We will departure from your hotel/bnb in a comfortable car and head to La Calera Town. There, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast, prepared by Vivi and her mom, local entrepreneurs and owners of a small stall in a traditional market. This will give you the energy boost need for the hiking. Then, meet our local ambiental interpreter, who will be with us the whole time to share everything about the region, ecosystem, tradition and history of this magical place. All the interpreters we work with, are people from La Calera who found in tourism a sustainable way of living as well as a way to protect the natural resources of the region.
Continue this epic journey into the mysterious “haunted town”. A forgotten place, built by a cement company located at the border of the National Park. Listen to the story and local myths behind these old buildings. Learn about the negative impact generated by the mining and how National Parks of Colombia, the community and you with your visit, are helping the region to recover from it.
Enter the National Park of Chingaza and get ready for the hike. Before we start the hiking, we will give you some local snacks that have been carefully chosen to give you boosts of energy during the hike. We have two trail options for you to choose from. Both of them are extremely beautiful, the main difference is the physical requirement. Knowing the physical capacity and altitude resistance of you and your group, which trail would you like to do?
- Cuchillas de Siecha & Lagunas de Buitrago
Why you should choose this trail? This trail is the most demanding in terms of physical resistance. However, all the effort will be rewarded with magnificent views of Chingaza National Park, it is actually our favorite hike. You will hike up and down different hills as you cross muddy paths at the heart of the paramo until you arrive to the Muiscas sacred lagoons located at the top of a mountain. Once there, you will enjoy a delicious lunch with a view you will never forget! After lunch go down hill until you reach 2 more beautiful lagoons surrounded by frailejones, an endemic specie of this ecosystem, and take the last trail to go back to the car.
- Lagunas de Buitrago and Mina Palacio
Why you should choose this trail? This trail is less demanding, as you will be walking through old car trails. Nonetheless, you will enjoy marvelous sights at all times! You will reach a viewpoint of 2 important lagoons of the Muiscas and then descend to where they are located, where you will have a delicious lunch as you enjoy the beautiful landscape before you. After this trail, jump back in the car and go to Mina Palacio, an area that was used for mining and that is recovering from it. By the way, this is where the movie “MONOS” was filmed, it is and oderworly landscape!
Overall, Chingaza was a very important place for our ancestral indigenous community, the Muiscas. From beginning to end, enjoy magnificent views with great storytelling on the way. We will share with you how the Muiscas used native plants for different day to day activities or traditional remedies. Learn why the lagoons were sacred and which rituals took place in this land and more!
You are in for a special treat. We worked with a local chef to create yummy burritos, wrapped in plantain leaves in order to reduce the use of plastic, with ingredients that will give you a lot of energy and help you recover from the hike. We will enjoy an outdoor lunch with a privilege view!
* Are you vegan or vegetarian? No problem! we also have a great option for you.
After this awesome hike, we will head back to your hotel/bnb. We will be happy to give you great local recommendations on what to do next!
Remember, during this private tour we are here to answer all the questions you may have, give you great local advise of where to go, eat, dance etc. If you have any special request, let us know, we can always personalize this tour for you!