Paramo de Oceta
Paramo de Oceta
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Trekking in the paramo de octa Oceta is considered one of the most beautiful paramos in the world. Trekking - Ecological hike, to develop this activity a specialized guide will lead you through this place, with the possibility of doing it any day of the year. Guide the region will guide you through each of its attractions, and will describe in detail each part of this beautiful paramo. Trekking difficulty 6/10 It is recommended to go with children older than 8 years The walks on average last 6 hours and will depend on the physical capacity of the walkers. The Paramo of Oceta is considered one of the most beautiful moors in the world. It is located at 3,800 m.s.n.m. In the western part of the municipality of Mongui. We will start our tour in the main park of Mongui, we will enter the mountain to visit the mythical stone of the Chest that the locals respect for the legends that exist there, we will pass by the Waterfall of Penagos, the Stone City or Lost City, some formations Rocky areas that evoke a city built by nature surrounded by gigantic stones and vegetation. About 3,800 m.s.n.m. We can appreciate the spectacular Laguna Negra. The wonderful thing about this site and what makes it unique is the formation of gardens with these typical species, small enclaves of flora, permanent water factories and shelter of animal species, in short a place that is worth knowing and to conserve .. The other attraction of this place is the City of Stone, a name that was placed by the peasants to this rocky area, where by the detachment of stone floorboards have horizontally separated and have formed alleys that resemble a small town. There the walls are about 15 meters high and about 12 meters wide, they are covered with green, yellow and red mosses, there is also a series of rocks along the paths forming small gardens of micro vegetation in which it gives pleasure to let fly the imagination . In total the alley is about 100 meters long The other element that makes of Oceta a very special place are the peaks whose walls exhibit well defined rock strata, from the central peak you can see the Black Lagoon and the waterfalls that fill it, the Colombian explorer Andres Hurtado Garcia baptized one of these Peaks the ship by its form of great ship, since it rises of the valley in monumental form and its horn seems the bow, and the tail the stern. From these high areas we can also observe in the distance the great Paramo de Pisba to the north. With its almost 4,000 meters above sea level, Oceta has a magical spectacle that, surprisingly, being on the moor, it is very possible that he leaves him in awe and ready to return someday; At times the ghost of the everlasting mist of the 3,000 meters eternal surrounds the environment, and generates with the help of the rays of the sun a multicolored spectacle of beauty without equal. A call from nature to help us conserve. Fauna and Flora As for fauna can be sabaneros rabbits, frogs, Condor, eagles, guatines and white-tailed deer. Within the typical flora that is in Oceta we find the silver frailejones, the yellow ones and the whites, the yellow senecios, purple lupinus, and great amount of moss and lichen attached to the rocks. As for flora are senecios, lupinus, mosses, lichens and the frailejon which is in the greater part of the paramo. The frailejon grows only one centimeter per year and its stem conserves water. recommendations Wear clothes suitable for the climate of moor, raincoat, jackets, cream or face blocker, hats and gloves, spare clothing, camera. As for food it is necessary to carry all food. If you go camping do not forget your tent and a good sleeping bag. Do not forget to leave no litter and do not contaminate water sources.
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Jeff K.
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May 2023 • Solo
Exploring the páramo of Ocetá was a mesmerizing experience. The scenery was breathtaking, with expansive views that left me in awe. However, to navigate the terrain effectively, I enlisted the help of a local guide. With their expertise, we uncovered hidden gems and learned about the unique ecosystem together. In the páramo's vastness, I found a sense of wonder and connection to nature that will stay with me forever.
Written 11 April 2024
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Barry R
Portland, OR2 contributions
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Feb 2022
We did 3 guided trips into the mountains outside of Mongui. Paramo Travels set up the first trip to Laguna Colorado. We were driven for about 45 minutes to get close to the Lake and walked through beautiful Paramo ecosystem for about 2 hours to the lake to eat our lunch. On the way down we visited a Campesino woman for an hour at her farmhouse where she fed us Potatoes and homemade cheese which was really a nice experience. Recommended for a shorter hike into the Paramo ecosystem.
Our second trip we got a driver to take us to Laguna Negra, which is an hour drive from Mongui. We walked around the lake and up to a lookout high above the lake. We were not in the Paramo ecosystem, but there were nice views of cliffs, waterfalls and primary forest.
Our third and best trip was a much longer guided hike from town (900 meter elevation gain - 16 km round trip). Maria, an indigenous local woman was our guide for this trip. The consensus from other travelers we met in town is that she is the best guide to take for this trip. Round trip took us 8 because we took our time enjoying the place! Maria can also guide hikers to other areas and lakes in the Oceta that are less visited. We highly recommend Maria as a guide to learn about the ecosystem and history of the local area.
Written 23 February 2022
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Immortalis
Mannheim, Germany181 contributions
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Sept 2019 • Solo
I booked a 1d hike of Paramo de Oceta with Maria Tours and am extremely happy with the day!

At 8am, we started with a short car ride that covered the first ~400m of altitude before we started the actual hike (which is another 600m approximately). The Paramo itself is just stunning - while ascending, the landscape changes continuously from Andean forest to different types of paramo.

Maria is an excellent guide who explained about the vegetation, wildlife and the culture / history of the Muisca culture during the hike.

All in all, I can highly recommend taking the tour with Maria - she‘s a great guide, the landscape is awesome and unreal and the price is very reasonable.
Written 25 September 2019
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Justine Martin
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Jul 2019 • Friends
I have been travelling for over a year in South America and the hike we did with Maria was simply one of the best days I have had in Colombia and América. Maria is very knowledgeable, professional, smart and kind. Thanks to her we learned a lot about the Muiscas (her ancestors), the páramo (ecosystem, flora and fauna) and Colombia's history and ressources in general. I felt that Maria loves her job and was happy to show us the páramo and share her knowledge. She is very committed to the protection of the environment and the local inheritage. She made sure everyone was comfortable with the pace of the walk and everything. I would highly recommend anyone to go on a hike with her. Thank you so much Maria!

Llevo más de un año viajando por Sur América y la caminata con Maria fue uno de mis mejores días en Colombia y América. Maria es muy sabia, profesional, inteligente y muy buena persona con un gran corazón. Nos compartió muchos conocimientos sobre los Muiscas (sus antepasados), el páramo (ecosistema, flora y fauna) y la historia y recursos de Colombia en general. Se nota que a Maria le encanta su trabajo y compartir sus conocimientos con nosotros. Es muy comprometida con la protección del medio ambiente y la cultura local. Se aseguro que el ritmo de la caminata fuera adecuado para todo el grupo y seamos a gusto con todo. Les recomiendo altamente. Muchas gracias por todo Maria!
Written 11 July 2019
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Daan Mulder
Leiden, The Netherlands7 contributions
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Feb 2019 • Solo
The place is awesome!! A unique ecosystem with many ancient muisca myths and legends! I was planning to do it on my own, but decided to go with a guide. I was happy with my choice because it is impossible to understand the ongoing claiming of land by local farmers and therefore to understand where you can walk and where you shouldn’t. Besides, jobs in tourism keeps (some of the) locals out of working in the mines under very bad circumstances.

I went with Moises, a very good and responsible guide who knows everything about the area. He talks clear Spanish, easy to understand! Ask for him in town!
Written 23 February 2019
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Carlotta
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Feb 2019 • Friends
If you're thinking about visiting the Paramo de Oceta, doubt no longer and do the hike with Maria Tours. We strongly recommend them!
Maria's daughter Tatiana went with us and we couldn't have wished for a better guide! She is very knowledgeable, friendly and fun! She told us many stories about the indigenous who lived here, gave us a lot of information about the Paramo Ecosystem and we also talked a lot about other things!
The hike is beautiful and definitely worth visiting if you're in Colombia!
Written 3 February 2019
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Gwen vK
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Jan 2019 • Couples
We booked a tour to the Páramo de Ocetá with Maria via Whatsapp. Her daughter Esmeralda was our guide. She is very knowledgable and kind. We were able to walk on our own speed and tp make lots of fotographs. You can not do the tour by yourself, this could be very dangerous.
The tour is not expensive and Maria and her daughter take great care of nature. They take garbage they find in the area with them to preserve the environment.
Written 31 January 2019
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Tanja K
Canton of Bern, Switzerland24 contributions
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Jan 2019 • Solo
I did the trekking of the Paramo with Maria’s daughter Esmeralda, who, just like her name, is an absolute gem! Both mother and daughter are fantastic guides, very passionate about the protection of the unique Paramo landscapes and the remnants of the Muisca culture of the region.
The trekk itself is fairly easy in the dry season, during the wet season (March-June) its another thing altogether! As you’ve read in other comments, you need special boots then, which Maria can lend you. The wet season is the season when the Paramo is full of flowers though, so the extra effort is rewarded.
The tour costs 30’000 COP/Person in a group, if you take a car for the first part of the trek you have to count between 5000-10’000 COP more. You can join a group very last minute, as long as you either text/call Maria a little before. (+57 313 479 84 92)
I definitely recommend going with her as she’s showing you a piece of her own culture and guides you through paths (especially in the second part) that you wouldn’t find otherwise.
Written 5 January 2019
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Smulders73859
Utrecht, The Netherlands2 contributions
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Dec 2018 • Friends
The Paramo is absolutely beautiful! I went with Maria as a guide (together with one more girl), and she is amazing. The girl and I both don’t speak Spanish very well, but because Maria explained everything really simple, I could understand almost everything she told aboud the traditions of the local population and the ecosystem of the Paramo. The views are amazing and the history that Maria tells about is really interesting. The first part of the hike (up the hill) is quite hard because of the altitude; the second part is easy. Afterwards, it is nice to walk around in Mongui, which is a beautiful village.
Written 23 December 2018
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Annelies
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Aug 2018 • Couples
We did this hike in August 2018.

The hike starts from Mongui. Mongui is a tiny town but offers accommodation. We slept in Sogamoso and via our hostel we arranged a taxi to bring us to Mongui (1h drive max).

Once we arrived in Mongui by 8am, we met our Spanish guide Maria from Maria tours, this was arranged by our hostel but you can find her yourself via Facebook "Maria Tours - Paramo de Oceta", or via mariasosi1004@gmail.com, or via 3134798492.

I think a guide is mandatory but we couldn't find an English guide. Luckily, there were other people joining our tour who spoke Spanish and could translate. Even without translation it's worth taking a guide because it's really hard to find the way at some points! The group consisted out of 9 people and 2 guides (Maria and her brother Jose).
Price was 30.000 COP/pp (it's more expensive if you are with less than 4 people).

We then first registered at Maria's tourist boot at the main square (fill in your name and passport number) and then, together with the group, we went to a hut where we could borrow boots for free. We hung them on the outside of our backpacks to use them later on during the walk in the mud - really handy and necessary!

By the time we started with the hike it was near 9am. Beginning of the hike is quite boring on a clear path but as soon as you have to take the side track it becomes tricky. During the first part of the hike you will reach the unique Paramos. We sometimes took a short break to eat a snack and to have lunch. The second half of the hike is via a different path, and involves climbing over and under rocks, and ends in fields. So the second half is without the paramos de oceta but is still pretty.

We arrived back at the hut around 5pm, so it is a long hike. The beginning is slowly going up and the second half is going down, and the middle part with the rocks is quite adventurous. You need to be in normal physical shape to do this hike.

We also needed all kinds of clothing: T-shirt, sunhat, suncreen, sweater, rain coat, ... it's amazing how different the weather zones are during this hike! ;o
The boots we could borrow definitely came in handy because at some parts it got slippery and muddy and sometimes you need to step in water.

After we arrived back in Mongui by 5, Maria called a taxi to pick us up and bring us back to Sogamoso around 6pm, so that we had another hour to explore Mongui after finishing the hike: more than enough since the town is really small. If you want, Maria can also arrange you dinner after the hike via a restaurant in Mongui, in case you are too tired to cook yourselves.

I wouldn't say it is the best hike I have ever done (I have travelled a lot) but this is a certainly a firm and very pretty one day hike, and my boyfriend and I are really glad that we did this. So I would recommend the hike if you like your physical exercise and if you want to see a new kind of nature.
Written 7 August 2018
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