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Can there actually exist an accessible forest trail, surrounded by dense green vegetation, birds singing and even a waterfall to swim in, only a short walk from central Bogotá?

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At 8am on a Sunday morning, my friends and I decided to find out. We walked up the calle 63 in Chapinero to the Universidad Politécnico. And just after the university stood three policemen, showing the way to the trail to Quebrada las Delicias. The closest translation would probably be “the brook of delight”.

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From there we just had to follow the trail. No chance to get lost.

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Some days you even get a discrete policeman following slightly behind you. Just in case.

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There’s a stream all along the trail. Imagine my happiness, listening to the merry sound of murmuring water instead of traffic noise.

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The water was ice cold, but on sunny days it’s perfectly possible to bathe under the waterfall.

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After we reached the waterfall, our policeman told us that he only accompanies hikers to this point, and that anything beyond would be at our own risk. We continued a bit further, but slightly affected by recent stories about robbers further up, we turned back when vegetation got too dense to let us see ahead.

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On the way back we realised how lucky we were to have started early. It was Sunday and got unbelievably crowded around 9.30am. But if you start at 7 or 8 am, this shouldn’t be the case.

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