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.
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.
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.
There were clouds of butterflies lifting from the ground as we came walking.
A ski lift?
No, an awesome zip line. It happened to be included in the price for the tree house-night.
Long enough for us to actually be able to get over the initial shock and enjoy the ride.
We never go anywhere without coffee.
From the valley, we chose the hike to the waterfall. It was not as challenging as we had been told.
It started raining, though.
I decided I could just as well wash my hair in the waterfall/rain.
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.
The access is by this ladder.
Does this give an idea of how high 25 meters actually is?
Our neighbouring tree tops.
A tiny little detail, it had already gotten dark when we began the ascent at 7pm.
There is a guide climbing just behind you and there are safety ropes. But a piece of advice is to not look down.
We had brought our camping kitchen and cooked in our tree house.
I woke up listening to the birds and squirrels.
World, you look beautiful from up here.
A free air rappel descent. Scary at first and then just a lot of fun.
Breakfast included at the refugio or visitors’ center in the valley.
After breakfast we just chilled in the hammocks of the refugio until we began the uphill hike out of Chicaque.