Description: The breathtaking andean lagoons that make up Chingaza Siecha Lakes will allow you to experience a high altittude ecosystem (3800 m.a.s.l.) filled with unique landscapes and flora. A visit to Chingaza National Park will make you feel like you have stepped onto another planet.
Difficulty: This trek is of high difficulty. It is required that you be in good physical condition due to the low air pressure present above 3000 m.a.s.l. The trails are uneven, steep and muddy most of the time. The elevation gain for this trek is about 400 meters, starting at 3400 m.a.s.l. and reaching 3800 m.a.s.l. Keep in mind that each hour you spend hiking at high altitudes is the equivalent effort of two hours at sea level.
Note: If you are interested in visiting the Páramos but aren't much of a hiker, we also offer a car-based Chingaza Páramo Adventure.
Accessibility: Anybody between the ages of 10 to 70 years-old can join. We are happy to arrange a customized hike should you have a visual or hearing impairment.
Duration: The tour is approximately 8 hours total, from start to finish, with a hiking time of approximately 4 hours. The speed of the trek will mostly depend on weather conditions.
Location: Chingaza National Park is located to the North East of Bogotá approximately 2 hours from our meeting point in Bogotá. If you would like to learn more about the Páramo ecosystem CLICK HERE.
Elevation: The elevation gain for this hike is about 400 meters from 3400 to 3800 m.a.s.l.
Weather: The average temperature in the páramo is 10ºC, but it can drop down to 5ºC rapidly depending on cloud cover. You could also experience the full strength of the sun with temperatures near 16ºC. The weather on the mountaintop is unpredictable, you must be prepared for cold temperatures, wind and rain. We have rain boots in most sizes, scarfs and warm hats that you can borrow from us if you let us know ahead of time.
Includes: Private 4x4 transport from Bogotá, a spanish speaking local guide, entrances and accident insurance while on site.
- Door to door pick-up & drop-off (depending on location)
- Bilingual guide in English, Portuguese, French or German (pending availability)
- Picnic vegetarian sandwich
Things to Bring:
- Rain jacket, water proof poncho or an umbrella
- Comfortable non-slip hiking boots
- Long pants (shorts are not recommended)
- Binoculars and/or camera
- Sun protection, cap or hat
CLICK HERE to see some photos taken during this tour
- Siecha Lakes
- Departure from Bogotá
- Drive to the town of La Calera for registration and to buy snacks (1 hour)
- Drive to park entrance along rural roads (1 hour)
- Hike through the Siecha Lagoons (3 to 4 hours)
- Drive back to Bogotá (2 hrs)