Güicán Sector El Cocuy National Park

Laguna Grande de los VerdesThe Güicán sector is a great starting point to discover El Cocuy Park with its easy access by road and the presence of the comfortable Cabañas Kanwara to rest at night. 

For experienced climbers, this is where starts te route to Ritacuba Blanco (Ritak U'Wa), the highest peak in the park at 5,330m.

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Hikes, Visits and Activities
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Map of the Guican Sector El CocuyThere are 2 one-day hikes you want to include when visiting the Güicán sector.

The first one goes to Laguna Grande de Los Verdes through the pass of El Boquerón de Cardenillo (4,460m). It is a 6 to 8 hours trek that requires good physical condition and ideally acclimitizacion to altitude. To get there, take the road that goes up from Cabañas Kanawara till the Parada de Romero. Then the road gets a bit rougher and you have to cross 2 small creeks and then a river before taking a sharp right accross the mountain. 

After a strong climb (60 to 90 minutes), you will reach the pass of El Boquerón de Cardenillo. 2 minutes going down after the pass, you will start seeing the Laguna, it should then take you an hour to get there. Ideally you want to start the walk early and take plenty of food for a nice picnic at the lagoon. If you think the 8-hour trek is to long, ask for a car to take you to the Parada de Romero, or get lucky and get on one of the trucks doing the journey to Güicán de la Sierra.

Waterfall Above Laguna Grande de los VerdesThe other hike takes you to the border of the glacier surroundng the Ritacuba blanco peak, it is a demanding hike of 7kms with a 900m elevation gain. Again this is a 6 to 8 hours hike. The trek is relatively well sign posted from Cabanas Kanwara or  Posada Sierra Nevada.

There are smaller walks in the sector including the Laguna de San Paulin, a 3-hour hike usually used to acclimatize. 

=> You can find your way for both hikes but we still recommend hiring a local guide for extra security and make the most of each walk.

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Climbing Ritacuba Blanco
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The Glacier to get to Ritacuba Blanco

Ritacuba Blanco towers El Cocuy National Park and seems like an easy climb with its gradual slope to get to the top. But don't get fooled, this is a really tough climb especially if you decide to do the trip in one day from the Cabañas or the Posada.

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Accomodations, camping
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By the Fire Inside a Cabana KanwaraTo sleep in a bed, you have basically 2 options, Cabañas Kanwara or the Posada Sierra Nevada.

Cabañas Kanwara is an amazing place offering private chalets with their fire place. The food is truly amazing and you really feel like part of the family. It costs 40,000 COP per night per person to stay in a chalet, it includes wood to keep you warm. Breakfast costs 10,000 COP and 20,000 COP for lunch and diner.

Cabanas Kanwara
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The other option is Posada Sierra Nevada, it is a tiny bit cheaper but it should only be considered it Cabanas Kanwara is full. 

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How to Get There?
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Your have 2 options, call Laguna Grande de los VerdesCabañas Kanwara and ask for a lift. It will cost you around 30,000 COP per person and takes an hour. Or you can decide to walk by yourself along the road. It's a great option if you have time, expect to make it in 5 hours.

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