El Cocuy National Park Tour Packages

The National Natural Park "El Cocuy" is situated between the departments of Boyacá and Arauca. Here you can find countless glaciers, rivers, and lagunes of crystal clear water as well as "frailejones", a typical Andean plant found at altitudes above 3000 meters. The park has been considered to be one of the best places for practice trekking in Latin America. With many peaks higher than 5000 meters this mountain range offers routes and climbing sites for every kind of flavor, and every corner offers a new motive for your camera.

FROM COP $ 679.000

Note: From 6th April, visitors will be able to enjoy leisure activities and contemplation in the protected area such as trekking, non-commercial photography, fauna, and flora watching. For your visit to Cocuy Natural National Park, assistance and rescue insurance is compulsory. Updated 7 April 2.017.

  • ITINERARY

    Day 0 - Bus Overnight 

    • Departure at 6:30 p.m from Salitre Bus terminal in Bogota. You should be there 30 minutes before in the bus counter to present the service voucher.  Overnight on the bus, this journey has an approximate duration of 8 to 10 hours. At the arrival in Cocuy town main square, you will be received by the tour guide. During this journey, will be passed from 2.600 to 3.200 meters, this road presents loft of curves and is highly recommended to take some pills for dizziness. 


    Day  1 - Lagunas del Paramo walk and Cabin overnight

    • 6:30 a.m Reception in Cocuy Town by our tour guide, who will take you to have breakfast in a hotel in the town and equipment check. Then, register in the National Park Office and assistance to the mandatory environmental talk to receive recommendations about the park conservation and security practices. Once is ready,  transfer in a jeep to the lodging cabin, which is located outside the national park. 
    • Arrival at the cabin to arrange accommodation in your room and lunch in the cabin.  
    • Begin the walk "Lagunas del Paramo" during approximately 3 hours to acclimatize your body to the altitude and enjoy the landscape. Snack during the walk.
    • 5:30 p.m Return to the cabin, dinner and time to rest and recover for the next day trekking. Enjoy the beautiful clear sky at night if there are fewer clouds. 

    Day 2 - 5.000 meters mountain trekking and cabin overnight

    • 7:00 a.m. Breakfast and enlistment of trekking elements, then receive the security instructions to reach the goal of snow edge. This trekking is divided into two parts. In the first parts, a jeep transfer and a 3 hours mountain climbing and after 2 hours descending, through a wonderful scenery of valleys, sediments of sand and wetlands. Once the snow edge is achieved, you will have time to delight with the natural spectacle. Lunch time. 
    • 4:00 p.m. Return to the cabin, time for body recover and dinner. 

    Day 3 - Cocuy town and return to Bogota 

    • 7:00 a.m. Breakfast and check out. Transfer by jeep to Cocuy town and make a tour around its cobbled streets.
    • Arrival to hot springs and lunch time.
    • The tour guide will take you to the meeting point to take the bus back to Bogota. Departures available at 6:00 p.m. or  7:00 p.m. End of the tour, satisfied to experience one of the most beautiful natural parks of Colombia and south America. 

    This tour includes the following services: 

    • Roundtrip Bogotá – El Cocuy - Bogotá public bus ticket
    • Reception in Cocuy town by our tour guide
    • Two nights of accommodation in cabin, located outside El Cocuy national park 
    • Meals: Three (3) Breakfast – Three (e) lunches and Two (2) dinners
    • Tour guide during the trekking days - Spanish speaking 
    • Jeep transfers El Cocuy/ Cabin /El Cocuy
    • Hot spring entrance fee
    • Assistance Card (Mandatory by National Park authorities)

    The tour does Not include: 

    • National park entrance. Colombian Adults $ 29.500 -  $ 58.500 (Fees 2017)
    • Sports implements, food during the bus overnight, personal expenses or other tours not specified in the itinerary. 
    Type of Accommodation Price per person - Private Service  Departure from Bogota
    Double Accommodation
    Single Accommodation
    COP $ 679.000
    COP $ 783.000
    06:00 P.M - Meeting point: Salitre Bus Terminal. Present voucher services.


  • ITINERARY

    Day 0 - Bus Overnight 

    • Departure at 6:30 p.m from Salitre Bus terminal in Bogota. You should be there 30 minutes before in the bus counter to present the service voucher.  Overnight on the bus, this journey has an approximate duration of 8 to 10 hours. At the arrival in Cocuy town main square, you will be received by the tour guide. During this journey, will be passed from 2.600 to 3.200 meters, this road presents loft of curves and is highly recommended to take some pills for dizziness. 


    Day  1 - Lagunas del Paramo walk and Cabin overnight

    • 6:30 a.m Reception in Cocuy Town by our tour guide, who will take you to have breakfast in a hotel in the town and equipment check. Then, register in the National Park Office and assistance to the mandatory environmental talk to receive recommendations about the park conservation and security practices. Once is ready,  transfer in a jeep to the lodging cabin, which is located outside the national park. 
    • Arrival at the cabin to arrange accommodation in your room and lunch in the cabin.  
    • Begin the walk "Lagunas del Paramo" during approximately 3 hours to acclimatize your body to the altitude and enjoy the landscape. Snack during the walk.
    • 5:30 p.m Return to the cabin, dinner and time to rest and recover for the next day trekking. Enjoy the beautiful clear sky at night if there are fewer clouds. 

    Day 2 - 5.000 meters mountain trekking and cabin overnight

    • 7:00 a.m. Breakfast and enlistment of trekking elements, then receive the security instructions to reach the goal of snow edge. This trekking is divided into two parts. In the first parts, a jeep transfer and a 3 hours mountain climbing and after 2 hours descending, through a wonderful scenery of valleys, sediments of sand and wetlands. Once the snow edge is achieved, you will have time to delight with the natural spectacle. Lunch time. 
    • 4:00 p.m. Return to the cabin, time for body recover and dinner. 

    Day 3 - Free day and cabin overnight

    Day 4 - Cocuy town and return to Bogota 

    • 7:00 a.m. Breakfast and check out. Transfer by jeep to Cocuy town and make a tour around its cobbled streets.
    • Arrival to hot springs and lunch time.
    • The tour guide will take you to the meeting point to take the bus back to Bogota. Departures available at 6:00 p.m. or  7:00 p.m. End of the tour, satisfied to experience one of the most beautiful natural parks of Colombia and south America. 

    This tour includes the following services: 

    • Roundtrip Bogotá – El Cocuy - Bogotá public bus ticket
    • Reception in Cocuy town by our tour guide
    • Three nights of accommodation in cabin, located outside El Cocuy national park 
    • Meals: Four (4) Breakfast – Four (4) lunches and Three (3) dinners
    • Tour guide during the trekking days - Spanish speaking 
    • Jeep transfers El Cocuy/ Cabin /El Cocuy
    • Hot spring entrance fee
    • Assistance Card (Mandatory by National Park authorities)

    The tour does Not include: 

    • National park entrance. Colombian Adults $ 29.500 -  $ 58.500 (Fees 2017)
    • Sports implements, food during the bus overnight, personal expenses or other tours not specified in the itinerary. 
    Types of Accommodation Price per person - Private service Departure from Bogota
    Double Accommodation
    Single Accommodation
    COP $ 763.000
    COP $ 867.000
    06:00 P.M - Meeting point: Salitre Bus Terminal. Present voucher services.


  • Note: Note: From 6th April, visitors will be able to enjoy leisure activities and contemplation in the protected area such as trekking, non-commercial photography, fauna, and flora watching. For your visit to Cocuy Natural National Park, assistance and rescue insurance is compulsory. Updated 7 April 2,017.

    Clothing

    • Bring light, fast drying clothes, and large sleeve, various socks, and t-shirts
    • Use sunglasses with solar protection above 50
    • Gloves, cap, and a lamp.
    • Travel with a small backpack for the trek
    • Use comfortable shoes and water resistant
    • First aid kit and sunblock
    • Water resistant jacket
    • Bring a light blanket for the journey in bus

    HEALTH

    • It´s recommendable to use sunblock cream all day
    • It´s very important to constantly drink enough water, as the humidity is very high. Preferably bring your own drinking bottle.
    • The yellow fever vaccination is mandatory.

    OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS

    • Follow the instructions of the functionaries of the natural parks, guides and people that brings you the tourism services. Respect the rules of historical and religious places.
    • Take your garbage with you, don´t throw it in the mountains or rivers. Carry it in garbage bags until you deposit in an adequate place for its treatment.
    • Save Water! Take short showers.
    • Take care of the fauna and flora when you practice ecotourism, abstain from touching it because are very fragile.
    • Don´t buy animals and reject the places where they are exposed in captivity.
    • At the entrance into the NNP COCUY there is an environmental talk which is mandatory.
    • Buy crafts and souvenirs, pay a fair price in that way you can help to support local artist and vulnerable communities.
    • Don´t scratch or damage  "frailejones".
    • Horse-riding inside the park is forbidden and has penalties of 5 monthly salaries.
    • Bring cash of low denomination. There is only one cash machine in Cocuy Town.

     

    Cultural heritage

    The NNP Cocuy is home to six guards who are part of the ancestral territory of the UWA ethnicity. In addition, there are farmers living in the top of the mountains. When you meet them in the walks, greet them and remember that you are visiting their home.

     

    Natural heritage

    NATIONAL NATURAL PARK COCUY

    In located in the eastern branch of the Colombian Andes, it is the Sierra Nevada de Güicán, El Cocuy and Chita. More than twenty permanent snow -capped peaks in two ranges of about 25 kilometers long and 4 meters wide. Much of this beautiful and imposing Sierra Nevada, which is the largest glacial mass of Colombia.


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