Explore Colombia's magnificent Andes while discovering how to protect its unique ecosystems and alien-like paramos. Students connect with the country's extraordinary natural biodiversity and learn ways of lowering their carbon footprint. This program includes a visit to an award-winning bio-construction project that is helping to preserve the surrounding Andean rainforest.
Where: Los Nevados National Park, Quindio
Duration: 3 days +
Number of participants: 6 +
Cost: From $499 p/p*
Language: Spanish or English
Courses: Geography, geology, environmental science, tourism, STEM
Carbon emissions: 61kg of CO2e p/p - we offset 100% of these emissions plus your journey here! See below for more details.
Book now, pay later. Due to changing circumstances we make it easy for you to reserve your educational trip without paying a deposit upfront! This means:
Day 1: Arrivals
Private airport transfer from Manizales or Pereira airport to our mid-mountain lodge located in the Andes. Intro to the program, dinner and a bonfire under the stars.
Day 2: Hiking unique ecosystems
Today, students experience a páramo ecosystem with a hike to Laguna del Otún. As well as a spectacular hike, they discover unique flora and fauna in this unique ecosystem that only exists in this part of the world.
Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Day 3: Hiking unique ecosystems
The students' next hike heads up one of three volcanoes in Los Nevados - Santa Isabel. They reach the misty glacial peak, passing otherworldly ecosystems like mysterious cloud forests and bizarre vegetation like frailejones.
Time: 5-6 hours
Day 4: Coffee farm visit in Salento
Transfer to the region's most popular and beautiful colonial towns, Salento. Coffee farm visit, discovering a sustainable way of production. Free evening in the town.
Day 5: Award-winning forest conservation
Visit to a natural reserve that is helping to protect surrounding rainforest. Tour the site, take part in a reforestation project and bio-construction innovations.
Day 6: Hiking in Los Nevados National Park
Students head into the Valle de Cocora, hiking under one of the tallest palm tree species in the world, through cloud forests and to a beautiful humming bird sanctuary. Overnight camping.
Walking Time: 6 hours
Day 7: Hiking in Los Nevados National Park
Students set off early, ascending an alternative route in the Cocora Valley and enter a different ecosystem. Return to Salento for farewell dinner in the town centre.
Walking Time: 6 hours
Day 8: Departures
Private airport transfer to either Pereira or Manizales airport.
What is included
We have worked out this trip generates an average of 61kg of CO2e per person. This includes all the carbon equivalent emissions (CO2e) from your trip including accommodation, food, transport, guides, and staff operations.
Extra potential CO2e emissions from your journey to and from Colombia
New York - Bogota; Bogota - Pereira: 531kg (round trip)
Panama - Medellin; Medellin - Pereira: 183kg (round trip)
You can read more about how we measure our carbon emissions by reading our climate action policy here.