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1 DAY

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IGÜAQUE FAUNA AND FLORA SANCTUARY

Get to know the Sacred Igüaque lagoon located in this beautiful sanctuary while you tour the Andean forests and its moorland (páramo).

The Igüaque Fauna and Flora Sanctuary has an area of 6,750 hectares of páramo (moorland) and Andean forest, and is located in the oriental mountain range of the Colombian Andes in the department of Boyacá, near by Villa de Leyva, one of the most beautiful towns in the country. The Sanctuary has an elevation over see level that goes from 2,400 and 3,800 meters. It is an important reserve of fauna and flora, as well as water; the currents that originate in the Sanctuary provide water to the nearby towns. This Sanctuary belongs to the system of National Natural Parks of Colombia that currently has 61 protected areas, which equals the 12% of the country territory.

The tour described below is a beautiful hike of 9 Km in which the visitors will have the opportunity to get to know the high Andean forests that further on will give way to the paramo ecosystem. Once in the paramo, we will go along a beautiful path that will lead us to the Igüaque Lake, a sacred place to the ancient Muisca civilization.

DATES

We can departure at any date, previous coordination

+ This journey is suitable for people in good physical condition.
+ The tour includes privet ground transport. However, if you want to arrive to the Sanctuary in your own vehicle we can make the arrangements.
  • + A small backpack for hiking (20 – 30 Lts)
  • + Sunglasses with UV protection
  • + A raincoat poncho like (not necessary if your jacket is waterproof)
  • + Cloths suitable for cold weather: jacket, sweater, confortable hiking pants, thick socks, gloves and hat that cover your ears
  • + Hiking boots
  • + Re usable water bottle (thermo) at least 1 Lt
  • + Sunscreen
  • + Lips balm

ECO TIPS

• AVOID BUYING BOTTLED WATER
• DON’T USE STRAWS IN YOUR BEVERAGE
• USE AS LITTLE PLASTIC BAGS AS POSSIBLE
• USE RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES FOR YOUR FLASHLIGHT
• PUT THE GARBAGE IN THE PROPER PLACE
• SEPARATE THE GARBAGE AND RECYCLE
• DON’T USE SOAP WHEN BATHING IN RIVERS
• DON’T TAKE ANY BIOLOGICAL MATERIAL WITH YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE THE PLACE

PRICE PER PERSON

MINIMUM 3 PEOPLE

Couples or solo travelers the Price may increase

INCLUDED

+ Certified guide by National Park.

+ Medical Assistance Insurance.

+ Entrance to the Sanctuary.

+ Privet ground transport from and to Villa de Layva.

+ Meals: 1 lunch.

+ All activities described in the itinerary.

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NOT INCLUDED

+ Snacks

+ Expenses not specified in the plan.

It is a very beautiful place with easy access from Villa de Leyva. I liked the tour very much however I found the ascent quite hard. So many beautiful places we don’t know in Colombia. I am so grateful with our guide and with SAWA that organized the tour.

Mariela

This hike is perfect for one-day trip; it is the perfect complement when you visit an historical beautiful town like Villa de Leyva.

Very recommended.

Augusto

Be able to visit this Sacred Lake was one of my dreams, you really fell the special energy this place has. It is a special tour for those who want to connect with nature and themselves.

Gratitude!

Daniela

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