Do you know what is a paramo anyway? It’s a unique ecosystem surrounded by the vast Andean mountain range that harbors water sources and great endemic biodiversity.
The El Verjon is the city’s nearest paramo—located in the Matarredonda ecological park, just about 31 km from Bogota. By the way, these ecosystems can only be found in South America.
✓ Just perfect for nature lovers and hikers!
Enjoy a hiking adventure in one of the rarest ecosystems in the world. You will visit the Matarredonda Ecological Park, where the El Verjon Paramo is located—just about 30 minutes from Bogota.
Walk through royal trails centuries-old that are covered by colorful mosses and endemic flowers. Hear in-depth commentary from a savvy guide on the ecosystem and the ancient indigenous communities, who used to live there a long time ago. And first and foremost enjoy the beautiful and fragile scenery.
We’ll meet at 9 a.m. at your hotel. Then, your driver will take you to the Guadalupe Mount and afterward to Matarredonda ecological park.
Listen to your guide as he/she shares curious facts about the city and introduces you to what you’re going to experience during the tour.
Enjoy the best view of Bogota from the highest lookout spot in the city. Hear fun facts about the place from your guide, such as the four earthquakes that destroyed the sanctuary here. The overall building project took over 100 years after the last earthquake in 1917. Oh, don’t worry.
During the ride to Matarrenda ecological park, gaze at the beautiful scenery, the thick forest and wide range of crops in the area. Hear in-depth commentary on local farming.
Upon arriving at the park, walk through Royal paths—that used to connect Bogota and the Eastern Plains by the 18th century—covered by colorful mosses, fungi, and lichens. Look at the butterflies flying over the diverse kinds of frailejones and the small shrubs with red, orange, and purple flowers.
Listen to your guide as he/she shares insights into the landscape and endemic vegetation and fauna.
After walking through 500-year old paths used by the Muisca ancestors, which were also very important during the colonial era, you will be able to appreciate the Teusaca lagoon in the middle of the frailejones and its beautiful emerald green color at about 14,100 ft above the sea level. Try to spot some hummingbirds flying over the flowers.
This lake, sacred to the natives, is associated with the legend of El Dorado. Listen to your guide as he/she shares fascinating stories about the ancestral tradition of “running the land,” where the indigenous people would trek to the five lagoons (Guatavita, Guasca, Siecha, Teusacá & Ubaque), and some of them wouldn’t even survive the trip. But don’t worry, that’s not included in this tour, although your guide will tell you all about it.
The temperature starts to change drastically. Here, you will find much more vegetation. Gaze at the beautiful scenery of the High-Andean forest. Hear in-depth commentary from your guide on all the aspects of this rare and fragile ecosystem.
As you walk through the nature trails, you will find two outstanding waterfalls. Take a deep breath, a break & a picture too! Then, turn around for the hike back to the starting point.
On the way back to Bogota, listen to your guide as he/she shares curious and fun facts about Colombian history.
Finally, we will leave you in the comfort of your hotel in the evening hours—or the El Dorado international airport.
Bogota – Nemocon
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Min People: 2
Min Age: 3+