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El Cocuy National Park Sierra Nevada Colombia 7 Day Tour

Enjoy 7 days of trekking in one of the most spectacular national parks and mountain ranges in all of South America!

USD $860.00USD $1,070.00

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El Cocuy National Park Sierra Nevada Colombia 7 Day Tour

Sierra Nevada in El Cocuy National Park is one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in South America, formed by two parallel ranges 25 km long that run from north to south. They are filled with stunning valleys, an abundance of flora, and 15 peaks of over 5,000 meters high, including Ritacuba Blanco, the highest peak in the area.

Embark on an adventure and trek through this incredible National Park. On this off-the-beaten bath 7 day trek your guide will lead you through the this stunning Andean park filled with snow-capped peaks, icy glaciers, and crystal-clear lakes. You will hike through three challenging trails inlcuding the Parada del Romero trail, the Ritacuba Trail, the Pulpito Trail and the Laguna de La Sierra Trail. Immerse yourself in nature, observing the high mountain ecosystem full of flora and fauna, as well as consuming water straight from the rivers and lagoons.

Please Note: This multi-trek is quite physical and are at a very high altitude so you will need to be coniditon to complete this tour.

Highlights

  • Visit one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in South America
  • Spend a week trekking in diverse flora and fauna
  • Hike among massive 16,000+ foot (5,000 meters) peaks
  • Marvel at the glaciers, rock formations, and crystal lakes

Duration

7 days

Itinerary

Day 1: Bogota to Guican

  • Depart from the bus terminal in Bogotá
  • Public bus ride from Bogotá to the village of Güicán (~12 hours)
  • Choose between an overnight or day bus
  • Basic hotel accomodations in Güicán

Day 2: First day on the Parada Romero Trail

  • Registration at the El Cocuy National Park office in Güicán
  • Your guide will send all equipment by car ahead to the destination
  • Begin your 6 hour trek on the Parada del Romero trail
  • Overnight in the Cabañas Kanwara

Day 3: Trek to Ritacuba Blanco

  • Trek about 6 hours to the snow edge of Ritacuba Blanco
  • Ritacuba Blanco is the highest peak of Eastern Cordillera
  • Trek back to the cabins and enjoy a warm dinner at Cabañas Kanwara

Day 4: Challenging Trek to San Pablin Lake

  • A filling breakfast at the Cabañas to begin your day
  • 6 hour trek today to visit the glacial San Pablín Lake
  • Overnight at Hacienda la Esperanza

Day 5: Trek to Laguna Grande de la Sierra

  • Breakfast at Hacienda la Esperanza
  • 8 hour roundtrip trek to Laguna Grande de la Sierra and back
  • Overnight in Hacienda la Esperanza

Day 6: Last Day of Trekking in El Cocuy

  • Trek about 6 hours to the Pan de Azucar
  • Observe the Pulpito del Diablo (one of the highest peaks in the park)
  • Return in a private 4×4 truck to Güicán or Cocuy
  • Overnight in Güicán or Cocuy

Day 7: Cocuy back to Bogota

  • Public bus back to Bogotá and on to your next adventure!

What’s Included

  • National Natural Park entry
  • Public transportation from Güicán – El Cocuy National Park – Güicán
  • Transport equipment in 4×4 truck or by horse on Day 2, Day 4, and Day 6
  • All accommodations in Güicán and the park
  • Meals from breakfast on Day 2 to lunch on Day 6
  • Spanish-speaking local guide throughout the tour
  • Logistics

What’s Not Included

  • Personal equipment
  • Food and lodging on the road or on the Night 1
  • Rescue service and mountain evacuation (if you need insurance for the trip, we can highly recommend World Nomads Travel Insurance)

What to Bring

  • Back Pack 65-80 lt
  • Light day pack 20 lt. approx
  • Leather boots for trekking
  • Tennis shoes or sandals. (light weight)
  • 3 pairs of synthetic / wool socks
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Waterproof pants and rain jacket
  • Fleece hat
  • Down jacket for nights
  • 2 pairs of thermal underwear – t-shirt and pants
  • Fleece pants and sweater
  • Wind-stopper jacket
  • Gloves and gaiters
  • Trekking poles
  • Head lamp and extra batteries
  • 2 lt. Water containers (Nalgene-style is best)
  • Watch
  • Dry bags for clothes and sleeping bag
  • Pocket knife
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, sun block, small towel, ecological soap)
  • Reading book, notebook, and pencil

About the Weather

Temperatures during your trip can range between -4ºC and 20ºC (25ºF and 68ºF). Summer weather (from December to February) is a bit more consistent, the rest of the year has extremely unpredictable weather. Sun, rain, and snow in the same day is normal.

Important Notes

  • A 5 day option is available which not including transportation from and to Bogota. If you are interested in booking this option please contact us.
  • Some of the most-visited areas in the park are also considered sacred areas by the local indigenous communities, who have been in the area for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, in recent years, some travelers have been disrespectful of the local communities’ rules regarding the park, crossing into areas that are off-limits for travelers and leaving litter in the park. Because of this, the communities have tightened restrictions on where travelers can go in El Cocuy National Park. Additionally, the communities believe that the melting of the glaciers is associated with the presence of travelers on the mountain peaks, so they have a rule that park visitors are not allowed to climb the peaks or step on the snow. This tour is designed to follow the trails designated for travelers and to respect the rules the communities have established. Please be respectful of these rules and listen to your guide throughout the trip. 
  • Group size 1-5 people
  • Cancellation policy of this tour operator:
    • 30% of the payment is immediately non-refundable
    • If you cancel more than 20 days before the departure date of the tour, you may receive a refund of 70% of the payment
    • If you cancel 6-19 days before the departure date of the tour, you may receive a refund of 50% of the payment
    • The tour is non-refundable within 5 days of the departure date

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Güicán, Boyacá, Colombia

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Güicán, Boyacá, Colombia 6.463042, -72.412077

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