Coffee Trail Ride, Colombia

Horses & Coffee that’s what it’s all about in Colombia…. An 8-day adventure in the Colombian Coffee Triangle.

Overview

Colombia is a country of contrast, not only for its geography and its climate that varies with it but also for its cultural and natural richness. Traditions, customs, and beliefs, as well as the way of life of the Colombians, can vary notably, depending on the geographical zone in which they live. But one thing that all Colombians have in common is a passion for horses and coffee.

 

In Colombia, there are more than 563,000 families that produce coffee, most of them living in small farms whose coffee-growing plots do not exceed two hectares. Only a little more than 5% of Colombian coffee producers have coffee plantations of over 5 hectares (12 acres). It has allowed maintaining the coffee activity essentially as a family business, accomplishing this, to keep and protect a set of family values and traditions. And are these families who will receive you in this extraordinary journey! 

Duration

8 Days - 7 Nights

Group Size

06 - 16 Riders

Riding days

6 Days

Riding level

Medium

From:

$3748,00

trip highlights:

  • On average, you will be about six hours a day in the saddle and discover the stunning landscapes of the nature reserve Valley del Cócora.

  • Arrive at different coffee farms where you will find warm hospitality and learn all about coffee growing and coffee drinking.

  • The average altitude during the ride is 2.000mts with an all year round ideal temperature of about 25C°

 
 

itinerary

day 1: Armenia – Hacienda El Balcón

day 2 : Hacienda El Balcón - Córdoba

day 3 : Córdoba Radial Route

day 4 : Córdoba - Hacienda Hotel La Joya

day 5 :  Hacienda Hotel La Joya - Hacienda La Paloma 

day 6 :  Hacienda La Paloma - Salento

day 7 : Valle del Cocora

day 8 : Salento – Armenia

 

We strongly recommend arriving 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 09:00 AM in the hotel. We will be happy to make the hotel reservation for you. 

Download the full program in PDF, by clicking here

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions. The final route is always left up to the discretion of the trip leader in the field.

 

Prices & dates 2022:

8 days / 7 nights / 6 day days riding 
3.748USD p.p.**

when you book with us

First, you just must to...

Click on the date more convenient for you, and fill the form (that will appear) with all the information that we required.

Then, we are going to...

Check the availability, and send you a Budget with all the details about your trip, and the process to do the payment. 

Once we receive your payment...

We will send you an invoice to confirm your booking.

** Prices are linked to the Colombian Peso, in case of strong exchange rate fluctuations, the price can be adjusted up to 3 weeks before departure.

** Are you alone? do not worry, you can individually register/book and join in a group with other riders.

Included:

  • Accommodation: nights in authentic and comfortable farm rooms in different colonial Haciendas and hotels. 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 companions as most rooms have 2 to 4 beds) 

  • Meals: full board. (From dinner first day to breakfast last day).

  • Guides: professional and multilingual guides. Furthermore, you will be accompanied by local arrieros. 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 saddlebags and raincoat.  

  • Transfers: From the meeting point in Armenia to Hacienda El Balcón & From Salento to the Airport in Armenia.

not included:

  • Travel Insurance and Trip Cancellation Insurance are Mandatory: ask your local insurance company or travel agent about it. You will not be allowed to participate in this riding holiday without having both of these personal travel insurance. 

  • Flight: international & domestic flight. Gateway is Armenia ( via Bogota)​ ​  

  • Alcoholic beverages & soft drinks

  • Single Supplement: USD 65 - 50 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).

  • Transfer to the meeting point on day 1 in Armenia (airport taxis available 24/24 and very cheap).

  • Personal expenses 

  • Tips: (optional)

  • Booking Sales Tax: USD 33,00 per person per payment

 

travel information

 Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

travel documentation

  • International Passport:  Required for most foreigners (still 6 months valid)

  • Visa:  most European and Latin American citizens do not need a visa to travel to Colombia. Contact the Colombian Embassy in your country for more information. 

  • Travel Insurance is mandatory.

  • Trip Cancelation Insurance, mandatory.

  • International and local flights tickets. Gateway is Armenia ( via Bogota)​ ​  

  • Vaccinations: not mandatory but recommended (consult your physician)

  • Luggage: the maximum allowable weight of your luggage depends from airline to airline. Check with the airline or travel agent how many kilograms and pieces of luggage you can take. Your personal luggage is transported during the trek to the various stopovers.

general information, country

  • Currency: the Colombian currency is the Colombian Peso. Cash dispensers can be found in all towns and cities.
    In the cities, you can pay with credit cards. (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, American Express) 

  • Health: The highlands and Coffee Triangle in Colombia is a safe region in terms of health. You can easily eat and drink anything without being stomach bothered. Eating raw vegetables, salads, and ice creams is no problem. 
    There are no vaccinations required and there is no malaria in this part of Colombia. In case of illness or an accident, there are good hospitals and doctors nearby.

  • Language: Spanish is the official language in Colombia, but do not worry our guide speaks 6 languages and will help and translate with pleasure where needed.

  • Safety: Colombia has not always had the best record in terms of security and crime. But now thousands of European and North American citizens visit Colombia every year for tourism, business, college studies, and volunteering. Security in Colombia has improved and it is considered one of the safest countries in the region. The only risk that exists now in Colombia, is that you want to stay! Our trip passes through the department of Quindio where there is no need to worry at all 

  • The Electricity and plugs: http://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/colombia/ 

  • General information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombia  http://www.colombia.travel/en/ 

  • Time: http://www.worldtimeserver.com/ 

riding, general information

  • Horses: Colombian criollo/cruzado.

  • The riding: Trailride, 6 days on horseback, riding from one place to the other, an average of 6 hours per day in the saddle.

  • Saddles: comfortable Colombian trail saddles.

  • Guides: professional and multilingual guides.

  • Comfort: clean and comfortable ranch & hotel rooms.(single participants of the same sex share rooms. 2, 3, 4 bedded farm rooms).

  • Riding level: Suitable for intermediate to experienced riders. You should be confident on a horse at all paces. The pace is varied to include walk, trot, and canter.

  • Group Size: Minimum 6 participants and Maximum  16 riders

  • Riders weight limit: 120 Kg

travel gear

  • Valid international passport

  • Travel Insurance

  • Pocket money (you can change EUR/£/USD in the airport)

  • A warm sweater and a warm jacket

  • 4 or 5 T-shirts and a minimum of 1 shirt with long sleeves.

  • Jodhpurs or jeans to ride with

  • Riding shoes or boots/riding shoes with mini-chaps or long chaps

  • One second pair of shoes for the evening

  • Comfortable clothing

  • Swimsuit

  • One towel  

  • Toiletries

  • Sun Cream

  • Water canteen

  • Camera

* we have raincoats and saddlebags available for you
* It is recommended to put your luggage in a travel bag instead of a hard suitcase. 10 bags are easier to get in the backup vehicle than 10 suitcases.  (thanks!)

Booking Conditions & Cancellation Policies

Download the Booking Conditions & Cancellation Policies, by clicking here

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