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Siecha Lakes Day Hike

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 4 people
Destination(s): Colombia  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   National Parks  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 200 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 200 US Dollar (USD)

Las Lagunas de Siecha are a group of three lakes in the mountains of the Chingaza National Park east of Bogotá. The lakes, named Siecha, Guasca and De Los Patos, are lined up in three different levels like steps of a giant staircase. Their calm emerald waters, originally from a glacier that covered the area, contrast with the jagged mountains that surround them and create one of the most breathtaking views in the Colombian Andes.

The Siecha Lakes were sacred to the ancient Muisca people who held rituals that involved throwing gold into the water. This practice of the Muisca gave birth to the legend of El Dorado and the Spanish exerted a lot of effort to get the golden artefacts in the lakes. Today the treasures of the Siecha Lakes are found not beneath its waters but in its surroundings. The stunning landscape is home to spectacled bears, red deer, Andean eagles, parakeets and many other animals. The environment is called a páramo , an extremely biodiverse ecosystem that is found only in Colombia and two other countries.

This trip takes you on a 10 kilometer (6.5 mile) hike through magnificent scenery to appreciate the rich nature of the Colombian highlands and learn about the country’s fascinating indigenous culture and history.

Activities and trip highlights:
- Go on a beautiful hike only an hour and a half from Bogotá
- Learn about the Muisca people who inspired the legend of El Dorado
- See the rich flora and fauna of a páramo

Itinerary:
Day 1: To El Dorado and back
Your guide picks you up in Bogota at 8AM and you drive for an hour and a half to Chingaza National Park and the Siecha Lakes trailhead. The trail is 5.2 kilometers (3.2 miles) long, mostly rolling, and passes through a páramo with streams, marshes and spectacular mountain views. Before noon you arrive at the lakes. You spend time exploring the surroundings, learning about the Muisca, and enjoying your packed lunch before starting your hike back at around 1PM. You hike back the way you came and drive to Bogotá, arriving at around 5PM.

Supplemental Tour Information:
Schedule of trips:
This adventure is offered throughout the year. Contact us to schedule your private tour.

Reminders and Recommendations:
- This trip is at high altitude. We recommend acclimatizing in Bogota for at least 1 full day prior to doing this hike.

Price Includes:
- Private transportation (pick up and drop off in Bogota)
- Lunch and snacks
- Guiding service
- Entrance fees

Price Excludes:
- Travel insurance

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price is per person for a party of two.

About This Supplier
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Joined InfoHub: Aug 2017

We are adventure travel experts who have been providing people with exceptional trips since 2011. We've distinguished ourselves in the travel industry and made our clients very happy by staying true to three core beliefs: First, we believe that true adventure can be had only if you are far away from crowds,...

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