The páramo is unlike anything we’ve seen before and we can thank Andes Ecotours for leading us to this wild and otherworldly landscape. The mountaintop weather was severe the day that we went, with rain and clouds racing across the high plain, but our knowledgable and sure-footed guides led us steadily through. This is not an interpretive hike with frequent stops for explanations. Instead, we hiked two miles up and across high plains lush with mosses, colorful low flowers, succulents and the inimitable frailejón plants. We stopped to rest occasionally, which was when our guides took the opportunity to explain the surroundings. Returning to the high mountain farm where we started, we were treated to a hot aguapanela tea and offered a place to change our wet and muddy clothes. We definitely suggest that you consider wearing the high rubber boots that the company can arrange with a couple of days’ notice. Despite the high altitude, the terrain is wet and boggy, especially when the clouds roll in. It makes for some slippery sections, but it’s also what makes the landscape so magical. Sumapaz is a protected landscape that is hard to get to, but we were well served by Andes EcoTours on our unforgettable trek.