CATEGORY: AVENTURE / TREKKING
DURATION: 2 DAYS
NAME OF THE ROUTE: BETWEEN PALMS AND FRAILEJONES
‘Between Palms and Frailejones’ is our ultimate 2-day circuit. An adventure akin to the botanical expeditions of the 19th Century the route has an embarrassment of natural riches to discover. Starting at an altitude of 2,390 meters, in the Cocora Valley, find yourself dwarfed by the wax palm giants before passing through different ecosystem after ecosystem before reaching the unique and delicate Paramo, at 3,750 meters. Here, in the Andean highlands of the Central Colombian mountain range, we pay homage to the special and endangered Frailejón, first mentioned by the botanist Alexander Von Humboldt in 1801.
LEVEL 4, DEMANDING
Recommended for those with good physical condition and strength, who wish to have an challenging experience. It is preferable to have some experience in mountaineering. Hikes from 6 to 8 hours a day, with distances of 15-19 kilometers (≈9-12 miles). The terrain is hilly, with steep slopes, irregular roads with mud and some sections without shade (direct sunlight). The elevation change of up to 2,500 meters (≈8,000 ft), with an maximum altitude of 5,000 meters (≈16,000 ft). These routes often involve carrying your own luggage.
DAY PRIOR TO THE TREK: We ask all clients to please come to the Paramo Trek office in Salento (before 4pm) where we take you through a pre-departure briefing. We double-check you are adequately equipped (hiking shoes, clothes for the cold, waterproofs etc.) as well as complete any outstanding payments. We do have some equipment available for rent, however, this is on a first come first served basis.
DAY 1: We all meet at the Paramo Trek office at 6am where you are introduced to your guide/s before heading to our breakfast stop. Once full from our hearty breakfast, we all jump into a traditional Colombian ‘Willis’ jeep to our start of the trek at the Cocora Valley. We start walking at an altitude of 2,390 meters towards the forest, where you can see the iconic wax palms. We start our ascent in the High Andean Forest (commonly known as ‘Cloud Forest’) bordering the San José River. Our cooked lunch spot is at a traditional farm at an altitude of 3,170meters. After lunch we continue our ascent through the sub-páramo ecosystem until we reach the páramo, full with unique flora and wildlife, until we reach an altitude of 3,800meters. We then spend the final part of the first day descending to our accomodation for the night, the Finca La Primavera 3,700meters. Here the wood-burning oven not only warms us up but is the key ingredient for the traditional dinner cooked by the local family. Weather permitting, this last section provides unparalleled views of Nevados del Tolima glaciar.
DAY 2: Following a delicious traditional breakfast prepared by our hosts, we start our day heading uphill towards our maximum altitude of 4,000 meters. After an in-depth discussion about the importance and problems facing the Colombian paramos by your guide, the group start their descent. This route gives us the opportunity to see the stunning ‘Paramillo del Quindio’ mountain and surrounding area of breathtaking, natural beauty. We mark the halfway stage of our day by enjoying a hot soup when passing ‘La Argentina’ farm, before completing the circuit back towards the Cocora Valley. After taking our private transport back to Salento, we finish our adventure by celebrating at dinner (included in the package price) at one of the finest restaurants in Salento.
4.000meters (13.123 feet)
A: Cocora Valley B: La Primavera
Paramo Trek works according to the Colombian Law 300 that reserves the right to consider compelling reasons and circumstances for non-participation in the reserved and/or contracted activity and the respective reimbursement.
Once the booked activity/service has started, there is no reimbursement of the paid amount.
For cancellation of the booking prior to the agreed start date and time, without cause, will incur a 50% charge of the total value of the booked activity.
In case of a failure to use the service for extreme causes (death, hospitalization, accident duly certified), we will reimburse 80% of the paid amount.
Paramo Trek, due to the very nature of the tours we offer, have to be flexible and constantly evaluating all aspects of safety for our clients. Some of the places we visit are difficult to access with a lack of urban amenities, as well as subject to unpredictable and variable environmental conditions. We therefore consider these experiences to be for the adventurous, with our clients prepared to adapt and to be positive in the face of unexpected change.
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Value For Money
Get captivated by the magic of the Cocora Valley with this extraordinary route very close to the municipality of Salento.
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Cellphones: +57 311 745 3761 – +57 310 382 40 26
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Carrera 5 numero 9 – 33 / Salento – Quindio- Colombia