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Waterfalls in Cundinamarca
Salto del Tequendama
Location: Soacha, Cundinamarca
Height: 157 m
About 38 km from Bogotá is what was once one of the greatest symbols of Cundinamarca: the Salto del Tequendama waterfall. This waterfall is the mouth of the Bogotá River, a body of water that is unfortunately heavily polluted, so it is not possible to bathe there. There is a misty landscape near the waterfall.
Why visit El Salto del Tequendama?
The Salto del Tequendama is not just a natural wonder, it has always been surrounded by myths and stories. First of all, the Muiscas, an indigenous culture that inhabited Colombian territory since pre-Hispanic times (before the arrival of the Spaniards in America), had a myth that explained the origins of this place.
The Muiscas said that Bochica, a deity of this culture, approached the hills one day with a golden staff and touched the rocks. This caused the rocks to split and water to appear, creating the Salto del Tequendama waterfall.
In 1923 the construction of a hotel began, which was to become one of the most famous places in the entire department as the “Hotel del Salto del Tequendama”. This property closed in the middle of the 20th century, but rumors kept popping up.
It is said that the hotel had some sort of haunted place that led broken-hearted people to commit suicide. That is why this old hotel and the waterfall were soon considered to be one of the most haunted places in Latin America. You can find more about these stories on my blog about the scariest places in Colombia.
Nowadays the old hotel is a museum where you can see old photos of the waterfall and tell historical facts about the place.
Recommendations and curiosities
- Due to the pollution of the Bogotá River, the Salto del Tequendama usually has a rather unpleasant smell.
- Colombian food has been on offer in front of the Casa Museo for decades.
- The museum is open on weekends and public holidays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
- A donation of 10,000 pesos is requested to enter the museum.
- If you enjoy photography, a visit to the Casa Museo is a must. You can take amazing pictures of the waterfall from there.
How do you get to the Salto del Tequendama?
The Tequendama waterfall can be reached in around 90 minutes by car from Bogotá. The distance is around 38.8 km. By public transport you can go to the Transmilenio station San Mateo in Soacha and there take a bus marked Charquito-Salto del Tequendama.
Cascada Las Delicias
Height: 41 m
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and on weekends from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
One of the most recommended ecological trails in Bogota is the Quebrada las Delicias. It is approx. 3 km long and can be mastered in approx. 2 hours. There is also the beautiful Cascada las Delicias waterfall.
Why visit Cascada las Delicias?
The visit is a great experience because you can escape the big city. During the tour you can see 4 pools with crystal clear water, La Virgen, La Nutria, El Ahogado and the Pozo Redondo. Furthermore, you pass several viewpoints from which you can take panoramic photos of the capital. In the end you will be rewarded with the beautiful waterfall, which is 40m high.
During the tour you reach the lower part of the waterfall, where you can also refresh yourself with the water.
- For this tour you have to make a reservation in advance on the Acueducto website.
- During the week the trail is open until 1.30 p.m. (weekdays). You have to cross the starting point before 11 a.m. You won’t be allowed in after 11 a.m.
How do you get to the Cascada Las Delicias?
The entrance to Quebrada Las Delicias is in front of the Gran Colombiano campus in Chapinero, which is part of the Politécnico Grancolombiano University.
The following SITP (buses) stop nearby: 14, 166, 18-3, 385, ZP-126 and ZP-C21.
Location: Choachí, Cundinamarca
Height: 590 m
Opening hours (of the Parque aventura la Chorrera): Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Only 45 minutes from Bogotá, in the municipality of Choachí, is the Parque Aventura la Chorrera with two waterfalls, one of which is considered to be the longest in Colombia.
Why visit the La Chorrera waterfall?
This spectacular waterfall is located in close proximity to the capital and offers an excellent change from the big city. The path is easy and you don’t need any special equipment.
Cascada el Chiflón
This is the first waterfall in the park, it is 55m high. You can go behind the waterfall and swim in the natural pool, but the water is very cold. There is also restoration there.
From the first waterfall you can hike further up the mountain. Even on this part of the trail, the level of difficulty does not increase that much. Once at the top you can go down a flight of stairs and treat yourself to a waterfall shower.
Cueva de los Monos (Monkey Cave)
Characterized by its stalactites, one can enjoy a magnificent view of the entire park from this cave.
You may need to make a reservation in advance through the website. There is also a campsite at the entrance, and the Chiflón waterfall is just 500 meters away.
How to get to La Chorrera
From Bogotá take the road to Choachí. The journey takes around 45 minutes. In a right curve you have to turn left. With the bus you have to get off at the curve (let the driver know in advance) and then walk. The distance is then around 4 kilometers. There is also a kiosk on the curve.
Location: Choachí, Cundinamarca
Height: 55 m
Opening hours (from the Parque aventura la Chorrera): Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The other waterfall that is located in the Parque Aventura la Chorrera is the Chiflón. This is located at the first station, very close to the entrance to the park.
Why visit the Chiflón?
The Chiflon is only 55 meters high, but you can abseil there. The cost of this is around $ 30,000 pesos. (2021).
A reservation is necessary 3 days in advance. This only applies from Monday to Friday, no reservation is required on weekends. Reservations can be made through the website.
A minimum of 10 people must be present to perform any of these activities.
How to get to El Chiflón
See La Chorrera.
Salto de Versalles
Location: Guaduas, Cundinamarca
Height: 40 m
Guaduas is the only cultural heritage village in the department of Cundinamarca and is best known for being the birthplace of “la Pola”, one of the heroines of Colombian independence. You can also find the Piedra Capira (one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Colombia) and of course the incredible Salto de Versalles waterfall.
Why should you visit the Salto de Versalles?
The Salto de Versalles is not only a place of great beauty, but also a waterfall that emerges from the union of the San Francisco, El Guadual and Limonar rivers. It is also of cultural importance as there is a myth about its creation.
The myth of the Salto de Versalles tells that there was once a native couple. The young couple belonged to different and warring tribes, so it was an impossible love. The couple each met at a lagoon. One day when they were about to meet, the families discovered them. At that moment the water raged and overflowed, killing both the boys and the families, and so the Versailles waterfall was created.
The waterfall is located in a natural environment and you can swim there.
- It is possible to reach the waterfall by car, but the roads are in poor condition.
How to get to Salto de Versalles
The first thing you have to do is travel to Guaduas. Getting there from Bogotá is relatively easy. The distance is approx. 123 kilometers and the driving time approx. 3 hours (depending on traffic).
It takes about 30 minutes to get to the waterfall from Guaduas.
Cueva del Esplendor
Location: Jardín, Antioquia
Height: 50 m
About 3 hours from Medellín is Jardín, one of the most beautiful of the 17 Colombian heritage cities. This city is characterized by its colonial architecture and is surrounded by nature. The main attraction of Jardín and one of the most interesting in Colombia is without a doubt the Cueva del Esplendor (Cave of Splendor), which is home to one of the most curious waterfalls in the country.
Why should you visit the Cueva del Esplendor?
The peculiarity of this cave is that in its upper part there is an opening through which the water falls. When the sun is shining, it creates an effect that makes the water look very bright. In addition to its ecological tourism importance, the Cueva del Esplendor also attracts extreme sports enthusiasts. It is possible to rappel down the 50 m long wall.
How do you get to the Cueva del Esplendor?
Jardin is about 131 km and about 3 hours (depending on traffic) drive from Medellin.
The Cueva del Esplendor is located in an area known as the Alto de Las Flores, in the mountains of Jardín. You cannot reach the cave by car, but you can rent a jeep including a driver at the terminal in Jardín. In the end, you have to walk for about 40 minutes to an hour.
In Jardín, on the main square, tours to Cueva de Esplendor are offered. In 2021, this experience will cost 60,000 pesos. Those who like to hike and do sport can also reach the Splendor Cave on foot, but it takes between 4 and 6 hours.
La Escalera waterfall
Location: Jardín, Antioquia
Height: 20 m and 28 m
Another attraction in Jardín is the La Escalera waterfall. In contrast to the Cueva del Esplendor, this body of water is relatively close to the city. The waterfall can be reached in around 15 minutes by car. It takes around 1 hour to walk.
Why visit La Escalera waterfall?
La Escalera consists of 2 waterfalls, one 20m and the other 28m, and it is also possible to rappel down at the falls.
Visiting the falls is free, the prices for abseiling are as follows:
- 1 person: 180,000 pesos
- 2 people: 220,000 pesos
- 3 people: 300,000 pesos
If there are more than 3 people, a fee of $ 100,000 per person will apply.
- It is not possible to abseil in heavy rain.
- We recommend that you bring comfortable clothing and water.
Salto del Buey
Location: La Ceja
Height: 90 m
Opening hours (Ecoparque los Saltos): daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ecoparque los Saltos is located between the municipalities of La Ceja and Abejorral, in the Antioquia department. There are a variety of water sources and of course one of the most iconic and impressive waterfalls in Colombia.
Why visit the Salto del Buey waterfall?
The Salto del Buey is surrounded by vegetation. The path to the waterfall is in a natural setting and the difficulty level is medium. The distance is approx. 2 km. The price of admission in 2021 is $ 15,000 pesos. There is also a campsite on site.
- Reservations are compulsory, the phone number can be found on the website.
How do you get to the Ecoparque Los Saltos?
The Ecopark Los Saltos is located near the city of La Ceja, which is around 1 hour’s drive from the city of Medellin. From La Ceja it is 10 kilometers to the village of Piedras. The parking lot is signposted there. The park offers a transport service in a 4 × 4 vehicle for groups of up to 6 people. More information can be found on the website.
Juan Curí waterfall
Location: Parque Ecológico Cascadas de Juan Curí
Height: 200 m
Parking hours: Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
When visiting San Gil on vacation, we can only warmly recommend a visit to the waterfall. The park is around an hour’s drive from San Gil. You should allow around 3 hours in the park.
Why should you visit the Juan Curí waterfall?
The main attraction of this park is the Juan Curí waterfall, where you can practice various activities. You can practice torrent driving in the Juan Curí waterfall. There are two approved runs, one 80 m and the other 130 m.
- Activities may be canceled in the event of heavy rain.
- Participants in various activities must be at least 12 years old.
How to get to the Cascadas de Juan Curí Ecological Park
The park is around 23 kilometers from San Gil. From San Gil you can take the bus to Charalá. The journey takes around 40 minutes.
El Manto de la Virgen waterfall
Location: Vereda Chinatá, Gámbita
Height: 450 m
Very close to Gambita, a municipality in Santander, there is the Manto de la Virgen waterfall, which is characterized by its imposing size and its location in the middle of nature. To get to the top of the waterfall, you have to walk uphill for about 3 km.
Why should you visit the Manto de la Virgen waterfall?
The hike to the waterfall is already a beautiful nature experience. The water of this waterfall is known to be crystal clear. It is curious that the water comes from the Negra (black) stream.
Just one kilometer away is the Hondura Canyon, another eco-tourist attraction of the place.
How to get to El Manto de la Virgen waterfall
From Bucaramanga take the road to San Gil. Then on to Vado Real, where you will also find the entrance to Gambita.
Location: Payandé, San Luis
The Payandé waterfalls are located near the Payandé village of the same name. This is about an hour’s drive from Ibagué (capital of the Tolima department).
Why should you visit the Payandé Falls?
The Payandé waterfalls consist of 7 beautiful waterfalls. They also offer extreme sports and you can swim there too. To get to the falls, you have to walk around 45 minutes. Drinks and snacks are also offered on the way.
- The hike to the waterfalls is signposted, do not take any shortcuts.
- Entry is $ 7,000 pesos.
How to get to the Payandé waterfalls
From Ibague take the road towards Armenia.
Location: Saladoblanco, Huila, Puracé National Natural Park
Height: 400 m
Between the departments of Cauca and Huila lies the Puracé Natural Park with an area of around 83,000 hectares and a large number of natural spaces.
Puracé is also known as the “cradle of water” because the main rivers of Colombia, the Magdalena, Cauca and Caquetá, have their source in this park. In addition, this whole area is a volcanic chain, so you can find several sulfur springs here.
In addition to the aforementioned attractions, this park is home to the Salto de Bordones, one of the largest and most incredible waterfalls in Colombia.
Why visit Salto de Bordones?
Visiting this waterfall means a connection with nature as it is surrounded by extensive vegetation. There is a vantage point near the waterfall from which you can admire the imposing waterfall. From there you can also take impressive panoramic pictures.
The park is currently (2021) closed to the public. Before visiting, we recommend that you consult the national park’s website.
Prices (2021) Entry to the Puracé National Park
Like all other Colombian national parks, Puracé also charges an entrance fee under certain conditions.
- If you are a citizen or foreigner residing in Colombia or a member of the CAN (Andean Community) and aged between 5 and 25: $ 5,500 (approx. 1 USD).
- If you are a citizen or foreigner residing in Colombia or a member of the CAN and are over 25 years old: $ 11,500 (approx. USD 3)
- If you are a foreigner but do not live in Colombia and are not a member of the CAN: $ 27,500 (approx USD 7)
How to get to Salto de Bordones
The closest community to the Salto de Mortiño is Pitalito. The closest capital is Neiva in the Huila department. This city has Benito Salas Airport. From Neiva it takes around 4 hours to get to Pitalito. The bus journey from the bus terminal to Bordones takes around 1 hour.
Location: Isnos, Huila
Height: 170 m
In the middle of a natural landscape and very close to the municipality of Isnos, there is the majestic Salto de Mortiño, a waterfall more than 170 meters high.
Why should you visit the Mortiño waterfall?
The first glass lookout point in Colombia, “Vista del Águila”, was installed at the Mortiño waterfall. You stand there directly above the waterfall and enjoy a unique view.
The lookout point consists of a 12 meter long glass bridge that you have to cross without shoes. This so as not to damage the glass. Next to the viewing platform is the extreme attraction called “Eagle Flight”. This is the largest swing in Huila.
It is completely safe to walk on the glass bridge. This was built to support the weight of about 11 people.
How to get to Salto de Mortiño
The closest municipality to Salto de Mortiño is Isnos. From Neiva it takes around 5 hours by car to get to Isnos. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Neiva to Isnos.
Salto de las Damas
Location: Garzón, Huila
Height: 20 m
In the past, the “Las Damas” waterfall was known for the women of Garzón to do their laundry there. Nowadays you can find an ecological path there.
Why should you visit the Salto de las Damas?
In addition to the ecological path, the main attraction of this gorge is the Salto de las Damas, a waterfall that forms a small natural pool in which you can bathe in peace.
How to get to Salto de las Damas
The closest parish to Salto de las Damas is Garzón. It takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes from Neiva. The drive from Garzón takes around 10 to 15 minutes.
Cascadas del Putumayo
Cascada del Fin del Mundo
Height: 70 m
In the hidden and wonderful Putumayo department, more precisely in the municipality of Mocoa, you will find incredible natural wonders. The region was previously known for violent FARC guerrillas. After the demobilization of the FARC, Mocoa has changed and it is now possible to visit this community and of course its natural attractions. One example is the imposing Fin del Mundo waterfall (waterfall at the end of the world).
Why should you visit the Cascada del Fin del Mundo?
Contrary to its name, the Cascada del Fin del Mundo is not an apocalyptic place. On the contrary, the waterfall is surrounded by the lush forests of the Putumayo and offers a unique experience of nature.
The ascent takes about two hours. At the top of the waterfall you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the Amazon forests from Putumayo. Further up on the mountain there is also a rustic accommodation where you can spend the night.
- Enjoy, enjoy and enjoy again!
How do I get to the Cascada del Fin del Mundo?
From Mocoa you can take a bus or taxi to Posada Dantayaco. From there it is only a short distance to the bridge, where you will find the official entrance after crossing it. Another option is to take the cable car from the Hostal El Portal del Fin del Mundo. Then it’s only about 30 minutes to the waterfall.
Height: 55 m
Another waterfall near Mocoa is called Hornoyaco, this one is 55 m high. There is also a wonderful pool to enjoy a wonderful swim.
Why visit Hornoyaco?
In addition to a place of contemplation and relaxation, this waterfall is ideal for torrentismo. If you are interested, it is best to visit the website of Ecoturismo Putumayo. Currently (2021) the cost is $ 90,000 per person.
- To visit, you should contact Ecoturismo Putumayo in advance. You can find all the details on their website.
- There are no refreshment points at the waterfall, it is recommended that you bring food and drink with you.
How to get to Hornoyaco
From Mocoa it is about 10 minutes by car to the waterfall.
Ojo de Dios waterfall
Height: 35 m
While it is true that the Cascada del Fin del Mundo is the most famous waterfall in Mocoa and possibly all of Putumayo, the Ojo de Dios (Eye of God) is also a good alternative or even a complement.
Why should you visit the Ojo de Dios waterfall?
At the Ojo de Dios waterfall you will find a natural pool and you can swim. There is also the opportunity to rappel down on site. Entry (2021) is $ 15,000 pesos. By the way, the waterfall gets its name because the water flows through a hole in the rock and creates an impressive effect.
- It takes about 90 minutes to hike to get to this waterfall.
- The capacity is limited.
How do you get to the Eye of God?
Same entrance as Cascada del Fin del Mundo.
Height: 15 m
Why should you visit the Golondrino waterfall?
The height of the Golondrino waterfall is 15 m and it is ideal for swimming. Admission is free.
How to get to the Golondrino waterfall
From Mocoa the drive takes about 10 minutes by car. There is also a path called “el lagarto” that takes about 20 minutes to get to the waterfall.
Location: Nabugá Beach, Bahía Solano
Height: 36 m
Bahía Solano is currently one of the main tourist spots in the Chocó department. This community is notable for its beaches, which are surrounded by the beautiful forests of the Pacific coast. Near the municipality is the Nabugá beach, which is characterized by its lush nature, exotic animals and the beautiful Nabugá waterfall.
Why should you visit the Nabugá waterfall?
There is hardly a greater natural spectacle than visiting a waterfall on the Pacific coast.
How do you get to Cascada Nabugá?
From Bahía Solano you need a boat to the beach of Nabugá, it takes about 45 minutes.
Valle del Cauca waterfalls
La Sierpe waterfalls
Location: Buenaventura, Uramba Bahia Malaga Bay National Natural Park
Height: 60 m
Bahía Málaga is known for ecotourism. For example, you can watch the impressive humpback whales in the Uramba Nature Park (between June and October).
Why should you visit the Sierpe waterfalls?
The Sierpe waterfalls are the most famous waterfalls in Uramba Park, with a height of more than 60m.
- Entry to the park is free.
- The waterfalls can only be reached by boat. A 15-minute walk is required on site.
How to get to Uramba National Natural Park
From Buenaventura you have to take a boat to the village of Juanchaco. From there you can rent a boat to get to the park and the waterfalls. A journey takes around 30 minutes.
The Ostional waterfall
Location: Uramba Bahía Málaga National Natural Park
The other waterfall in Uramba Park is the Ostinal waterfall, which is smaller than the Sierpe waterfalls.
Why should you visit the Ostional waterfall?
The Ostional waterfall is an ideal place to relax. There are two levels in this waterfall, the lower one is a natural pool where you can bathe and relax. In the middle of the waterfall there is a small opening where there is a kind of jacuzzi. People often take pictures there.
Entry to the park is free.
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