Colombia: Climbing the volcano Tolima

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Colombia is a country in the northwest of South America with a rich past. The geographical position played a big role in shaping the culture of the republic, which attracts travelers from all over the world and makes the trip to Colombia interesting – it combines European, Indian and African traditions. You can participate only in the first part of the program (8 days) – climbing the Tolima volcano.

Travel Program

Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After lunch – sightseeing tour of Bogotá. Walk in the center. Ascent by cable car to the Sanctuary of Montserrat at an altitude of 3152 m, overlooking the city. Duration 3-4 hours.

Transfer to the domestic terminal for the flight (1 hour) to the city of Armenia / Pereira. Upon arrival, transfer to Salento, a typical coffee town with paisa colonial architecture and a relaxed atmosphere. Hotel accommodation.
In the afternoon, the group will go on a coffee tour to one of the area’s traditional coffee farms. The coffee tour shows the entire production of coffee from seed to final product. It also includes coffee tasting.
Overnight at the hotel.

Early departure by jeep to the Cocora Valley (30 min), located at an altitude of 2425 m.
Loading luggage on horses and crossing the mountain rainforest to the mountain farm “La Argentina” for the purpose of acclimatization. Overnight in tents. Ascent: 1058 m / Maximum altitude: 3483 m / Distance 10.7 km / Duration of activity: 6-7 hours.

Continue trekking along the northern outskirts of “Quebrada Cardenas”, through an abandoned farm of Buenos Aires, descend to the crossing of the river along the ascending path to the mountain pass “La Linea” (4019 m), which separates the states of Quindio and Tolima, from which an excellent view of the “Paramillo del Quindio” (4745 m) – the highest peak of the state of Quindio and Nevado del Tolima in the neighboring valley. From the pass you can easily walk down to the La Primavera / La Playa farm, where you will be offered a hot local drink agua de panela (hot drink with raw sugar) or coffee.
Overnight in tents. Ascent: 536 m / Descent: 250 m / Maximum altitude: 4019 m / Distance: 5.8 km / Duration of activity: 4-5 hours.

Trek to the upper camp of Nevado del Tolima. Trek along the Tolima Valley, which is a gentle ascent with interesting scenery, views of the volcanoes and valleys below. The last section runs along a steep mountain slope to the El Calvito ridge, and from there the transition to the Arenales campsite, which lies above the yellow sandy moraine. After setting up the camp, the guide will give you a climbing briefing the next day and help you get everything set up. There will be horses to the camp to carry equipment and food. Overnight in a tent. Ascent: 576 m / Maximum altitude: 4345 m / Distance: 8.4 km / Duration of activity: 4-5 hours.

Early exit from the high camp, climbing a series of moraines of varying steepness and crossing to the glacier at 4750 m. Here the group will prepare for the crossing of the glacier, starting from a very easy slope, passing a couple of ice climbs before the final plateau, where the main crater is located, and then we reach the top. Nevado del Tolima is an active volcano. The ascent is not technically difficult.
Descent to Camp farm “La Primavera” (3769 m).

Descent through beautiful landscapes and rainforests in the famous Cocora Valley, located at an altitude of 2425 m. Return to the city of Salento by jeeps (25 min.) Upon arrival in Salento, the group will be transferred to the hotel located in the colonial part of the city. Overnight at the hotel. Descent: 1058 m / Highest altitude: 3483 m / Distance 10.7 km / Duration of activity: 4-5 hours.

Transfer to the airport of Armenia / Pereira (1 hour) and flight (3 hours) to Santa Marta via Bogota. Upon arrival in Santa Marta, transfer (45 min.) to a centrally located hotel and, depending on the time of arrival, a walking tour of this historic city (2-3 hours), which was actually the first one founded in Colombia by the Spaniards. In the evening briefing and preparation for the upcoming trip to the Lost City.

Moving northeast along the Caribbean coast to the village of “El Mamey” (2-3 hours). Lunch and then hike to Ciudad Perdida. During the hike you will be offered tropical fruits. The hike will pass through the territory of the Kogi tribe. Overnight at the village house “El Paraiso” (870 m), located right on the banks of the Buritaka River – a fantastic place to relax and swim.

Very early exit along the trail on the right bank of the Buritaka River at about 25 minutes, the archaeological staircase begins to climb rather steeply to the first terraces of the Lost City (1175 m). From here begins a journey through time to one of the most interesting archaeological sites of the “pre-Hispanic” period of Colombia.
The lost city of Tayrona is known all over the world. Its original indigenous name is “Teiuna”. This is one of the three major strongholds of the vanished civilization of Tayrona. Teyuna is the only city that has been discovered so far and thus partially restored. The cities of Tayrona were connected by a complex network of trails from the Caribbean coast to the high mountains in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Tyrone had a well-developed social organization and an efficient system for the exchange of food and goods between the various settlements. Although there is no precise information about Teyuna’s role in the Tayrone culture, it is believed that it was a place of religious worship and a center of political power.
During the 4-hour visit to the archaeological site, the group will learn about the different types of terraces and how the city was divided into districts according to the hierarchy and types of work. During the visit, you can see the house of Kogi Mamo (wise shaman), who lives in the same traditional way as its inhabitants. It is also believed that the Kogi are the descendants of the Tayronas, forced into higher lands during the Spanish conquest.

Final trekking day. From the Mumake house (389 m) descend to the final destination of El Mamay. Lunch and then transfer to the hotel on the coast.

In the evening departure to the airport and flight to Bogota.
Overnight in Bogota.
Full day excursion to Tayrona National Park. This is one of the most famous natural parks in Colombia, with one of the most beautiful beaches on the Colombian Caribbean coast, right at the foot of the hills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the highest coastal mountain range in the world. The park has a protected area of ​​150 km2 and 30 km2 of sea and is the second most visited park in the country. Due to its privileged location, it has a huge biodiversity, as well as archaeological ruins such as “Pueblito”.
From the main parking lot of the park, you can walk along the coastline to the Arrecife area (1 hour), a famous place in the park. From there, another 25 minutes to La Piscina beach and 20 minutes to El Cabo San Juan.

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • City tours in Bogotá.
  • Local English-speaking mountain guide throughout the program.
  • Local assistant mountain guide in Los Nevados.
  • Hike to the Lost City.
  • Transport throughout the program.
  • Coffee tour in Salento.
  • Santa Marta – Half day city tour.
  • Tayrona National Park – Full Day Tour.
  • Entrance fees to national parks and park insurance.
  • 2 nights in double rooms in Bogota.
  • 2 nights in double rooms in the city of Salento.
  • 1 night in double rooms in the city of Santa Marta.
  • 1 night in double rooms on the coast (Tayrona N.P.)
  • 4 nights in double tents in campsites in Los Nevados N.P. or in farm rooms
  • 2 nights in hammocks on a hike in the lost city.
  • Mountain tents – 2 people in a tent in Los Nevados.
  • Group shared camping equipment.
  • Horses for group / personal camping equipment, food and personal equipment in Los Nevados.
  • Horses for personal equipment during a hike in the Lost City.
  • Breakfasts throughout the program, as well as lunch and dinner on trekking.

Not included:

  • Domestic flights (from $450 for 4 segments for the full program and from $250 for 2 segments for the first part of the program)
  • International flights Personal climbing equipment (arbor, crampons, ice ax, helmet can be rented for $15 for each item) Tips Personal expenses Supplement for single occupancy (from 500 USD for accommodation in hotels throughout the program)

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Country / Location: Colombia
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