Chris and I have always been keen hikers so when Colombia4U asked us if we wanted to join their trek to La Chorrera waterfall, the answer was a foregone conclusion. The Chorrera waterfall is Colombia’s highest waterfall, measuring a whopping 590 metres in height. The falls are located just outside Bogota, so anyone lucky enough to be visiting Colombia’s capital can comfortably make the trip in a single day.

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Our tour began at 8am with a super punctual pick-up at our apartment. Our lovely driver Maria then picked up our equally lovely guide, Felipe, and off we set on the 90 minute drive to the start of the trek – a journey interrupted only by a quick stop off for some cheesy arepas, surely the king of all breakfasts.  Meaning by about 10am our laces were tied and our trek began.

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The trek is broken into seven legs, with each resting station sounding like a stop-off point straight from Lord of the Rings. So after about half an hour of trekking we found ourselves at the Path of the Drunkard, resting beneath a tree which locals use to brew a form of native happy juice. Half an hour later we were at  the Tree of Life – so called because the tree acts as a host to a wide range of other plants and animal species in a mutually agreeable symbiotic relationship. At these stops and all along the route, our fantastically knowledgeable guide, Felipe, shared with us a wealth of information about the route and region in general, switching effortlessly from Spanish to English to German to suit our linguistic preference at any given time.

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Felipe, our wonderfully informative guide. And a random dog.

Within about 90 minutes we had arrived at the falls which up close look like a scene out of the film Avatar, resembling something from a fantasy planet where everything is lush, green and awe-inspiring in equal measure. To make the trek even more action-packed, on the way back there was a second water fall which it is possible to walk underneath. A great way to cool down after a three hour round trek through the beautiful countryside of this beautiful country.

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After an enormous lunch including fresh fruits and vegetables from the local area, as well as a week’s worth of carbohydrates in the form of rice, potatoes, and quinoa soap which even Chris couldn’t finish, we met up again with Maria for the winding drive back which provided great birds’-eye views of Bogota along the way.

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The second waterfall could be reached via this adventurous suspension bridge

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We made it back by about 4pm and upon arriving in our city apartment it felt a little surreal to think that, just a few hours previously, we were wandering through the jungle in the foothills of the Andes on our approach to the spectacular sight of Colombia’s highest waterfall. So if you ever find yourself in this part of the world and feel like taking a three hour walk through what feels like another world, we would thoroughly recommend getting in touch with Colombia 4U and booking yourself onto this La Chorrera waterfall tour, for a day you’ll be sure to treasure for years to come!

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Disclaimer: We received a complementary tour from Colombia4u in return for a review on this blog. As usual, all opinions remain completely objective.

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Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

52 Thoughts on “La Chorrera – Trekking to the highest waterfall in Colombia

  1. Nice experience. Very inspired for a travel bloger like me. Tks for making this article.

  2. What a spectacular experience, love that photo of you “holding up” the rock! This waterfall and the ecosystem look so utterly beautiful!
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  3. Thanks for sharing this hike near Bogota, one of my favorite destinations in LA. I’m curious if you can do this hike without a guide and what, if any, public transportation could get you there. Any ideas?

    • Tammyonthemove on October 30, 2016 at 4:18 pm said:

      I assume it would be possible without a guide, although that said on the way back when I led the walk I did have to stop at a few junctions and ask whether it was left or right!

      Transport-wise it would be possible to get a taxi from Bogotá. I imagine public transport would take you some of the way, but the final part of the journey is down a fairly unused road which turns into more of a bumpy trail, which I would guess is poorly served by public transport, if at all.

  4. I like that it didn’t seem too strenuous of a hike…or maybe you just make it look easy! Anyway, it would certainly be worth the view and experience of the falls. You’re right–it does seem like a scene out of Avatar — so lush!
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  5. What a beautiful short hike into the jungle! Definitely worth it just to see that superb waterfall. Would love to do it myself.
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  6. That looks like a beautiful hike! I’ve never been to Colombia, but the nature looks incredible. So, does the food… and now I want to go even more 🙂

  7. Chrysoula on October 29, 2016 at 1:17 pm said:

    What a beautiful hiking trail. These are the kind of excursions I love doing when traveling.

  8. wow, those waterfalls look stunning. I wonder if I’d be fit enough (I guess it’s motivation to get fit?). And I love random cute dog!
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    • Tammyonthemove on October 30, 2016 at 4:06 pm said:

      It’s actually not too tough at all, Fiona. And the even better news is that there were at least four random dogs along the way 🙂

  9. What a beautiful hike and waterfall. Plus, I love that your guide stopped for cheesy arepas.

  10. That had to be a dream come true trekking through the Andes! Looks like it had just about every tropical plant imaginable too! How’s your back doing after holding up that rock and side of mountain? Haha! 😀
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  11. This looks like such an enjoyable hike. We’ve been to Cartagena in Colombia and loved it, the people are fantastic. We hope to visit Bogota and would love to hike here and discover this beautiful waterfall.

  12. What a great day hike! I love all the stopping points, and having a guide makes it so much more interesting. Were there a lot of people on the trail with you?

    • Tammyonthemove on October 30, 2016 at 3:57 pm said:

      With our ‘group’, it was just the two of us. And otherwise, there were maybe a dozen or so other people which was just enough to enjoy a few chats but without ever feeling like we were on an overcrowded tourist trail. So perfect really!

  13. I also enjoy hiking and have been interested in visiting Columbia ever since my friend moved there last year. I like that you’ve given genuine feedback on the Columbia hiking group. I’ll have to bear them in mind when I eventually go here!

  14. Wow! This is stunning. Who doesn’t love a good waterfall? Your hike did not look awfully difficult, as it looked like you were having fun.

  15. What a cool experience – your photos are breathtaking. Do you know if it would be possible to do this trek on my own, or would I have to go through a tour group? Thanks!

    • Tammyonthemove on October 31, 2016 at 9:41 pm said:

      I think it would theoretically be possible on your own, but you’d need to know this part of Colombia fairly well (as well as probably speaking decent Spanish) to sort out the transport from Bogotá and then also to find your way along the route.

  16. This looks like a wonderful experience. I’ve only been to Cartagena, but I would love to explore the rest of the country.

  17. This sounds like our kind of tour! Cheesy arepas and a hike through a beautiful area with waterfalls–can’t go wrong with that 🙂 I love that suspension bridge to the second waterfall, too. What a perfect day!

    • Tammyonthemove on October 31, 2016 at 9:44 pm said:

      Even the weather was perfect (not too hot, not too cold, just like the three little bears like their porridge!) 🙂

  18. What a great hiking day ! I agree having a guide makes it so much more interesting. Love the shot of you holding the rock. 🙂 Waterfalls added to the charm.
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  19. Such an adventurous day you have had! Wonderful photo opportunities too.
    Thanks to your guide you could stumble upon these wonderful sights!

    • Tammyonthemove on October 31, 2016 at 9:47 pm said:

      Absolutely, Felipe, our guide, was great, and genuinely passionate about the natural world around us – he studied natural sciences/environmental engineering so was a real expert!

  20. What an incredible experience. The hike looks really amazing and tropical. I love how green the surroundings are!

    • Tammyonthemove on October 31, 2016 at 9:50 pm said:

      It really was beautiful. The Colombian countryside is so lush and green it makes me want to stay there forever with nothing but some good books and a sturdy hammock…and maybe a few bottles of Colombian rum!

  21. Awesome that the waterfalls is so accessible from the city. Definitely a good idea to go to see that beauty. I like that there are lots of interesting stops along the way. Makes for an awesome trip!

    • Tammyonthemove on October 31, 2016 at 9:54 pm said:

      Absolutely, it was actually a bit strange to get back home to our city apartment and sit there surrounded by high-rise apartment blocks, when only 90 minutes earlier we were trekking in the Andean jungle. It’s a strange, but amazing, world sometimes!

  22. What a fun time that looks like! I’m not a trekker, or a climber, so I can never understand how you can do it! It’s so far to the top. But the waterfall looks totally worth the climb!

  23. Very inspiring! The place looks magical making the effort of making the hike to the top a time well spent!

    • Tammyonthemove on November 6, 2016 at 11:59 am said:

      Magical…yes indeed…a great word to sum up the Colombian countryside in general, and the waterfall in particular!

  24. It is really a great experience to visit La Chorrera for a different adventure and I really amazed by it’s nature s beauty.
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  25. Wow it is a adventure trip to visit Chorrera waterfalls… i love to admire the natures beauty…. thank you for sharing…

  26. sofia.linna on December 16, 2016 at 3:05 pm said:

    Looks a veru nice hike thanks for your blog. I wlnder, how much does this cost in total?

    • Tammyonthemove on January 15, 2017 at 6:49 pm said:

      The tour was around US$100 and included breakfast and lunch, and of course a driver who picked us up from our apartment. Well worth the money.

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