Dramatically surrounded by soaring mountains, the pretty colonial village of El Cocuy is the most traveler-friendly entry point to Parque Nacional Natural (PNN) El Cocuy, with several hotels, some good restaurants and decent logistical support. El Cocuy has preserved its colonial character: nearly every building in town is painted white with sea-green trim and topped by red Spanish tiled roofs.
The closure of PNN El Cocuy in 2016 dealt a hammer blow to the local economy. Many visitor-oriented businesses were forced to close and, despite the recent reopening of the park, the town has yet to fully recover. However, it remains a gloriously peaceful place from which to organize outdoor activities and take in the fresh mountain air.