Britain may have Stonehenge, but we have Las Moyas. There is very little information about hiking to Las Moyas, so I was really happy when my neighbours asked if we wanted to join them to hike to these ancient remains of a lost indigenous culture up the hills of Bogotá.
The entrance to the trail is found at the address Transversal 2 Este #78-93. That’s just some blocks up from the CAI (policestation) of the Rosales neighbourhood found at calle 76 con avenida Circunvalar. The trail isn’t marked, and at first I was concerned about getting lost. But we discovered that all trails go upwards and reconnect shortly after.
We were lucky to go on a day when it hadn’t rained for a while, so the trail was easily walked. Slow hikers, allow for some 2 hours up the hill and 1-2 hours down. (1,5 up and 1 hour down is perfectly doable for fit persons adapted to the altitude and with good knees.)
There are a couple of view points from where the immenseness of Bogotá can be contemplated.
I liked the varied landscape of this hike.
There are even frailejones, the particular Colombian páramo plant.
When we thought we had arrived, it turned out that we had all the way to those antennas on the top in the distance left to walk.
But when you see this, it means you’ve reached the top.
At a first glance Las Moyas just seems to be a bunch of rocks.
Then, when getting closer, they’re not just any rocks.
It turns out that these gigants have some kind of manmade canals on top.
They all seem to have been connected at some point in time.
I find it so frustrating that there’s no information about their history. It’s probably because no one knows what these ruins once were used for nor what époque they’re from. But there’s everything from legends mentioning ancient goldmines to theories of some sort of space observatory of the Muisca people.
During weekends and public holidays there’s police presence along the trail to Las Moyas. The policemen who provide security from armed robbers start walking up at 5.30 am and they begin the descent at 10 am sharp. Although some people hike later during the day, that’d be at your own risk. Hence, begin the ascent at 7 am so that you’re up before 9 and can enjoy the place for up to an hour and descend before the police leave.