Trekking in Colombia

Cerros Orientales of Bogotá

The lungs of Bogotá city, the mountains to the East of the capital of Colombia, are the last border of the Andes before the Eastern plains. From their summits we can enjoy a beautiful view of the city.

Cordillera Oriental Traverse

A demanding two day trek which covers almost 4000 m of ascent as we travel across the Piedemonte Llanero.

The cliffs of Sutatausa

88 km from Bogota there lies a 14 km long ridge which was once a sacred place for the Muiscas (an indigenous group) and which offers astounding views of the Ubaté valley from its highest point.

Páramo de Sumapaz

Not far from Bogota, we find the largest paramo in the whole world: the Sumapaz National Park. With elevations ranging between 2600 and 4300 m.a.s.l., this National Park covers 3 states of Colombia.

Sierra Nevada del Cocuy, West Side Traverse

On the southwest side of the Sierra we find the start of a trek that permits us to enjoy the mountains without the need to climb or have any experience of alpinism.

Suesca

The largest climbing area in Colombia, Suesca also offers many options for day hikes through woods and along the clifftop.

Termales del Cañón crossing

The Nevado del Tolima (5220 m) is an active volcano located in the Cordillera Central (Central Andes), in Los Nevados Natural National Park.

Nevados National Park Crossing

This trek starts in the Tolima department and finishes in the Quindío Department, crossing the Central Andes range from east to west.

Chingaza National Park: Siecha lagoons

At 4200 m.a.s.l. and covering an area of 50,374 hectares, Chingaza is one of the most important water basins of Bogotá.

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Cerros Orientales of Bogotá

Level of Difficulty: Medium

 

The lungs of Bogotá city, the mountains to the East of the capital of Colombia, are the last border of the Andes before the Eastern plains. From their summits we can enjoy a beautiful view of the city, our reward for the 5 hour hike that leads us through the native cloud forest and allows us to appreciate all the different species of birds that live there. This a hard day trip but we will return to Bogotá having breathed a different kind of air and with a new perspective of the city.

Cordillera Oriental Crossing

Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

A demanding two day trek which covers almost 4000 m of ascent as we travel across the Piedemonte Llanero. As we ascend through this region, the vegetation will change from a dense and humid jungle - one of the best preserved cloud forests in the country - to the paramo, a cold ecosystem where fog is the only constant. We will finish our journey in a small village near the Tota lake.

Hiking time will be between 6 and 8 hours per day.

The Cliffs of Sutatausa

Level of difficulty: Medium

 

88 km from Bogota there lies a 14 km long ridge which was once a sacred place for the Muiscas (an indigenous group) and which offers astounding views of the Ubaté valley from its highest point. This day hike affords us the opportunity to discover pictographs, left by the Muiscas, as well as exploring different caves and rocks of incredibly varied shapes and sizes. This is also an excellent location for bouldering, traditional and sport climbing and there is some potential for highlining.

Páramo of Sumapaz

Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

 

Not far from Bogota, we find the largest paramo in the whole world: the Sumapaz National Park. With elevations ranging between 2600 and 4300 m.a.s.l., this National Park covers 3 states of Colombia; it’s a magical place, full of lakes, where fog and water reign. Over the course of this 2 day trip, we will walk among millions of frailejones - this region’s endemic plant and symbol of the paramo - where eagles, condors, white tailed deer and rabbits make their home. Here the weather could change at any moment; in the same day we can experienced warmth and cold, as well as intense rain and constant fog. We will walk for 5 to 6 hours each day.

Sierra Nevada del Cocuy Traverse

Level of Difficulty: Medium

On the southwest side of the Sierra we find the start of a trek that permits us to enjoy the mountains without the need to climb or have any experience of alpinism. Our team will guide you through the different ecosystems of the park. At certain points along the trek we will walk alongside glaciers and experience beautiful views of both sides of the Sierra Nevada mountain range - one of the most stunning views in the whole park. Pan de Azúcar, Cóncavo and Portales are just a few of the many mountains that will tower above us during our trek. We will also have the chance to camp by the Laguna Grande de La Sierra, a glacial lake and the largest in the park.

Suesca

 

Level of difficulty: Medium

 

The largest climbing area in Colombia, Suesca also offers many options for day hikes through woods and along the clifftop. We cross the ridge at its highest point, from where we can enjoy stunning views of the Bogotá river. The walk then continues through native forest and leads us on an exploration of Owl Canyon before we return to Bogotá.

 

Here we can appreciate the vegetation native to the highest altitudes, similar to the famous páramo. This type of area is ideal for many activities, including horse riding, mountain biking, paint balling and quad biking. At the entrance to the cliffs, we have the chance to partake in an excellent gastronomic experience; restaurants here offer a variety of delicious national and international dishes for us to try.

Termales del Cañón

Nevado del Tolima

 

Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

 

The Nevado del Tolima (5220 m) is an active volcano located in the Cordillera Central (Central Andes), in Los Nevados Natural National Park. The trek to Termales del Cañón will lead us through a cloud forest full of lush vegetation; as we gain altitude we will see our surroundings transform into páramo, where we can observe many endemic species of Colombia. Our objective is a camp at 4000 m near the natural hot springs. From there, on a clear day, we can see the four principal peaks of the park: Nevado del Ruiz, Nevado del Tolima, Nevado De Santa Isabel and Paramillo del Quindio.

Nevados National Park Crossing

Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

 

This trek starts in the Tolima department and finishes in the Quindío Department, crossing the Central Andes range from east to west.

 

We will start our journey in the village of Juntas, where we will walk through traditional farms before entering the cloud forest. Gaining altitude, we will reach the paramo ecosystem where millions of endemic frailejones will surround us. On the third day we will stop to rest at the Termales del Cañon, where you can enjoy the hot springs and the amazing views of Nevado del Tolima, Santa Isabel, Ruiz and the Paramillo del Quindio. Then the path cuts through the heart of the park, along a valley at around 4000 m.a.s.l., descending into the forest. We will cross the famous Valle del Cocora, home of the wax palm, spotting lakes and waterfalls, and finally the trek will end in charming Salento, one of the most visited tourist destinations in Colombia.

Lagunas de Siecha, National Park of Chingaza

Level of Difficulty: Medium

 

At 4200 m.a.s.l. and covering an area of 50,374 hectares, Chingaza is one of the most important water basins of Bogotá. Thanks to the diversity of its thermal floors, here we can find a wide variety of animals, such as deer, condors, pavas, nocturnal monkeys, toucans, possums, even spectacled bears and oncillas. The latter is incredibly difficult to spot nowadays, as its habitat is threatened and its territory has been notably reduced. In the high level areas of the park, frailejones are one of the major attractions along with the dense fog that covers the land, allowing us to discover the beautiful landscape piece by piece.


The Siecha lakes  (Teusacá, Fausto and Siecha) are surrounded by a large rock formation called La Cuchilla de Siecha; the unique path that winds past them reminds us that this was a sacred place for the indigenous tribes of the area, since the last vestiges of their culture are preserved here.

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En desarrollo de lo dispuesto en el artículo 17 de la Ley 679 de 2001, la agencia advierte al turista que la explotación y el abuso sexual de menores de edad en el país son sancionados penal y administrativamente, conforme a las leyes vigentes.

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