Monday, 16 April 2012

SIERRA NEVADA DEL COCUY: GETTING THERE AND AWAY


SIERRA NEVADA DEL COCUY: GETTING THERE AND AWAY

FROM BOGOTÁ TO EL COCUY&GÜICÁN: buses leave from Terminal de Transporte (Calle 22 B, No 69-59) in Bogotá ($40,000/12h) usually at 5.00am, 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Timetables in Colombia aren’t always to be trusted so it’s best to either call the terminal to check or, even better, go there in person and buy tickets in advance (especially in high season when the buses may be full)
Use the terminal’s search engine (but be aware it’s not 100% reliable) to search by destination.


On the lechero truck with the locals
FROM EL COCUY&GÜICÁN TO THE PARK'S ENTRANCE: el lechero (the milk truck) leaves from plaza in Güicán at 5.30am, stops in the main square of El Cocuy at 6am and does a counter-clockwise circuit along the park access road passing near Cabañas del Púlpito, La Capilla and Hacienda Peña Blanca before going back to Güicán. Tell the driver where you’re headed and he will drop you off near your destination. You will have to hike the rest of the way. The journey takes between 1.5 - 2.5 hours depending where you go and costs around $12,000 (depending on the driver’s mood)

Another option is to hire a private transport from one of the towns. There are always a few drivers by the main square offering their services ($80,000 - $100,000 per vehicle)


The entrance near Finca Hermanos Herrera

FROM THE TRAIL TO GÜICÁN&EL COCUY: take the milk truck to Güicán and then el correo (the mail truck) to El Cocuy (leaves at 7am, 11am and 2pm)

Otherwise, you can arrange a vehicle in one of the places by the park access road


Entrance by Hacienda La Esperanza

FROM EL COCUY&GÜICÁN TO BOGOTÁ: buses leave from the main square at 5.00am, 6.00pm and 7:00pm (again: check with the office of the bus company located on the main square)

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1 comments:

Unknown said...

Hi, me and my friend are planing to visit El Cocuy and would like to do the normal route to Pan de Azucar or any other mountain, what I would like to know is if there is some place where we can rent needed gear (crampons and ice axe). Also do you know how long you can stay in a park? Tnx

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