Cocuy National Park

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Cocuy National Park is located in the Andino region of Colombia.


The park is located along the border of the Boyacá and Arauca departments. The two main town to access the park are El Cocuy and Güicán.


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

Get in[edit]

  • From the South : Five direct buses leave from Bogotá daily (45,000 COP / 12 hours). The route goes through Tunja (25,000 COP / 9h) and Duitama.
  • From the North : Coming from Cucuta or Bucaramanga is more complicated and will require changing buses in Capitanejo.


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.

Get around[edit]

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.

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  • Peaks : Ritacubas, Pan de Azucar, El Castillo and Pulpito del Diablo.
  • Lagunas : Los Verdes, Laguna Grande de la Sierra, La Isla, La Plaza y El Avellanal

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El Cocuy[edit]

  • Hotel Villa Real, Calle 7 No 4-50, 8-789-0038 / 311-475-6495 / 311-810-2808 (). Family run hostel close to the main square that offers dark rooms with hard beds and TV. Single with shared bath : 12,000 COP.  edit


  • Cabaña Hotel El Edén, Transversal 2 No 9-58 Urbanización Villa Nevada (10 min walk from the center), (8)7897093 / 3118088334 / 3144153019 (). Very clean rooms with wooden ceilings and private bathrooms. Duplex rooms on the 1st floor that sleep up to 5 persons with nice views of the valley. Very friendly owners. Single with bath : 15,000 COP.  edit
  • Hotel El Frailejón, Carrera 4 No 3–34 (On the main square), 312-586-0619. Cheapest option in town.  edit


  • Hacienda La Esperanza.  edit
  • Cabañas Kanwarra.  edit
  • Posada Sierra Nevada, [2]. Double beds : 30,000 COP.  edit
  • Herrera, 57-311-214-9255. Campground with toilets and showers.  edit
  • Cabana Laguna Pintada. Single : 35,000 COP.  edit

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El Cocuy[edit]

  • Internet (, Carrera 3 No 8-53 (In front of the townhall). Until 8 pm.  edit
  • ATM (Banco Agraria de Colombia), Corner of calle 8 and carrera 4. Only ATM in town.  edit
  • Park office, Calle 8a No 4-74, ().  edit


  • Internet (Guic@n net), (Follow the road from the lower corner opposite the church of the main plaza). M-Sa : 9 am to 12 pm, 2 pm to 8 pm / Su : 2 pm to 8 pm.  edit

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