Salento and Cocora Valley
Discover a stunning landscape at the foot of Los Nevados on a full-day tour to Cocora Valley, a coffee farm and Salento. Follow trails through soaring wax palms, and listen for the sounds of tropical birds and wildlife as you hike into a mountainside cloud forest. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then follow the coffee production process from plant to cup on a local farm. Explore brightly painted architecture and a historic town square in the picture-perfect colonial town of Salento before returning to Pereira.
– Join one of the most stunning hikes of Colombia
– Find the rare Long Tailed Blue Sylph Hummingbird
– Encounter the tallest palm Trees of the World: Quindio Wax Palms
– Learn about the coffee process from the farm to the cup
– Enjoy the authenticity of Colombian Andean people.
Day 1. Salento & Cocora Valley
After breakfast at the hotel you will visit the amazing Cocora Valley, inside Los Nevados National Natural Park home to the national tree and symbol of Colombia, the Quindío wax palm, these slender trees stand at an impressive 60 meters. In this 12 kilometers walk we will have a big chance of spotting the largest flying bird in the world, the Andean Condor as well as the Long Tailed Sylph Hummingbird and the Blue crowned Motmot . Lunch at local restaurant and drive back to Salento to check in at local hotel.
Day 2. Pijao, Buenavista, Coffee Finca
After breakfast we will set of to Buenavista which is the smallest extension of Quindío; It is known as the ‘Mirador del Quindío’ (View point of Quindio), ‘Ventana del Quindío’ (Window of Quindio) and ‘Paisaje de amor y paz’ (Landscape of Love & Peace) due to its stunning vistas over Colombian region of Quindío and part of Valle de Cauca. In this tour we will also visit Pijao, founded in 1902 inhabited by less than 50.000 people. We will enjoy their picturesque typical architecture of Coffee Region villages enhanced with beautiful squares, colorful houses, local restaurants and bars.We will Visit a small Coffee local farm, here you will learn all about the coffee process: from the seed to the cup at an authentic coffee farm that goes beyond tradition. After this experience we will drive you back to Salento Plaza Hotel or similar. (B,L)