THINGS TO DO

THINGS TO DO

CROSS PEAK

The Alto de la Cruz is an imposing mountain that once was a volcano under the sea, this is known for the vestiges of lava that can be seen from the Apulo River to the summit, in addition to the amount of fossils found in its path. In the past it was an important cradle for agriculture such as sugar cane and coffee. From there a cable came down to lower the cane to the trapiches and the train. Nowadays it is only one of the high grade walks because of its difficulty in the ascent. Its height is 1200 meters above sea level. In Holy Week processions are held from the Church located in the San Javier Inspection to the Peak where the Cross is that gives the name to this Peak. On your tour you have the opportunity to visit sugar cane farms and learn a little about the process that Sugar Cane takes in the sugar mills to turning them into a block of sugar known as Panela, which is used for hot drinks. You can appreciate a bit of the biodiversity of birds and trees, and from the top you can see the surrounding villages.

Thing you have finished?

Before you go back home we will take you TREKKING BY THE APULO RIVER:

The Apulo River raises in the Alto de Petaqueros a Natural Reserve, has a route of 46 km and receives water from different rivers. In the short journey of this 1 km route can be found fossils dating from 65 million years ago, its waters are mineralized and black since the mineralized and black earth falls from the mountains that surround it, which were part of a volcano under the sea. It is an adventure to jump between the giant rocks and water wells. Observing the Geology of its surroundings is a unique experience and to understand a little the era to which this water system belonged is quite interesting. In its route you can benefit from a mud bath which has healing properties and a good treatment for the skin, apart that you may be lucky to find a good fossil.

 

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The Pico de la Cruz o The CROSS PEAK

LA MONJA WATERFALL

A hidden natural jewel, to go there we start with a relaxing walk where you can appreciate nature and millenary trees. The waterfall is known for its legend that says that a nun took her life there because her love for a monk was not returned.

During the tour you can see birds, and if you are lucky you can spot snakes from the region. The bath in its cold waters leaves you relaxed and ready for the walk back.

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The Waterfall La Monja

PEDRO PABLO LAKE

The Laguna de Pedro Palo is surrounded by many legends and enchantments, it is a Hidrica and Historic Reserve since the Royal Botanical Expedition happened there in 1783. It is surrounded by an Andean tropical forest and by farms where corn is grown.

It is located in the Municipality of Tena, with an altitude of 2000 to 2800msnm. One of his legends says that the inhabitants in the past had to throw objects into the water to appease the fury of a monster that caused great waves in the lake. On a clear day you can see how the trees are reflected in its waters which turn an intense green color. 

There you can also find some stones from where apparently the Zipa and its court had their place of recreation and worship. At the moment you can only take ecological walks around. It is a walk that is worth doing.

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The Apulo River

ORQUID SANCTUARY

Just 45 minutes from Bogota is the Orchid Park, a natural destination that offers visitors a walk with delicious aromas, colours and shapes in the kingdom of the most exotic flowers in the world.

The visit is a pleasure; the orchids in their inexhaustible variety are exposed looking to reproduce a natural environment, in the trunks of the trees, or on rocks. In addition to Orquids, visitors can also find a wide variety of heliconias, bromeliads, and ornamental plants that form a beautiful garden, recreated by birds and butterflies.

 

But before arriving to the Orquid Sanctuary we will take you around:

*THE TEQUENDAMA REGION.

The Tour of the Tequendama Region takes us to know the San Antonio del Tequendama Municipality. The town was born in a place known as Cubsio when the Indians of the Tundama community settled down. In San Antonio you can see a thousand-year-old Ceiba tree in the park which floor is covered with stone, its colourful houses and the Cubsio temple where the impressive past of the indigenous tribe that inhabits this region is evoked. You can see the hills the Hermit and the Alto La Palma. Its past is written in the petroglyphs of Cubsio which is a branch that leads to the municipality and the Santa Cruz Zoo where you can see in an Andean forest in large cages exotic animals of the Colombian fauna and others that are brought for protection. *SANTANDERCITO. Which in the Muisca language means “the guardian of the waters”, its temple is very famous since it was built in natural stone, now a Departmental Architectural Monument.

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VolunteerInColombia Orquid Sanctuary Trekking

THE VERACRUZ ZOO

At the Zoo you can see in an Andean forest in large cages exotic animals of the Colombian fauna and others that are brought for protection.

But before arriving to the Orquid Sanctuary we will take you around:

*THE TEQUENDAMA REGION.

The Tour of the Tequendama Region takes us to know the San Antonio del Tequendama Municipality. The town was born in a place known as Cubsio when the Indians of the Tundama community settled down. In San Antonio you can see a thousand-year-old Ceiba tree in the park which floor is covered with stone, its colourful houses and the Cubsio temple where the impressive past of the indigenous tribe that inhabits this region is evoked. You can see the hills the Hermit and the Alto La Palma. Its past is written in the petroglyphs of Cubsio which is a branch that leads to the municipality and the Santa Cruz Zoo.

*SANTANDERCITO. Which in the Muisca language means “the guardian of the waters”, its temple is very famous since it was built in natural stone, now a Departmental Architectural Monument.

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The Tequendama Waterfall

TEQUENDAMA WATERFALL

A natural waterfall located in the Municipality of Soacha. Whose legend according to a Muisca myth, was formed by divine action to evacuate the waters that flooded the savanna of Bogotá. Some studies indicate that this could have happened effectively, and that its formation could occur in a short time.

After traveling more than 100 km through the cundiboyacense plateau and the Bogotá savanna, the Bogotá River falls from about 157 meters above a circular rocky abyss forming the waterfall, which is in a wooded region of permanent fog. Part of its waters are also fed by the overflow of the Muña Dam.

The magnificent Castle built on the edge of the waterfall is an history museum now after 70 years of being abandon by their owners. There is a lot of history and legends to learn in here.

But before arriving to the Orquid Sanctuary we will take you around:

*THE TEQUENDAMA REGION.

The Tour of the Tequendama Region takes us to know the San Antonio del Tequendama Municipality. The town was born in a place known as Cubsio when the Indians of the Tundama community settled down. In San Antonio you can see a thousand-year-old Ceiba tree in the park which floor is covered with stone, its colourful houses and the Cubsio temple where the impressive past of the indigenous tribe that inhabits this region is evoked. You can see the hills the Hermit and the Alto La Palma. Its past is written in the petroglyphs of Cubsio which is a branch that leads to the municipality and the Santa Cruz Zoo where you can see in an Andean forest in large cages exotic animals of the Colombian fauna and others that are brought for protection. *SANTANDERCITO. Which in the Muisca language means “the guardian of the waters”, its temple is very famous since it was built in natural stone, now a Departmental Architectural Monument.

 

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The Tequendama Waterfall

NILO HOT SPRINGS

In the Casablanca pools, groundwater is collected, which contains a high dose of minerals that, according to the accounts, help to cure diseases such as cancer.

You can make use of the massage service with sulphur mud and steam baths that eliminate impurities. It is surrounded by a beautiful landscape, a forest with exotic birds and a lake with small reptiles. Its climate is hot and together with the mud bath session it is good for the skin and very relaxing.

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Casablanca Hot Springs

CAVING OR POTHOLING

The Speleology is the science that studies the Caves, Caverns or Underground or Maritime Systems. It is also known as sports activity with this name.

 In Colombia this activity is not practiced and is not known as such. Some tourism agencies offer cave adventure packages but do not have enough training to develop this activity. 

As a Speleologist I offer the opportunity to visit and know this activity which we are trying to promote. The caves and caverns to be visited have been found, explored and documented for the first time by ourselves, so we know how well we know where the visitor is going to have their first experience in speleology and if the visitor is an experience caver we know that there is much to offer and still to explore in these underground systems.

 The cave you will visit will depend on your level of expertise. In addition, to get to these in the tour you will have the opportunity to see beautiful landscapes, rivers, mountains, small towns and villages, as well as know and get involved with different cultures of Colombia. It is an experience that is worth having as an introduction to Speleology.       

In order to apply for this tour please contact us before to assess the caving area you will be visiting according with your expertise or level.

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Colombian Caving Club