logistics of Los Nevados PNN
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Nov 17, 2012 7:02 PM Last Post By: WILLEMSPIE
Nov 15, 2012 6:48 PM
logistics of Los Nevados PNNI'm heading to Manizales in a few days and would love to get out to Parque de Los Nevados.
1. I've heard rumors that it is still closed due to threat of volcanic activity, but other sources (like Colombia's official PNN site, but perhaps it is outdated?) says it is now open. Which is true?
2. Is it pretty easy to get out to the park entrance town, or is a guide/arranged transport needed? I speak good Spanish.
3. Is a guide needed to do the trekking inside?
4. Any suggestions for a good trekking company? I'd like to stay maybe 2-3 days in the park, it seems a daytrip would be a waste of effort.
Nov 16, 2012 7:26 AM
1I have heard that the main entrance to Los Nevados via Manizales is closed due to volcanic activity. However, I just returned from a four day trek in Los Nevados with no issues via El Valle De Cocora. The Cocora route contains no checkpoints which would prevent you from enetering the park, nor are there any entrance fees. Meals and accomodation are available inside the park at La Finca Primavera. So basically your best bet for entering the park would be from a different point i.e. Cocora, Pereira. Have fun and let me know if you have any specific questons about the route.
Nov 16, 2012 4:23 PM
I arrived into Manizales today and checked with both the tourism office in the city center as well as the woman who works in my hostel. Both confirm that (at least from the city?) the park is still closed due to threat of volcanic activity. However, a bus from Manizales' terminal de transportes to La Esperanza costs 9,000 COP each way, and from there one can go on hikes at the edge of the park.
The tourist office man told me there is 1 place to stay in La Esperanza called Zona Ocio operated by a woman named Lina; her cell number is 318-336-5818. There are camping spots as well as some rooms, I believe. Starts roughly at 30,000 COP with breakfast and maybe some meals included, although he couldn't confirm. Buses return to Manizales at all hours because they all come from the direction of Bogota.
Nov 17, 2012 7:02 PM
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