Páramo of Ocetá 3 days 2 nights
This magnificent páramo is located at 3.400 meters above sea level on the east of the municipality of Mongui. An astonishing geology has given rise to spectacular stone landscapes in a way of lost cities hidden in the haze. The typical plants like “frailejones” and others form beautiful gardens due to which this place is known as a unique trekking destination and probably one of the most beautiful páramos of Colombia. On clear days it is possible to see the Pisba páramo and the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy, Guican and Chita.
This is an intermediate difficulty mountain excursion. A part from a spectacular trekking, you can also visit the small town of Mongui which is considered as one of the most beautiful villages of Boyaca department and the whole country.
Day 1: We will pick you up from your hotel in Bogota and drive to the bus terminal where we will catch a public bus to Mongui (it is possible that we have to switch to another bus in Sogamoso). The drive to Mongui might take about 5 hours. In Mongui we will take a private jeep which will drive us another 15 km (30 min approximately) to Mongua where we will have lunch. After lunch we will continue by private jeep towords the páramo de Oceta. Our camping place will be in the area of Laguna Negra (Black lagoon).
After we set up the camp, we will do a short acclimatizing hike. Rest.
Day 2: This will be a full day of trekking in order to get familiarized with the most spectacular places of this unique páramo. The exact spots visited during the hike depend on the authorization of the local community. During the hike we will be able to appreciate senecio, fraylejones and the immense rocks that form galleries and passageways in the middle of the fog. Hiking distance: 10-15 km (depends on the trail taken).
At about 4 PM we expect to pack our things and drive by jeep back to Mongui. Night in a hotel.
Day 3: A short walking tour around this beautiful Boyaca town – Mongui. Afterwards we will take a public bus back to Bogota. Transfer to your hotel. End of the tour.
- Bilingual guide from Bogota
- Local trail guide (mandatory)
- Public bus Bogota – Mongui – Bogota
- Private jeep Mongui – Paramo de Oceta – Mongui
- 1 night of camping near Laguna Negra
- 1 night in a hotel in Mongui
- Entrance fee paid to the local community
- Meals from the lunch Day 1 till the breakfast Day 3
- Entrance permits in the National Park Chingaza
- Insurance for mountain experiences (should be issued by local insurance company)
- Meals not stipulated in the program
- Snacks and water during the hike
- Camping equipment
- Personal expenses
- Hotel in Bogota
- Take some acclimatizing time prior to this hike (during this hike you will reach 3.500 m.a.s.l)
- The driest season in high mountains in Colombia is from December to February; still, the páramo is open all year round
- Take in mind that páramo in Colombia has quite cold temperatures, they might fluctuate from 3 to 15 C
- The camping place near Laguna Negra does not have any infrastructure. It is just an area where you put tents and there are no bathrooms
- Bring a reusable water bottle where you can collect the water from páramo water streams and use purification pills to be safe when drinking this water
- Ensure that you are in good physical shape to do this trek (no heart problems, no breathing issues, and no knee injuries)
- In case you do not want to return to Bogota and prefer to continue your travel to some other destination, let us know and we will adjust the tour for your needs.
- There is no mobile signal in the paramo
- Bring snacks to get more calories during the hike
List of things to carry
- Bring a backpack not bigger than 60 L
- A small day pack for trekking
- Please bring warm, wind and waterproof clothing, the weather conditions are changing and it might be cold, windy and rainy
- Thermic night wear for the first night
- Bring walking boots and a spare pair of shoes for resting in the night
- Use of hat, sunglasses and sunscreen is strongly recommended
- Walking poles could be useful (optional)
- You can also bring a scarf and gloves for the first two days
- Bring snacks and water
- Bring biodegradable personal hygiene products and personal medicine (if necessary)
- Small fast drying towel
- Reusable water bottle
- Front light is essential for the first night
- Camping equipment: camp mattress, sleeping bag and tent (contact us if you want to rent it, except the sleeping bag)
- Personal documents
- Photographic camera
- Cash in Colombian pesos