We were invited almost accidentally to this Mexican Indian ceremony while wondering the streets of Villa de Leyva. It represents thanking mother nature and also teaching us to live more in tune with nature and not use and abuse. The ceremony was performed at the Blue lakes about 3km outside Villa de Leyva, the area is desert micro climate.
The main reason to come to Cocuy is for the trekking and climbing opportunities that this high altitude wilderness offers. Within the climbing community its considered one of the last secret destination of the America’s. We came with intention to complete two days of trekking and if possible scale one of the two 5000m peaks. After obtaining our permit and additional information from the national park office in Cocuy, we decided to tackle the snow draped Pan de Azúcar 5200m it sits at the southern end of the park . This trek would also offer great views of the strange looking El Púlpito del Diablo – The Devils Pulpit sitting to the left of the peak it’s a perfect granite cube of rock. We weren’t sure whether we would be able to scale the last 200m of the peak because ropes and crampons were needed, but we were adamant we could make it to the snow line.