The Mountain of Water (Hiking day trip to Chingaza)

  • Hike for about 3 hours and hear from our local guide about the park’s flora and fauna, histories about the pre-columbine cultures present in the area and traditions of the farmers of the region.

  • We are visiting one of the biggest water factories on earth, so the chances of rain are high. Bring a rain jacket, hiking shoes and a complete change of cloths

  • Get back to the cabin for a comforting agua de panela, get your wet cloths changed and drive back to Bogota just in time for lunchtime.

  • Learn about the Paramo ecosystem and its relevance in the global water system.

  • Make a day trip to Chingaza National Park. One of the biggest natural reserves in Colombia

  • Make a day trip to Chingaza National Park. One of the biggest natural reserves in Colombia

In a Nutshell

  • Make a day trip to Chingaza National Park. One of the biggest natural reserves in Colombia with exuberant nature and breathtaking views.
  • Start the day at 7:00am, have a quick stop at La Calera and try the best arepas of the region.
  • Admire the natural richness of the park on its more than 1000 plant species and 187 species of birds.
  • Increase your knowledge about the Paramo ecosystem, the greatest worldwide, and its relevance in the global water system.
  • Hike for about 3 hours and hear from our local guide about the park’s flora and fauna, histories about the pre-columbine cultures present in the area and traditions of the farmers of the region.
  • Get back to the cabin for a comforting agua de panela, get your wet clothes changed and drive back to Bogota just in time for lunch.  

Price includes

  • Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off.
  • English speaking guide (optional for  $70us for a group of up to 9)
  • Local Guide for the hike.
  • Permit paperwork and entrance fees to the national park.
  • All mentioned snacks and beverages (without lunch). 
  • Depending on bookings you might be in a small group up to 6 people or by yourself.

 

 

Important Information

We are visiting one of the biggest water factories on earth, so the chances of rain are high. Bring a rain jacket, hiking shoes and a complete change of cloths (including shoes). Since we have to issue the permit, contact us with some days in advance. Availability depends on the park’s carrying capacity.  We organize overnight camping trips. Contact us for details.

Please read our cancellation policy.


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Departure time:
7:00am

Duration:
6 hours

* Travelers:
Is your group bigger than 9?

Price Per Person $191.32
Total Price $191.32


Chingaza is one of the most impressive natural parks of Colombia. Located right at the east of Bogotá at an altitude of  3400masl, it counts with 7,6600 hectares of virgin high Andean forest sub-paramo and paramo ecosystems.  The Paramos play a key role in the big scale balance of the earth.  Endemic to the Andes region, they are a kind of highland wetlands and perform the task of a giant geographical sponge. It is the place where the clouds are constantly being condensed, and where the streams coming from the glaciers are retained and regulated.

This park offers a network of hiking trails where visitors will be in close contact with its unique flora species like Frailejón Uribei, a bush that grows only at the Paramos at a speed of 1/3 of an inch per year, and more than 1000 other native species. The park also has 186 documented species of birds and a handful of native mammals like deer, Andean bears, and small felines.  Also, the breathtaking landscapes that frame the exuberant nature present in this park, make our visit to the mountain of water a must do in Bogotá for nature lovers.

Our trip starts at 7:00am from your hotel in Bogotá. Our driver and English speaking  guide (optional, see inclusions for details) will meet you at your hotel and we will start a 1.5 hour drive towards the east of the Capital. In the half of the way, we will make a stop at La Calera, and have a taste of the nationally acclaimed arepas boyasenses with tinto (our softer version of Americano). After clearing the national park entrance permit (all arranged in advanced by DestinoBogota) you will be introduced to the local guide who will be with you along the hike. The guides are native to this region and have an in-depth knowledge of flora and fauna, will point at most interesting aspects of the route and will tell you anecdotes related to the native cultures and traditional farming communities of the area.

The hike lasts about 3 hours and riches a lagoon called Laguna de Buitrago. After the hike, we will return to the cabin and have a refreshing agua de panela (hot drink made with sugar cane jaggery). Here you will have the chance of using toilets and change to warm and dry clothes and shoes (yes, bring a spare change of clothes because the chances of getting wet are very high).

After having a close contact with nature’s water Factory, our guide and driver will bring you back to your hotel or any other point of the city just in time for lunchtime. 


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