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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.

Chicaque Colombia - Latinamerikaliv

My friend and excellent guide Álvaro Triana with a leaf that is actually bigger than himself.

Chicaque Colombia - Latinamerikaliv

While most hikes in Colombia begin uphill, the entrance to Chicaque is on a plateau and the hike takes off downhill.

Chicaque Colombia - Latinamerikaliv

Chicaque Colombia - Latinamerikaliv

Chicaque Colombia - Latinamerikaliv

Chicaque Colombia - Latinamerikaliv

Chicaque Colombia - Latinamerikaliv

We visited Chicaque on a surprisingly cloudy day, but it’s a stunning nature experience in any weather.

Chicaque Colombia - Latinamerikaliv

Chicaque Colombia - Latinamerikaliv

Reaching the bottom of the valley, there is a refugio with restaurant and restrooms.

Chicaque - Latinamerikaliv

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.

Chicaque Colombia - Latinamerikaliv

If you want to get guided by Álvaro, who speaks excellent English, Finnish and Spanish, check out the site of his company.

Chicaque Colombia - Latinamerikaliv

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.

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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.

 

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