Ecotourism Activities

Known as the “cradle of water”, the park has the following ecotourism activities:


It has several trails such as: Puracé Volcano Trail (7 km, high difficulty); Orquídeas Trail (800 meters, very low difficulty); Cadena Volcánica Trail (6.5 km, high difficulty); Cascada de San Nicolás Trail (2 km, medium difficulty).

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Cultural Heritage Observation

The Park overlaps the indigenous reserves of Puracé and Paletará, and it has the neighboring indigenous reserves of Coconuco, Guachicono, Poblazón, Quintana, Totoró, Polindara, Guambiano and Yanacona, which is why the area has the rich cultural traditions of indigenous populations.

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Photography and Video

The scenic beauty of the Park make it an ideal place for this activity, although, if the photos or video are intended for commercial use or publication, a permit must be obtained from Parques Nacionales Naturales.

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Research and Environmental Education

The exuberant nature of the protected area and its state of conservation make it an ideal place for scientific research. Additionally, as in all the parks with ecotourism, education institutions carry out environmental education activities in the park, as do the park rangers who speak to the visitors about the Park, its conservation objectives and ecotourism services and activities.

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Fauna and Flora Observation

It is the perfect place to observe fauna and flora. It has mammals such as the Andean bear, otter, northern pudú, cougar and mountain tapir. It also has more than 200 species of orchids, which is probably one of the most prominent characteristics of the Andean forest within the Park.

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