This trip has been in the pipeline for a while and so we are super excited to finally announce our first non paragliding Colombian culture tour.
Inspired by the fact many pilots have said their non flying partners would love Colombia, the aim of this tour is to show everyone what this amazing country has to offer. Using our ten years of experience guiding paraglider pilots around this flying heaven, our aim is to take you to places that would be hard to find in any travel agent or guide book.
This trip is a completely non paragliding trip and is purely a voyage of discovery to enjoy and to take in the breath taking scenery of the Valle del Cauca and Pacific coast.
We will be starting our trip flying into the City of Cali known world wide as the home of Salsa dancing. Here we will be joined by our guide and Cali local resident Luisa. Luisa has been travelling and discovering the inner magic of Colombia her whole life and through her company Lugistic Tours has been opening up many new and beautiful places and experiences for travellers who want to see a slice of the real Colombia. She is a very dear friend of ours and to have the opportunity to share our skills in professional guiding, means that you will be in the best of hands throughout the entire trip.
Having arrived into Cali airport we will begin the tour at the Siga la Vaca hotel which is located deep in the heart of the sugar cane country. Here you will get your first glimpse of true Colombian culture as we explore the village of Pie de Chiche, made famous by its amazing paragliding and wide variety of local cuisine and of course the night time sounds of traditional Salsa.
We will spend our first few days at the Siga la Vaca to recover from the long flight by relaxing around one of the three swimming pools and to explore the local area. Whilst we are at the Siga la Vaca there will be the option to try a tandem paragliding flight, which will allow you to see the whole valley from the air and to understand why Colombia is so famous for its paragliding.
As we will be staying right in the heart of Salsa country we will also be arranging a Salsa dancing lesson hosted by Luisa and a professional Salsa dance teacher.
Having acclimatised for a few days in Pie de Chinche, we will set off in our private bus to the Andean town of Salento. Salento is located on the very edge of the Concora Valley which has amazing views of the plush green valley meadows right up to the high peaks of the Los Nevados mountains in the National natural park. We will take a ride on the Willies Jeeps down into the Concora valley where there is a host of ways to experience this pure gem of nature. You can take a horse riding trek through the valleys and up along the ridges offering stunning views of the whole area. Alternatively there is an easy walk up onto the head of the valley where you can see the tall thin wax palm trees spread out as far as the eye can see. These palm trees are a national symbol for Colombia.
By night we will explore some of the artisan bars and restaurants that are spread out all over the village and all in strolling distance from our accommodation.
After a few days exploring Salento we will then move on in our private bus to the town of Finlandia in the Quindio region. Finlandia is another town full of history and culture and with its traditional coloured houses it is a photographers dream. Placed in the middle of a coffee growing area we will be surrounded by the buzz of traditional Colombian life. Again we will have the opportunity to enjoy the local cuisine in the wide range of restaurants offering Colombian and traditional South American food.
Having experienced the inland mountain culture our next stop will be to the airport of Cartago to take our flight over the mountains and down to Nuqui on the Pacific coast.
I promise I am not exaggerating when I say that this place is a pure and unspoilt piece of nature that has not yet been ruined by the human hand. Nuqui itself is a small fishing town and the link between the Pacific coast and the outside world. Due to the dense jungle spanning for hundreds of kilometres in land from the coast this part of Colombia is only accessible by plane or boat. From Nuqui we will transfer to our accommodation via a skiff long boat which is how all of the local villagers travel as there are no linking roads.
We will be delivered onto the beach in front of our eco resort accommodation which prides itself on being able to offer beautiful accommodation right on the coast but with the whole focus being on self sustainable living. We will be staying in the wooden cabins which all face the Pacific Ocean with wonderful beach and jungle walks just metres away from your front door.
I will be totally honest with you, this part of the trip for me is the highlight of the whole experience and what makes this trip so worth coming on. I have never seen such unspoilt nature and more natural beaches that exist in this Pacific paradise. The sea temperature is like bath water all day long and an evening sunset swim is highly recommended.
There is nature and wildlife everywhere you look from Hermit Crabs criss crossing the beach to Pelicans flying in formation overhead and diving down into the surf.
Whilst here we will be able to offer various activities to help you fully explore the area from Jungle walks to a hidden waterfall and a swim in the natural hot springs of Termales. There is also the chance to just chill in the various hammocks provided to take in this little hidden gem.
During the evenings we will be offering a Pacific style dining experience organised with a very good friend of ours and local who makes tradition food all served on banana leaves from his own garden.
On completion of this part of the tour we will then fly back by small plane to Cartago where we will meet our private bus to transport us back to Pie de Chinche and the Siga la Vaca where we can unwind and chill one final time before we have to say goodbye
The cost of this trip is £2,000 per person
All transport via our private bus including airport transfers.
Plane tickets to Nuqui
All accommodation which is based on bed and breakfast.
Tickets to some of the attractions and experiences during the trip (further information on request)
What's Not Included
- Flights to Colombia
- Lunches and Evening meals
Please also take a look at our terms and conditions.
- February 13th - February 27th
|Monday 13th February||
Arrive into Cali
|Siga la Vaca Hotell|
|14th & 15th February||
Settle in and salsa class
|16th to 26th February||
Tour, see main description for activities and locations
|Return to Siga la vaca|
|Monday 27th February||Return home|
Each person must have their own travel insurance that includes repatriation to their respective country.
Each person must check the travel advice concerning vaccinations for Colombia and ensure that if required by their specific country, that these are completed in adequate time before the trip.