The Coffee Trail Ride - Colombia

Horses & Coffee that’s what it’s all about in Colombia…. An 8-day horseback adventure in the Colombian Coffee Triangle.

 

Practical information:

Good to know before you go

Riding level

Suitable for intermediate to experienced riders. You should be confident on a horse at all paces. The pace is varied to include walk, trot and canter.

Group Size

Minimum 6 participants 

Maximum  16 riders

Weight: 

Riders weight limit: 120 Kg

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  • Horses: Colombian criollo/cruzado.

  • The riding: Trailride, 6 days on horseback, riding from one place to the other, average of 6 hours per day in the saddle.

  • Saddles: comfortable Colombian trail saddles

  • Guides: professional and multilingual guides – Tripleader: Paul Coudenys

  • Comfort: clean and comfortable ranch & hotel rooms.(single participants of the same sex share rooms. 2, 3, 4 bedded farm rooms).

  • International Passport:  Required for most foreigners (still 6 months valid)

  • Visa:  most European and Latin American citizens do not need a visa to travel to Colombia. Contact the Colombian Embassy in your country for more info.

  • Vaccinations: not required in the área were we ride (for other regions consult your physician).

  • Age: minimum age is 12 years, only allowed if accompanied by an adult. 

Are you alone?

Do not worry, you can individually register/book and join in a group with other riders. Most participants are people who register individually and may just like you, not know the other riders in your group. Since everyone has the same points of interest (horseback riding, nature, travel, culture) there is always a good atmosphere and understanding among the participants. Participants come from all corners of the world, so you can be part of a group with riders from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, France, Sweden, Canada, USA, Australia, Mexico and many others countries. Your friends are suddenly so much more international!  A standard group consists of 6 to 16 riders. In general there are as many female as male participants.

We will do everything possible to follow the indicated itinerary, although spot changes can occur due to unforeseen circumstances. Rides are subject to change depending on weather, location and difficulty of terrain  In the unlikely event that this happens on your trip, we ask you flexibility and understanding. This is a sporty and adventurous vacation!

Weather in Colombia and during the Trailride : 

Colombia is a tropical country. Hot and humid all year long at the cost (Caribbean and Pacific) and in all low lands. Though a big part of Colombia is mountainous territory with altitudes between 1000m and 5000m. During our trailride we will be riding in the departments of Quindio on an altitude between 1500m and 2500m where temperature is about 25C during the day and about 16C at night all year long. 
 

Luggage: 

The maximum allowable weight of your luggage depends from airline to airline. Check with the airline or travel agent how many kilograms and pieces of luggage you can take. Your personal luggage is transported during the trek to the various stopovers.

Health:

The highlands and Coffee Triangle in Colombia is a safe region in terms of health. You can easily eat and drink anything without being stomach bothered. Eating raw vegetables, salads and ice creams is no problem. 
There are no vaccinations required and there is no malaria in this part of Colombia. In case of illness or an accident, there are good hospitals and doctors nearby.

Language:

No worries, local trip leader Paul is fluent in 6 languages and will help and translate with pleasure where needed.
Trips are always fun as we all speak the same equestrian language.

Safety: 

Colombia has not always the best reputation for safety and crime. Tens of thousands of . European and North American citizens safely visit Colombia each year for tourism, business, university studies, and volunteer work. Security in Colombia has improved 200% . For the last 5 years Colombia is considered a safe country to travel to. The only risk now a days in Colombia, is that you will want to stay! 
Our ride passes through the department Quindio where there is no need to worry at all!

travel gear...

  •  Valid international passport 

  • Travel Insurance

  • Pocket money (you can change EUR/£/USD in the airport) 

  • A warm sweater and a jacket 

  • 4 or 5 T-shirts and minimum 1 a shirt with long sleeves

  • Jodhpurs or jeans to ride with

  • Riding shoes or boots / riding shoes with mini-chaps or long chaps

  • A second pair of shoes for the evening

  • Swimsuit Comfortable clothing + a Hat 

  • One towel  

  • Toiletries

  • Sun Cream

  • Water canteen

  • Camera…

* we have raincoats and saddle bags available for you
* It is recommended to put your luggage in travel bag instead of a hard suitcase. 10 bags are easier to get in the backup vehicle than 10 suitcases.  (thanks!)

 

TRAVEL insurance MANDATORY:

We request you take a travel Insurance. Ask your local insurance company or travel agent about it. You will not be allowed to participate at the “Entre Orejas” riding holiday program without having a Personal Travel & Medical Insurance. Your insurance details will be requested on arrival.

 

Trip Cancellation Insurance MANDATORY:
In order to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances interfering with your “Entre Orejas” vacation, we demand that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. You can use any travel insurance company you are comfortable with.

 

Release Agreement: 

The “Entre Orejas” guests are required to sign a release agreement at the time of check-in. This is mandatory and guests cannot participate in the tour without signing the release agreement (all moneys paid are non-refundable). Please feel free to read the release agreement prior to your arrival: please download the form here. Parents or legal guardians of minor children are required to sign the release agreement on their children’s behalf. Please direct all questions to the office.

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  • Currency: 

The Colombian currency is the Colombian Peso or COP > $.  
Cash dispensers can be found in all towns and cities.
In the cities you can pay with credit cards. (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, American Express, ...)

  • Internet: In towns and villages there is everywhere Internet access. During the ridingtrip there is almost no internet access.

  • Time: http://www.worldtimeserver.com/ 

  • Rules: We are not so much into rules, but we reserve the right to refuse service to any individual who jeopardizes the health, safety and welfare of any of our guests, staff, family & community members, animals & livestock, or who refuses to follow the rules we have established for your safety and welfare during your visit with us.

  • General info about Colombia:

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombia

Tourism Board: http://www.colombia.travel/en/ 

Video about Colombia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZPzNVwgjVI 

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