Description: Experience the uniqueness of the páramo ecosystem by vehicle and on foot. Visit the Palacio Mine at 3800 m.a.s.l. and descend down to a lush cloud forest while looking for wildlife, waterfalls, lagoons and out of this world landscapes.
Difficulty: Due to the low oxygen present above 3,000 m.a.s.l., we recommend spending at least one night in Bogotá prior to joining this tour. Hiking is not mandatory and the short trails are accesible to everyone.
Accessibility: Anybody between the ages of 5 to 75 years-old can join. We are able to arrange a customized tour should you have limited mobility or a visual or hearing impairment.
Duration: The tour is approximately 10 hours in total from start to finish.
Departure: This tour departs from our meeting point at Movistar Arena (former Coliseo El Campin). We offer door to door pick-up & drop-off at an extra cost.
Location: Chingaza National Park is located to the North East of Bogotá approximately 2 hours from our departure point. We use 4x4 vehicles to reach deep inside the National Park to maximize the possibility of wildlife encounters. CLICK HERE to read more about the páramo ecosystem.
Elevation: Maximum altitude is 3800 m.a.s.l.
Weather: The average temperature in the páramo is 10ºC but it can drop to 5°C in an instant. Even in the comfort of a car, you must bring proper clothing and shoes to protect you against cold rain and chill winds.
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 lunch
Things to Bring:
- Rain jacket and a warm sweater
- Hiking boots or rain boots (no open-toed shoes allowed).
- Long pants recommended.
- Sun & rain protection like umbrellas, caps or hats.
- Binoculars or camera with long lens (recommended)
Species of Interest: Spectacled bear, White-tailed Deer, Andean Condor, Flame-winged Parakeet (E), Bogota Rail (E), Green-bearded Helmetcrest (E), Blue-throated Starfrontlet (Ess), Pale-bellied Tapaculo (Ess), Bronze-tailed Thornbill (NE), Coppery-bellied Puffleg (NT), Glowing Puffleg, Pale-naped Brush Finch, Purple-backed Thornbill, Rufous Wren, Streak-throated Bush Tyrant, Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager, Sedge Wren, Black Flowerpiercer, Glossy Flowerpiercer, Buff-breasted Mountain Tanager, Black-crested Warbler, Rufous-browed Conebill, Pearled Treerunner, Brown-backed Chat Tyrant, White-throated Tyrannulet, Andean Guan, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Andean Teal, Band-tailed Nightjar.
CLICK HERE to see some photos taken during this tour
- Chingaza National Park
- Departure from Bogotá to La Calera (1 hour).
- Registration at Park Office and drive to Gate (1 hour).
- Drive through the reserve in 4x4 vehicles making strategic stops for wildlife, landscapes and nature photography (4 hours).
- Drive back to Bogotá (3 hours).