Towering peaks and unique ecosystems
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
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