Otún Lagoon from Pereira
With our high mountain experience Otún Lagoon You will have the opportunity to take a guided tour of 3 km, where you can have transportation, complete food, medical assistance and the best landscapes of Colombia; A place that will stay in your heart forever.
Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!
Description of Laguna de Otún from Pereira
In the Coffee Axis you can enjoy the density and magnitude of this magical Otún Lagoon where you can experience different thermal floors and know through the route the natural reservoir, living a unique experience in Colombia.
It amounts to 3,900 meters above sea level.
On the route there is an ascent and descent walk of approximately 4 km at a height between 3,800 and 3,950 meters above sea level.
Our high mountain specialized guides will give you all the support and care needed, so you can have an excellent experience.
Make the ascent to the Otún Lagoon It is a truly unique activity in the Coffee Cultural Landscape. Just a little bit of will and desire to spend a day in the middle of incredible landscapes, while you learn about the Fauna and Flora of the region.
The meeting points are defined according to the place of lodging of the client or his place of origin.
- Pereira: Self-service GyG Plaza de Bolivar
What includes? Otún Lagoon from Pereira
- Transportation in specialized cars (4 × 4 trucks) round trip from the starting point in Pereira.
- Food: breakfast, lunch, caloric snacks and hydration.
- Entrance to the Los Nevados National Natural Park.
- Specialized guide of High Mountain.
- Hiking on the foot of the mountain and board the lagoon.
- Travel assistance card.
- Expenses not specified in the plan
- Promotional rate applies for groups of 7 people
- For foreigners, a supplement of COP 18,000 applies for admission to National Natural Parks
Itinerary of Laguna de Otún from Pereira
Recommendations for Otún Lagoon from Pereira
We recommend you to wear very comfortable clothes (lycra), so that it does not store moisture and your body keeps body temperature; comfortable shoes (boots or tennis with very good adhesion).
It is recommended that minors ascend with the permission of their parents or in the company of them.
Pregnant women or people with heart conditions should refrain from this experience.
Here is a list of recommendations:
- Prepare to walk
- Wear comfortable shoes that cover it from the cold.
- Cap, good coat, gloves and raincoat.
- And if you wish, prepare your camera to capture stunning images.
- Identification documents.
Know the Otún lagoon
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The day starts early
At 4:30 am the adventurers are summoned at the Grajales restaurant. Located next to the Bolívar de Pereira park, this restaurant serves 24 hours. This allows our visitors to arrive a little earlier, have a coffee and start a conversation with the staff of our company and with other travel companions. In general, the groups are made up of individuals, couples and families who have previously registered for the day. After making a brief presentation among the participants and giving some basic recommendations, we begin our tour on board the 4X4 vehicles. We go to the municipality of Santa Rosa de Cabal and then to the Los Nevados National Natural Park.
Arrival at the peasant inns
At approximately 7:30 am we arrive at one of the peasant inns where we will have breakfast. A typical breakfast, made in wood, prepared by one of the families that inhabits the area near the PNN Los Nevados. On this site, after breakfast and while doing a brief acclimatization activity, we will know a little about the lifestyle and high mountain production systems, just before entering the conservation area.
Then we board the 4X4 vehicles again to make a journey of approximately 40 minutes, until inside the park, in the sector called Conejeras. Conejeras is located in the downtown area of the park, approximately 4,160 meters above sea level, there we will leave the vehicles.
Start of the tour
At this point we find one or several officials of Natural National Parks, who provide information about the area and the behavior that we should have during our stay in it. At this point the collection of the entrance fee to the park is carried out, which is intended to strengthen the national environmental system. Before starting the path along the path, we perform a stretch directed by the guide (s), who in turn provide information and recommendations for the route that is about to begin.
Ascent to the Lagoon
During the ascent we will run 3.5 kilometers away, to reach approximately 3,950 meters above sea level. This tour usually takes between 2 and 3 hours. During the tour, several rest and acclimatization stops are made, in which our environmental guide-interpreter shares information about the area, fauna and flora, high mountains, etc.
As we ascend the oxygen becomes more scarce and fatigue is accentuated by the slope, however the majesty and beauty of the landscape invite us to continue; to continue advancing in the conquest of the mountain, to live this great experience of knowing one of the few pure water reserves in Colombia
Reach the lagoon
It is surely the most memorable moment of the past. Joy and the feeling of triumph is common among all visitors. We remain at the edge of the lagoon for thirty minutes, there we can take pictures and contemplate the beauty of the surroundings. After recreating in this wonderful space, we begin the descent along the same path that we arrived.
It is usually much faster (1.5 hours approx), we walk back to rabbit huts to board the vehicles again and move to the peasant inn where we will have lunch (3:00 pm approx). After lunch, we make a brief feedback of the activity and resume the journey in the vehicles to the city of Pereira (end of the tour 6:00 pm approx)
Written by: Adalberto Quiroga
How to get to Laguna del Otún
Access by Caldas
Access through the municipality of Villamaría (Caldas), via the road to Papayal (Condor Route), La Laguna, La Cueva sector (National Parks cabin) to the Conejeras sector.
Access by Risaralda
From Santa Rosa de Cabal on the road that passes through the hot springs of San Vicente to the sector of Potosí (National Parks hut) by road.
The Coffee Cultural Landscape was recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage thanks to the natural wealth it contains and the culture it characterizes. The carriel, the poncho, the hat, the friendliness of the locals, the beauty of their women, their charming villages and many other things make this a unique place, which also offers us the best coffee, that without which we can not start the day.
Here it is also possible to find multiple climates and ecosystems, thanks to its geographical conditions, becoming a world biodiversity conservation zone. It will always be possible to be surprised by the beauty of the snow-capped mountains or the butterfly garden, in which about 1500 butterflies of 50 species live.