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Hike to the Sloth Gardens

4.71(13 reviews)Bogotá, D.C. - Bojacá - Bogotá, D.C.

Bosques de Macanal Reserve, a space dedicated to encountering nature and its knowledge

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Cultural, Ecotourismroadtrip:info.difficultyLevel Medio Bajo departuresFrom Bogotá, D.C. 10 roadtrip:info.hours

We will leave the noise and pollution of the city to recharge ourselves with energy and learn about the history of conservation of a beautiful cloud forest. For more than 50 years, the architect Fernando Cortes has put all his knowledge in urban planning and restoration into this wonderful reserve that is configured as one of the small conservation relics in this area along with the Chicaque and Pedro Palo reserves.

We will learn part of this process and walk through this beautiful nature reserve home to more than 200 sloth bears, squirrels, leaf-tailed hummingbirds, racket-tailed hummingbirds and many other species. A space to breathe fresh air, disconnect, and enjoy nature.


We will leave Bogotá heading to the Tequendama region and enjoy a beautiful natural reserve that has 249 hectares of biodiversity and more than 50 years of work in environmental restoration. We will arrive at the reserve to learn about its history and walk the trails that cross this wonderful cloud forest where you can see gigantic oaks, a wide variety of bromeliads and gigantic ferns. We can also enjoy some bodies of water and waterfalls that will allow us to have a real forest bath to completely disconnect from the city.

With luck we will be able to see one of the more than 200 sloth bears that inhabit the nature reserve along the way. At the end of the walk we will have a delicious lunch in the main cabin and we will have time to enjoy its beautiful gardens.


Macanal Forest Reserve

The Bosques de Macanal Reserve has 249 hectares. Declared as a District of Integrated Natural Resources Management (DMI) in 1999, it is a biosphere space. There are species typical of this ecosystem such as the Colombian or Andean oak (Quercus humboldtii). It is rich in epiphytes, as it has 17 species. It is also possible to see various species of insects, amphibians, reptiles, and some mammals such as squirrels and sloths.


Transportation from Bogotá
Entry and contribution to the maintenance of the Natural Reserve
Explanation of the reserve conservation process and specialized guidance
Medical Assistance Insurance


This hike does not require experience. Difficulty level 3 (Medium level)
The minimum age for this route is 10 years.
Pets are not allowed on this journey. Because it is a natural reserve area.
The entire trip must be paid through the website 2 days before departure


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

💦 This trail is in a cloud forest so there may be rain and humidity. 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.

🥾 We will take a walk through rocky and humid terrain. 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 3 (Medium Level). This is a route designed for those people who are just starting out in hiking but who do physical activity during the week. A distance of 7 km will be covered in 4-5 hours.

What will the food be like?

We recommend having breakfast before or bringing it to consume before the tour. In the reservation you will have lunch included in the plan, however before this time your body may ask for more energy, which is why we 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.


4.71(13 reviews)

Avatar Luz

Muy paisaje hermoso y aprendizaje como debemos cuidar nuestros recursos para un mejor futuro....

Avatar Paul

Una experiencia genial, como dicen ellos ver los osos es de suerte, porque se posan en las ramas más altas, el señor dueño de la reserva nor recibió m...

Avatar María

Fue una buena experiencia donde se aprende demasiado, pero el plan lo venden como "Caminata a los Jardines del Oso Perezoso" y no se vieron osos perez...

Avatar Cristian

Excelente lugar para desconectarse de la ciudad....

Avatar Lina

Fernando trasmite en todo el recorrido el amor que tiene por su hermoso jardín, que logra salvaguardar un pedacito del bosque de niebla que rodea Bogo...

Avatar Carolina

Excelente experiencia!...


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