"Muy Fuerte in El Cocuy" El Cocuy by richiecdisc

El Cocuy Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 24 photos

El Cocuy is not likely to be on most travelers' itineraries of Colombia unless they are particularly keen on trekking. While this may stunt its touristic overtures to become mainstream it bodes well to maintain its authentic Colonial flair which stands out even in such a stellar natural setting. For make no mistake, all of the tourism that does funnel through this serviceable gateway town is centered around the mountain massif that is El Cocuy National Park with most of those being Colombians of the tourist bus crowd. While true that most of them see only a glimpse of the impressive mountains that are amongst Colombia's biggest, it is a lot more than most non-native backpackers venture forth for. To be fair, the area was more or less off limits due to guerrilla activity that spanned 15 years or so starting in 1985. Add to that its relative isolation from the most popular of the country's sights and you have a recipe for a slow to develop jewel just awaiting discovery by the masses. For now, it is the domain of two distinct groups for along with those dropping by for a glimpse on tours are a stalwart contingent of Colombian trekkers and climbers who explore the often harsh terrain of the nearby National Park much more extensively. Gringos are finally starting to trickle through as well. Mountains like these do not remain quiet and undiscovered for long. The town of El Cocuy is in their path. Their crossing is bound to be interesting.

  • Last visit to El Cocuy: Jan 2010
  • Intro Updated Aug 23, 2010
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  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2010 at 8:08 AM

    Richie, great tips about a place that I previously knew nothing about. $30/night for the best hotel in town sounds very reasonable ... and, like you, I would be a regular customer of the kebab guy. Prost, Bill

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2010 at 1:39 AM

    Nice small place. BTW, I see that now as a 'European' you are using meters/KM's instead of feet/miles indicating distances and heights :D

  • Aug 31, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    just a taster of the national park page, which i might have to leave for tomorrow beacuse i've just been bombed with more work!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    It reads like your stay here was a real experience to find a place to stay there. What adventuresome persons you all are.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    What a pretty town! I love the green shutters especially. From the tantalising glimpse here of the National Park scenery, I am REALLY looking foward to that page!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    El Cocuy sounds to be a lovely town to relax in before and after the trek! If I go back to Colombia one day I will defenitely visit! Now I'm looking forward to read the National Park page!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Yes indeed, "muy fuerte"! Fine tips and photos here as always. I'm looking forward to your upcoming page on El Cocuy National Park.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Absolutely Lovely!!!!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    That was a very warm welcome you had while enjoying your meal! Seems like you have to be ready to 'rough it' a bit, even in town. A very nice page Richie on rubbing elbows with the locals!

  • DoreenDe's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    I enjoyed our second stay in El Cocuy MUCH more then the first 2 nights ;)

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