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Páramo de Guacheneque: A walk to the Source of the Bogotá River.

4.95(27 reviews)Bogotá, D.C. - Villapinzón - Bogotá, D.C.

Enjoy this incredible walk in which we will visit the beautiful moor where the Bogotá River is born

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Community, Cultural, Ecotourismroadtrip:info.difficultyLevel Bajo departuresFrom Bogotá, D.C. 12 roadtrip:info.hours

Discover this magical place where you can discover the lush native vegetation of the source of the Bogotá River. We will leave the city to enjoy the diversity of flora and fauna on a route designed for those people who want to start hiking. We will travel the route of the birth of the Bogotá River; three bodies of water surrounded by crystal clear waters where we will also enjoy the wonderful landscape of a Páramo ecosystem at 3,440 meters above sea level.

🌱 Get to know the ecosystem of our moors.

🌱 Admire the fauna and flora that inhabit this magical place.

🌱 Surround yourself with the landscape that this trail houses.

🌱 Marvel at the Otter Well.

🌱 Walk on real roads.

🌱 Connect with nature while discovering new places.

🌱 Enjoy the view of the Guacheneque Lagoon.

🌱 Contemplate the view of the landscape from the Mirador la Laguna del Mapa.


We will travel to the municipality of Villapinzon where this adventure will begin. The walk is divided into 3 parts. In the first we will visit the Guacheneque Lagoon on a tour on easy-to-walk terrain. We will enjoy the paramo ecosystem to see its beauty, its vegetation and the abundant water it generates, where the Bogotá River is born. Then we will go to a viewpoint to observe another beautiful body of water; the Map Lagoon. And we will end with a short walk that takes us to what is perhaps the best hidden and most beautiful treasure of this moor: Otter Well, a magical place of transparent waters full of visual and natural richness. To get there you will travel along a very well-preserved stretch of paved road, and a natural path with very varied vegetation.

Travel time: approximately 4-5 hours.

Cold weather

Altimetry: 3,200 – 3,440 m.a.s.l.


Guacheneque Paramo

The Páramo is the birthplace of the Bogotá River, being one of the most important water supplies for the capital, surrounded by natural spectacles such as the Otter Well and its spectacular fauna and flora of the high Andean forest. We will travel the route of the river's birth surrounded by crystal clear waters and we will get to know one of the most beautiful ecosystems in the country and of high natural importance.

Guacheneque Lagoon

The Bogotá River is born there, the water pools in this space that requires care and preservation since it has been drying out. It has witnessed the passage of indigenous communities. Given the depth, it has not been possible to explore or loot it; it is said that treasures of gold and precious stones are preserved there.

Map Lagoon

It is a lagoon that has the shape of the map of Colombia, this beautiful body of water is part of the fragmentation of the Guacheneque Lagoon.

Otter Well

Beautiful water well that collects water from the moor, it is a beautiful place, surrounded by vegetation and an incredible view.


Transportation Bogotá - Villapinzón - Bogotá
Entrance to the “Birth of the Bogotá River” forest reserve
Guidance and cultural and environmental interpretation of the territory
Snack lunch: Sandwich, mix nuts and natural juice
First aid support
Medical Assistance Insurance


Carry out a screening survey and report if you present any of the corona symptoms.
Make use of PPE Personal Protection Elements during the trip, follow the recommendations of the trip coordinators and guides.
This hike does not require experience. The difficulty level of the trail is 2 (Low level).
The minimum age for this route is 6 years old.
Pets are not allowed on this journey. Because it is a natural reserve area.
It is necessary to have a vaccination card against COVID-19


😷 Bring your EPP Personal Protection Elements Kit (Masks, antibacterial gel or alcohol in a spray bottle, disposable tissues, bag for personal waste disposal).

💦 We will be in a moor with chances of rain, please don't forget to bring a change of clothes for after the tour. Do not wear jeans or cotton clothing, preferably wear quick-drying clothing. You can bring a change of clothes that you can leave in the car.

🥾 We will take a walk through streams and rivers. Wearing shoes that can get wet, boots or footwear with a good grip sole that protects the ankle is ideal. Avoid wearing converse-type sneakers or ballet shoes. Don't wear new shoes on these outings.

🧢 Wear a hat or cap, sunscreen.

💊 Bring your medications and personal documents (medical insurance card and ID).

🎒 Use an ergonomic two-strap backpack to carry on your back.


How do you know if this plan is for you?

This trail is level 2 (low). Ideal for people who are starting to hike or want to go out and enjoy nature with easy walking trails. A distance of 7 km will be walked in 5 hours. An altimetry of less than 300 meters. Maximum height 3,700 m.a.s.l.

 What will the food be like?

At Road Trip we are aware of our impact on nature, which is why we choose to offer a vegetarian food option. If you consider that animal protein is necessary in your diet, you can leave this observation in our comment box when making the reservation.

We will make a stop before starting the trail for those people who want to have breakfast.

We also suggest you bring snacks such as fruits, nuts, sandwiches or cereal bars. Don't forget to bring at least a liter of water to hydrate yourself along the way.

 Relevant information:

Keep in mind that you are responsible for your belongings. Protect your electronic devices and personal documents from rain and humidity.

Carry your cell phone charged, this will allow you to take photographs and use it in case of emergency.

Your safety is very important, please be cautious, always keep the group in sight and follow the guide's instructions.

Do not bring cigarettes or alcoholic beverages. Do not attend a walk late at night, while intoxicated, pregnant, or with medical disabilities.

Strictly follow your doctor's instructions regarding injuries and, if necessary, carry your personal medications.


4.95(27 reviews)

Avatar Daniela

Brayan Camilo el guia fue maravilloso se nota el amor y trabajo que realiza por su municipio sin duda que generen empleo a la zona es un plus. La pasa...

Avatar Paula

Un lugar mágico en el que te vas a recargar de buena energía....

Avatar Vannessa

Un destino muy bonito, compuesto por 2 senderos, uno plano con una caminata suave y admirativa, y la segunda, entre la montaña, un reto interesante, e...

Avatar Oscar

Sencillamente apoteósico, el lugar, la guianza por una persona profesional de la región que conoce muy bien no sólo el sitio sino su idiosincrasia y c...

Avatar Carolina

Es un páramo hermoso y los guías son muy amables....

Avatar Katherinne

Excelente experiencia! un paisaje hermoso lleno de aventura y mucha calidad humana en la atencion....


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