If you’re looking for an excellent day out in Medellin, contact Andres at Land Adventure Tours. Not only was he very responsive and reliable, he also customized our tour to fit our interests and time available. The all-day (approx 12 hrs) custom-made outing cost about USD $110/person including transportation (pick up/drop off at our hotel in Medellin), lunches, tours, four-wheeling & zip-lining. Our tour guide, Andres, spoke perfect English and was able to translate when necessary so that our multinational group could all understand. Andres’ passion for his country was obvious and he wanted to show us some of the best views and unique experiences it has to offer. He took the time to get to know us and went out of his way to make it an awesome experience. Highlights included Concordia Coffee Farm, a local chorizo stand for lunch, four-wheeling and zip-lining in Bolivar. A great experience, don’t miss it!
Following is a more detailed account of the day:
I was in Medellin Colombia, on an extended business trip with several multinational colleagues With an open day on a weekend, we were looking for a reputable tour operator to experience the beautiful Colombian countryside. Others in our company suggested Land Adventure Tours and Andres as they had used the services before and were very satisfied.
Our group contacted Andres by email and we received immediate responses (within one hour). He asked what type of things we wanted to see, which was the Antioquia countryside and coffee farms, along with some high energy fun. Andres quickly suggested a combination tour of Concordia and Bolívar. These can be done as separate tours, but Andres offered to combine these as it best fit our needs, and could be combined at a reasonable price.
Andres picked our group up at our hotel in Medellin at 8:30am.. As we were a multi-national group, it was a huge benefit that Andreas spoke perfect English. Ho took the time to meet all of us to understand what we wanted out of the tour. We were a group of 5 and comfortably fit in the very nice vehicle.
Or first destination, about a 2 hour ride from the center of Medellin was Concordia. The ride to Concordia was absolutely beautiful, through the mountainous regions, small towns and country side. Andres stopped in a small town along the way for a stretch break, where he provided water for the group.
Concordia is an operational coffee farm. We arrived and were warmly greeted by the owners, offered cups of coffee, and showed around the property. It was like they were welcoming us to their home. We were then taken up the mountain into the coffee fields to see the plantation. This involved a great ride in the back of a pickup truck through the winding trails. The views were awesome, at some points we were above the clouds. The owner explained much about the coffee growing and harvesting process. Andres help fill in when the English communication was difficult. We went back to the farm and were given a tour of the process of transforming the raw coffee to the marketable product. The owners have installed a small roasting and grinding operation and offered their own coffee for sale, which we all purchased. As it turns out, the price is excellent (about US$4/pound). I should have bought more than the 3.5 pound that I did)
The group was hungry upon leaving and Andres suggested a top at a nearby outdoor chorizo “stand”. A great local experience where we had grilled chorizo, and cold beverages. A spur of the minute stop, but another highlight.
We then went on to Bolivar, about 1.5 hours from Concordia. This is more a of a local resort than a coffee farm. It is situated in the mountains with more great scenery. This was the “adventure” portion of the tour. We were taken up the mountain as passengers on 4-wheelers. The VERY narrow winding trails offered a thrill, but felt safe at the same time. Then it was time for the zip line. We were taken on 4-wheelerss up the mountainside to the take-off point. The operators trained us for a bit on what to do and one by one, we rode the zip line across the valley. This is a must do as the ride was fun and exhilarating. Some of our group took-up the offer for a second ride. We had a late lunch at the resort. The lunch was less than great. But Andres recognized this, asked our opinion, and said he would find a better place for future tours.
We then departed back to Medellin, another 2 hour ride arriving at 7:30pm. Upon our arrival, Andres offered us the SD card from his camera, which he was using the entire day to photograph our outing. My “cynical” personality expected this to be a sell job, where we would pay for the picture. On the contrary, Andres simply gave us the SD card and only asked when we copied the pictures, we would leave the card at the hotel deck for him to pic-up. What a nice touch!!
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