The trail of the Spectacled Bear
This is a tour of contemplation of the habitat of the only bear specie in South America. The Bioandina reserve is located quite close to Bogota, this is where the presence of these bears in the wild is evident. The foundation Natibo, BioAndina and Caminantes del Retorno invite you to experience this path where Orlando Feliciano, leader of the project, accompanied by John and Jenny, have been trying to take care and conserve this endangered species for more than 20 years.
You will on a 3-hour route, observing traces that this majestic animal leaves in its way, you will learn the importance of its existence and enjoy a wonderful tour through the high Andean forest, and the paramo ecosystem.
This tour is exclusive for 15 people, Bioandina has authorized us to visit it, however, since this is the shelter for wildlife, you must take into account conservation rules that seek to ensure integrity and permanence in the area where the animal feels safe. Keep in mind that wildlife observation cannot guarantee direct sightings of the species.
The Andean Bear is distributed along the Andes Mountain Range. In the area of Chingaza National Park, there is a population of about 60 bears. Orlando Feliciano, leads a reception and reintroduction program of The Spectacled Bear (Oso Andino). Most of the bears come from seizures made by the environmental authorities. The BioAndina reserve is located behind the Chingaza National Natural Park, on the road that leads from Guasca to Sueva, about 3 hours from Bogotá. It currently has 8 bears in its custody, of which 6 are being prepared to be reintroduced into the wild. The bears which are going to be reintroduced, it is not possible to see them, or to have any contact with them.
The spectacled bear (Oso Andino) is the only Colombian bear. It is a vulnerable and threatened species, of diurnal and solitary habits. It is omnivorous, terrestrial and climber. It is currently in a state of threat; due to hunting as a sport, superstition or being considered a plague as many farmers believe that this mammal eats their livestock.
Meeting point: Calle 63 with Cra 7 in front of the grocery store Carulla
Departure time: 7:00 am.
Arrival to the reserve: 11: 00 am aproximately
Difficulty level: Low
Max of participants: 15 travellers
Walking distance: 5 km
Walking time: 3 hours approximately (slow pace with stops)
Return time to Bogotá: 8 pm approximately
Type of activity: Philanthropic, family and educational
We thank the Natibo Foundation for being a strategic partner in the conservation of Colombian fauna.
Express transportation round trip
Local and professional guides
Entrance to the reserve
Water to serve in thermos
Donation to Bioandina for the sustainability of the conservation program
Breakfast (the guide will take you to have a typical breakfast in a local restaurant on the way)
Lunch, it is essential to take a picnic at the OSO viewpoint
For 100.000 pesos you can get a beautiful Bear Doll, these resources will help to feed the bears in care.
- During wildlife observation tours, priority must be given to SILENCE. Animals should not be fed or contacted.
- It is very important to always follow the instructions of the guide
- Review the recommendations and tools that appear on our website
- Caminantes del Retorno works with local communities providing tourism services to promote conservation programs.
- Registration deadline: thursday before departure
How to be prepared for one day treks