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El Cóncavo
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El Cóncavo

 
El Cóncavo

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Boyacá, Colombia, South America

Object Title: El Cóncavo

Elevation: 17060 ft / 5200 m

 

Page By: Engendradodelayuca

Created/Edited: Apr 22, 2004 / May 19, 2004

Object ID: 152554

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Overview


The Cóncavo it’s a very popular mountain due to it’s ease of access and because its base camp lies next to a beautiful lake called Laguna Grande de la Sierra (4600m). From this base camp it’s possible to attempt other nearby mountains like el Toti, el Púlpito del Diablo, and the Pan de Azúcar

El Cóncavo es una montaña muy popular dentro de las personas que visitan el parque del Cocuy por su fácil acceso y debido a que se encuentra junto a una laguna que sirve como campamento base para otras montañas cercanas como el pan de azúcar, el toti y portales.

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The entrance cost its $6000 pesos, and you can pay in El Couy or in Güican in the park office.

Es necesario pagar la entrada al parque ($6000 pesos).

Dada la fragilidad de los ecosistemas y atendiendo a los fines de su conservación, está prohibido extraer o introducir material animal o vegetal del Parque. Asimismo, no debe llevar animales extraños. Tampoco aerosoles u otros elementos que se consideren contaminantes, armas de fuego, trampas o cualquier objeto para captura de animales. Por respeto al lugar que se visita, está prohibido escuchar música a volumen elevado.

Getting There


From Bogotá (412 Km) you con take a Bus to Güican or el Cocuy (10-12 hours), then you can spend the night on any of these towns and take the milk truck very early in the morning or you can just rent a car, which is not very expensive.

You have to step out form the milk truck in Hacienda la Esperanza. There you can rent mules or hire a guide and have a meal, or if you prefer spend a night there. From la Esperanza there is a well marked trail to the Laguna Grande, some clues for the way are: first you have to pass a waterfall to your left, this waterfall can be seen from far; when you pass this feature you will be in the Valle de los Frailejones now. From there you have to go a little more and follow the marks, and in some point you have to go left and start climbing the mountain until you reach the Lake, this is the most strenuous part of the hike.

When To Climb


The best season to climb is between December and February, when the weather is dry.

Then, between March and June, the weather becomes harder and the conditions of climbing are not adequate. In the next two months, July and August, the weather conditions changes a lot, so you may also have sunny days but the rain and the snow can appear any time.

Finally, September, October and November are not recommended to go climbing, if you still want to go expect rainy days.

Diciembre a Marzo son lo mejores meses del año para ir debido a corresponde con la estación seca.

Camping


The best camping spot i´ts next to the Laguna Grande de la Sierra but if you prefer there’s a little cave 20 min before the lake where you can arrange a comfy bivouac if you prefer, the cave it´s called La Cueva de los Hombres.

Another place to place a tent i´ts the Valle de los Frailejones, that’s an intermediate camp between Hacienda la Esperanza and Laguna Grande, it´s advisable to do the trip to Laguna Grande in two days of you are not very well acclimatized.

Se puede acampar en la Laguna Grande de la Sierra, o si se prefiere hacer el viaje más suave se puede hacer un campamento intermedio en el valle de los frailejones.

También es posible hospedarse en la Hacienda la Esperanza, donde se pueden arreglar mulas para el trayecto hasta la Laguna Grande.

Precios


LISTA DE PRECIOS COCUY. Abril 2003 Pagina nueva 1
RUTA $ Guía/día $ Caballo/día
LAGUNILLAS    
Laguna lagunillas 15000 15000
Hotelito 20000 20000
Pulpito 20000  
Laguna de la Plaza 35000 30000
     
HDA. LA ESPERANZA    
Valle de los frailejones 15000 20000
Laguna Grande de la Sierra 20000 25000
     
CABAÑAS KANWARA    
Playitas 25000 20000
Laguna los verdes 30000 25000
Laguna el Avellanal 60000 45000
   
   
Trasnporte $ Tiempo
Bogotá - Cocuy 33000 10 horas
Cocuy - Hda la Esperanza 4000 2 horas

About the Cocuy National Park


Depending on the area of the park and the particular conditions that it each area presents, has been determined the use that the man has given to the resources. In the oriental area of the park, of the one that make part the basins of the rivers Arauca and Casanare, the forest ecosystems are represented in the llanero forest, Andean forest and páramo. The not existence of access areas for this region has allowed that the area is conserved in acceptable conservation state in spite of colonization processes developed from before the declaration of the park.

In the northeastern end of the park, the indigenous territory U'wa overcomes with the area protected in near 100.000 hectares. This indigenous group conserves almost intact its traditions and ways to use the resources. They are combined in the conservation of the protected area. The inhabitants of this indigenous town are constantly mobilized among the two slopes of the mountain range, interacting with the municipalities of Cubará, Tame, Concepción, Chiscas, Guicán and the Cocuy.

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