Top Hikes in Colombia

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I bacpacked through Columbia and truly enjoyed. The high point of my solo travel in Columbia were the hikes. Here are a few top hike in Columbia to do:

1. Hiking in the Valle de Cocora

Wax Palm Tree, Valle De Cocora

Wax Palm Tree, Valle De Cocora

Within the Zona Cafetera, Valle de Cocora is a MUST to do in Colombia. There, the tallest wax palm trees in the world stand like giant thin mushrooms, among green hills and grazing.
Cocora is nestled in the famous national park of Los Nevados, a kingdom filled with thousands of Frailejon, glaciers and active volcanoes.
At the foot of these high mountains, the colonial town of Salento welcomes the visitors keen to explore the area. Within the colorful alleyways, cafes trap the clients with their delicious smells of roasted beans. Every morning, jeeps leave from the main square to bring travelers to Valle de Cocora. After 30 min with wind-in-hair, they can start hiking to admire the magnificent trees. But I forbid you to take the shorter path. Turn right and pass the blue gate instead.
This hike gives you the opportunity to cross monkey-bridges, admire lush green vegetation, and it’s the only way to grab a cup of chocolate with cheese at Acaime, a tiny paradise where tens of hummingbirds come to drink every day.
Then, after 3 hours of hiking, visitors get their highest reward, a breathtaking view of the valley and its hundreds of wax-palm trees. Plus, it’s also a perfect spot to take beautiful pictures and make all your friends jealous. Breath, run, smile. It’s time to get back to Salento to enjoy a fat but delicious hamburger at The Brunch.

By Tom n Adrix, tomplanmytrip.com

 

2. Trekking to the Lost City, Colombia

Ciudad Perdida Trek

Ciudad Perdida Trek

She was determined to trek to the Lost City (Ciudad Perdida) on our holiday in Colombia. My training level was on an all time low because I’d been traveling extensively for a year, but I didn’t want to show my daughter any blush and agreed to the six days challenge of 47 kilometers in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

I had to swallow empty though when we met the young, well-trained group members upon our meet up at the beginning of the trek in the coastal town Santa Marta. We threw our backpacks for the trekking on the roof of the old Land Rover. The adventure could begin!

When I imagined before the trip how strenuous this trekking would be, my imagination was nothing compared to reality. The heat and the ascent on the first and the following days were challenging as well as the effort not to let anybody notice the exhaustion when the younger ones caught up with me with ease.

We penetrated deep into the Colombian rainforest on narrow paths. Occasionally we saw the indigenous huts of the descendants of the Tayrona tribe who had built the Ciudad Perdida as a spiritual place more than a thousand years ago.

The highlight of the trek was, of course, when we reached the Lost City after an ascent over an old, well-trodden stone staircase with 1200 steps. Only due to the staircase this cultural heritage had been discovered in the year 1972 by treasure-hunters. The structures of the old city revealed themselves embedded in untouched nature. An experience well worth the muscular pain and uncomfortable nights sleeping in hammocks.

By Marcelle, greyworldnomads.com


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