Sustainable Tourism Bogotá
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.
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 sunlight. The driest months in Chingaza are December through March and the wettest months are May through July.
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 for the rainy season. Because of the high altitude (+3500 m.a.s.l.) we recommend spending at least one night in Bogotá or similar altittude prior to joining this tour.
Chingaza is best for wildlife viewing and birdwatching. Most of it can be done from the car or through short nature walks with low difficulty. For lenghty hiking, there are limited trails available that require special permits from the park office.
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.
• 9:00am pick-up from Bogotá (most locations)
• 10:00am park registration
• 11:30am entrance to the reserve
• 12:30pm Mina Palacio overview
• 1:30pm vegetarian lunch (included)
• 2:30pm 2.5 hours nature trail hike (birds & small mammals)
• 7:00pm dinner available for purchase
• 7:00am breakfast (included)
• 8:00am drive to the far eastern end of the park
• 10:00am 2-hours nature trail hike (bears, eagles, condors)
• 1:00pm vegetarian lunch (included)
• 2:00pm check-out from lodge
• 3:00pm 1-hour nature trail hike (scenery)
• 4:00pm departure from reserve
• 7:00pm arrival to Bogotá
"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 Coachi 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
Price per Person per Night
1 pax USD $280
2 pax (couple) USD $200 / (2 singles) USD $220
4 pax (couple + couple) USD $175 / (4 singles) USD $195
Includes: 4x4 private transport from Bogotá, spanish speaking guide, 1 night's accommodation, 3 meals, entrances, personal accident insurance & pictures of the trip.
Note: A bilingual nature guide can be added to any of the itineraries for USD $100 per day (for the group).