Hike in the jaw-dropping valleys of El Cocuy National Park and see the beautiful results of glacial run-off in crystal-clear creeks and waterfalls. Experience these natural wonders for yourself on this adventure tour!
El Cocuy National Park is one of the places that makes Colombia such an amazing country. Home to the biggest mass of snow and ice found within northern Latin-America, the park includes 22 snow-peaked mountains, lakes tucked among the mountains, crystal-clear creeks flowing gently across huge valleys, and unique vegetation throughout. Given the diverse range of activities, this area is a perfect destination for high-mountain experts and beginners alike. No experience is required.
This high-altitude national park is located in central-eastern Colombia and its 1,901-square-mile (3,060-square-kilometer) expanse is divided between the regions of Boyacá and Santander. The peaks’ summit altitudes range from 15,748 feet (4800 meters) to 17,552 feet (5350 meters) above sea level. The wide range of soil types and climates make this national park one of the most bio-diverse protected areas on earth. This 4-day trip from Bogotá is the best way to visit this natural wonder.
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Start and end location: Bogota
Day 1 – Take a Luxury Overnight Bus to El Cocuy
After being picked up from your hotel by your English-speaking guide, you will head to the bus terminal. You will take a luxury overnight bus to El Cocuy, arriving the following morning.
Day 2 – Take a Jeep to Hacienda la Esperanza and Go on an Acclimatization Hike
You will roll into town around 7:00 am, have breakfast at the Cocuy village, and go to buy food for the following days. Then, we will go by Jeep to Hacienda la Esperanza, at an elevation of 11,811 feet (3,600 meters). There, you will leave your things in the cabins and get ready for the first hike. You will have an acclimatization hike in the area to get your body adjusted to the altitude and terrain. We will adapt the routes to your ability. That night, you will have a delicious meal and go to bed early to rest up for your hike the next day.
Day 3 – 8 Hour Hike through the Valley de los Frailejones
You will wake up around 7:00 am and have a delicious breakfast to get your energy up for your main hike. You will be hiking for around 8 hours total. You will have the chance to walk through the outstanding “Valle de los Frailejones” in the páramo, or alpine tundra, until you reach the big lagoon of the Sierra at 14,436 feet (4,400 meters) above sea level. From there, you will hike a bit more until you reach Púlpito del Diablo, right at the snow edge of the Pan de Azúcar. You will have lunch on your hike and head back after exploring the area. Back at the Hacienda, a delicious dinner will be waiting, and you will once again sleep in cabins.
Day 4 – Relax in the Güicán Hot Springs and Return to Bogotá
After breakfast, you will head to some natural hot springs in the town of Güicán for a relaxing dip. After that, you will have lunch at the village and take the bus back to Bogotá with the guide. Once in Bogotá, we will drive you back to your hotel arriving around 23:00 pm.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.