Visit the Coffee Farm, just outside of Medellin City.
This tour introduces the traveller to the great colombian coffee farming tradition without having to go to the coffee triangle in the middle of the country, many hours away from Medellin. Our city was founded by the same coffee farmers that eventually went to the south and originated a national industry, so it is pertinent to visit the real origins of that industry only 40 minutes away from downtown. Just in the next valley, about 30 kilometers away there are many coffee plantations and mills that will give you a taste of our main crop. We will visit one of them, see how the coffee is cultivated and harvested (during harvest season). We can also walk or ride horses (optional) to a nearby river down the valley and have a typical lunch wrapped in plantain leaves. Finally, we will taste the sweets made out of sugar cane extracts, another important crop from this region. At the end, if time permits, we will spend some time riding a cable car to the other side of the mountain where the views are amazing.
Since the farm is close to the city I will pick you up at your hotel at your time of choosing between 8am and 9am. The ride is only about 40 kilometers to the place where our host will pick us up, just outside of a long tunnel, leaving the Aburra Valley, where the city of Medellin is. From there we will go the farm and visit the plantation, taste the special coffees, of course, and hear all the stories about coffee making form our host then tour the farm and mill if they are making sugar blocks of 'panela'. We will have lunch at the farm and after that, we go to the cable car to cross the valley for the amazing views on the other side of the mountain. If time and weather permits we can ask the driver to take an alternate route through the mountains (avoiding the long tunnel) and visit a paragliding take off spot where you can choose to take a tandem flight of about 20 minutes over Medellin, or just enjoy the view of the city. Cost of flight not included.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will need the name and address of the hotel you are staying to be able to pick you up. I can also meet at any location you decide after you let me know exactly where it is. If you haven't booked a hotel yet, let me know that you haven't done so yet and that you'll message me through ToursByLocals when you do.
End location: You can decide the location where the tour ends. If you want me to drop you at a different place than your hotel, we will arrange that before we return to the city.
Duration: 7 hours
We will ride in a comfortable vehicle (van) suited for 6 people (including driver and guide). When the group is less than 4 people we will have a smaller, more efficient car, equally suited for the short 30 km (20 miles aprox.) ride.
The guided tour includes transportation from your hotel and back, coffee farm and mill tour, lunch at the farm, and cable ride (if weather permits).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 COP$30,000 - You can buy treats and coffee at the farm or nearby (extra coffee, because the host gives each traveler 125g of a special blends to take home).
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Wonderful experience with a great guide. Highly recommended. Juan picked us up, right on time. He was very caring, knowledgeable and a social person. The tour exceeded our expectations. We visited a small plantation and met Carlos, a special farmer with a mission. He is passionate about coffee and his farm produces high quality coffee beans. The ride on mules and horses was fantastic as was the traditional lunch at the creek. It was a full day, filled with great experiences. We enjoyed it tremendously.