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I always try to sleep in tree houses as often as I can. I’ve only done it twice so far, but it’s a lifelong goal. They aren’t always easy to find and not always cheap. Lucky me, there is a tree house less than two hours from Bogotá in Chicaque natural reserve.

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The Chicaque cloud forest or bosque de niebla is a natural reserve that’s being well taken care of, and with a good infrastructure for visitors. We took the bus that the park arranges from Soacha on weekends. From the park entrance it’s a steep walk to the bottom of the valley, from where there are several trails to hike.

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There was quite a lot of people there on the Sunday that we arrived, but it never felt crowded. We were mostly completely on our own.

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There were clouds of butterflies lifting from the ground as we came walking.

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A ski lift?

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No, an awesome zip line. It happened to be included in the price for the tree house-night.

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Long enough for us to actually be able to get over the initial shock and enjoy the ride.

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We never go anywhere without coffee.

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Chanterelles?

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From the valley, we chose the hike to the waterfall. It was not as challenging as we had been told.

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It started raining, though.

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I decided I could just as well wash my hair in the waterfall/rain.

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And finally it was time to go to the tree house. This tree house is way higher than most others. The platform is located 25 meters up. I didn’t expect that to feel so high, but it does.

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The access is by this ladder.

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Does this give an idea of how high 25 meters actually is?

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Our neighbouring tree tops.

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A tiny little detail, it had already gotten dark when we began the ascent at 7pm.

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There is a guide climbing just behind you and there are safety ropes. But a piece of advice is to not look down.

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We had brought our camping kitchen and cooked in our tree house.

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I woke up listening to the birds and squirrels.

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World, you look beautiful from up here.

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The descent.

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A free air rappel descent. Scary at first and then just a lot of fun.

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Breakfast included at the refugio or visitors’ center in the valley.

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After breakfast we just chilled in the hammocks of the refugio until we began the uphill hike out of Chicaque.

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