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Snowy mountain range el Cocuy

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Snowy mountain range el Cocuy

Sheer rocky walls soaring 5,000 metres above sea-level, glaciers and dozens of mountain lakes are the sort of things that don´t exist in tropical Colombia, right? Think again. El Cocuy´s rugged snow-capped mountain ranges will change all your preconceptions of this endlessly surprising country. El Cocuy is truly an off-the-beaten track destination and our tour will take you to some of the wildest and most spectacular vistas you´ll ever see.

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Itinerary

Option 1 (Moderate)

Day 1

From the small mountain village called el Cocuy we will drive up in a jeep to the mountains to a ranch typical of the region. This will be our day of acclimatization with a short hike in order to get familiarized with “paramo” – the name for a Colombian ecosystem above 3.000m above sea level. We will spend the night in la Esperanza.

Day 2

Early in the morning we will start our 4-5 hour ascent to Laguna Grande de la Sierra (4.500m) with spectacular scenery of “paramo”, mountain lakes, snow peaks, etc. We will come to the border of the glacier of Concavo mountain, and then we will begin the descent back to the ranch La Esperanza. Accommodation in La Esperanza.

Day 3

Transportation from La Esperanza to Herreras (around 40 min). Herreras is a local family offering mountain cabins for visitors. From Herreras we will hike one hour to another mountain cabin called Sisuma where we will spend the night and get ready for the next day hike to Laguna de la Plaza.

Day 4

5 -6 hour hike to Laguna Plaza de la Sierra (4.100m). On the way we will need to cross 2 high mountain passes: Cusiri (4.500m) and Patio Bolos (4.300m). We will visit a small waterfall and a viewpoint which offers a great view towards Colombian plains. Camping  by the lake.

Day 5

Sunrise in La Plaza lake is a must, therefore we will get up at around 5.20am. After the sunrise and breakfast we will head back to Sisuma mountain cabins, then Herrera cabins where our jeep will pick us up to return us to el Cocuy. In the late evening we will go to thermal springs in Guican (optional), around 20 minutes from Cocuy by bus. Accommodation in hotel in Cocuy.

Option 2 (Moderate/Demanding)

Day 1

From the small mountain village called el Cocuy we will drive up in a jeep to the mountains to a ranch typical of the region. This will be our day of acclimatization with a short hike in order to get familiarized with “paramo” – the name for a Colombian ecosystem above 3.000m above sea level. We will spend the night in la Esperanza.

Day 2

Early in the morning we will start our 4-5 hour ascent to Laguna Grande de la Sierra (4.500m) with spectacular scenery of “paramo”, mountain lakes, snow peaks, etc. We will be able to enjoy the view towards Concavo peak (5.200m) and Pan de Azúcar (5.100) and the famous Púlpito del Diablo (4.900m). Camping by the lake.

Day 3

Ascent to the Concavo peak (5.200), which is around a 1.5 h hike over rocky mountain surface. Then we’ll go for 1.5h over the Concavo glacier with all the necessary equipment (crampons, ice axe, rope). From the top of Concavo you can see the whole mountain range. In the afternoon we will descend back to La Esperanza.

Day 4

Transportation from La Esperanza to Herreras around 40 min. Herreras is a local family offering mountain cabins for visitors. From Herreras we will hike one hour to another mountain cabin called Sisuma where we will spend the night and get ready for the next day hike to Laguna de la Plaza.

Day 5

5 -6 hour hike to Laguna Plaza de la Sierra (4.100m). On the way we will need to cross 2 high mountain passes Cusiri (4.500m) and Patio Bolos (4.300m). We will visit a small waterfall and a viewpoint which offers a great view towards Colombian plains. Camping  by the lake.

Day 6

Sunrise in Laguna de la Plaza is a must; therefore we will get up at around 5.20am. After the sunrise and breakfast we will head back to Sisuma mountain cabins, then Herrera cabins where our jeep will pick us up to return us to el Cocuy. In the late evening we will go to thermal springs in Guican (optional), around 20 minutes from Cocuy by bus. Accommodation in hotel in Cocuy.

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