If looking for waterfalls near Bogota you need look no further than La Chorrera. Famous for being the highest waterfall here in Colombia it’s also a beautiful hike with such scenic surroundings that it should definitely be considered by anyone visiting Bogota. A quick heads up would be that the hike from the main road to the trail head is 4km unless you organise a tour or hitch a ride! However after this the water fall in the first picture below can be reached pretty quickly and you can even walk behind the falls giving a really interesting perspective. From there to the La Chorrera and back it’s another few hours but you can leave knowing you’ve visited the highest waterfall in the country!
It makes a fantastic day trip and if you’re lucky with the weather, blue skies and lush green rolling hills make for the perfect backdrop on your hiking adventure. The nearby town of Choachí is a hidden gem, other than the outstanding Italian restaurant Bella Italia (organic Italian food, delicious craft beer and even vegan/vegetarian/gluten free options!) there are still plenty of activities to keep you occupied for the afternoon!
We took a short hike through a coffee plantation, Finca La Esmeralda who produce a delicious local coffee under the name Don León. It’s grown, picked, washed, dried, roasted and ground all on site! Quite a steep walk but worth it for the stunning views of the mountainous surroundings. Luckily it was a beautiful sunny day so we could lounge around the tranquil lakes in the area, completely relaxed in the afternoon sun and only disturbed by the occasional cute furry friend! On a colder day I think we’d have taken a trip to the thermal pools to unwind!
What struck me most was how quiet each spot was, it doesn’t seem to have become a popular tourist destination yet so I’d urge you to visit whilst it’s still relatively quiet!
Check out the video below for snapshot of the days adventures!