Sustainable Tourism Bogotá

Lodging 

This tour includes accommodation in the lodge dormitories. Pending availability we offer private rooms (double bed) with shared bathrooms and private bunkbeds with shared bathrooms. Both have access to warm electric showers. This mountain lodge is very simple, without heating and with only the necessary to spend the night. Please be aware this is not a luxury experience.

Climate

Chingaza National Park daytime temperatures renge between 7ºC and 15ºC but at night it can drop to 4ºC. Weather is unpredictable with quick changes between wind, rain and strong tropical sun. The driest months in Chingaza are December through March and the wettest months are May through July. By the default, the páramo ecosystem is a very moist environment and you can expect muddy trails most of the year.

Location

​Chingaza is located to the northeast of the city 2 hours from our departure point (45 km). All roads withing the reserve are dirt roads requiring a 4x4 vehicle during the rainy season. Because of low oxygen at high elevations (+3500 m.a.s.l.) we recommend spending at least one night in Bogotá or similar altittude prior to joining this tour. 

Difficulty

Chingaza is a prime location for wildlife viewing and birdwatching. Most of it can be done from the car or through short nature walks of low difficulty. For lenghty hiking, there are some trails available that require special permits from the Park manager. With enough notice, we can resquest special access to some of these locations.

Itinerary

Day 1

• 9:00am pick-up from Bogotá (most locations)

• 10:00am park registration

• 11:30am entrance to the reserve

• 12:30pm Mina Palacio overlook

• 2:00pm  lunch time (not included)

• 3:00pm 2-hours Suasie trail (birds & small mammals)

• 7:00pm dinner available for purchase

 

Day 2

 

• 7:00am breakfast (included)

• 8:00am drive to the eastern border

• 10:00am 2-hours Chingaza Lagoon trail (bears, eagles, condors)

• 1:00pm lunch time (not included)

• 2:00pm check-out from lodge

• 3:00pm 1-hour nature trail hike (scenic)

• 4:00pm departure from reserve

• 7:00pm arrival to Bogotá

Price per Person per Night

  • 1 pax USD $ 420

  • 2 pax (couple) USD $ 260 / (2 singles) USD $ 280

  • 4 pax (couple + couple) USD $150 / (4 singles) USD $170

Target Species

Spectacled bear, White-tailed Deer, Andean Condor, Blue-throated Starfrontlet, Pale-naped Brush Finch, Purple-backed Thornbill, Rufous Wren, Streak-throated Bush Tyrant, Scarlet-bellied Mountain Tanager, Sedge Wren, Black Flowerpiercer, Glossy Flowerpiercer, Buff-breasted Mountain Tanager, Black-crested Warbler, Rufous-browed Conebill, Pearled Treerunner, Brown-backed Chat Tyrant, White-throated Tyrannulet, Andean Guan, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Andean Teal, Pale-bellied Tapaculo, Band-tailed Nightjar, Flame-winged Parakeet.

Testimonial

"Four of us did a 3 days, 2 nights trip starting and ending at Bogota, organised by Andes EcoTours. It was fantastic! Our English -speaking guides were Andres and Celine, both of whom were knowledgeable, well-organised, and good company. We began with a visit to a hummingbird observatory, which was a lovely peaceful place with a fascinating range of birds. Mainly we spent time walking in the cloud forest and paramo of Chingaza National Park, and the Choachi area too. We learnt a lot about the flora of the area, and did walks with stunning views ( helped by great weather). The first night was spent on a park lodge (dormitory room to ourselves), and the second in the home of a local farmers family involved in community projects, where we were made very welcome and served delicious food. The whole experience was really excellent. We were impressed by the beautiful mountains so near to Bogota, and by the varied trip organised by Andes Eco-Tours. It's well worth spending as long as you can on a trip. Highly recommended." - Sally

 

Includes: 4x4 private transport from Bogotá, bilingual nature guide, 1 night accommodation, breakfast, entrances, accident insurance while on site & pictures of the trip.

Note: Ask us for a discount if you do not require a bilingual guide!

Chingaza Wildlife Safari