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Visiting Cueva Del Esplendor On Horseback From Jardin, Colombia

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One of the top attractions in Columbia is the Cueva del Esplendor, a unique natural landmark where a waterfall cascades through an opening in the ground, into the dark abyss of a cave.

Most people opt to visit Cueva del Esplendor either by jeep or hiking, but for those who want a more relaxing and gentle way to see this natural wonder, then the best way to visit is by horseback.

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We opted to take a 6 hour horse ride to Cueva del Esplendor because it sounded like a perfect way to spend the day.

When our guide suggested an option to do the first half of it in a jeep, we scoffed at the idea. Absolutely not! Horses all the way.

We never regretted the decision, until the next day when our aching limbs reminded us of what it’s like to sit on horseback for six hours…

And here’s why…

Where is Cueva del Esplendor?

Cueva del Esplendor
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Hidden amidst the majestic Colombian Andes lies the captivating Cueva del Esplendor. This enchanting waterfall, nestled within a cave, is located just outside the charming pueblo of Jardin.

Jardín is located in a valley, which is surrounded by low lying mountains dotted with coffee and banana plantations.

To reach this natural wonder, you must either hike along muddy mountain paths for 12 miles (which takes around 7 hours there and back) or get a lift in a jeep for 45 minutes, followed by a 30 minute walk.

Alternatively, you can ride on horseback from Jardin, which is how we visited Cueva del Esplendor.

The journey is well worth it, and no matter which method you choose to get there, you’ll be glad you made the effort to go.

How To Visit Cueva del Esplendor

The cave sits at 2,300 meters above sea level inside la Cueva del Esplendor Natural Reserve.

There is an entrance fee to visit the cave, even if you go alone and hike, which pays for the care, maintenance, and operation of the park.

To book tours or to organize your entrance ticket, you should visit the Cave Office in town. Here you can purchase your entrance ticket, insurance and a ranger for 20,000 COP. The price of transport is additional.

The route to the cave is quite wild and rugged and not easily marked, so we recommend going with a tour guide so you don’t get lost.

You can also book tours with the official tour agency in Jardin by contacting them on Whatsapp.

Our Experience Riding…

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