In this post, we will be describing everything you may know before making this trip to Norcasía. What you are going to find, and what you can do once you are in Norcasia. Besides, we are going to give you some advice or traveler's experience. First, we want to emphasize that most of these places will have to be done by boat 🚤. That is why, if you are going to go with few people, visiting those places will cost a little more unlike traveling with an agency.

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In this post, you will find the following information related to the trip to Norcasía:

  • Available lodgings in Norcasía
  • Turistic places in Norcasía
  • Interesting facts about Norcasía

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Norcasía is considered as the youngest town in the Caldas department. For such a reason, Norcasia is known as the "Girl of Caldas.". Norcasia is also located 43 kilometers east of La Dorada, Caldas, and shares borders with Sonsón, Antioqua, and Victoria and Samaná, Caldas.


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If you do not have your own transportation, and you want to go by bus, don't worry, here are some options in order to do it by your own:


  • Coopuertos: It is a direct, non-stop trip every day at 1:30 pm. The cost of the ticket is $45.000 Colombian pesos (11.98 USD). This company also travels to La Dorada, Caldas, from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, departing every hour. The travel duration is about 5 hours (Manizales-La Dorada) and the cost is $35.000 (9.32 USD).

📞 For more information, please call this phone number: 3162714173

  • Rápido Tolima: Rápido Tolima: The buses depart every day at 3:00 pm on a direct, non-stop route to Norcasía and the cost of the ticket is $45.000 (11.98 USD).

📞 For more information, please call this phone number: 3153914211


  • Medellin to La Dorada: The ticket costs approximately $52.000 per person (13.84 USD).Some bus companies are: Rápido Ochoa, Expreso Brasilia, and Coomotor. To make this trip, it's important to know that the travel time is about 6 hours, although it varies depending on how the route is.

  • Bogotá to Norcasia: The value of the ticket is approximately $50,000 per person (13.62 USD), the company that travels directly to Norcasia is Coopuertos. The travel duration is about 6 hours, the departure time is 11 am and 2 pm, every day.

  • Cali to La Dorada: The cost of the ticket is about $115.000 per person (30.86 USD). Some bus companies are: Brasilia, and Rápido Ochoa.To make this trip, it's important to know that the travel time is about 11 hours, although it varies depending on how the route is.

Important recommendation: The bus schedules tend to change sometimes, so we recommend making a call with an anticipated time to confirm those schedules.

As we were not able to take the direct bus to Norcasia from Manizales, we arrived at Dorada Caldas, where we had to take another bus to Norcasia, this bus took about 1 hour and 30 minutes, the ticket had a cost of $13,000 pesos In addition to that, you can also find some taxis that go to Norcasia.

Once we arrive in Norcasia, we are ready to start our adventure ⛰.


When we arrived in Norcasia, a member of the agency was waiting for us to take us to the lodging. And, we were surprised that, despite being a small town, there are many hotels around the town; for that reason, you will be able to choose the hotel which fits better to your budget trip.


  • Due to Movistar's lack of coverage on Norcasia, it is strongly advised to use networks such as Claro, Tigo, or WOM.
  • You should know that it is a small town, so if you do not have money it will be almost impossible to find banking correspondents or ATMs.

Now, we are going to share some lodging options available in Norcasía in case you have any trouble with your accommodation.

A continuación te compartimos algunas opciones de hospedajes en Norcasia, si llegaras a tener algún inconveniente con alguno de estos hospedajes nos lo puedes hacer saber.


The first thing you may know is that in Norcasia there are many houses, which provide the service of lodging. Besides, you will find many hotels that can fit to your budget as it was mentioned above.

RECOMMENDATION: When there is low season, it will be easier to find available lodgings; moreover, when there is high season, we highly recommend you to book a hotel in advance, since we have heard that there have been cases that some travelers could not find lodging or other travelers who charged them many higher rates.


DAY # 1


The next day we meet near the Norcasia park with the other people who will accompany us on the tour. We took the opportunity to have breakfast, while we did it, it was inevitable to stop seeing the happy face reflected by many of these people, many said "I want to be there, I want to swim in that beautiful river, go to the viewpoint" etc.. After a After a while the cars arrived that would take us to our first destination 😎.

The trip took 40 minutes approximately, in which we traveled 10 minutes on the main road of Norcasía to La Dorada and the remaining 30 minutes on an unpaved road.

After the trip, we arrived at a place where we had to pick up a pulley. There we were going to wait for the boats to start with our first activity of the day. One activity was to swim 7 kilometers throughout La Miel river. After swimming around 4 kilometers, we started feeling tired and our arms were tired too.

Río la Miel

After swimming about 2 hours in the river, we went to another place where we had lunch at the edge of the river, it was a fabulous experience to be able to have lunch in the shade of a tree watching this crystal clear river and listening to the sounds of some birds 🦜.

After a well-deserved break, we were taken to the boats again until the point where we started our trip (the pulley). From there, we picked up the cars to continue with the trip, and we found a waterfall that is about 1 kilometer away from the La Dorada Norcasia highway. The name of the waterfall is Cascada La Clara.

Cascada la Clara

Foto por: Entre Ríos

Finally, after finishing our first day of touring, we headed to our hotels, where we took a well-deserved break, and we took advantage of it to organize our baggage, given the fact that the next day would be our final day of tour.

DAY # 2

We woke up early in the morning in order to be able to arrive at the park at 8:00 am to start our trip. This time, we were going to visit the Amaní Water reservoir. The trip by car took approximately 20 minutes (the road was looking good).


The tour of this reservoir was a truly magical experience, navigating through all that vegetation and at the end of all this seeing the dam, which looks all imposing, there we stopped for a moment and they told us a little about the history of its construction 🏗, after this explanation we returned to the reservoir again, the tour of this place lasted around 8 minutes.

This place should definitely be on your list to visit.

Represa del embalse de Amaní

Foto por: Entre Ríos


This touristic place is located on the side of the road, 10 minutes by car from the Norcasía's park. We stayed there for around 2 minutes because the organizers had to take us to get a little snack. It was a shame because we wanted to stay a longer time to enjoy the place. Way back then, they promised to take us again; nevertheless, it never happened 😞.

There, you could find restaurants or food belonging to some locals who go out to sell their products near the road. It would be great if you could enjoy more of this magical place. Finally, we got another snack to continue with the tour.

Mirador del Embalse de Amaní


This is a river that is characterized by its crystal clear and sparkling waters. The cars left us in front of this place. The road in some sections is unpaved but in good condition. This was the last place we visited. Later, we were driven in the cars to the principal park in the town. Finally, when we arrived at the park, we said, "It's over."

Río Manso

Foto por: Entre Ríos



This place is located downstream of the Amaní Reservoir, which means that the course of the river will depend on the dam for its navigation. If the river does not have the appropriate course, it will not be possible to visit this place.

Cañon Río la Miel

Foto por: Entre Ríos

When you arrive in Norcasía, you will see various agencies that can show you around the tourist attractions. Before you book a tour, make sure that they take you to the places that you want to see.


  • There are agencies in Norcasía that are start-up agencies, and those agencies could give you a little bit more assistance, you can click here to book your tour.
  • If you are one of those people who likes to travel but hates the massive amounts of assistance, it is recommended to visit those places during the weekend that have holidays (Monday, or Friday) since you may meet many travelers. To give you an idea, approximately 600 travelers arrived on the last bank holiday, i want to clarify that these statistics were shared with us by some locals. We do not know if the number of travelers is constant every holy weekend.


Keep in mind that buses from Norcasía to La Dorada have a limited schedule. This is the end of the trip to Norcasía.

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The costs mentioned above are an estimate, and they could vary.