nevados National Park
Distance
2.5-3 hours, 5.9 km, 355 m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Trek to El Jordan Farm

After breakfast, return to the same trail and continue to follow it through the cloud rain forest. Hike for about 4 hours, beginning with a gentle ascent but gradually growing steeper. You’ll soon arrive at your destination, El Jordan farm (3,195 m / 10,482 ft). Camp in tents in this idyllic location, surrounded by volcanic hills that are full of dense forests and beautiful waterfalls.

Overnight Location
Camping, El Jordan Farm (3,195 m/10,482’), Los Nevados National Park
Distance
4 hours, 7.7 km, 735 m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 Trek to El Otun Lake

Continue hiking today on the same trail that climbs up through the valley. As you gain elevation, notice how the landscape changes and you are surrounded by eroded volcanic terrain. Hike for about 2 hours to reach the colorful meadows of the El Bosque crater valley. Stop here to rest and eat in the shade of the high, semi-circular basalt walls. Continue your ascent up along a series of ridges until you come to Mosquito Lake. Watch for El Paramillo del Quindio and the Nevado Santa Isabel volcanoes in the distance as you climb. From Mosquito Lake to Otun Lake, the trail follows gentler terrain. Otun Lake is the largest lake in Los Nevados National Park, but you’ll find the camping area near the National Park’s huts. The rest of the day is free to explore this amazing area, including the lake shore and native frailejones (espeletia), plants that are related to sunflowers. Spend the night in tents at the Otun camping area (3,933 m/12,904’).

Overnight Location
Otun Camping (3,933 m/12,903’), Los Nevados National Park
Distance
5-6 hours, 9 km, 738 m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 Trek to the Campo Alegre Farm

There are two different trails that lead from Otun Lake to the Campo Alegre Farm. Your guide will choose which trail is best depending on the weather and the physical condition of the group.

Follow the western shore of the lake then cross La Asomadera Pass (4,139 m/13,579’). Here, on the border between the Caldas and Risaralda states, you’ll get a spectacular view of Otun Lake. Descend gently past pasture fields to reach Potosi, the northern entrance to the park. Continue for a short distance to reach the Campo Alegre Farm. Transportation awaits you there to drive for 3-4 hours to a coffee farm near Manizales where you will spend the night.

Route 2: Eastern Lake Trail
This trail hugs Otun Lake’s eastern shoreline then ascends to the Asomadera ridge (4,237 m/13,901’). You’ll pass remote and untouched natural areas and beautiful waterfalls on the way up, then the trail from the ridge passes several small lakes as it descends again to the lower Asonadera Pass (4,139 m/ 13,579’). Here it joins up with the Western Lake Trail and follows the same route to the Campo Alegre farm, with transportation onward to Manizales. The Eastern Lake Trail is both longer and more demanding than the Western Lake Trail.
Route 2: 5-6 hours, 10.5 km, 304 m of elevation gain, 267 m of elevation loss

Overnight Location
Hacienda Venecia Coffee Lodge (1,310 m/ 4,298’), Manizales
Distance
Route 1: 4-5 hours, 9.5 km, 206 m of elevation gain, 169 m of elevation loss
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 Venecia Coffee Farm Tour

Enjoy a calm and peaceful morning relaxing at the Hacienda Venecia. This authentic working coffee farm continues to produce prize-winning coffee. Its farmhouses, built in the traditional paisa style, have been converted to a hostel and a hotel where guests are welcome to take a tour to see to process of producing coffee, from seed to making a really good cup of espresso. Your tour lasts 3-4 hours, then you’ll spend a second night here.

Overnight Location
Hacienda Venecia Coffee Lodge (1,310 m/4,298’), Manizales
Distance
3-4-hour tour
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 Travel 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 and either catch your next flight or get a transfer back into Bogota.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Walking in Colombia Tour Price and Dates

Pricing for this guided Walking in Colombia Tour 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 prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room:

  • Guided Groups of 2: $4,050USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3-4: $3,250USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 5-6: $2,550USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 7+: on request
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Accommodation on the Walking in Colombia Tour

Accommodations on this tour are based in 3- and 4-star hotels or bed and breakfasts wherever available. Along your trek in Los Nevados National Park, you will be camping in tents for 3 nights.

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 $525USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

GIO Suites Parque 93 Bogota

This sophisticated hotel is in a bustling part of Bogota, offering access to restaurants and upscale shopping. The rooms are streamlined and spacious and the staff are very helpful.

La Casona de San Francisco de Asis, Mongui (Bed and Breakfast)

Enjoy friendly service and spectacular mountain views from your room in this lovely bed and breakfast beside the main plaza of Mongui.

GIO Suites Parque 93 Bogota

This sophisticated hotel is in a bustling part of Bogota, offering access to restaurants and upscale shopping. The rooms are streamlined and spacious and the staff are very helpful.

Hotel Yararaka, Villavieja

Spacious and simple accommodations where you can rest and relax. The pool is a refreshing treat after exploring the Tatacoa Desert.

Ecolodge Hotel Akawanka, San Agustin

The Akawanka creates a special atmosphere with artistic decor and beautiful gardens in a wonderful hilltop location with great views.

Hotel La Plazuela, Popayan

Located in the old city with beautiful colonial architecture, Hotel La Plazuela has many amenities to make your stay more comfortable.

Reserva El Cairo, Salento (Bed and Breakfast)

On the grounds of this special, eco-friendly lodge you’ll find a waterfall, a forest of endangered wax palms, a variety of birds, and mountain views.

Night 12-14

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!

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Walking in Colombia Tour?

Meals

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

Accommodations

Accommodations for 16 nights along the tour are included as described. You will usually stay in 3- or 4-star hotels and bed and breakfasts, except during your trek in Los Nevados National Park, when you will be camping in tents.

Transportation during the Tour

  • Airport transfers
  • Private transportation throughout the tour

Also Included

  • Local English-speaking cultural guide for days 2-11
  • Local English-speaking mountain guide for days 12-15
  • Local assistant mountain guide for Los Nevados trek from day 12-15 (groups of 4 or more)
  • National Park entrance fees and archaeological sites
  • Shared coffee tour at coffee farm
  • 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 (Expect to pay $200-$250 USD for flights)
  • Personal camping gear
  • Tips
  • Personal equipment and expenses
  • Insurance
  • Anything else not listed as included

Optional Extras

Prices below are subject to change:

  • Botero Museum in Bogota (day 2)
  • Extra airport transfer upon arrival to Bogota - $75USD one way (max 3 people)
  • Flight return ticket (Bogota to Neiva and Manizales to Bogota) - $225USD

Frequenty Asked Questions about Walking in Colombia Tour

How hard is the Walking in Colombia Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You should be able to hike for up to 7 hours and you will climb to altitudes above 4,000 m in elevation.

Do I need a visa to travel to Colombia?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

When is the best time of year to explore Colombia?

The weather is most reliable between mid-November and the end of March. From June to mid-September, the weather may accommodate this tour, but it is not reliable. This tour is not recommended in April or May, or from mid-September through mid-November.

Are meals included on the Walking in Colombia Tour?

16 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 6 dinners are included on your tour, as described in the itinerary

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Bogota to start this tour?

Fly to the El Dorado International Airport in Bogota (BOG). Airport transfers are included.

Where does the Walking in Colombia Tour end?

The tour ends with transportation back to Bogota.

Is the Walking in Colombia Tour in English?

Yes, the tour includes an English-speaking cultural guide for days 2-11 and an English-speaking mountain guide during the Los Nevados trek on days 12-14.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Colombia?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Colombia?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Colombia for this tour?

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

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Prices

From $2,550USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels / Camping

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You should be able to hike for up to 7 hours and you will climb to altitudes above 4,000 m in elevation.


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