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Coffee Region Expedition: Tochecito, Cocora Valley, Salento, Filandia

4.67(38 reviews)Bogotá, D.C. - Salento

Let's explore the coffee region between its mountains, coffee plantations and heritage towns, an experience to fall in love with Colombia.

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Adventure, Cultural, Ecotourismroadtrip:info.difficultyLevel Medio departuresFrom Bogotá, D.C. 3 roadtrip:info.days

The coffee region is one of the most emblematic destinations in Colombia, where the most important export product is produced and also characteristic of our land: Coffee.

From Bogotá we will leave very early in the morning to reach Cajamarca, we will find wonderful landscapes between mountains to reach the town of Toche, declared a national flora sanctuary, where we will experience the densest wax palm forest in the world in La Carbonera. Then we will continue our way to Salento, a town full of colors, human warmth and the aroma of coffee.

Salento will be our starting point for our visit to the Cocora Valley, a place where we will have the opportunity to visit the ACAIME reserve, a place to be dazzled by the presence of hummingbirds, there we will learn about its environment and conservation.

Finally, we will visit the municipality of Filandia, where we will learn about coffee and authentic Colombian traditions.

🛣 Toche district

🛣La Carbonera, the densest wax palm forest in the world.

🛣Municipality of Salento

🛣Cocora Valley

🛣Municipality of Filandia

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Day 1

We will leave very early from Bogotá where our exploration begins, we will travel to Cajamarca where 4x4 cars await us to cross the mountains and between paths to visit the town of Toche, declared a sanctuary of national flora, where we will have lunch and experience the wax palm forest. dense of the world, in La Carbonera, we will end the day upon arriving in Salento to check in at the Hotel and have dinner.

Day 2

In the morning we will have breakfast very early and then visit the Cocora Valley, the ACAIME natural reserve at 2690 meters above sea level, we will cross 6 hanging bridges to ascend through the cloud forest. We will return to the town to have lunch, rest, tour this beautiful town, or have a coffee.

Day 3

We will visit a traditional coffee farm to learn about the process of planting, harvesting, drying and preparing Colombian coffee. Afterwards, we will leave Salento to explore the beautiful landscapes of the coffee region, we will visit the beautiful and picturesque town of Filandia where once again we will be amazed by the architecture, the landscape and the kindness of the people. After this we will begin our trip back to Bogotá.

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The Cocora Valley

Located north of the municipality of Salento, it is the habitat of the wax palm due to its geographical characteristics within the buffer zone of the Los Nevados National Natural Park. It boasts great biodiversity and landscape richness of singular beauty, presenting a mountainous relief and narrow valleys ranging from 1300 to 4750 meters above sea level. The variation in altitude gives rise to three thermal floors: temperate, cold, and moorland. Three main landscapes stand out: mountain, foothill, and valley.

Quindio's Path

Recognize the Quindio's Path, the Pan-American route of the mule and the ox, which for over 400 years connected Ibague with Cartago, embedded on the road from Bogota to Quito, until the current road was opened. The Quindio Path is the route followed by Humboldt and Bonpland in 1801, the one crossed by Simon Bolivar on January 5, 1830, on his return from Quito, and the one traveled by many scientists and travelers in the process of forming our nation.

Municipality of Salento

It was the first municipality founded by Antioquian settlers in the 19th century. Its most interesting attractions are: first, its preserved, colorful, and beautiful colonial architecture inherited from the Antioquians; second, the imposing Cocora Valley, one of the most authentic and beautiful landscapes in Colombia; and third, the contagious atmosphere of peace and tranquility of its people.

Municipality of Filandia

Filandia is another favorite town for visitors due to its tranquility and the beautiful architecture of the Antioquian colonization. History tells us that Don Felipe Meléndez, an old settler, founded the town with several friends and named it with a mix of Latin "fila" (daughter) and English "landia" (Andes). Filandia: daughter of the Andes.

Toche District

Located near Ibague, it is a place that houses and preserves the densest wax palm forest in the world.

ACAIME Natural Reserve

Home to several species of hummingbirds, it is a reserve that works for the conservation of these birds and also awaits us to cross 6 hanging bridges.

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Private transportation for the 3 days of the trip
Shared accommodation for 2-3 people (Private accommodation available upon request and subject to availability)
Breakfasts
Expedition in 4x4 cars to the corregimiento of Toche and the La Carbonera farm
Entrance to all the places of interest and local guides to hear the stories from the territory
Group coordinator
Medical assistance insurance

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The hikes do not require previous experience. However, it is important to take into account the distance to be covered and the difficulty of the trail, which is considered to be of medium level.
The minimum age to participate in this trip is 12 years old.
Full payment for the trip must be made through the website 3 days before departure.

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😷 Carry a PPE Personal Protection Elements Kit (Masks, antibacterial gel, alcohol in a spray bottle, glasses or mask, disposable tissues, bag for personal waste disposal).

💧 It is important to carry a bottle of water and maintain constant hydration, we will go on long walks and maintaining hydration is healthy.

🧢 Wear a hat or cap to protect yourself from the sun. It is important to use sunscreen, remember to use a mineral sunscreen for your face.

👕 Pack enough clothes for two days. We suggest avoiding the use of cotton clothing and wearing synthetic fiber clothing that allows quick drying. It can be cold, so we recommend clothing for the cold or hats. Don't forget your change of clothes in case you get wet or muddy.

🥾 Wear comfortable shoes, preferably hiking shoes, in any case avoid ballet shoes or cloth tennis shoes. It is important to bring a change of shoes in case your shoes get wet during the tour.

💊 Bring your medications and personal documents (medical insurance card and ID).

🎒 Do not use a wheeled suitcase and carry a kangaroo or small backpack so you can take your personal items on walks.

🔦 We suggest bringing a blanket for the cold in the early morning when leaving Bogotá, repellent and a flashlight.

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  • Keep in mind that you are responsible for your belongings. Protect your electronic devices and personal documents from rain and humidity.
  • Carry your cell phone charged, this will allow you to take photographs and use it in case of emergency.
  • Your safety is very important, please be cautious, always keep the group in sight and follow the guide's instructions.
  • Do not bring cigarettes or alcoholic beverages. Do not attend a walk late at night, while intoxicated, pregnant, or with medical disabilities.
  • Strictly follow your doctor's instructions regarding injuries and, if necessary, carry your personal medications.

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4.67(38 reviews)

Avatar Nataly
Nataly
3.00

El destino es muy lindo y la caminata por el cócora fue muy especial. No pudimos ir a Toche entonces no puedo hablar de esa parte del viaje. El coordi...

Avatar Cathalina
Cathalina
4.60

Gracias, el destino es lindo, los guías geniales, el transporte fue en una van muy confortable. La caminata del día 1 espectacular!! La visita a la f...

Avatar Luisa
Luisa
4.80

Espectaculares paisajes, naturaleza y lugares, aprendimos mucho. El hotel súper cómodo y el conductor y guías, hermosas personas. Es importante inform...

Avatar Natalia
Natalia
4.00

Me gustó mucho el hostal (muy limpio y cómodo), la comida y el transporte desde Bogotá. No me gustó la 4x4 hacia el bosque. Fue mucho tiempo en el veh...

Avatar Lina
Lina
3.80

El destino es muy bonito, las actividades propuestas y sitios para conocer son muy interesantes, pero por la temporada del viaje ojalá se hubiese plan...

Avatar Ana
Ana
5.00

Fue un plan increible! Conoces lugares poco comunes y te aventuras en la verdadera naturaleza del eje cafetero!...

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