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Old 10-30-2018, 08:04 AM
 
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Just two hours drive outside the Colombian capital of Bogota lies the Chingaza National Park at 12,000 feet above sea level. It is a "Paramo": an alpine tundra environment unique to South America with some really interesting flora. It is not the kind of landscape that comes to mind when people imagine Colombia. But it can easily be done in a day trip from Bogota and is well worth a visit.

This is my drone video of the place:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU8_rg34rPU
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Old 10-31-2018, 10:14 AM
 
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"It is not the kind of landscape that comes to mind when people imagine Colombia."


it's almost exclusive of Colombia. Other countries don't have such ecosystem except Ecuador. Ethiopia has something similar.
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Old 10-31-2018, 10:34 AM
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Looks interesting. Next time Im in Bogota (some time within the next two years) Ill see if I visit this place.

What types of animals live in that national park? Im more interested in bird species, but any exotic four-legged species would make my visit worthwhile (if I see ut, lol).
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Old 10-31-2018, 06:42 PM
 
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Together with Chingaza you also have the twin national park of Sumapaz. Both just outside Bogota.

Between them they have about 300 species of birds, condors, bears, deers, foxes and mountain tapirs.

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Old 11-13-2018, 02:17 PM
 
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it's almost exclusive of Colombia. Other countries don't have such ecosystem except Ecuador. Ethiopia has something similar.

Venezuela also have some nice ones, in the highlands around Merida.
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Old 11-21-2018, 05:58 PM
 
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It's a magical place up there. I spent a couple of days at Iscayachi, a town of 1,000 up in the Bolivian altiplano at 3,500 meters.
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Old 11-22-2018, 02:50 AM
 
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Between them they have about 300 species of birds, condors, bears, deers, foxes and mountain tapirs.
I don't think there's anywhere in latin america that has the types of bears that we are accustomed to in northern america (black, brown).
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Old 11-22-2018, 08:20 AM
 
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How to get there from Bogota ? I have been to the Salt Cathedral but never knew about this place. Is there bus service ?
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Old 11-25-2018, 05:01 PM
 
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I don't think there's anywhere in latin america that has the types of bears that we are accustomed to in northern america (black, brown).
Number 4 is the Andean Bear, number 5 is the black bear.


Source: By Roger Jakobsen, on Pinterest



Our very own British loved Paddington bear is from the Andes


Source: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/the-real-paddington-bear-cute-unique-and-endangered/




Spoken Word Poesy on Sumapaz, Bogota...

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