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Horse Riding Holidays The Colombian Coffee Trail – Colombia

PRICES & DATES top

The Colombian Coffee Trail: Prices 2018

7 nights – £1,700/€1,900/$2,230, per person sharing

Single Supplement – £45/€50/$60 per night, available most nights, but on occasion may have to share

We would also advise arriving the day before in Armenia, the meeting time is at 9am on the first day. An extra night in the Armenia hotel is $85.

The Colombian Coffee Trail: Dates 2018

Set departure dates throughout the year. Private group dates also available on request.

30 April – 7 May
5 – 12 August

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Included – All riding, accommodation, meals, snacks, guiding, back up vehicle and transfer from meeting point in Armenia to Hacienda La Pilarica & back from Filandia to the airport in Armenia on the last day.

Excluded – Flights, arrival transfer to hotel meeting point in Armenia on Day 1, drinks (alcoholic package $110 soft drinks package $60 paid at start of ride) and tips.

Getting There
International flight to Armenia Airport

Transfer
The best option is to take a taxi from the airport to the hotel in Armenia.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

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

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 differences in habits, traditions, beliefs and ways of life depending on the region you visit. But the 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 are no more than 2 hectares (5 acres). Only around 5% of Colombian coffee producers have coffee plantations larger than 5 hectares (12 acres). The size of their coffee plots have allowed the Colombian coffee growing industry to remain essentially a family run business. 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 it’s exactly those families who will host and meet you on this trail ride!

We will take you to the heart of Colombia’s coffee triangle where at Hacienda Pilarica, at about 40km from Armenia, you will be received with open arms by a team of Colombian horse guides, hosts and by your trip leader Paul. After a traditional first night at the Hacienda your Colombian crossed criollo horses will be saddled (very comfortable authentic saddles) to leave for a 6-day trip from hacienda to hacienda. (8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding)

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, colonial villages like Salento and Filandía, arriving at different coffee farms where you will find warm hospitality and learn all about coffee growing and coffee drinking.

And don’t just count on coffee to be drunk, there will of course be the odd beer or two in the local, picturesque villages along the trail ride. Average altitude during the ride is 2.000mts with an all year round ideal temperature of about 25C°.

 

While off the beaten track in South America you will soon understand why they say; “Colombia, el unico riesgo es que te quieras quedar” meaning; “Colombia, the only risk is that you want to stay”.

‘How true that saying is, I travelled to Colombia in May 2017 and cried when I had to leave, such was the experience I had while riding in this beautiful country. The mix of the people, the horses and the fantastic scenery, was such that it is now one of my top rides in the world!’ Jill Dolan, MD, Zara’s Planet UK.

A bit about Paul Codeny, your Ride Leader;
Paul Coudenys, originally born in Belgian, at the age of 21, travelled backpacking around the globe, 3 years later and with a luggage full of travel and riding experiences he returned to Belgium. During his “long journey”, he worked as a blacksmith shoeing horses at the polo club in Singapore and cowboy at a cattle station in Australia, then became a gaucho in South America and as a rider in too many other places and countries to mention.

In 1996 he founded “Hippo-Trek” and became one of the pioneers of worldwide riding holidays in Europe. Paul rode horses in 53 different countries and is in our opinion one of the most experienced trail riders in the world. Loving the great horse culture and hospitality in Latin America Paul decided to move to Brazil in 2010. He lives in the southern state of Santa Catarina, home of the South American gaucho (cowboy).

After years of experience in organising and guiding equestrian holidays and riding expeditions around the world, he now concentrates on trail rides and equestrian tourism in Latin America. He speaks 6 languages, loves life, is a very social person and knows like no other how to take you on a ride on the wild side!

Zara’s Planet is excited to work with Paul and having ridden with him ourselves, we can’t think of a better guide in South America to entrust our clients.

THE RIDING top

Horses – The horses are chilled out rides, forward going with plenty of gas in the engine for long canters and gallops. There are pure bred Colombian Criollo’s and Cruzados and Crosses.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced.

Tack – Western style tack and riding. The saddles are incredibly comfortable.

Weight Restriction – 114kg / 250lbs / 17 stone 12lbs.

Group Size – Maximum 16 – It’s a big group size, but works extremely well, with 4 guides to the group. The horses are all well socialised with each other and it’s a pleasure cantering and galloping in a group of this size.

ACCOMMODATION top

All the Haciendas have been carefully chosen for their individuality and charm. They all have incredibly friendly owners that are excited to see you and show you round their homes.  The Haciendas are original farms, not built for tourism, which is part of their appeal, but it can sometimes mean by that you will be at the most 4 to a room.

The food is all home cooked, using fresh, local ingredients. Breakfasts are usually fruit platters, followed by eggs, ham, cheese, breads and jam. Lunches are corn soups, with shredded chicken and salsa verde or a picnic lunch of roast chicken, baked salted potatoes and salad. Dinners are 3 courses, a soup, followed by salmon or beef that’s been salted, covered in linen and cooked traditionally in the fire, followed by fruit and caramel sauce.

Snacks are also on offer throughout and there is a help yourself system for beer, red & white wine, fizzy drinks and water. There is also lots of the local drink Aguardiente, which is pretty good for a shot or 5! It has an aniseedy taste and is heavily consumed throughout!

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

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 breifing and a 40 minute transfer to hacienda la Pilarica in the Marabeles valley. Welcome drink, settle in to 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 can book this in for you.)

DAY 2 Hacienda La Pilanca – Buena Vista – Hacienda El Balcon (30km)
Saddle the horses and kick off our adventure at 9:00hrs. During our first day we ride through the green coffee plantations, canter through beautiful 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 marvellous 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 swimming pool.
Dinner and overnight at Hacienda Combia.

DAY 4 Hacienda Combia – Posada El Edén Country (25km)
After a good night and a hearty 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 of Colombia’s most beautiful 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!
On horseback we will discover the stunning scenery…huge palm trees in a very green mountainous landscape with the snowy peak of the Andes mountain range in the background .
After a fantastic ride of about 20 kms we will ride back to charming town of Salento. We will enjoy regional food, drink some fresh poured beers, tasty rum and finish with a strong coffee. Life is beautiful!
Overnight at the Hacienda La Cabaña.

DAY 7 Salento – Filandia (22km)
After breakfast we have to leave the stunning village of Salento but will swap it for another pretty and colourful village; Filandia. But before arriving at this colonial village we will ride through breathtaking landscapes, breath 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)

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