|High above Bogotá.|
The magical thing about Bogotá's hills is that just a few minutes walking or cycling takes you into a different world. Unfortunately, it's not a native world: most of the trees, such as the pines and eucalyptus, are introduced exotics.
|Lingering signs of wildfires.|
We were also treated to spectacular views, which make you appreciate just how immense a city of nine million people is. After several hours of hiking we reached the peak of Aguanoso, at 3555 meters above sea level
From the peak, you can continue walking east for several kilometers to reach a paramo, a high-altitude wetland. We instead walked down behind and around the hills and caught a SITP bus back to central Bogota.
|A view of the Eastern Hills and Cerro Aguanoso, from near Bogotá's Central Cemetery.|
|Passing a frailejon, characteristic of the paramos.|
|Mosses on a water-splattered rock.|
|An abandoned chapel, visible from central Bogotá.|
|A photo op high above Bogotá.|
|A frailejon: a characteristic plant of the paramos.|
|A friendly lizard.|
|The long and winding trail.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours