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Exploring Sumapaz: The Hidden Gem of Bogota, Colombia

When you allow yourself to go with the flow of things, experiences can have a lasting impression on you. A couple of years ago, I had an opportunity to visit Bogota Colombia. I was only there for a few days and close to the end, I wanted to do something that aligned with my love for nature. A quick Google search showed me Sumapaz, the hidden gem of Bogota, Colombia. I booked a touring guide and I was on my way. The journey took me on winding streets and I had an opportunity to soak up the visual landscape.

Road Map to Sumapaz from Bogota

Sumapaz Páramo is situated in the Altiplano Cundiboyacense mountain range of Colombia and is renowned as the largest páramo ecosystem in the world. Páramos are unique high-altitude environments found in South America, distinguished by their cold and humid conditions and their diverse flora and fauna.

The Sumapaz Páramo is home to numerous plant and animal species, many of which are exclusive to the region. Furthermore, the páramo offers vital ecological services, including water regulation and carbon storage. Unfortunately, like many other páramos worldwide, Sumapaz Páramo faces threats from human activities such as mining, agriculture, and urbanization, which can result in soil degradation, water contamination, and biodiversity loss.

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Shame that such a beautiful ecosystem is under threat, nice story to accompany the images and video 🙏

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