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How to get to Monguí and Páramo de Ocetá

AUTHOR: Travelgrafía

Monguí is located in the department of Boyacá, it is one of those towns that at first sight seems to be like many others, but when you walk around its streets you get dazzled by its architecture and bite to bite you understand why it is one of the most beautiful of Colombia.

Monguí calicanto bridge
Photo: @lizzie_in_south_america

Below you will find how to get there, what to see, what to do and where to stay in Monguí. We will also explain how to get to Páramo de Oceta, the most beautiful in the world and everything you need to consider in your trip.

HOW TO GET TO MONGUÍ?

To get to this Heritage Village of Colombia you must first reach Sogamoso, Boyacá, you can do it by bus from the Salitre Terminal in Bogotá. The price per trip is $ 27,000 COP and the trip can last up to 4 and a half hours.

Ancient facade of Monguí
Photo: @lajimenezl

Getting to Monguí from Sogamoso is very easy, since every 20 minutes buses leave, its cost per trip is $ 4,000 COP and the journey lasts 40 minutes.

WHAT TO DO IN MONGUÍ?

Monguí is the perfect destination for travelers who like to visit unexplored places, their plans are made to revive the history and traditions of an indigenous and colonial past.

Roofs of Monguí houses
Photo: Felipe Rodríguez-Moreno

You can start your tour by seeing the following buildings that date back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and are declared national monuments. The truth is that they preserve their architecture and the cultural essence of Boyacá very well.

1) THE BASILICA MINOR OF NUESTRA SEÑORA DE MONGUÍ

This imposing Basilica stands in the middle of the main square and stands out above all the buildings of colonial style.

Literally it is one of the most precious jewels of Boyacá.

Basílica menor de nuestra señora de Monguí
Photo: @andres.f.navarro
Main Square of Monguí
Photo: @andres.f.navarro

The Basilica is Roman in style, has a museum and is right next to the Convent of the Franciscan monks.

2) CONVENT OF THE FRANCISCANS

This beautiful construction took around 100 years to build and is attached to the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Monguí.

Interior of the convent of the Franciscans of Monguí
Photo: @andres.f.navarro

Inside you can find the Museum of Religious Art and see the image of the Virgin of Monguí, crowned in 1929 as the patron saint of Monguí.

Convent of the Franciscans of Monguí
Photo: @andres.f.navarro

You might want to go in and you can not find anyone to open the door for you, so if that happens, ask at the office on the corner of 5th street. Ask you do not have to lose.

3) COLONIAL BRIDGE OF CALICANTO

The Colonial Bridge of Calicanto was built by the Sanoha tribe and led by Spaniards, it was built under the objective of crossing the stones with which the Basilica of Our Lady of Monguí would be built.

Calicanto bridge Monguí
Photo: @camigutierrez_91
Calicanto bridge
Photo: @andres.f.navarro

The calicanto, is a glue mixed with lime, sand, blood of beef and molasses, it was this that gave name to the famous bridge of Monguí that crosses the river El Morro.

Take this bridge because you can take a nice postcard, it is also super instagrameable.

DO NOT GO WITHOUT KNOWING THE BALL ARTISANS

Monguí is also recognized for its architectural beauty, for the manufacture of its balls, an industry that has more than 80 years of tradition and is the main economic activity of its people.

Artisanal balls store
Photo: @tripshooting

The main work of the families in Monguí is the making of soccer balls. They do it with a manual technique, the vulcanized and the cocido do it by hand and this guarantees the hardness of the ball.

WHERE TO STAY IN MONGUÍ?

There are a variety of hostels and hotels in Mongui, and here we recommend 3 places that are great and can be adjusted to 3 different budgets and expectations.

If you want to be in touch with nature, the mountains and looking for a quiet place, you can stay at Hostal Villa San Juan, have private rooms and shared at a good price and 10 minutes you can do rock climbing and go to Páramo de Ocetá, the most beautiful wasteland in the world.

Campesino de Boyacá
Photo: @valeryalmaph_

If your plan is the adventure, you are short of money or you prefer to spend it on things that give you more value, stay at Hostal Casa del Frailejón, it is close to the main square and you have enough money to rent a bicycle and go to Páramo de Ocetá.

Finally, if you are looking for a place that is very close to the main square, that conserves the aesthetics of the region and is very comfortable, then your place is the Hotel Otti Colonial.

HOW TO GET TO PÁRAMO DE OCETÁ?

You can get to El Páramo de Ocetá walking from the center of Monguí, but the ideal thing is to hire a local guide because the road to the páramo is not delimited and you may miss it.

Páramo de Ocetá
Photo: @lajimenezl

In the main square of Monguí you can easily find some guide that for $ 50,000 COP will take you to discover the best landscapes of the Páramo de Ocetá and obviously will give you tips so that your visit is as respectful as possible with the ecosystem.

Starting the way to Páramo de Ocetá
Photo: AlCortés

WHAT TO BRING TO PÁRAMO DE OCETÁ?

✅ Waterproof jacket, hat and gloves.

✅ Sunscreen cream and walking stick

✅ Shoes with good grip

✅ Ceral and water bars

✅ Camera

The best thing is that you start your adventure to Páramo de Ocetá from early. Your first stop will be La Caja del Rey and as you advance little by little the frailejones will take your way, when you arrive at the Valley of Los Frailejones it is something really incredible./p>

Box of the king in the Páramo de Ocetá
Box of the king. Photo: AlCortés

Continue your way and find other beautiful natural scenarios such as: the Cerro de Ocetá, the Cerro de Las Águilas, the Twin Towers, the Black Lagoon and the Stone City. You see all the places that you can miss if you do not go in the company of a local guide who takes you on the right paths.

El Páramo de Oceta on a starry night
Photo: @gaboeisenband

It is really difficult to find words to explain and describe the beauty of the Páramo de Ocetá, the harmony that is breathed is unique and we definitely understand why it is considered the most beautiful wasteland in the world.

IN SHORT

🚍 Bus from Bogotá to Sogamoso and Sogamoso to Monguí: $ 31,000 COP trip
🛌 Shared room: from $ 35,000 COP per night
⛰ Guide to the Páramo de Ocetá: from $ 50,000 COP per person
🎨 Entrance art museum religoso: free

OTHER PLANS NEAR BOYACÁ

If you love the Boyacá landscapes, you should go to El Cocuy, climb its snow and even encourage yourself to do these other epic walks in Colombia.

You can also go to San Pedro, the largest island of Lake Tota, the Tenza Valley, Villa de Leyva and other beautiful villages. Wherever you go remember to be a responsible traveler, be careful with the garbage you generate and above all be respectful with nature!

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