Parque Natural de Purace, Popayan

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Visit Parque Natural de Purace and trek across the Colombian wilderness. The national park features one of Colombia’s most active volcanoes and is the origin of the Magdalena, Cauca, Japura, and Patia rivers, four of the country’s most important. The park showcases abundant plant life, including over 200 orchids. You'll also see a rich selection of animal life here, including 160 bird species such as hummingbirds and ducks, several mammals including the spectacle bear and cougar, and four primate species--the woolly monkey, howler monkey, gray-bellied night monkey, and tufted capuchin. Plan to see Parque Natural de Purace and other attractions that appeal to you using our Popayan trip app .
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  • Puracé sights are spectacular, pass 2 days visiting the natural park, tell you my experience for the bikers who want to visit him may have a guide. The route from Popayán to Puracé is acceptable and takes approximately 45 minutes on bike. He had approached Mr Wilson but unfortunately I am wrong and the guide that we had already recommended was busy. The entrance to the Park costs 40,000 pesos, and you can request that they let you two days by that value, the Guide costs 35,000 per group, the idea is to find a bike guide, but some charge 50,000 because you're going on a motorcycle, but do not accept There are others that are just and charge the same 35,000, in bike you can visit San Juan, well crystals, overlooking san rafael lagoon and the sighting of the condor that is 10 am. Dare the following recommendation, before reaching Puracé is had contacted Mr Rodrigo for transportation, because they told us that the road was despavimentada, and the idea was not to require the bikes in that area, in principle we agreed for 10 people a value of 18,000 each one, but arrived the day of the visit only 6 people, take the transportation of the Lord, visited the Park and returned to the town of purace, and Cancel when we collect 250,000 somewhat exaggerated since we charged as if we were 14 people. Therefore, I recommend always clarification of payment that will be performed before taking any service of transportation, price and number of people so that no surprises are carried. The ascent to the base of the volcano Puracé, place where begins the ascent on foot, should be used in transportation in the area, is not recommended to go on a motorcycle to the base, since the road is very bad, you find yourself with many stones, and if your bike is not enduro you will suffer much and frequent attempts to fall. Crop them they do not give this warning, and because of that, the climb on our bikes was distressing. The ascent is very demanding but nor do you need to be very athletic to achieve the top, climb without worries and they achieved the goal, the view of the crater is majestic. Do not go on smooth shoes since on the way down, they will suffer falls in some areas. In the village you can find lodging for a value of 15.000 per person, the majority of the people are super friendly. It is worthwhile to know these places where you realize that nature is lovely
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  • I have never been to a country which can grow such variety so easily. The drive through the park showed us the variety of flora, fauna and particularly fruit and flowers. They have fruit here that are...  more »
  • The hike is strenuous but doable. In any case, you should expect that you can't see the crater as it seems to be often foggy or cloudy. We were lucky. It was a great experience. Definitely take the early bus. Contrary to the statements in the lonely planet or the last bus returns other guidebooks no longer around 1700 but rather against 1500 us the bus not even came and we had to stop the car.
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