Parque Natural Chicaque

Hiking in West of Bogotá
Jacqui de Klerk

Cloud forest (bosque de niebla) hikes await only 20km west of Bogotá in the gorgeous privately owned Parque Natural Chicaque. The 3-sq-km area features half a dozen walks (about 20km altogether), which are among the nation’s best marked. The park is home to one waterfall (best during rainy season, of course), over 300 species of birds, nocturnal monkeys and sloths, a 340m-long zipline, two restaurants and several lodging options, including a mountain hostel and two fantastic tree houses.

On weekends (or by previous arrangement during the week) you can hire a horse to ride back up the steep hill paths.