Cocuy National Park
The Sierra is located in the eastern part of the park and is the main tourist attraction. It is a mountain range streching north to south that contains several snow covered peaks. The western part of the park is low lands tropical forest all the way to the Llanos region and is off limit to tourism because of absence of tracks and guerilla presence.
Failerones, tipical of paramo landscapes. Cojines, swamp bushes endemic to the park.
Bear, deers (south part of the park), pumas, condors (north of the park) and rabbits.
Rainy and cloudy most of the year. Best time for trekking: December to 1. part of March. Above 4000 meter there may be snow anytime
You need to register with the park offices either in El Cocuy or in Güicán. Entrance fee is 49,000 COP for foreigners, 24,500 COP for Colombians and 12,000 COP for students and kids between 5 and 12. If you go in the park without a guide, you'll have to tell the rangers how long you plan to be in the sierra. Make sure to check in with the office again once you've exited the park safely or rescue teams will be launched to look for you.
The cheapest option to reach the park is the milktruck or lechero (10,000 COP). It leaves Güicán at 5:30 am everyday, reaches El Cocuy around 6 am and then goes up towards the Sierra to collect milk before going back to Güicán. It can drop you at various location close to the cabanas. If you miss the milktruck or get to town late, you can hire a private car to drive you up there but this is a much more expensive option (at least 80,000 COP).
Beware of scams where a local will low ball with a very cheap price and then charge over 100,000 COP a piece once you get to the top. Also as of May 2016, the national park has been entirely closed due to new agreements with the indigenous peoples not allowing outsiders into their territory.