The Birth Of the River Bogotá and Guacheneque

Guachaneque, Birth of the River BogotaThe birth of the River Bogota (Nacimiento del Río Bogotá) is a truly off the beatean tracks hike that will take you to the unique ecosystem of the Guacheneque páramo and the natural reserve of the Birth of the River Bogotá.

IMPORTANT: The trek can only be done if you get the authorizations to enter the natural reserve of Guacheneque. You have to book a local guide or go there as part of an organized tour, see more information on this on our section below how to get there.
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Waterfall of Pozo Nutria, River Bogota

=> A páramo is an ecosystem located only in the Andean mountains near the equator, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Páramo. There are lots of páramo near Bogota, like Chingaza, Guerrero, Sumapaz or the closest one near Monstserrate Verjón. Similar landscapes can also be found in the Park Nevado del Ruiz near Manizales.
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The trek includes spectacular views of the surrounding hills, a lagoon shaped like the map of Colombia and the unspoiled waterfall of Pozo Nutria. During the walk you will also be able to closely look at some endemic species of flora like the frailejonespictured below.

Located at about 1h30 minutes from Bogota, it will take you a full day to go there and back, part of the trip could include a breakfast stop at Briceño in Tocancipa or a lunch at Villapinzón.

=> For lunch in Villapinzón, go to Piqueteadero Doña Rufina on the main square, good local picadas (mix of different meats).
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The Colombian Map Lagoon=> The hike to the birth of the river is relatively easy, only relatively as it takes place 2,500 meters above sea level. The climb down to Pozo Nutria is trickier and riskier so you might want to skip this one if you are unwell or scared of heights.

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Getting There/Agencies

You have 2 ways to get there, you book a tour through EcoGlobal Expeditions or you make your way to Villapinzón where you will meet the local guide you contacted before, he will get the authorization for you to enter the park.

To go to Villapinzon, either you know someone with a car or you have to take the bus from the Portal del Norte (8,500 Pesos per person). Once in Villapinzón, you can get a taxi for the day for 80,000 Pesos. The taxi will take you to Guachaneque, stop you at the different attractions and take you back to Villapinzón.

Vidal from VillapinzonOur guide there was Vidal who you can see on the right. He knows the park and the flora there like no one, on top of it he is a great person. Get in touch with him on his cellular to organize your trip : +57 313 328 6323, he does not speak English.

Prices

The entrance to the Park is 4,700 Pesos per person.
The price of the guide is 35,000 Pesos for the day.

Agencies

=> We went there with EcoGlobal Expeditions. The tour for the whole day was 49,000 Pesos without food so you need to bring sandwiches. Juan Fernando is passionate by ecoturism and his organisation is flawless.

EcoGlobal Expeditions
Bogotá - Colombia
Tel: (+571) 579 3402
Cel: (+57) 310 823 3974
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.ecoglobalexpeditions.com

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=> Click below to zoom and navigate through our pictures of our trek to the birth of the Bogota River and Pozo Nutria waterfall!
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