Quindio / Coffee Region — Inter-Andean coffee-growing region

A program full of culture, colors and traditions. A journey into the heart of the Eje Cafetero to discover and participate in the well-preserved traditions of one of the last large haciendas in Quindío.

5 days / starting at 977 USD* / $3'712.000 COP*
*Minimum value per person for a group of 5 people
**We work with dynamic rates, this means that the cost will depend on the number of people and the dates of your trip

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Craft techniques and community


You will experience the customs of the old and authentic coffee-growing families and their exquisite traditional cuisine as you listen to their tales and family anecdotes.

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A place with beautiful and simple colonial architecture where you can experience a countryside lifestyle away from the influence of traditional tourism. Our hacienda preserves one of the last tropical forests in the area, bordered by La Vieja, the most important river in the region. It is a scenario where the old farming arts are still being practiced.

This experience will bring you back to the simplicity and beauty of the old countryside life in a blessed land full of vitality and color. This place seems frozen in time for 160 years, for the traditions and the people' ways have not changed. You will experience the customs of the old and authentic coffee-growing families and their exquisite traditional cuisine as you listen to their tales and family anecdotes.

What will you find?

Quindío is the smallest department and one of the most fertile ones in the country. It is flanked by the snow-capped mountains of the Cordillera Central, with a very pleasant weather. Volcanic ash accumulated over millions of years nourish infinite and gentle hills where coffee, fruits and cocoa traditional crops grow lushly. Guaduales, groves of a bamboo variety with amazing qualities for construction, are also very common. Throughout the streets of its towns, we find a very special wooden and bahareque architecture, along with the famous and fully operating Willys Jeeps.

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In all our journeys you will be accompanied by a Shift Insider. Our Insiders are inspiring travelers and explorers whose love of nature, adventurous spirit, and profound knowledge of the flora, fauna, geology and culture of the places we visit, makes them belong to Shift. Meet our Insiders, who are able to reveal for you the very secrets of the places you visit.

Fernando Arciniegas

Professional adventurer, anthropologist, high seas mariner, diving instructor and outdoor educator. "Lobo" (wolf), as he is known in the scene, has taken part in numerous high mountain expeditions and is strongly involved in educational and awareness programs for emergencies in harsh terrains. He is a rock climbing instructor and high mountain guide. If you see him, he'll say, “What are you waiting for to put a new stamp on your passport?”

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You will stay in a basic traditional quindiana house made of antique wood and bahareque, with single and double rooms, that is part of a rustic typical work-farm. The bathrooms are shared and have hot water.

Socio-economic Impact

Quindío

When you travel with us, you make a difference, as you encourage those who welcome you into their homes and communities to become more passionate each day about their role as hosts of Colombia's unfolding to the world.
Below you will find percentages detailing how your money will be invested:

CategoryDistribution
Food and lodging15%
Insiders3%
Local labor31%
Operation and administration18%
Sales and marketing14%
Contribution to a local cause2%
Fees and taxes17%

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