Discover the Paramo, an exotic mountain destination in Colombia.

By Lucia Lozano

Colombia is a tropical country; so, some people may think that the principal touristic places are beaches, jungle and big cities like Bogota and Medellin, but Colombia is more than that, our country has a lot of beautiful natural places to visit. Colombia has three mountain ranges, giving the country the fortune of having places with hot, mild or cold weather year around. For example if you visit Bogota, for us is a cold weather city, but if you live in a country with stations it should be like the beginning of spring. From Bogota, you may take a car and after three hours drive you may arrive to a place of 30¬ļC (86¬†F); also, you can travel for about an hour and find one of the unique ecosystem of Colombia, the Paramo.

You may be wondering, what is so special about Paramo? So, let me tell you…

Paramo is a common name in Colombia; but, for me it is not easy to decide what should be the best word in English to name this beautiful ecosystem. For example, in biology books the name is heath, and in dictionaries you may found also the word wasteland and moorland because Paramo was named by the Spanish conquers after the desolated flat terrains found in Spain, but tropical Paramo has little in common with the ones that inspired its name.

Paramo only located in tropical high mountains, above 3000 meters (9840 feet), so it¬īs only found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Also, Paramo has special vegetation with unique species as the frailejon. In paramo the plants know how protect themselves of the changing weather from a sunny or misty day to a frost nights; so, you may see a miniature world of plants and small flowers in the middle of the pajonal ( grass) and frailejones (a shrub that could be 30 cm to 3 meters (1 to .10 feet) high.

 

alt

 

In Colombia some Paramo¬īs lakes were sacred placed for Indian cultures. For example, Muiscas went to Siecha and Guatavita to give tribute to their gods. The Zipa completely covered in gold dust traveled in a raft to the center of the lake and dived into the waters; also jewelry and precious objects were thrown into the waters, giving place to El Dorado legend. That is the reason why the Spanish conquistadors built tunnels in order to extract the gold.

alt

Paramo is not only marvelous to biologist, In Colombia, is a usual destination for hiking lovers and hiking groups, because Paramos are protected area, and some are in National Parks; so, you may hike short or long distances enjoying wonderful landscape. I've visit Paramos most of the time with engineers, layers and different people who doesn't have special interest in biology and they love them. Sometimes you walk in the middle of a mysterious mist and suddenly it clears up and you see mountains surrounding a vast extension of land covered of green and yellow vegetation mix with yellow, purple, pink and blue flowers, which are sometimes big as a daisy, but other times small as a pea.

alt

It sounds strange, but in Bogota we have Paramo like a backyard, giving us the privilege of having this exotic ecosystem and place to visit. Therefore, if you are in Bogota you can travel with ridingcolombia to visit Paramos at the beautiful and mythological Siecha lake, Guatavita lake and also at the Guachaneque paramo.

alt

Comentarios   

 
0 #8 „É©„ā§„É≥ 01-05-2017 22:37
The case has not but been resolved.
Citar
 
 
0 #7 suggestion 12-03-2017 05:33
I know this web page offers quality depending articles or reviews and other material, is there any other web site which provides these kinds of information in quality?
Citar
 
 
0 #6 Jeramy 01-12-2016 14:54
We stumbled over here coming from a different
page and thought I might as well check things out. I like what I see so now i'm following you.
Look forward to exploring your web page yet again.

My personal page: http://hotelsnearme.website/: http://hotelsnearme.website/
Citar
 
 
0 #5 art deco rings 08-03-2016 18:15
Hello there! This blog post could not be written any
better! Reading through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
He constantly kept preaching about this. I am going to send
this information to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read.
I appreciate you for sharing!
Citar
 
 
0 #4 Global Gold & Silver 29-04-2015 10:41
Awesome post.
Citar
 
 
0 #3 sell diamonds nj, 16-03-2015 17:11
Piece of writing writing is also a excitement, if you be
acquainted with afterward you can write or else it is complicated to
write.
Citar
 
 
0 #2 ŗłĀŗł•ŗłĻŗłēŗĻČŗł≤ 11-08-2014 21:07
I savor, result in I found just what I was looking for.

You have ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day.
Bye
Citar
 
 
0 #1 kapalai travel 25-05-2014 23:17
Hey! Would you mind if I share your blog with my zynga
group? There's a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content.
Please let me know. Cheers
Citar
 

Escribir un comentario

Código de seguridad
Refescar