There are a lot of wonderful destinations in the world to go and those places offer different activities to live unforgettable moments. But, I believe that Colombia can offer many advantages at the same time. According to the Guide of Travel of Lonely Planet Publications, the essence of Colombia is landscape with beauty, wonderful and fascinating sightseeing and authentic biodiversity. Furthermore, this South American country has a wide range of ecotourism activities and possibility to practice extreme sports. And the same publication mentions that “It is an easy country to fall in love with, and many travelers do. It may well become the favorite country in South America” (1)
One of the most amazing places of Colombia that you should visit when traveling to this country, which offers those characteristics, is The Sierra Nevada del Cocuy. This fascinating place named Chita or Güican has the biggest glacier of Colombia and it is considered one of the most beautiful places of the world by the American diary The New York Times in 2009.
The web site Colombia.travel mentions that the Sierra is a chain of over twenty five snow peaks along an extension of just thirty kilometers and includes ten towns of departments of Boyacá, Casanare y Arauca in the eastern Andes Mountain. The Sierra has the variety of weathers, from rain-forest to snowfalls and it is possible to admire mountains, moors, lagoons, and the forests among the snow peaks.
Acording to Boyaca Siete Dias and The New York Times newspapers, the most important attractions are Ritacubas, Pan de Azúcar, El Castillo y el Púlpito del Diablo and other attractions are the lagoons Los verdes, Grande de la Sierra, La Isla, La Plaza and El Avellanal. In such a way that traveling around of The Sierra means to know touristic attractions and to enjoy variety of towns and its cultures, and weathers and the landscape.
Another important reason to travel to Colombia and visit The Sierra Nevada of Cocuy is the Ecotourism for relaxing and enjoying of the nature. The Ecotourism allows the preservation of natural environment and culture. The Sierra is more attractive for tourists that prefer natural and relaxing places and according to another article of The Tiempo newspaper, now over fifteen 15.000 tourists at year arrive at the country attracted for the nature beauty of this amazing place. And Trip Advisor claims that The Sierra Nevada of Cocuy is qualified like excellent and is the second option between the 30 natural attractions of department Boyacá in Colombia.
Wikipedia mentions that the Sierra has been denominated one of the areas protects by The Ministerio del Medio Ambiente through of the System of Parks in Colombia and his goals are to protect and preserve areas with exceptional values for National Heritage. Thus promoting the ecotourism in Colombia. This wonderful place has wide offer of adventures activities:
- Ecological walks
- Camping and Extreme Camping in the different lagoons, mountains and perpetual snow
- Trekking of adventure in the routes of the Saw Nevada
- Climb in Rock and Snow
- Cavalcades (6)
According to the site Colombia.travel, The Sierra has been a favorite destination of international and Colombian mountaineers and climbers and The Sierra is the ideal place for lovers of rock, ice, and snow, and fans of hiking and ca mping. And the web site diplomacyandforeignaffairs, the topography of Colombia includes adventure sports in its tourism and The Sierra is a unique opportunity in Colombia to practice because it offers all the alternatives to practice these extreme sports from high mountains, valleys, plains, lakes, mountains and rivers.
Finally it is one place that you should not miss when you travel to Colombia, because it offers the most amazing possibilities to enjoy of great and fascinating landscapes with its exotic fauna and flora that your eyes should see. In addition this beautiful and mysterious place will put your physical capacities to the test, a unique experience that you will want to repeat.
By: Sandra Liliana Valcárcel R.
- http://www.eltiempo.com/archivo/documento/CMS-3520709 – Boyaca ‘Boyacá 7 días’ llegó hasta el pico Ritacuba Blanco, el más alto de la Sierra Nevada del Güicán