The Zona Cafetera is the ideal place to enjoy the gorgeous Colombian countryside, and to fully do so, you will need a guide. In fact, Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados requires that visitors be accompanied by a park ranger or guide. This is not only for your safety but also to help you navigate through the high, winding park roads. Valle de Cocora, near Salento, is another place where you might benefit from a guided tour. While trails into the valley are well marked, a good guide can help you get the most out of your experience.
Finally, if youâ€™re coming to this region, you should stop by a coffee farm. You are, after all, in Colombia, where the highest grade of coffee is produced and exported throughout the world. You will find there is a great deal to learn about coffee, and it is well worth the extra money to hire a local farmer to show you around and teach you the tricks of the trade.
Many tours and guides can be found upon arrival in your destination of choice. In the case of Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados, it is wise to arrange a tour in Manizales that includes transportation to and from the park. Horseback riding is also a very popular activity in this region. It costs about $20 for a day tour (4-6 hr) in the countryside.