1. Paramo de Ocetá
The Paramo de Ocetá is located in the municipality of Monguí, in the Department of Boyacá in the center of the country.
This Paramo is considered one of the most beautiful in the world and one of the best preserved in Colombia.
A Paramo is an intertropical montane ecosystem with a predominance of scrub (shrubby) vegetation. This is why it is classified biogeographically as prairie and mountain scrubland.
The Paramo de Ocetá is located at about 4000 meters above sea level, and its temperature can oscillate between 0 ° C at night and 17 ° C during the day.
Colombia has around 60% of all the Paramos in the world, and the one of Ocetá is your best choice for an unforgettable short hike.
The most common path in this amazing ecosystem takes a total of around 6 hours. The difficulty is medium-high as the paths are not well marked or maintained, the temperature is very changeable, the inclination at some spots is though and the altitude levels don’t allow you to breathe that easily.
Nevertheless, doing this hike is one of the most amazing experiences in Colombia. The vegetation is so bizarre that you probably won’t see anything like it anywhere else. On top of that, the views over the canyons, caves, lakes, rivers, and valleys are just breathtaking.
To do this hike, you need to hire a guide in the charming town of Monguí and start early in the morning to have better chances of good weather.