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Just a hop from busy downtown Bogotá there’s Matarredonda. Both natural wonder and sacred ground is what this place is. It is the perfect place to take a break from busy-gray Bogotá and reconnect with nature.
The place gets its name from a singular bush – tuno esmeraldo – that years ago was the landmark of one of the old houses in the mountains. The plant does not remain, but the place kept its name when the land was turned from farmland to natural reservoir.
Matarredonda encompasses part of the local paramo, a landscape of beautiful endemic Andean plants. Unfortunately, the altitude of the park is not conducive to animal life: we will eventually be 12,000 feet above sea level. At the highest point, you’ll have a view of Monserrate and Guadalupe mountains, with Bogotá in the background.
Our hike will eventually lead us to Lake Teusacá, one of the sacred lakes of the Muisca people. Its emerald-green waters are a sight to see.