Nevado Santa Isabel
Nevado Santa Isabel
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Knowing the snow-capped Santa Isabel is an excellent experience to learn and enjoy the Colombian high mountains. Meet exuberant landscapes, experience new sensations at more than 4,500 meters above sea level, recreate in natural environments, Live with Cattleya Ecotourism.
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921adriank
Seattle566 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
The hike to Nevado Santa Isabel is not long but it can be difficult for some people due to high elevation. The views are amazing. But be sure to bring warm clothes and drink a lot of water during the hike. The weather in this area can change rapidly. When I was hiking the weather went from warm and sunny to cold, cloudy, and rainy
Written 14 December 2019
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See Damon T
Houston, TX40 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
Very accessible climb. It’s difficult enough that I did not make it up after a two day hike but there were people taking day trips from Salento. Beautiful high desert scenery. Be sure to dress warm.
Written 10 September 2019
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travlnlgirl
Dubai, United Arab Emirates94 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We went with an agency and were picked up at 4am in Pereira. We were told we were going on a 4x4 vehicle. The car that picked us up was a 4x4, but very very small, old and uncomfortable. So, make sure you ask what kind of car you will be traveling on!
The driver was reckless all the way to the park, 4 hour ride from hell! when we got to the park we saw the other cars from other agencies, and they were all nice and big, Ours was a piece of sh....! I have to add we were with a "reputable" agency,
You stop and have breakfast at a "posada" which its a bascially a ladys house on the road who makes food for the food.
We get an introduction from the park ranger and then we go on another 45 min road from hell...again! omg that road has sooo many holes, its really uncomfortable. Once again, probably not so bad in a big, nice car.
We start the hike and the guide provided us some candy and a bottle of water each. On the way up, the guide was very helpful and explaining everything around. Even if you are in good shape you start feeling the effects of altitude as you hike. 45 minutes climbing and my guide tell us she forgot her water bottle!!!!! so, of course we have to give her one and now we are down to one bottle for two people. This may sound stupid, but this was a horrible thing not having water by the time we were going down. I thought I was going to die. We made it to the top and it was very nice to see the changes in vegetation, the rocks and finally the glaciar. Very beautiful and stunning.
Going down was harder for me than going up. Really tough on the knees and I got a headache on and off. The guide was going down sooo fast and you kind of have to keep up. At the end we found out she had been sick all along.
It is a great experience after all.
BEWARE of the agencies! Do your research before you pick.
Written 3 October 2018
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Sabine1985
Colombia67 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
I live in Colombia and travel a lot here, but seeing snow in Colombia was a whole new experience. The natural beauty of this part of Colombia is just amazing. It was hard to get to the top, cold and wet, sometimes we didn't see anything but really i never wanted to miss this. Go enjoy the amazing natural beauty of Colombia!
Written 22 July 2018
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Swagmania
Lafayette, IN123 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
We booked a two day one night tour through Colreservas in Pereira. They contract with ecomontana who are incredibly well-organized and have amazing guides. Our guide on the first day walk to Laguna de Otún was Alfredo. If you enjoy birdwatching then he's your guy. He knows all the Latin names and is working on English. If you are lucky, like we were, then you may see an Andean Condor! Lodging at the refugio is very basic. Make sure you are prepared for the night cold and the altitude. I suggest a sleeping bag if you have one but we survived with the blankets provided and the heat of two bodies. No private bathrooms just bunks. The food is great and in more than sufficient quantity and the people running the hostel are extremely kind hosts.

Second day climb to the glacier is a spectacular experience. Again, be prepared for the altitude and dramatic weather changes. If you go with ecocmontana guides you will be in good hands. They will give you a bottle of water, snacks, and plastic rain poncho but I suggest bringing your own rain gear (a good plastic poncho should suffice) and warm clothes. Hang in there. It's worth the effort.
Written 26 September 2017
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Liriaa8
Poznan, Poland56 contributions
Oct 2016
Really amazing experience!
But prepare to wake up early ;) The jeep picked us up at 4:45 am. First stop is next to small shops where you can buy water and some snacks (really recommended to have some with you!- cereal bar, small chocolates, nuts etc. Lunch is after the trekking in the afternoon and since breakfast you have much time and much effort ;)), also if you didn't buy gloves or hat you can do it here- there was a guy who was selling those for aprox. 10.000 COP (I think that having opportunity to borrow from the company would be nice - but I guess they all want to make money..) The trip is very well organized. After more less 1.5/2h you have a breakfast in a mountain hostel where you can see traditional kitchen- don't be shy to walk around and look :)
You get a trekking, banboo stick and foil jacket before climbing. The way up to the Glacier itself is not extremly hard. But what makes it hard is altitud. If you are fit it shouldn't be a big problem for you. Those who don't move so much did it as well but they looked "destroyed" at the end ;)
Prepare warm clothes - especially for the way down, breaks for eating (it is really cold there!) and sitting in the car. I got really cold on the way back home.
What about clothes? People were doing this tour in jeans, without professional clothes but it is much comfortable with thermal underwear and proper polar blouse and raincoat.
The "bad" thing about that tour is that you need time to recover. Many suffer headake during and after the trekking. Next day is good to relax and do nothing. Eventhough I was well prepared I had kind of cold the next day and I took few painkillers to get rid of the headake.. So... if you have limited time in Colombia and you are not mountain freak I would think twice to go or not. Otherwise - go and enjoy!
It is really AMAZING and at the end no sooo expensive (170.000 COP with park entrances, driver, guide, breakfast, lunch, snack and drink waiting for you when you get down).
They drove us back around 7pm to the hostel. We booked it with ecosistemas.
Enjoy!
Written 24 October 2016
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jeppicasays
Minnesota35 contributions
Jan 2015 • Solo
This 16,240 foot summit is breathtaking. I set up a guide service through a hostal in Manizales and was picked up at approximately 4:40 am. The guides were Spanish speaking which for me was not an issue.
We stopped in Villamaria to stock up on snacks (DO IT - you will want the sugar and sustenance as you climb) and water and continued up the (unpaved and very bumpy) road towards the Nevado.
We stopped at around 6:20 am at a house/restaurant for breakfast, which was delicious - scrambled eggs, fresh cheese, arepa, rice, coffee, hot chocolate, and toast. Very tasty, I ate it all. Use the bathroom here - it is the last opportunity you will have to use anything other than the great outdoors.
Another hour or so up the mountain, we stop at a ranger station for a briefing on climbing rules, then hopped in for one last (short) van ride to the base of the hike.
The hike itself is estimated 4 to 6 hours. I made it to the summit in just under two, other reaching the summit 30-60 minutes later.
The guides explained the ecological significance and pointed out interesting things at each little "break" we took as a group. Being an avid athlete and climber, they allowed me to set out in front the group and reach the summit on my own time. At all times the guides were friendly, engaging, informative, and helpful. They were nearly the highlight of the experience for me. The actual highlight, of course, was reaching the top.

DO THIS SUMMIT - even if Ruiz is closed, this is a great second option (or FIRST option at at that), especially if you have a love of climbing, hiking, and the outdoors.
Written 29 January 2015
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EmpanadaPolicia
Barranquilla, Colombia79 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
Did a great three day trek, up from Manizales and down into Pereira. An amazing circuit that isnt too difficult.
Written 7 January 2015
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