Parque Ecologico La Periquera

Parque Ecologico La Periquera, Villa de Leyva: Address, Parque Ecologico La Periquera Reviews: 4/5

Parque Ecologico La Periquera

Parque Ecologico La Periquera
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Celeste M
Berkeley, CA29 contributions
Bike ride to Periquera
Oct 2019 • Couples
We had an enjoyable bike ride from Villa de Leyva to La Periquera. It was required to have a guide take us on tour of the falls, but it was enjoyable as this young 16-year-old was very knowledgeable about the surroundings and environment.
Written October 1, 2019
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Timo
3 contributions
Don't go!
May 2019 • Friends
Read the other recommendations, they say everything. Overpriced and unfriendly stuff, although i speak spanish quite well.
Written May 13, 2019
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Catalina D
2 contributions
natural experience
May 2019 • Family
We went as a family and the experience was amazing, the connection with nature worth, and the waterfalls are beautiful
Written May 11, 2019
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tdh42
Redmond, WA262 contributions
Only go if you have absolutely nothing else to do in Villa de Leyva
Jan 2019 • Couples
40 minute bus ride from the bus terminal in Villa de Leyva. About a 10 minute walk from the bus stop to the entrance.

From reading the Trip Advisor reviews I thought we would be able to hike the trail by ourselves. Nope. You must be with a guide. We had a group of around 16 people. We arrived around 2:50. Everyone checked in, wrote down their info, and paid. Then we stood around and stood around. Finally about 3:40 we departed. Various blogs had the fee at COP 3,000 or COP 5,000. Nope, it is 20,000 for adults, which was overpriced for a 1 1/2 hour hike.

The guides only speak Spanish. I tried to listen but he was speaking very fast, and I am just learning, so only got about 10%. My husband, who speaks Spanish, filled me in on some of the key points.

Our group was mostly 20 somethings. And even though there are signs everywhere that read Silencio Por Favor - they were young and loud. On the way back this group took a route that had a steeper path, and I was happy to see them go, because when it was quiet you could hear the calls of the birds, and listen to nature.

There are three waterfalls, but you can only see #1 and #3. You hike down to the waterfalls and for the most part there are steps cut into the Earth and handrails. But it can be steep and slippery. Not a lot of water going over when we visited, so not super impressive water falls.

There is a bus back to Villa de Leyva at 4 pm or 6 pm. Fortunately the large group had ordered a truck taxi, because there were only 6 seats on the bus.

Overall, disappointed that we couldn't just go at our own pace. Overpriced. I certainly would not describe this as a must do.
Written January 25, 2019
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Gábor O
4 contributions
Absolutely inexperienced in tourism
Oct 2018 • Couples
I have avoided to call it a ripoff but I could have. You need to take a bus or a taxi to the park entrance (bus took about half an hour and costs 4000 cop per person) on a very bumpy road. When we arrived to where the trail starts, there were no clean signs and no people. Finally we got 'invited' into a house where we needed to register and pay 20.000 cop (!) per person for a very short hike! They wanted to guide us on the tour which we refused but they still claimed it is the same price. While we were at the second waterfall (there are three) we encountered a Colombian group accompanied by a guide and the guide said it is not correct that we do not have an armband and where did we enter. We tried to explain him that we are registered already and paid a lot so it would be a good idea to at least leave us alone. He eventually did after warning us how dangerous it is alone (it absolutely isn't..) The waterfalls were nice and overall it is a spectacular little walk, but staff ruins it all. I don't know if they want to develop in the future or ask for a little bit less for an unguided little walk, but if not, I do not recommend the trip there. There are other nice things to do in the area.
Written October 10, 2018
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Sara D
Hertfordshire, UK60 contributions
Don't go! Complete rip off!
Oct 2018 • Couples
When we arrived it was badly signposted and we didn't know where to start the walk, so we asked and were then asked to sign into the guest book. We said we didn't want a guide, having read that they were not good and expensive, but we were charged the same, expensive rate to not have a guide. It was 20000 pesos, about £6 for a short walk to two pretty waterfalls. We had a three course lunch afterwards for half the price to give an example of how over priced this was. I knew we were being ripped off with the price but didn't have good enough Spanish to argue. This was bad enough, but to make things worse, whilst on the walk we got questioned by a guide guiding another group, and he demanded to know why we hadn't got a guide and said it was very dangerous not to! It was the most basic short, well signposted, footpathed non dangerous walk ever. He also said we should have been given an armband to show we had paid, which we weren't. So, my recommendation is...DONT BOTHER. There are plenty of nice waterfalls in Colombia that don't charge or charge much less and you won't get verbally attacked on the way...
Written October 10, 2018
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muertesss
Bogota, Colombia217 contributions
Terrible experience be aware of extra charges
Jun 2018 • Friends
It is a place located in Guavita rural area but is a recomended place if you visit Villa de Leyva. nevertheless to arrive you need to drive near to 40 min on an unpaved road.
The entrance to the “exologic park” is about 5 minutes from the main road. If you go by public transport keep in mind of an extra 15-20
min walk from the main road.
once in the place there is a charge to use the land as a parking to use their land to walk to the cascades. COP$ 5000 per car or motorbike. if you use the toillet is $500 and to enter to the land is COP$20000 PER PERSON. they advise is a safe guided tour with explanations on an ecological path.
you can think maybe worth it. what a surprise when i asked for my insurance receip. no answer.. i ask for an entrance ticket, with big eyes the girl said is just a log book.
You MUST wait for about 30-40 min more until they collect around 20 person in the same group.
Once you start, you walk five min and the guy give the only explanation of the entired walk. from there our guide started to run to arrive to the 2 waterfalls (the first one from 2 differnt places) is so fast the walk that you are not able to stop and enjoy the trees or to see any bird or to undestand why there are not “pericos” any more; and if you ask any question to the guide he dos not know anything. Once we reach the third waterfall i refused to go back inmediatelly so the guide went back with the people and he waited me at the top of the hill (the last one to arrive) and got the face to ask for tips.
Very bad experience. It is a private land used to cross to admire the waterfalls. In Colombia rivers are not private and you can use it on your own if you want.
there are other options in the same place or nearby to do ecological trips or hicking
Do not waste time , Do not waste Money.
Written June 17, 2018
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Felipe A
Rionegro, Colombia4 contributions
Not ready for tourism yet
Dec 2017 • Friends
We were promised a tour of the 3 waterfalls with explanations about the surrounding area... We got a tour of the first one, a 20 minute swim and then the tour took us back... All the time talking with the other coworkers and ignoring us almost completely. Beautiful place, very bad service, I won't be coming back.
Written December 20, 2017
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happyjaveller
Cartagena, Colombia917 contributions
Nice hike
Jul 2016 • Family
We got to the place using our car, even though it is a short distance from town, it took some 40 minutes to get there since the unpaved road is in very bad condition, there are some signs along the road that will guide you, but you can also count on the villagers help, just say "la perikera" and they will point on the right direction, while they provide detailed instructions in Spanish. Once in the place we paid less than us$3 per person to go in the park. There are very nice paths to hike, a member of our group was afraid of heights so was had to go back to the facilities were the parking and the small restaurant is and waited there for the rest of the group. The hiking was very nice, great views from the top, nice forest and beautiful cascades once you get down. The walk was about an hour but we spent more time since we were so happy enjoying the place. They also offer some extreme activities.
Written June 21, 2017
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jberm_21
Bogota, Colombia5 contributions
La periqueta waterfalls
Feb 2017 • Solo
It's a short travel along the river till the waterfalls, a beatiful place to relaxing and take a pictures. There's some extreme sports to do in this place. I recommend go there in bike, its a good challenge
Written March 13, 2017
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