Sustainable Tourism Bogotá
The night will be spent in a basic mountain shelter (no showers available) with sleeping bags provided.
The average daytime temperature in the páramo is 10ºC but it can drop to 5°C in an instant depending on cloud cover. At night the temperature can drop even further. You must be prepared to sustain cold temperatures, high winds and rain if necessary. The terrain is uneven, slippery and muddy so proper hiking boots that cover the ankle are required.
The lesser visited, eastern part of Chingaza is located East of Bogotá, 3 hours from our departure point (90km away) with a road only accessible through high-clearance 4x4 vehicles. The return from San Juanito to Bogotá takes 4 hours. The maximum altitude for the trek is 3800 m.a.s.l.
This trek is of high difficulty, fit for experienced hikers only. It is required that your party be in top physical condition due to the challenging trails coupled with steep mountain passages. You must be able to hike for at least 6 hours each day on challenging, steep terrain.
Tour is priced at $300 per person based on a 2-person minimum. The tour includes private 4x4 transport, a bilingual guide, a local mountain guide, 1 night at the mountain shelter, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 dinner, sleeping bag rental, entrances, personal accident insurance and a link to an online photo album.
"A friend and I did the 2-day Camino al Meta Trek in Chingaza. It was a truly incredible experience. Andres picked us up early in the morning and took us to Fomeque for a delicious local breakfast. Then we drove to the park, and started our hike at high elevation with views of a huge mountain lake, hiked up even higher to a mountain pass, saw the amazing Paramo ecosystem with its numerous unique plants and flowers, numerous waterfalls (including one that was huge!), and then hiked back down to a lodge to spend the night. In the morning, we hiked down to the town of San Juanito. Andres took care of everything--meals, transport, gear including sleeping bags, and booking a local mountain guide expert. We adhered to the schedule provided. In all, I highly recommend this trek. However, you should be aware that it is very difficult. If you are not used to hiking at elevation it will seriously affect you, and you definitely need waterproof, ankle-protecting boots and rain gear. I am an experienced hiker, but this trail was so rugged that even I was surprised." - Kevin