Day 3: Buenavista to Chingaza — Ruta Chingaza
Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
Lael planned a bike ride.
October 15, 2020
It’s best to get an early start on this third day to ensure that you’ll have plenty of time to take scenic breaks in Chingaza and still make it to the campsite before the 4pm deadline.There’s a hefty climb to get to the park entry. The roads are beautiful and chunky, so take your time and use caution. Just before the park entrance, you’ll crest the first pass and start seeing frailejones, the endemic and iconic plant of the paramos that captures moisture from the air and naturally filters it to provide drinking water. They are spectacular and best seen in the morning light.You’ll need to register at the park gate. There’s also a coffee shop onsite with a few snacks.From the gate, you’ll climb again and begin the march toward the vista de Laguna Seca, the highest point on route. The areas before and after this are spectacular, so be sure to allow plenty of time to soak it all in.From the viewpoint you can see the impact of a ranch that has infringed on the páramo, showing a major threat to this terrain. Continue onward for more otherworldly vistas and viewpoints before you descend to the Chuza Reservoir and the campground.At the Chingaza Campground, you can explore the surroundings via several hiking trails. They also have a restaurant on site, although hours vary.