The best thing about Chicaque Natural Park is that it’s so close to Bogotá. Second best is that it’s a green valley with hummingbirds, cloud forest, waterfalls and well-marked trails for hiking. Once you have the southern parts of Bogotá and Soacha behind you, it’s just half an hour’s car ride.
My friend and excellent guide Álvaro Triana with a leaf that is actually bigger than himself.
While most hikes in Colombia begin uphill, the entrance to Chicaque is on a plateau and the hike takes off downhill.
We visited Chicaque on a surprisingly cloudy day, but it’s a stunning nature experience in any weather.
Reaching the bottom of the valley, there is a refugio with restaurant and restrooms.
There is also plenty of space for camping and one thing that I’d really like to try one day, a treehouse 30 m above the ground, where you can stay the night if you have 250.000 Colombian pesos to spend.
If you want to get guided by Álvaro, who speaks excellent English, Finnish and Spanish, check out the site of his company.
This rare Collared Inca hummingbird, and various friends of his, also enjoyed some food at one of the refugios by the entrance of the park.
How to get to Chicaque:
It’s really easiest by car or hiring a car and driver for around 150.000 pesos to take you there and back. During weekends and holidays, it’s also possible to take a 5000 pesos bus from Soacha. You’ll find it outside the Transmilenio station Terreros. We had heard that it would be possible to take a bus along the highway on any weekday and walk the last 3 km to the park entrance but we found no such thing now in January 2016. The entrance to the park is 9000 pesos and you get a well functioning infrastructure in exchange. Colombia Secreta also helps out to arrange packages with transportation and guide.