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Parque Nacionál El Cocuy

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Buenos, buenas!

You could ask yourself why one would want to spend twelve hours on a night bus from Bogotá to El Cocuy. Roads are in very bad condition or have been washed away by last year's heavy rainfall. The driver was talking loudly to his colleague all night and did not mind to put the stereo system's volume up when there was a song he liked.
Around 9 in the morning we arrived in El Cocuy, a very picturesque little village in the east of Colombia, after a night with very little sleep.

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In the afternoon, we started walking in Parque Nacionál El Cocuy, carrying tent, sleeping bag, mattress, clothes and food for five days. Walking up to eight hours per day crossing one or two passes per day, the highest of which 4650m. Of course, showers nor toilets were available. Some days we did not meet a living soul.
Nights were bloody cold and in the late afternoon clouds and mist would appear over the mountains.
But it was all worth it very much!

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Posted by Gitan Jean 08:09 Archived in Colombia

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Ziet er alweer de moeite uit! Veel plezier nog ginder.

Groeten vanuit België (waar het al twee weken aan 't vriezen is),

baas

by baas

Que lindo lugar, João!
Desfruta tu viaje! :)
Beijos!

by Alê

Weer heel indrukwekkend, Jan
Lieve groetjes,
Tant'Annie

by Annie Denhaene

Merci, superbes photos! Que tal Colombia?

A plus

Anandi

by Anandi

Hi, I'm just thinking doing the same trip. I just wonder - what sleeping bag do you recommend? (down to what temperature?)
Regards from Arica / chile,
Philipe

by Philipe

Hey, Philipe

You will need a winter sleeping bag for temperatures down to about -5 degrees Celcius I would say. At night, it can get really cold (below zero) and you will find your tent covered with ice in the morning.
You have to book the trekking through an agency in El Cocuy that can rent you all materials you will need (tent, sleeping bag, mattress, cooking utensils).
It is a really beautiful trekking, hope you will enjoy it!
Regards
Jean

by Gitan Jean

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