Rising to a high point of 5330m above sea level, and taking in 32 glacial lakes and 22 snowcapped peaks on the way, PARQUE NACIONAL EL COCUY is a hiker’s dream come true. Tourism is increasing but, for now at least, you can hike for a week surrounded by natural splendours with little contact with other people. Be prepared for any climatic conditions and be aware that at night it gets bitterly cold, so pack plenty of warm gear and a four-season sleeping bag (you can rent sleeping bags from tour companies, but they may not be as warm as you need). Pack reasonably light, as you’ll be carrying your own gear for much of the trek. By far the best weather is from December to February, when the park is at its busiest.

The starting points for any trip to the park are the towns of El Cocuy and Güicán.

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