by PROJECT CORDILLERA
Cordillera Oriental, Colombia
El Cocuy National Park is one of Colombia’s natural gems.
The park is an area of untouched beauty and a popular destination for mountaineers and climbers visiting Colombia.
Furthermore, the park has a rich history. The U’wa people - know to neighboring tribes as ‘the thinking people’ - consider it sacred land.
El Cocoy is home to the largest glacial mass in Colombia. As a result, the park is an untapped world of ice and snow. It’s truly one of the most spectacular destinations in Colombia.
Sierra Nevada del Cocuy Chita is not only ice and snow, though. Throughout your trip in El Cocuy, you’ll also encounter immense valleys, diverse jungles, and an array of different flora and fauna.
The park has placed restrictions on summiting the peaks and staying overnight within the park. However, the El Cocuy expedition remains a breathtaking expedition that should not be missed.
It’s one of the best locations to experience Colombia’s famous diversity up close. This expedition will take you to the most iconic sections of the park and give you the opportunity to sleep under the stars.
After this expedition, you will consider El Cocuy ‘sacred land’ too.
Meet in El Cocuy, and trek to Mirador El Cocuy or Mahoma Peak at 3,800m to acclimatize. You will then head back to the town El Cocuy for lunch and have the afternoon for yourself. We will meet for dinner and sleep at Hotel Casa del Montañista.
An early breakfast, and enter El Cocuy National Park to for a trek to the edge of snow to view Pan de Azucar and Pulpito del Diablo (5,000m), one of the best views of the park. We will then eat lunch and head back to town, have dinner and rest at the hotel.
After an early breakfast head out to Laguna Grande de la Sierra, and to the edge of snow at Peak Concavo (5,000m). Then we will have lunch, head back to the hotel, enjoy dinner and rest.
Spend the day trekking to Ritacubas, and to the edge of snow at Peak Ritacubas (5,330m). Then we will have lunch, head back to the hotel, have dinner later and rest.
Following breakfast, you'll leave the park for Bogota, Medellin, or another selected destination.
It includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for days 1- 4. Snacks are not included.
3-day trek to Lagunillas, Laguna grande y Ritacuba. Team size: 3 minimum. Price: $335.