After all the chaos brought on by the pandemic, we were in search of sharing with our coworkers in a space other than work. It was already a tradition for us to have different experiences, such as trips or dinners at the end of each year, but the previous year was not possible. Seeing the opportunity to get together and be in nature, a year-end trip to the Chingaza National Natural Park was scheduled. We all went on the trip, those who had always been there, those who came back after being away from the company for a few months, those who live in the Coffee Region, all came for this reunion.
Hiking in the Paramo
The trip to Chingaza took place on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 of December. Early in the morning we met at the office, distributed ourselves in different vehicles and headed to Guasca, the municipality through which we would enter the park for the first hike on the Lagunas de Siecha Trail. It was a spectacular encounter with the paramo ecosystem, where it is possible to see the frailejones, emblematic and primordial plants, since they are responsible for capturing moisture from their environment to store inside up to 25 times its weight in water, filtering it and making it suitable for human consumption. In addition to the diversity of flora, 3 lagoons were observed during the trail: Suramérica, located at 3,350 m.a.s.l.; Fausto, at 3,750 m.a.s.l. and Siecha, at 3,800 m.a.s.l.; a place of great significance because it is sacred territory, where the Muiscas made pilgrimages in homage to the water.