///Hiking in the Mountains

Hiking in the Mountains

Highlights: Paramos, Chingaza, Siecha Lagoons, Sueva waterfalls, Royal trails

Accessibility: Hearing impairment

Duration: 6 – 10 hours

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Because Bogota is located on the eastern cordillera, which is part of the Andes, it is privileged with a location that is perfect as a starting point for different natural places such as rivers, lagoons, forests and paramos where we can appreciate a wide variety of species of fauna and flora.

  • Chingaza Natural National Park:

Located in the northeastern part of the city of Bogotá. 95% of the water consumed in the capital comes from this park, which is home to spectacled bears, deer and various species of birds.

Here we can visit lagoons, dams, viewpoints and trails, which make this an ideal place for the sighting of fauna and flora and for activities of photography and scientific research.

The hike varies between 4 and 6 hours depending on the chosen path and the place to visit. We can visit different lagoons such as Chingaza, the mythical lagoons of Siecha, the Chuza dam, among many other beautiful places.

  • Birth of the Bogota River:

The Bogota river is famous for its poor water quality as it is one of the main wastewater receivers in the country’s capital. However not the complete history is the same; the river is born in a pristine paramo called “Guacheneque” where it begins to flow in a tiny thread of pure water that will soon be called the Bogota River.

There have been many initiatives to recover this place, which has led to the gradual growth of native species of Andean forest and paramo ecosystems.

Duration: Approx. 4 hours.

  • Sueva waterfalls:

Located in the municipality of Junín to the east of Bogota. They constitute a rich water zone because they are located between the Eastern mountain range and the Llanos which generate exuberant waterfalls of pure water as well as deep canyons sculpted by the water for thousands of years.

This place is home to deer, spectacled bears and numerous species of birds and plants that we can see during the tour.

Duration: Approx. 5 hours.

  • Royal trails:

These are trails of indigenous origin that used to be an intricate network for trade and travel to and from the main rivers such as the Magdalena river. After the arrival of the Spanish settlers these trails were cobbled to facilitate the transit of horses and goods.

Many of them, are still in excellent condition and can be visited in stays of one or more days if they connect with each other.

These trails include the Verjón páramo, the crossing of Zipacón to El Ocaso, the trail that  used to lead from Bogotá to Choachí passing through the Chorrera waterfall (the highest one  in Colombia), among many others.

  • Sumapaz Páramo:

It is the largest páramo in the world and is located in the southeast of the city of Bogota, being part of the rural territory of the capital.

It is considered to be one of the richest mountainous sites in genera and species of Colombian flora, since it has a large number of organisms, many of which are endemic. This makes the páramo an important reservoir of biological, ecological and genetic diversity.

Duration: Approx. 6 hours

Additional information

Zone of Colombia

Cold Andes