Sustainable Tourism Activities

There is a wide range of fun and educational activities that tourists can undertake at La Hesperia, including hiking, camping, birdwatching, making chocolate from cacao beans, and visiting our gardens.

We offer hikes that vary from short, circular strolls where you can observe birds, butterflies, and various flora of the cloud forest to longer hikes that take you deeper in the forest where you can walk along waterfalls and go down our natural water slide. For the truly adventurous, there is a nine-hour hike that follows original Incan paths along the perimeter of the reserve, passing the famous and rare sangre de drago (dragon’s blood) tree, where you can try the healing properties of the red sap.

Most of our activities require guides, except swimming in our pond, perusing our medicinal garden, and walking along our two shortest hiking trails. 

Activities that require a guide:

  • Various hikes in the cloud forest (with different levels of physical demands)
    •  Waterfall Hike
    •  Water canal trail
    •  Hike to the camping sites
    •  Puma trail
    •  Hike to the boundary of the reserve
    •  Water slide trail
    • Nocturnal hikes
  • Camping
  • Agrotour and milking the cows
  • Reforestation
  • Making cheese, yogurt, butter, chocolate, or coffee
  • Eco-construction workshop (COB)/learning how to manufacture fibres and natural materials
  • Horseback riding
  • Lectures (about nature, socioeconomy and biodiversity, etc.)
  • Bonfires
  • Canoeing on the waterfalls (minimum 6 people)

Camping:

We offer the opportunity to camp in two beautiful places to watch the sunrise and enjoy the gorgeous view of the cloud forest in the western extend of the Andes.

We can arrange packed lunch, dinner, and breakfast the following morning. We also offer tents for rent and horses to carry your belongings and the camping equipment.

First Campsite (The Ceibo)

The first campsite is located approximately 45 minutes walking from the main house, at 1600m, affording tranquillity and gorgeous views over the forest.

 

Second Campsite (The Cuchilla)

The second campsite is located approximately 2 hours walking from the main house, offering a more remote location and, at an elevation of 2000m, a higher view over the cloud forest.