Monguí is the base for some excellent high-altitude hikes. It's one of the starting points for the excellent 18km Páramo de Ocetá trek, although when we visited it was not possible to hike the entire route due to a dispute with local landowners. It's important to hire a local guide who knows which lands are open to hikers.
A slightly easier hike in the area is the half-day trek to the Laguna Colorada, which passes through some gorgeous páramo landscapes with six different species of frailejones.
Monguí has a good range of comfortable hotels all within a short walk of the plaza.
Many restaurants around town are only open during the day, so you may need to book a meal in advance if you want to eat late.
Drinking & Nightlife
There is next to no nightlife in Monguí, possibly due to the strong influence of the church. The best place for a drink is the cafe-bar beside the Puente Real de Calicanto.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, monguiseños have engaged in a tradition of hand-sewn leather footballs. These days, the town exports over 300,000 footballs to Latin countries and the industry creates over 100 jobs. There are several factories around the plaza where you can drop by and see how they do it and pick up a football for yourself.