El Cocuy National Park boasts plenty of diverse and incredible scenery. The south of the park nears to border of the Amazon rainforest and provides plenty of opportunities to see verdant forests and foothills. Farther into the Andes, the scenery becomes more rugged and arid, providing spectacular views of alpine lakes and glaciated mountain peaks.
Best time to visit:
November to March
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How to get there:
Any trip to El Cocuy National Park begins with a flight into El Dorado Luis Carlos Galan Sarmiento International Airport in Bogota (BOG). Moist guides will opt to meet you here and arrange for transport to the national park
What’s the weather like?
Average daily temperatures in El Cocuy National Park are around 18 ºC throughout the year. These tend to decrease as you gain elevation. The rainy season is from April to June and October to November. However, the park receives quite a bit of rainfall throughout the year
Boasting more than 50 kilometers of hiking trails to explore, El Cocuy National Park is one of the top hiking destinations available in Colombia. The Ritacuba trail, El Pulpito trail and Laduna de la Sierra trail are the three main routes through the park. The Ritacuba route takes hikers to the very edge of the glacier on the imposing Ritacuba summit on a 14 kilometer loop. This is the most popular route, but also one of the toughest due to the large elevation gain. El Pulpito Trail is a bit less than 16 kilometers and takes hikers to the Pulpito, a giant rock at the edge of the snowline on Pan de Azucar (5,150 meters). The Laguna de La Sierra Trail is the longest of the three trails, at about 21 kilometers, and is a demanding trek that takes hikers to the turquoise-blue waters of the Laguna del la Sierra. Here, hikers get some of the best views of the park. For those who have the time, combining all three into one epic adventure is a popular option. Expect to spend about a week taking on all three
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