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Colombia’s Highest Waterfall: La Chorrera


Colombia Highest Waterfall
Chorrera Waterfall, the highest in Colombia. Credit: Alexander Pabon/CC BY-SA 2.0

Tucked away just 45 minutes from Bogota in Choachi, Cundinamarca, lies a natural treasure: La Chorrera waterfall. This wonder, towering at an impressive 590 meters, stands as Colombia’s highest waterfall and one of the tallest in South America, ranking 60th among the world’s highest. It offers an experience that intertwines adventure, nature, and indigenous history in one place.

La Chorrera Adventure Park, situated in La Palma, offers a range of activities for every taste. From hiking to rappelling, canopy tours, birdwatching, and camping, the options are diverse and thrilling. Beyond being an ideal destination for nature lovers, La Chorrera witnessed rituals of the indigenous Muisca people, who found in these waterfalls a place to impart knowledge and conduct their rites.

Getting There from Bogota

Multiple options exist to reach La Chorrera. For those traveling by private car, applications like Google Maps provide precise directions. It’s recommended to avoid Waze to ensure the correct route. From Bogota, the most common route involves taking 26 Street to Circunvalar Avenue and then heading south. After passing the Distrital University, take the exit towards Choachi, following this route for about 27 kilometers until reaching the detour to the adventure park.

Colombia Highest Waterfall
The waterfall is 590 meters, stands as one of the tallest in South America. Credit: t_y_l/CC BY-SA 2.0

For those opting for public transport, buses from 6 Street with Caracas avenue offer an alternative. The fare costs 2,5 USD ($10,000 Colombian pesos), and passengers should inform the driver that the destination is La Chorrera.

Park Access and Activities

Entry to the natural area and waterfall has different rates based on services. For instance, the basic package includes visits to La Chorrera, El Chiflon, the rock formation, and other attractions, priced at 10 USD ($40,000) for adults and 6,3 USD ($25,000) for children. For further details and reservations, the park’s website,, provides all necessary information.

Trip Preparations

It’s important to be equipped for the hike, taking boots, warm clothing, sunscreen, and a cap. The trek, with a medium difficulty level, requires physical effort to cover the six kilometers with some inclines. It’s recommended to carry lunch, avoiding the use of plastic containers to reduce environmental impact.

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