High above the surrounding valley and shrouded in mist is a pristine wilderness that Muiscas consider to be the birthplace of humankind. According to Muisca legend, the beautiful goddess Bachué emerged from the Laguna de Iguaque with a baby boy in her arms. When the boy became an adult they married, bore children and populated the earth. In old age the pair transformed into serpents and dove back into the sacred lake.
Today this Muisca Garden of Eden is a 67.5-sq-km national park called Santuario de Flora y Fauna de Iguaque, centered on a popular, well-marked hike to the sacred lake.
It can get pretty cold here, with temperatures ranging between 4°C and 13°C. It's also very wet, receiving an average of 1648mm of rain per year. The best months to visit are January, February, July and August. Come prepared.