Deer watching in Chingaza National Park
Chingaza National Natural park is located 35 km east of Bogotá between Cundinamarca and Meta departments. It has an area of 53,385 hectares and altitudes from 2,800 to 4,050 m.a.s.l. It is a part of La Calera, Junín, Fómeque, Guasca, Gachetá, Medina, El Calvario and San Juanito municipalities. It conserves “páramo” ecosystems, lagoons and mountain forests. The climate is cold and its temperature vary between 4º and 20º Celsius.
This activity is destined for deer watching in the regulated areas of Chingaza Natural Park. During the tour, the beautiful mountain landscapes with steep mountain peaks and frailejones stand out. We visit the Monteredondo sector (administrative headquarters of the park) and the Suasie trail, in the heart of the national park. The conservation programs of the last decade have allowed the repopulation of white-tailed deer that currently allow us to appreciate them in their natural habitat. We can also hope to observe the spectacled bear whose traces are quite often visible on the trails of the park.
The population of white-tailed deer in Chingaza is high and the most common places to do the sighting are on the road (inside the park) and around the Monteredondo sector. This has been happening for about 15 years since there are the National Park´s facilities.
During the tour we will do a short trail called Suasie. The sighting is passive and at no time we disturb or affect the animals.
Meeting point: Calle 63 with Carrera 7 (in front of the Carulla grocery store)
Departure time: 7:00 a.m.
Estimated walking time: 2 hours
Distance to walk: 3 – 5 km
Estimated time of arrival in Bogota: 6:00 p.m (may vary for different reasons)
Distance in km from Bogotá: 65 km
Difficulty degree: Low
Maximum capacity: 18 people
Cold weather. Average temperature: 10 degrees centigrade
Entrance fee in the National Park: locals $19.000 , foreigners $ 51.500
During wildlife observation tours, priority must be given to SILENCE. Animals should not be fed or contacted.
It is very important to follow the guide instructions and recommendations of National Parks personnel Review the recommendations that appear on our website
Caminantes del Retorno works with local communities promoting conservation programs.
As it is normal, in nature you can NOT guarantee 100% wildlife observation. Nevertheless, we can tell you, that over the last 30 tours it has been possible to observe deers.
The last thursday before the tour. If you wish to book the tour after the deadline, please contact us to check the availability.
Each person should bring their lunch and hydration. You have to be prepared for climate changes. You can bring extra cloth which you can leave on the bus.
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