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Date Place Comment
River camp at Shacsha Puente/bridge

The restaurant just before this spot unfortunately has no rooms, but we were able to get dinner there. We tent camped on the left hand side, just passed the bridge there is a narrow rocky trial only ok for motos and bicycles to get off the road a little ways.

Road construction

Sorry, correction: NOT fully paved, many switchbacks are still gravel and abit loose/soft, go with caution.

Road construction

Road is now fully paved, construction finished.

Football field

We carried on up this dirt side road looking for a tent spot, as the river spot already on here was too exposed. Here next to a gated school and small community buildings is a large football field the locals told us fine/safe to camp. Very basic baño in a metal stand alone structure. River access. Good for 2wheelers

Cable Car to Kuelap

CLOSED at this time - see Kuelap ruins post for info, could be awhile.


At this location the Hostel is Called Hospedaje Castillo, we got a double room for 45soles. Hot water, private baño. Parked our motos in the restaurant which is closed at this time. They made us breakfast for an extra charge.

Kuelap Ruins

Kuelap Ruins are CLOSED at this time !! There was an earthquake 2months ago which have made the whole thing unstable and unsafe, so the cable car is also closed. Hopefully they get $ from the govt soon to fix and open again, so the townsfolk have some income.

Oasis del Condor

Still open, same friendly owner. There is a flat section with a tin roof for tent campers, no good sections for vans(BUT he also has a place in Limón, about 25mins further up the road if you want to ask). Rustic outdoor shower and bathroom. Cheap, fresh fruit from his garden for breakfast. 10Sol pp

Hotel Valle Sagrado

Still open, still a great cheap option in the centre of town. Updated prices: $22 for double room with private bathroom, $14 or $15 for private room shared bathroom (prices quoted for a couple). Safe moto parking.

Hostal Runa Wasi

As per campers say, friendly and helpful owners. We arrived early, not intending to stay but ended up staying a night and enjoying the fireplace/internet all day while weather was bad. $20pp inc dinner and breakfast. Good food by local standards. Private baño, very warm bed. Safe parking for motos, so glad we didn’t try to camp as it froze overnight…

Laguna Azul

Prices are the same, $3pp entry, we asked around and paid $5 to tent camp under a roof of one of the vendedores, we were able to bring our motos inside the gate near our tent after 5pm also. The weekends are BUSY, unfortunately we passed through on a Saturday. Lots of coal-grilled snacks available. All in all enjoyed the experience. Just don’t come after heavy or consistent rain, as you won’t be able to swim in the water holes(too dangerous)

Finca Akila

Finca Akila horse tours. Dan and Kristell are warm and friendly hosts, offering a range of different tours, for beginner to advance riders. They love and look after the horses. Cabañas are currently under construction, one is ready for guests to stay in, more on the way. Active coffee farm also, absolutely stunning views. Very peaceful spot. Google maps location is accurate, narrow road from La India veers to the left around a house, fairly steep last section but concreted tyre tracks.
Call/msg Dan on +57 312 2266488 (whatsapp)

Hotel Dulces Sueños

Cheap, convenient hotel 5blocks from main square, gated parking for at least 8cars on ground floor of building, so height restriction to get in.
Paid 55,000 for a double room, (2people) private bath, hot water.

Camping at former restaurant

The hotel they are building is getting closer to completion, the large inside area is now the restaurant, the rooms are almost finished, no hot water yet but apparently coming shortly.
Camping outside on raised platforms is 20,000pp, the rooms will be 50,000pp. Possible to negotiate during construction period.
Still plenty of building noise going on during the day, very friendly workers however, they made us hot drinks free of charge a couple times, very nice. It is COLD up here, bring all your layers! Attached photos

End of the Road

The road here is washed out by the river, there is only a narrow strip of road remaining for foot and moto traffic, though it doesn’t look like motos will be able to pass much longer unless repairs are made soon. Fortunately we were on motos and risked the dodgy looking strip, made it to El Danubio. The locals told us the road further on to Agua Clara is completely impassable for all motorised traffic, due to many years of landslides and neglect.

Hospedaje Mi Casita

Family run hospedaje just a few metres from the park entrance. They have rooms with private bath, shared bath, and family rooms. Private room for the two of us was 50,000p night. Breakfast 8,000 pp, inc coffee and juice. Small rooms but clean, hot water shower, plenty of blankets. Parking space for a few vehicles, height restriction(see photo). They were very kind, did our washing for 12k, nice backyard with lots of plants, small cooking area and table we could use. Overall nice experience here for several days while hiking the surrounding trials.

Mesón de la Tatacoa

Established campground and restaurant on the quiet north road. Friendly owner, were quoted 20k pp to camp inc. use of the pool. May be able to negotiate down if don’t use pool. Small but packed fossil museum, included if camping, 5k pp if not. We had lunch there for around 20k pp (soup, large main, lemonades) but carried on to another place because there was virtually no shade options for tent camping. Valle de las Constelaciones was closed on this day.

Hacienda Napoles

Added photo for updated prices for 2022. Entry level safari ticket option is at 54,500 for an adult, goes up from there if you include the water parks. This doesn’t include parking, parking is now 22,000 for a car and 12,000 for a moto. (You ride/drive around a big loop and park at the many attraction spots)
Don’t let the prices put you off, this place is absolutely huge, we didn’t even see everything in one day. So many animals. Ticket is valid for three days but water parks only one.
It is ridiculously hot, bring plenty of water as we could only buy way-over priced half litre bottles inside the park.
It’s well organised and has a very commercial theme-park feel, very popular with locals, don’t attempt to come here during Colombian public holidays, even weekends proceed with caution, it gets busy. We’re there on a Friday and enjoyed having few people around.
Don’t forget your vax card to get in also.

Hotel Campestre Aguas Vivas

We arrived late to enquire about tent camping, but unfortunately only van camping allowed in their gravel lot. The place has recently been renovated so rooms are a little pricey, owner originally asked 180 or 190(?) thousand for a large king room with A/C. Were able to negotiate to 120k COP for two per night as the place was deserted. Very much in the countryside. Had a great quiet(!) nights sleep, 2pools, meals available on request, beer and soft drinks etc. Very nice owner.
There are a lot of hotels not online down this dirt road so probably could find something something cheaper nearby, however this place is fantastic if the price isn’t an issue.

Collapsed Bridge

Bridge never got fixed! It is still collapsed and completely impassable. Foot traffic only. I guess we had better go the long way.

Hostal Villa Flores

Adding photos. Oh also you don’t need to really ask for food as the lady running the place is super friendly and will check up on you, etc

Hostal Villa Flores

Hotel in a tiny town of Santiago along the river, 80,000COP for a double room p night(2people). Large room. Big courtyard with a swimming pool in the middle, meals available if you ask. Gated parking lot around the back. We broke down on the side of the road and this was the closest thing, lucky the hosts are friendly and they had space. A bit expensive for what it is but it’s the only choice around.

Hostal Las Flores

Convenient, cheap hotel close to the centre, 60,000COP p night for two of us. Large rooms. Set up more like a hotel, private bathrooms etc but there is a small kitchen you can use and full sized fridge. Large gated parking next door, no height restrictions. Abit loud at night as your right next to a main road.

El Cucharito Camping

A convenient spot to camp for the night. We camped in our tent, for 15,000pp. Good kitchen area, large fridge and working stove, outlets etc. Had the place to ourselves. Quiet at night, Esther wasn’t there but her son or family member checked us in and was friendly enough

Hospedaje Villa Maria

A double room for the two of us was 50,000COP. Cheapest hotel we have seen around. Secure gated parking for any size vehicle. Lots of road noise at night as it’s right next to the highway, so just a stopover spot. Lookout for a blue formal ‘Hotel’ sign 100m beforehand (driving north), as could be slightly tricky getting off this busy highway. Clean room with fan, private bathroom.

Hostal Juan Palito

Word of warning, it’s throws off fancy hotel vibes, not hostel! We went to inquire about camping and were told it’s not an option. The only room they had left was 300,000COP per night. Maybe it’s worth it for rock climbers, and those on a big budget, wasn’t a good option for us.

La Colina Camping & Restaurant

Price is now 15,000pppn. Agree with below comments, friendly owners, lots of animals etc. Shower now has a wooden booth around it but it’s pretty cold. Didn’t eat at the restaurant. Might be tricky finding a level spot for a camper but should work for a night or 2. Enjoyed the views.

Cocina Traditional

The best lunch we’ve had in ages. And this place is out in the boonies! This is the place to stop if your doing this dirt road. Served a hot soup on arrival, followed by a generous lunch portion, and refilling fresh juice.

Hotel El Eden

Price is now 40,000pppn. Nice place, quiet at night, able to park our motorcycles inside the courtyard. Rosa is a good host and cooked us a large breakfast the next morning, inc coffee and juice for 12k each.

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

Price is now 60,500COP for foreigners. I’d advise to arrive early as it gets very busy during midday(this is holiday period however). We enjoyed it, found it quite a unique and impressive experience


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