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Trekking to the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy (3 days)

4.78(60 reviews)Bogotá, D.C. - El Cocuy - Bogotá, D.C.

On this journey, you'll be able to tackle the two most incredible trails within El Cocuy National Natural Park: Laguna Grande de la Sierra at 4,600 (masl) and the snow-capped peaks of Pan de Azúcar or Pulpito del Diablo at 4,800 (masl)

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Adventure, Ecotourismroadtrip:info.difficultyLevel Alto departuresFrom Bogotá, D.C. 3 roadtrip:info.days

The Sierra Nevada of Cocuy is the second most important mountain range in Colombia and contains the highest peaks in the Eastern Colombian range. The town of Cocuy in Boyaca is the point of departure for the adventures waiting in the mountains. There is a tremendous wealth of beauty and variety of plant and animal life in the valleys of the paramo ecosystems, mountain peaks still covered with glaciers and mirror-like lakes up in the high valleys, reflecting back the vertical walls of the mountains.

Every mountaineer in Colombia aspires to include this peak in their travel log at least once in their lives, you will see extreme landscapes of unique contrasts such as can only be found at almost 5000 metres above sea level.

🏔 El Cocuy town

🏔 Sierra Nevada of El Cocuy

🏔 Mahoma Range

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Day 1.

Arrival at Cocuy. Registration and instructions of National Parks. Acclimatization day. Short walk in the northern area of the Sierra (on average at 4,000m high). Rest and preparation for the high mountain journey.

Day 2.

Tour to the Lagunillas Valley. Start of the walk. Ascent to the edge of the Pan de Azúcar glacier (3,700m – 4,900m). It's not a snow hike, we only go to the edge. Decline. It is a walk of more or less 8 hours round trip (approximately 21 km).

Day 3.

Ascent to the Grande de la Sierra lagoon (3,800 – 4,500m). Decline. It is a walk of approximately 7 hours (18 km). In the afternoon we return to the town of Cocuy. Night in the town. Return to Bogotá.

The days on which each trail is carried out could vary according to the availability of National Park spaces.

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Sierra Nevada of Cocuy

The Sierra Nevada of Cocuy is located in the National Natural Park of Cocuy. This park covers 306,000 hectares and was created in 1977 and touches the jurisdictions of the towns of El Cocuy, Guicán, El Espino, Chiscas, Chita y Cubarà (in Boyaca), Tame, Fortul and Saracen (in Arauca) and the Salina and Sacama (in Casanare). The temperature ranges from minus 4 degrees Celsius and 20 degrees Celsius. The most mountainous part of the Sierra has an altitude ranging from 3,400 to 5,330 metres above sea level and contains the highest peaks in the Eastern Colombian range. In contrast, on its eastern flank it slopes down from the paramos to virgin tropical rain forest.

El Cocuy Municipality

This charming colonial town has conserved its architectural heritage, and is a great place to sample the local cuisine and pick up hand made, traditional crafts.

Mahoma Range

A place popularised by myths and legends. From 4040 metres above sea level the views over the landscape and the different towns of Boyaca are stunning.

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Private ground transportation Bogotá-Cocuy-Bogotá
Internal transfers: El Cocuy - El Cocuy National Park - El Cocuy
Accommodation: 2 nights in the town of El Cocuy.
Full board from breakfast on the first day to lunch on the last day Trekking and/or acclimatization hikes
Certified mountain guides equipped in high mountains, rescue, and first aid
Acclimatization trekking
Trekking to Laguna Grande de la Sierra at 4,400 meters above sea level and the snow edge of the Cóncavo peak, valley of the frailejones (high/demanding level 18 km)
Trekking and/or hike to the snow edge of the Pan de Azúcar peak at 4,800 meters above sea level. and its emblematic rock "El Púlpito del Diablo". (high/demanding level 26 km)
Entries and permits in National Natural Parks of Colombia.
Local logistic coordinator and organizer
Medical assistance insurance
*All trails, transportation, and accommodations in El Cocuy depend on availability and permits from national parks due to limited trail capacity

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Understand the difficulty of the trails. It is advisable to train beforehand. You can ask us, and we will advise you to plan your training.
Follow the recommendations of the travel coordinators and guides.
This is a trip designed for experienced mountaineers. High Level
The entire trip must be paid through the website 5 days before departure.
The minimum age for this trip is 15 years old. Maximum age 60 years old.

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💧 Carrying a water bottle and staying hydrated is important, especially during long hikes.

🧢 Wear a hat or cap to protect yourself from the sun. It's crucial to use sunscreen, especially mineral sunscreen for your face.

👕 Pack enough clothing for three days. We recommend avoiding cotton and opting for synthetic fiber clothing that dries quickly, particularly mountain-appropriate attire: jacket, quick-drying pants, wool hat, gloves, UV-filter glasses. Don't forget your change of clothes in case you get wet or muddy.

🥾 Wear comfortable shoes, preferably hiking shoes, and avoid ballet flats or fabric sneakers. Bring an extra pair of shoes in case your primary ones get wet during the journey.

💊 Remember to pack your medications and personal documents, including your medical insurance card and ID.

🎒 Avoid using a wheeled suitcase. Carry a hands-free backpack to store all your luggage, properly distributed in plastic bags. Bring a small backpack for your personal items during hikes.

🔦 Consider bringing a blanket for the cold mornings when departing from Bogotá, along with a flashlight.

🦯 A walking stick can be useful for added support (optional).

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The hikes will take place in high mountainous terrain, so being in good physical condition is necessary. We'll start from 3200 meters above sea level and reach up to 4860 meters above sea level. The difficulty level is high, and the hikes can last between 3 and 8 hours depending on the day's itinerary.

*Non-residents will be required to pay an additional fee of $39,000 COP for entry to the National Natural Parks of Colombia.

**The Sierra Nevada del Cocuy National Park is responsible for assigning reservations for entry to the trails. Therefore, this reservation depends on the allocation made by the National Parks according to the trail's carrying capacity.

***Since it's necessary to make reservations in the Cocuy National Park in advance to ensure entry, the cancellation policy for this trip is different from the website's general policy. A 30% penalty will be applied for cancellations made 24 hours after the reservation is made.

Relevant Information:

Please remember that you are responsible for your belongings. Protect your electronic devices and personal documents from rain and humidity.

Ensure your phone is charged; this will allow you to take photos and use it in case of an emergency.

Your safety is paramount, so please be cautious. Always keep the group in sight and follow the guide's instructions.

Do not bring cigarettes or alcoholic beverages. Do not participate in hikes if you are sleep-deprived, intoxicated, pregnant, or have medical disabilities.

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

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4.78(60 reviews)

Avatar Brian
Brian
5.00

Todo me encanto. Los guías super amables, una gran experiencia....

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Lukas
5.00

Muy buena experiencia en un destino increíble. Destaco sobre todo los guías, que eran muy profesionales y amables. El transporte desde Bogotá fue e...

Avatar Liliana
Liliana
5.00

Una maravillosa experiencia ....

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Abdul
5.00

Un 10 por el hotel y la comida que nos ofrecieron, a los guías un gran aplauso, ellos nos ayudaron en todo momento, recomiendo la experiencia....

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Jasbleidy
4.60

El hotel y la comida super buenos, senti que el transporte usado para 9 horas de viaje pudo ser mas comodo, por lo demas estuvo maravilloso, excelente...

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Juan
4.60

En general fue una experiencia en la que aprendes a no darte por vencido y a superar los limites. La belleza y variedad de ecosistemas y postales natu...

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