El Cocuy

Trip Start Jun 27, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

To think that I almost skipped this park because of it's out of the way location is just crazy... Wow, that would have been a great shame. It took us 14 hours on an overnight bus to get to the closest town... from there we had to hike hours to the national park with all of my gear.  I was exhausted!!! Getting back took us 27 long hours!!! Yikes! But it was worth it!!! 

I asked one of the locals how many tourists they get in the area per month and he told me only about 20-30 a month!  It is hard to believe that most tourists miss this beautiful place- but the lack of tourism has also made El Cocuy a true hidden gem and I feel so privileged to have been able to visit such an "off the beaten path" location.   

The landscape of El Cocuy was the highlight.  I have never seen such strange cactus-like plants. (I am not positive that they are indeed cactus's or not... but they looked as if they were in the cacti family) I was told that they grow only a centimeter a year... and when we went horseback riding I cringed every time my horse would take a huge bite out of one of the plants! I think he must have eaten about 1000 year's worth of growth! Oye vey!!!

When we left El Cocuy National Park we once again had to travel via milk truck! This time I even tried the fresh milk. It was really tasty, except I couldn't get over the fact that it was warm!
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