Hostel Caracol offers a wealth of information about what you can do in Popayan and the surrounding area both independently and through organized tours. We work with PopayanTours.com to offer safe and enjoyable trips using well-known guides and good quality equipment. Just some of the tours we offer are listed below:
Coconuco Downhill Cycle Trip which visits the thermal springs in the indigenous reserve of Coconuco and then involves a self-guided bike ride back to Popayán along a quiet, mostly paved road through the mountainous scenery skirting the Puracé National Park. There is the opportunity to stop off along the way and try the local specialities such as rainbow trout, hot chocolate with cheese and almojabanas or tamales. This excursion costs 40,000 Pesos per person for 3 or more people and 45,000 Pesos for two people. The trip leaves every day with a minimum of 2 people.
Alas & Raices Coffee Farm Tour is a whole day trip to an organic coffee farm 20 minutes outside Popayan. Visitors can see the whole process from bean to cup and experience life on a coffee farm in Southern Colombia. A selection of activities can be arranged in the afternoon from walks to a nearby waterfall to visiting the coffee roasting plant in Timbio village. Lunch and transport to and from the farm is included. This excursion costs 50,000 Pesos per person for two people or 40,000 Pesos per person for 3 or more people.
Spanish Classes can be arranged through the hostel with young and dynamic teachers who study modern languages at the local university. Classes start at 10,000 Pesos per hour for 1-to-1 classes and discounts can be given in combination with long stay rates in the hostel.
Bike Rental EcoCiclo launched in May 2013 and is run directly from Hostel Caracol. It's a public bike share scheme which offers affordable bike rental for tourists and locals alike. Prices start at 4,000 Pesos for an hour to 10,000 Pesos for a full day.