Choachí is a small town East of Bogotá, in Cundinamarca. Located 1923 meters above see level, much lower than Bogotá and hence with milder weather.
The road leading to Choachí is the main reason to visit. Beautiful Andean views from your departure. Also, since the road leaves Bogotá right from downtown, you avoid the horrific traffic going to the towns North and West of Bogotá.
Coordinates 04º 31’52” of North latitude and 73º 55’33” of West longitude.
From Bogota to Choachi, it takes about an hour driving over a mountain pass with superb views. The road is paved but has some large pot holes you need you to drive around and many road side stalls offering food and drink.
If you use a locally acquired GPS it may also route you Bogota-Ubaque-Choachi. This is also scenic but has a long stretch of mud track that is easier with a 4WD vehicle.
For 10,000 pesos, you can take a small charter bus. The buses DO NOT leave from the main bus terminal in Bogota - do not go there. You will have to find a bus station on Calle 6 at Av Caracas, next to police station.
Walking should suffice to see town. The hot springs are on a dirty road and a cab ride is in order for most tourists.
Main plaza, clean and quiet.
- Cascada La Chorrera. La Chorrea is the highest waterfall in Colombia and the third highest in the Americas. The waterfall is 590 metres over 7 steps. The hike from the ticket office to the waterfall is about 1 to 1.5 hours one way on a well marked trail. Large groups can cause backups on the trail as you pass. The trail to the waterfall provides lots of great views of the valley below. Alternatively there is a small waterfall about 10 minutes from the ticket office where you can walk behind the waterfall and pay extra to rappel down the lower section of the waterfall, there is also a restaurant and toilets available. Minibuses leave from Carrera 3 & Calle 1 in Choachi. Tell the driver you are going to La Chorrera and they will drop you off at the turnoff. From the turn-off to the park entrance is at least an hour’s fast walk on a mostly dirt road with plenty of shops selling food and drink along the way. To avoid the walk you can maybe hitch a ride (some payment might be expected). Alternatively you can hire a 4x4 for 50,000 pesos to take you one way from Choachi all the way to the La Chorera ticket office and info center. Note weekends and holidays can be very busy. Bring comfortable hiking shoes, water, snacks and sunscreen. edit
Hot Springs are available at Termales Santa Mónica . Sundays' entry is 20,000 pesos for adults. Hotel and restaurant services available. Swim caps are available for sale and there is a bag check available for 1,000 pesos. Bring your own towel or be prepared to buy one. From Choachi to Thermales you can take a tuktuk for 7,000 pesos or a shared bus for 4,000 pesos.
- Restaurante Suizo, (Just 2 blocks to the left of the main church in town.), ☎ +57 1 8486 065, . 11AM-4:30PM. Great Swiss restaurant with two locations, one in town (Calle 2 No. 4 – 09, two blocks to the left of the main church in town, +57 1 8486 065) and another just a bit north of town (on the paved road, at the first sharp curve). The north-of-town location is a splendidly converted house with antique interiors and outdoor seating. Try the rabbit or goulash. edit
- La Montaña Restaurante, cr 3 # 2-25 (near to the central park), ☎ 320 301 9566, . 6pm- 10pm. Natural, fresh and tasty food, bbq, handcrafted hamburgers, crepes, rices, sea food, enjoy a good time with family and friends in a nice place. 10us. edit
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There is an abundance of small restaurants and bars along the main street.
Leaving town towards Bogota there is also a BBQ restaurant with clay oven and excellent views over the valley and mountains.
Hotel available at Termales Santa Mónica [http://www.termalessantamonica.com/home.htm�] a 5 min drive from town.
- Casa Del Arte, Carrera 3, Cundinamarca, ☎ 321 8074868. checkout: 1:00pm. Located right next to the town square, Casa Del Arte Hotel has a cafe, garden, and free but slow WiFi. The hotel has some rooms that feature a garden view, and the rooms are equipped with a private bathroom and a tv. The rooms can be a little noisy because of the street nearby. 100,000 pesos per night. edit
For 10,000 pesos per person, you can take a small charter bus to Bogata. The buses leave from Calle 1 & Carrera 3 and they drop you at Calle 6 at Av Caracas, next to police station in Bogata.