Cascada La Chorrera
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camilis c
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This place is amazing, a gift of nature just one hour away from Bogotá. If you want to see the páramos, andean cloud forest, pure water flowing through pristine creeks and trees covered in mosses and bromeliads, this is your place.

Positive:
+Breathtaking landscapes
+Good food.
+Safe for travelers once you are there
+There is wifi in the social areas

Negative:
-No english service (not english menu, not english info)
-It lacks customer service
-The paths are not well maintained.

Take into account:
* phone and data service does not work here.
*Don´t go if you are not fit to walk (obessity, little kids, elderly, smokers).
*Don´t go if you expect a deluxe customer experience.
*If you go on winter there will be water falling, but will be foggy for photos, but if you go on summer it will have a beatiful landscape photography but the waterfall will be dry, you choose.
* Go on a tough car, the unpaved road will take you 50 years to the past.

It surprises me, that although the local community has taken care of this place for 20 years, there is no signs of care about the surrounding natural areas.

There are cows close to the path, there is no evidence of directed or natural reforestation and is the opposite, even last time I went in one of the stations, the local guide was making a fire in the middle of the forest (wdf).

Finally is crazy that although most of the tourist are foreigners, there is not even english speaking locals, after 20 years of service it demonstrates a lack of interest into the tourist attention and just their interest into money.

The Choachi municipality also does not help to improve the conditions of this beautiful place, they should pave the road, help with english training and take care of the paramo where the water comes from, or this natural marvel could be lost in the future.
Written 3 March 2022
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Amber M
94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017
You do not need a tour guide. LOL. This is one of the clearest most well marked hikes I have done in Central/South America, its great for all ages and all kinds of activity levels. Try to go on a sunny, dry day to avoid the intensity of the mud or fog!

Directions: find the shuttle bus station at carrera 14 and Calle 6, pay $7.500 pesos to 'la Victoria' and tell you bus driver you're trying to hike La Chorrera. They will know. Get out at a huge green billboard sign on the left hand of the road. Walk an hour mostly down hill to a huge park entrance. Pay the fee. (We paid 12.000 peso) FIND YOUR INNER ADVENTURE, don't get a guide, that would be embarrassing.

It's well marked, there's tons to do! Mini streams, caves, waterfalls! Go play!
Written 2 January 2017
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Marc D
Woluwe-St-Pierre, Belgium33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
It's not particularly easy to get to the waterfall (winding, mountainous roads, high altitude, long hike on a very muddy trail...), but it is soooo worth the effort.

Once you park the car at a picturesque little restaurant (calling it a restaurant is a bit of a stretch--it's more of a roadside food stand that is strategically located at the beginning of the hiking trail), it's about an hour or so of hiking through beautiful countryside to reach the waterfall. There are two waterfalls, actually--a small one at the beginning of the trail (which is cool in that the trail winds behind the water) and La Chorrera which is of remarkable height. A great experience, all in all.

Keep these things in mind if you go:
- There is a nominal entrance fee to make the hike. You pay at upon arriving at the first, small waterfall. Not much at all--maybe about 5 bucks or less.
- The trail is VERY muddy. It is also steep and can be difficult in parts. Boots are a good idea.
- Bring a small backpack with some water. You are at high elevation--even though it's cool up there, you will dry out as well, do bring a couple of bottles of water.
Written 25 August 2013
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Yo I
Phoenix, AZ183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Couples
From Bogota go to a bus terminal. Take the collectivo (van) that goes to town of Choachi. Fare is $3.25 each. 35 minute ride up the mountain. Exit at the large green billboard with white lettering that says "Choachi". There is a small brown sign that says " La Chorrera". It is a 2 hour walk on the dirt road so you need to find transportation. There is motorcycle riders that charge $5.00 person to take you to the fork in road. They will drop you off at the fork in road that says "La Chorrera". You have to walk up the dirt road and down the hill...you will see a large blue shack...that is where the tour guide from Parque Aventura is. Parque Aventura has 18 tour guides and they bought a large part of the land and they built the trails. The entrance fee per person is $4.00. The tour guide for me and my friend was only $10.00. The tour guide was Rodrigo and a really nice guy. I highly recommend a tour guide as it is a 2 hour hike through various trails, locked gates, meadows, etc. The first stop is a small waterfall called El Chifton, the main waterfall La Chorrera takes another hour to get to. It is chilly and muddy so bring a jacket, rain poncho in case it rains and wear rubber galoshes or hiking boots. You can swim at the bottom of waterfall but the water is very cold. This is a long, hard hike so be prepared. A little dog we named "Pan" which is bread in spanish followed us througout the entire tour. We fed her bread and out tour guide says she has been on numerous tours. Don't be cheap, please tip the tour guide, we tipped ours $10.00. We called the same motorcycle drivers to drive us back to the main road for $10.00 for the both of us. The weekends are very busy with up to 300 people a day. We went on a Thursday and we were the only ones there. Take the Collectivo (van) back to Bogota for $3.25 a person. Bring plenty of pesos because there is no ATM and no one takes debit or credit cards.
Written 5 September 2014
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SeeColombia
Bogota, Colombia199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
This day-trip to Colombia's highest waterfall (590m) is well-worth your time if you have a few days to spare in Bogota.
You can either arrive by public bus or on a tour - if you're new to the area or don't speak much Spanish I'd recommend a tour, but it's fairly easy to bus it as well. Buses leave regularly for 'Choachi' from La Candelaria and cost around 6,000 pesos.
The hike is between 1 1/2 to 2 hours and can be fairly strenuous at the altitude and slippy if it has been raining - bring a raincoat, good hiking boots, water and sunscreen (the weather is highly changeable up here).
Entrance costs 8.000 pesos (as does lunch, which is plentiful and include soup and juice), and a guide to hike to the falls (if you haven't joined a tour) costs around 10.000. This gets you access to 2 waterfalls - the first, El Chiflon, is much smaller, but you can walk up behind it, and the second is La Chorrera, which you have access to the base of as well. A previous reviewer complained of a 'sliver' of water - this naturally depends on the season: if the rains are high, it's a torrent, and a bit more impressive.
Even so, the hike makes it worthwhile: it's a great chance to see the Colombian countryside so close to the capital: meadows, little houses, cows in the field, along with cloud forest, amazing birdlife and dramatic, mist-shrouded vistas...all just an hour from Bogota.
The aforementioned reviewer also complained of 'not being able to drive up to the falls' - far from me to question other people's opinions, but if driving to all attractions is your idea of fun travel, then this might not be for you; but, in all honesty, with a basic level of physical fitness and some patience and time, this trip is very doable for most people.
If you like to hike, enjoy nature, and are partial to a waterfall (or two), definitely take a trip here from Bogota.
Written 30 June 2015
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lafamiliagafufa
Nashville, TN63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
We had access to a car so drove ourselves to the park. We visited on a holiday so the road from Bogota was full of bikers but it is in very good condition. Arriving to the falls was easy although the last 5km were on unpaved, narrow roads. From the parking lot, it was about a 15 minute hike to the park entrance. The hike to the waterfall is on private land so there is a fee to enter. If you want to do just the first waterfall (one of that is smaller but you can go behind), the fee in 2019 on a holiday Wednesday was COP 10,000 (about USD 3.20) per person and if you want to go to La Chorrera it was COP 15,000. We weren't offered the two different options but were sold the more expensive one and only found out as we asked someone with a different colored wristband. Not a big deal as we wanted to go all the way to La Chorrera, but keep in mind if not planning on doing the whole hike. At the park entrance you can rent rain boots, buy a lunch, snacks, and drinks. There is also a Cuban restaurant towards the beginning of the hike.

We had sneakers and they did get dirty and wet, but worked fine. Hiking boots would have been better, but we didn't have them with us. The trail is up and down over some relatively steep terrain with slippery rocks, but can easily be walked, i.e. no climbing required. There is one bit where you cross a small stream over rocks/log, but not too bad. The altitude does make it a bit more challenging but all of us managed it with small breathing and water breaks. We spent in total about 3 hours from the park entrance to the waterfall and back, including going around the first waterfall and having our packed lunch by La Chorrera. (Another 30-40 min in total to and from the entrance to the parked car.)

We went on a holiday, so there were quite a few fellow hikers, and no chance of getting lost. However, even on a quieter day (which I would have definitely preferred as the trail was busy) it should be okay to go on your own as the trail is relatively well marked and every 400 meters or so there is a station with a guide to tell you more about the people and the place and keep you oriented. We only stopped to chat at one. It was informative, if you speak Spanish.

At one point (I think sometime after the 5th station) the path forks. Everyone went left (the higher trail) so we followed. However, both trails lead to the same place. The lower trail is marked as the exit trail when coming back from La Chorrera. We took the lower trail coming back and found it slightly easier and with better views of the waterfall. There are also two side trails that we did not explore.

The hike takes you through forests and farmed pastures, so very picturesque. The waterfalls themselves were also amazing and definitely worth the trip.
Written 7 August 2019
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daisy21988
Maracaibo, Venezuela388 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
My husband and I traveled here on a Sunday and were shocked by how many people there were. First we had to buy a wristband (8,000 pesos each) and then join a tour guide to walk to the waterfall. While I don't mind paying a fee to maintain the area, having to walk with a guide was ridiculous since you just follow the same path the whole time. This also caused "traffic" on the trail since about 30 people were heading out all at once and it was difficult to stop and take pictures (or catch your breath!) since there was always someone trying to get around you. The waterfall was beautiful but it was not the tranquil getaway that we were hoping for.

I would not recommend this trail for people who have mobility issues or who are out of shape. I consider myself to have a low-average fitness level and I found it to be more difficult than I imagined. Good hiking shoes, or at least athletic shoes, are a must!
Written 15 November 2015
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Jon H
Bogota, Colombia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
This is great day trip from Bogota and not too many people know about it. I highly recommend it if you are looking to spend a day in nature. It is a great walk, not too hard, beautiful landscape and views, and super nice people. It is quite muddy and wet, so bring your boots and rain coat. There is an organized group that will guide you to the waterfall for just 8.000 pesos. You can also enjoy a tasty lunch after the hike right next to the first waterfall. For more information visit lachorrera.co
Written 5 July 2014
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cfred86
Denver, CO12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
I’ll start off by saying that this trip did not go as planned, unfortunately. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful experience seeing rural chaochi, about an hour drive from the hostel in the Candelaria neighborhood of bogota.

First, as has been mentioned in other posts, the drive there is a bit difficult. Our Uber ride to the destination was only 18K pesos (around $6) which is remarkable. However, our driver had no idea how to get to the park and had to ask for directions multiple times. Naturally, after driving for an hour he was a bit frustrated by the time we arrived. He happily accepted our offer of another 80K pesos to wait for 3 hours while we hiked La Chorrera and to then take us back to bogota.

But two key things went wrong. First, it rained a ton the night before and the trail was incredibly soggy. Our running shoes were ruined by the mud. Boots are a must, thiugh it may be less of an issue during the dry season. Second, due to the time constraints of my fellow hiker, we arrived early at 8:15am on a monday morning and there was no one at the entrance even though the website said it opened at 8. Unsure of what to do, we trudged on and found the entrance to La Chorrera itself (about 30 minutes from the park entrance) locked. We made our way back to the park entrance where an employee had opened the main gate; he said he had arrived around 8:30. My hiking companion had to catch a flight so we couldn’t double back to do the hike.

If executed properly I can see how this would be an incredible experience, so please learn from these mistakes!
Written 10 July 2018
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travelwiz13
United States2,207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
Just across the mountains from Bogotá, this is a gorgeous taste of rural Colombia. From the main road, you pass through a couple villages and reach a really nice private park -- with super friendly staff -- where you can purchase admission, have some Cuban food, and then take the walk to the waterfalls. The guide is not at all necessary, although if you're alone and looking for company, it might be worth the money. My friend and I visited during "dry" February and, while La Chorrera wasn't that full of water, it was still pretty spectacular -- and the other waterfalls were nice, too. The hike isn't that difficult, but it's rocky and steep in places, and I can see how it would be a bit tricky in the rainy season -- if you have them, wear hiking boots, but sneakers should be okay. The altitude was a bit rough on me, but I paused now and then and it was fine.

My friend and I actually took an Uber there and back -- the driver waited for us -- and we paid $73,400 for the ride there, the driver stopped the journey, and then we paid him cash (same fare) plus a tip for waiting a few hours, for the ride back. The total was about US$60. The road to the trailhead is partially dirt and a bit rocky, so while our Uber driver's sedan was fine during the dry season, I'm not sure things would have worked that well in the rainy season. (I'm also pretty sure that a less agreeable Uber driver would have refused to take his car up/down the dirt road to the trailhead.)

A cheaper option -- although for 3 or 4 people you're close to an Uber price -- would probably be to take the "bus" (a van) to the dirt road to the trailhead, and then transfer to a motorcycle taxi, hitchhike, or just go on foot. Honestly, the road to/from the trailhead looked longer/steeper than was described online, so I was happy to skip that walk, especially given how hard the altitude was on me. If you're taking the bus, bring extra cash, in case you want a taxi in/out from the trailhead.

Plan on 5-6-ish hours if going by Uber or car, and perhaps 8-10 hours (maybe longer), if going by bus/foot/local taxi.

On a sunny day in late February, my friend and I had the place to ourselves, so tourists might want to consider a weekday visit, as weekends are full of local people enjoying the scenery and hike.

It's obvious most tourists and backpackers don't know about this place, which is a shame, because it's gorgeous and close to Bogotá. The scenery reminded me a bit like Salento/coffee region, minus the wax palms.
Written 7 March 2018
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