The Coffee Trail Ride - Colombia

“Horses & Coffee that’s what it’s all about in Colombia….”

Tour duration: 8 nights

Prices from: US$2330 per person

Tour code: GDBCTrail

Overview

An 8-day horseback adventure in the Colombian Coffee Triangle.
Discover colonial villages and one of Colombia’s most beautiful national parks; the Cocora Valley!

Colombia is a country of contrasts in geography and climate but as well in its natural environment and culture. There are quite some differences in habits, traditions, beliefs and ways of life depending on the region you visit. But one thing all Colombians have in common is; they are crazy about coffee and horses!

In Colombia, coffee is cultivated with vigorous passion and dedication. You taste this love for coffee in the final product. Coffee goes hand in hand with the horse and mule, which are indispensable partners on the plantations, carrying your coffee beans from the tree to your cup.

There are more than 563,000 families producing coffee in Colombia. Most Colombian coffee farmers live in small haciendas whose coffee cultivation plots do not surpass 2 hectares (5 acres) on average. Only slightly more than 5% of Colombian coffee producers have coffee plantations larger than 5 hectares (12 acres). The reduced dimensions of their coffee plots have allowed maintaining an essentially family oriented activity to the Colombian coffee growing industry. Thus, the coffee people in Colombia believe that the family is their most important priority, and are very keen on protecting and maintaining a strong set of family values and traditions. And exactly those families will receive you on this trail ride!

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Itinerary

Day
1

- Armenia – Hacienda La Pilarica

Pick up at the Airport of Armenia or selected hotel in Armenia.
Welcome at 09:00 at the hotel Mocowa. General breefing and a 40 minute transfer to hacienda la Pilarica in the Marabeles valley.
Welcome drink, distribution of rooms, meeting with the horses…And in the afternoon we visit the next door Vaquero (cowboy) corral for a local roping demonstration.
Dinner and overnight at the hacienda Pilarica.

* (we strongly recommend to arrive the night before! So you can spend the night at the above mentioned hotel Mocowa so you can meet the guides and group the next day at breakfast 09:00AM in the hotel. We will be happy to make the hotel reservation for you.)

2

- Hacienda La Pilanca – Buena Vista – Hacienda El Balcon (30km)

Preparing equipment and horse selection. .Saddle horses and Kick off ride at 9:00hrs. During our first day we ride through the green coffee plantations, canter through beautifull valleys and cross some rivers. In the late afternoon we arrive at the coffee village Buena Vista where we can see the process of the coffee production and experience some coffee tasting.
Dinner and overnight at Hacienda El Balcon.

3

- Hacienda El Balcon – Hacienda Combia (30km)

After a delicious breakfast we will visit the coffee plantation of the farm..and after a good strong wake up coffee we will mount our horses and ride along old bridle paths in a marvelous mountainous country side till reaching the romantic farm Hacienda Combia. A great place to relax after a day in the saddle and to have some coffee and rum at the swimmingpool.
Dinner and overnight at Hacienda Combia.

4

- Hacienda Combia – Posada El Edén Country (25km)

After a good night and a strong breakfast we continue our ride through tropical rolling hills, coffee plantations and see the biodiversity of the mountains, sometimes even snow covered.
We arrive at the very comfortable Posada El Edén Country where we will have dinner and spend our night.

5

- Posada El Edén Country – Salento – Hacienda La Cabaña. (28km)

We continue our ride along the coffee trail and enjoy the typical tropical landscape of this marvelous region. Little villages, old paths, green valley and the ever following smell of coffee till arriving at one os Colombia’s most beautifull colonial towns; Salento. You will love the beauty of this magical town and love to get lost in its picturesque streets, discover romantic corners and meet friendly villagers. We arrive at Hacienda La Cabaña and go for a drink into town.
Dinner and overnight at Hacienda La Cabaña.

6

- Salento – Valle del Cócora – Salento (20km)

Today is a day of extreme beauty as we will be riding to and in the national park of the Cocóra Valley. The valley is dotted with the highest and most beautiful palm trees in the world, La Palma de Cera. This palm tree is also the national tree of Colombia. The Cocóra Valley is considerd to be one of the most beautiful places of Colombia!
One horseback we will discover the stunning scenery…huge palm trees in a very green mountainous landschape with in the background the snowy peak of the Andes mountain range.
After pleasant ride of about 20 kms we will ride back to charming town Salento. We will enjoy regional gastronomy, drink some fresh beers, a tasty rhum and finish with a strong coffee..Live can be beautiful! 
Overnight at the Hacienda La Cabaña.

7

- Salento – Filandia (22km)

After breakfast we have to leave the stunning village Salento but will swap it for another pretty and coulorfull village; Filandia. But before arriving at this colonial village we will ride through breathtaking landscapes, breed the fresh air of the mountains, ..colombia is just very very beautiful and when arriving at the coffee village of Filandia you will wish that this riding holiday would never end .
We will be lodged at a typical colonial hotel right at the central plaza of the town. Farewell dinner at the hotel or in a restaurant in town.

8

- Eilandia – Armenia

After breakfast transfer to the airport of Armenia. (about 1,1/2hrs drive)
Flight to Bogota  and connection to Europa/Americas/…

We strongly recommend to arrive the night before! (before day 1) So you can spend the night at the above mentioned hotel Mocowa so you can meet the guides and group the next day at breakfast 09:00AM in the hotel. We will be happy to make the hotel reservation for you.

Inclusions

Included:   

Accommodation: nights in authentic and comfortable farm rooms in different colonial Haciendas.
Based on double-rooms.  (the Haciendas are original farms, not build for tourism, couples will have
their private rooms but other participants will share the room with other travel compagnons as most
rooms have 2 to 4 beds)
Meals: full board. (From dinner first day to breakfast last day)  

Guides: Colombian guides and Hacienda owners Ernesto and Chalas. On all trail rides you also
will be escorted by tripleader Paul Coudenys from Gaucho do Brasil. (In exceptional cases by a
substitute) Paul speaks fluent English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and speaks basic
German. Furthermore, you will be accompanied by local chalanes. The guides are equipped with cell
phones so they can call for assistance if needed.  
Backup Vehicle: brings your personal luggage to the daily overnight place/hacienda.  
Horses & tack, including saddle bags and raincoat    
Transfer: drop off at the Airport of Bogota on day 8.

Not Included:   

Insurance: We request you take a travel Insurance. Ask your local insurance company or travel
agent about it. You will not be allowed to participate at the trail ride without having a personal travel
insurance. 
Flight: international flight.Gateway is Bogota.  
Transfer to the meeting point on day 1 in Bogota (airport taxis available 24/24 and very cheap)
Alcoholic beverages & soft drinks: OPEN BAR / All you can drink. See info below
Single Supplement: USD 60 – 55 Euro/night to pay only if you specifically want to sleep in a
single room and not want to share the room.(a single room is not always possible)
Lunch on day 1
Personal expenses 
Tips: (optional)
Booking Sales Tax: USD 16,50 per payment (per invoice, not per person)

Open Bar – All you can drink – One price
USD 110 p.p. for all alcoholic drinks & soft drinks during the entire week. To be paid on day 1.
(Beer, Aguardiente, Ron, Coca Cola, Colombiana, Sprite, Coffee, Tea, Milk, Water, etc.).
USD 60 p.p. for all soft drinks during the entire week. To be paid on day 1.(Coca Cola, Fanta,
Sprite, Colombiana, Coffee, Tea, Milk, Water, etc..)

Dates

DatePriceAvailability
Aug 10 2017US$2330

Important Info

We will do everything possible to follow the indicated intinerary, although spot changes can occur due to unforeseen circumstances. Rides are subject to change depending on weather, location and difficulty of terrain  In the unlikely event that this happens on your trip, we ask you flexibility and understanding. This is a sporty and adventurous vacation!