~ CLIMB the PURACÉ VOLCANO
Enjoy a maximum mountain experience.
Climb the Puracé Volcano located in the central mountain range, to more than 4,000 meters with professional guides.
Cascada Cafe Retiro
~ CONDOR SIGHTING & COLORS of the TERMAL SPRINGS
Experience this spectacular tour in the Puracé National Park, where you can see the imposing condor of the Andes and the majesty of the moorland (Paramo) landscape.
~ COCONUCO BIKING TRIP + THERMAL SPRINGS
This biking trip departs almost every day at 10am. Guests are driven to the Indigenous mountain village of Coconuco (2,650m alt.) where you can bathe in the Thermal Waters.
At your leisure, take your bike and start the 30km ride back to Popayán (1,700m alt.) The road is mainly downhill on a paved road with little traffic. There is no guide.
~ SILVIA & PARAMO BIKING
Bike through the Mizac indigenous reserve. This stunning bike trip starts at 3,100m alt. and gently climbs to the spectacular Paramo de las Moras at 3,400m.
The descent is through the Indigenous reserve of Ambaló before entering the Guambia community with traditional farm houses. The ride is 32mks on farm roads and finishes in the Town of Silvia, famous for its Tuesday market.
~ COCONUCO THERMAL BATHS
The bus ($5,500) will take you to the Town of Coconuco, where you can take a motorcycle taxi ($3,000 / person) or a jeep ($12,000 / jeep) to the thermal pools.
Agua Tibia (entrance $22,000): These are private thermal pools. You will find nice paths from pool to pool and beautiful nature. There is also a water slide, a mud pool & a restaurant. You can also rent horses and boats.
Walk back to Coconuco (60 minutes walking with amazing views or you can also catch a ride). The last bus to Popayán passes through Coconuco at 6 pm.
Local Excursions / Ecotourism Travel
~ SAN AUGUSTIN DAY TRIP, Colombia’s Archaeological Gem
This special UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site is set amongst rolling, coffee planted hills just outside the farming town of San Agustin. The Parque Arqueologico considered to be one Colombia's most important archaeological sites with over 500 statues left by pre-Colombian cultures dating back 5000 years, draws visitors from around the world.
The museum and park are well laid out and informative, with some bilingual (English / Spanish) signs and clearly marked paths. It takes around 3-4 hours to visit the park. One of the secondary sites is Parque Arqueológico Alto de los Ídolos.
An impressive local view point is the Salto de Mortiño waterfall.
This destination is special with many secondary attractions in the area including the Estrecho del Río Magdalena. The trip from Popayán is long and very bumpy therefore, we recommend that this trip is done on your way to Neiva and the Desierto de la Tatacoa and Las Termales de Rivera.
~ TIERRADENTRO DAY TRIP, Underground Burial Chambers
This UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site is one of Colombia’s forgotten treasures. Parque Arquelogico Nacional De Tierradentro is made up of a series of pre-Colombian burial tombs and statues. The trip to Tiettadentro is quite an adventure with dramatic canyons and spectacular mountain passes.