The Coffee Trail Ride, Colombia - Day by Day

Itinerary - Day by day description of The Coffee Trail Ride

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.)

DAY 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.

DAY 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.

DAY 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.

DAY 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.

DAY 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.

DAY 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.

DAY 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.

Important information
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!

Staying longer in Colombia after the trailride?
The Caribbean, the Pacific Ocean, the Andes mountains and the  Sierra Nevada,  the mighty Amazon forest, Latin America’s most beautiful city Cartagena, plenty of picturesque villages, pre-Colombian sites like the Lost City, fascinating fauna & flora,  name it and Colombia has it. No other country on the continent can compete with multi –cultural and natural Colombia.
Staying longer after the trailride to dance salsa, to relax at a Caribbean beach,  to go scubadiving or hiking in the Andes or to go on a Chalan horseriding course is definitely a good plan. And be warned, the risk is that you want to stay!  Talk to us to see how you could extend your holiday.