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  • Reviewed March 2019
    Richard Atkinson

    A great adventure

    This trip packs in two very different trekking experiences with some great ‘city breaks’ thrown in! Our February departure had great weather, which certainly meant the camping and paths didn’t present too much difficulty and we were able to enjoy the rich variety of ecosystems and stunning views, whilst still getting a good workout! One unexpected bonus was finding ourselves virtually alone on the trails: we only saw a handful of other trekkers after arriving at farmhouses (an adventure in their own right) on the Los Nevados trek. The Lost City trek is more commercialised, but our itinerary meant we only ever encountered other trekkers at the camps, and had the Lost City to ourselves. The whole experience was supported by a great trio of guides who were with us for the whole trip, supplemented by local guides for each trek. The team brought a wealth of experience and local knowledge to ensure we got the most out of the trip. And, as ever, a great bunch of fellow trekkers with whom I shared many stories and laughs!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So had to isolate any one part. In fact it’s probably the variety that was so inspiring.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had a great team of three: Julian ensured the logistics all worked smoothly, James kept us all in good spirits on the trail, and Diana always making sure we were fully informed and sorting any issues.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you have a soft trek bag for the los nevados trek with something to leave un-needed clothes/gear in, and for the lost city trek, just a mid-sized waterproof stuff sac for the change of clothes for evening and wash bag (plus your day-sac). Also, it’s worth taking a phone charger if using your phone as a camera on the lost city trek as camps now have power. You can pay for internet access at camps, but won’t get a phone signal.
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Victor Coleman

    Trekking Colombia

    Fantastic adventure. Wonderful scenery. Excellent leadership.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Views at 4500m. Reaching the top.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Empathy. First rate communication skills. Always a smile.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for the top. Its well worth the effort.
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Simon Shanklin

    Mr

    Amazing variety, always felt safe to me, excellent leadership and guides.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Just loved the Bottero museum, which actually wasn’t part of the trip but needs to be! Loved swimming and sunbathing at Santa Marta airport- the best airport lounge imaginable!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Inspirational

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Two man tents for 6 days in the mountains- go with a friend if you’re fussy. We think the insects on the lost city may be bed bugs not mosquito- so I’d take insecticide spray and drench the beds. The accommodation here is very basic and no tents allowed, if you want to go on the trek, this is the only bedding available.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Add on some extra days, go to Minca or tayrona, chorrera if it’s wet!
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Francis Taylor

    10 out of 10 for a truly magical cultural experience

    I have never been on such a diverse trekking holiday. The two treks are very different. The first is walking above 4000 meters in close to freezing conditions required a four season coat. The second is jungle trekking in hot and humid conditions but it is not the weather alone that sets this trip aside from all the other adventure holidays I have been on. The cultural experience of spending time in real life working fincas and enjoying their simple but extremely effective lifestyle was something I will never forget. In some trips you get the impression it is laid on for the tourists not here...in Los Nevados you are interacting with people as they go about their daily business interrupted only long enough to make sure you are well fed. A truly exceptional experience which I would highly recommend for those with stamina and an adventurous spirit.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Staying in the fincas was a great experience. I really enjoyed the interaction with local people and watching them go about their daily routine.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader on this trip Oscar was outstanding. You can judge someones professionalism by how they react when things go wrong. On this trip a couple of things occurred which tested the metal of the Leader and his team. These were unforeseen and out of the blue when they occurred. The leader reacted impeccably and was a true inspiration to those he led. Oscar was an ambassador for the new Colombia and they should count themselves lucky to have such a fine asset.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare for a tough couple of weeks. The weather is extremely diverse we experienced rain, sleet,high humidity and very hot sun. Not surprising for a mountainous area but make sure your equipment can cope with this. Well worth the effort though. When you return from this trip you feel you have completed a journey of some significance. It felt like I had been travelling for longer as I had experienced so much in one country.
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