Colombian Coffee: Seeds of Justice

Code: GBDVSA
2 days - 1 night
Category:
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  • Genaros finca
  • PORTADA TOUR EJE
  • gato en willys
  • mural cafetero en Salento
  • fundador de la vereda la florida
  • Señor Walter La Florida
  • Pereira

Description

In this mountainous territory, the heirs of the Antioqueños colonizers are struggling to preserve a way of life that was built around coffee, and that today, UNESCO recognizes it in its “World Heritage List”, as the Coffee Cultural Landscape. As a response, local communities are organizing around the defense and exaltation of their cultural traditions. These complexities mix with an immense geographical diversity, a distinctive feature that makes the region internationally recognized, among many other things, as a hotspot for birdwatching. In this tour, which will start in Pereira —the central city of the region— and finishing in the beautiful typical coffee town of Salento, admire an incomparable variety of landscapes and biodiversity, while getting in touch with local associations —that despite the government— aim to maintain their intrinsic relationship with nature.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the heart of the coffee region, and see firsthand how small farmers are working to preserve their heritage – the ‘scents of their past’
  • Meet Yarumo Blanco and learn about their struggle against GMO seeds and the negative effects of free trade agreements on this delicate area
  • Trek through the spectacular Cocora Valley, surrounded by birds and butterflies, an immensity of biodiversity tucked into these lush green hills
  • Experience the charm of Salento, a typical town of the coffee region – maybe drink some fiery aguardiente and try your hand at the ancestral sport of tejo
Day 1
WHEN? WHAT YOU WILL DO!
7:00 a. m. Meeting point (Pereira): Plaza de Bolívar.
7:00 am to 9:00 am Walking tour around Pereira: look around the central city of the Coffee Axis and comprehend the history that shaped the uniqueness of the region. Head to the rural area of La Florida.
9:00 am to 10:30 am The people that made a culture: while taking a real cup of Colombian coffee, know the history of the people who shaped, through courage —but also through the domination of nature— the Colombian coffee culture. Go to Los Genaros.
10:30 am to 4:00 pm The agroecological farm: get in touch with Los Genaros, a farm where after years of struggling against the economic and environmental failures of monocultures, the García family decided to make an abrupt change in their livelihood, while making an example of conservation of ecosystems and traditional agricultural practices. Take a traditional snack and lunch, and, using the representative transportation vehicle of the area, go the “Santuario de Flora y Fauna Otún-Quimbaya”.
4:00 pm onwards Making a living around nature: in an internationally recognized sustainable destination, get to know the “Yarumo Blanco” experience, a local youth organization born out of the need to defend environmental and peasant´s rights by interpreting the beauty and complexity of nature. Walk across a birdwatching short trek, take dinner, share with the group and rest through the night.
Day 2
WHEN? WHAT YOU WILL DO!
7:00 am to 1:00 pm The Cocora Valley: take breakfast and go and experience the main nature’s conservation challenges faced in The Cocora Valley, a characteristic ecosystem in the region that hosts the Palma de Cera, the Colombian national tree.
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm The Coffee Cultural Landscape of Salento: arrive at the town of Salento. Take lunch and see what a typical coffee Colombian town looks like, in terms of architecture, art, and idiosyncrasies. End of the tour.

Includes

  • Meals: Day 1: snack, lunch, dinner; Day 2: breakfast, lunch.
  • Accommodation for the night of the Day 1.
  • Transportation: all the transportation needed for the tour.
  • Professional Guidance.

 

What you will need

This tour has a high focus on outdoors trekking. Although it is not designed for advanced hikers, it is important to follow these recommendations:

  • Prepare a light hiking luggage for the 2-day tour.
  • Bring appropriate hiking clothes and shoes. Waterproof raincoat and other waterproof clothing and accessories are strongly recommended.
  • Sunblock, sunglasses and hat are also recommended.
  • Hydration is a must! Do not forget to bring water and/or other beverages for the journey.
  • Do not forget to rest well the night before.

 

Extra information

  • We know many of our travelers will arrive from other cities and count with luggage for their whole stay in the country, but do not worry! We will take care of your luggage and will carry it to where you will stay by the end of the tour.
  • The tour ends in Salento, where you would probably will enjoy spending the night. However, if you have other plans, such as heading back to Pereira, or maybe going to Armenia or Cali, we can easily arrange that. Just let us know and we’ll take care of it (extra costs will probably apply).

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