If you haven’t noticed yet, Colombia is a land full of beautiful destinations and activities. With an armada of buses & cheap flights, getting from A to B is simple as depicting hieroglyphics. No, but options here are easy & infinite.
Escaping the concrete jungle of Bogota is a must whether you’re a backpacker that has been here for 2 days or a Bogotan thats been here for life. Luckily enough, Colombia’s tallest waterfall sits only 1 hour away in Bogotas backyard, Choachi. Measuring in at 590 meters, this beauty is a simple day trip or can be made into an overnighter if cool, crisp mountain air is your cup of joe.
Getting here is easier than the Macarena & costs about 8 million pesos each way. Take a bus from the Tercer Milenio transmilenio station & be on your way. The scenery rolling into the valley will keep your eyes hooked like a big mouth bass until your conductor (that you informed) lets you off at the trailhead.
The hike starts right off the side of the road past a convenience store where you can supply yourself for the beginning of the hike. You will continue on this path for about an hour passing fincas, farmers tending to their crop & a valley of lush vegetation. As you continue don’t feel lost as it make take longer than expected. It’s a mixture of ups , downs, & flats but mainly down hill stretches.
Arriving to the visitor center you will be briefed on safety & history of the area on an outdated computer and projector. It’s hard to watch this as you can see the beauty of the falls just staring you in the eyes upon arrival. Pay your entrance fee & hit the trail.
From the visitor entrance the hike to La Chorrera is about 1 hour. However it will take longer if you’re stopping at each designated area for pictures or a quick break. The first stop you can make is at Chiflón Cascade but like me I skipped and went directly to the main attraction.
The trail at this point is a narrow path that cuts through some nice lush jungle & switches between steep jagged slick rocks to mudd as the trail opens back into valley briefly. Another section of canopied covered area & an abundance of birds gives this place a particularly jungle feel. Think Costa Rica (although I’ve never been). Its what I imagine it as.
Arriving to the falls is when your hard earned steps come thanking you. The falls are massive, however on my day of visit the water wasn’t flowing like it really ideally should have been. Aside from the slow flow, the tranquility, solitude & verdance makes it all worth it.
Is it all really worth it? Yes. It’s well, well worth it. Especially the drive in.
Time: Total time 4-5 hours.
Price: 30 mil – Transport 8mil(x2) + entrance fee 12 mil + water/snacks
Difficulty: easy to moderate level hiking
Why? Lovely scenery. Escaping the City.
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