Farallones de Cali – The Cliffs Cali
Los Farallones de Calí are the 2nd highest peaks in Western Andes, reaching 4,050m (13,290 ft) at it’s highest point, Punta Pance. High elevation mixes with rich Pacific Coast air, creating 4 distinct ecosystems and climates, and extremely high biodiversity. The Farallones are home to the largest National Park in the Valle de Cauca, at 580 square miles.
Five different primates are known to live in the park, including Red Howler’s and the unique, all black colored, Colombian Spider Monkey. As well, over 300 species of birds, many endemic to the region, call this park home. The flora and fauna are abundant, and there are many watersheds and waterfalls that can be found in the higher elevations.
The Farallones are the birthplace of numerous rivers, of which 7 pour into the Cauca River, on the east side of the mountains, and many others, including the Dagua and Anchicayá, which pour into the Pacific Ocean, on the west side of the mountains.
Every day is a journey. For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
Hiking and birdwatching are popular activities at the park. From Calí, unique hiking paths can be found 45 minutes north of the city at Quebreda Honda, near Penas Blancas, or 35 minutes to the south, via Pance. Day hikes can be made from either location, but how far you get on the trail will all depend on physical conditioning and the group you are with.
The park is very undeveloped and in the higher elevations there are absolutely no amenities. It’s a rugged park and can take up to 4 days to reach the peak at Punta Pance, depending on experience level. If you’re planning on camping, you need to bring your own food, drinks, clothes and camping equipment. The hike is challenging but can be done without a guide if the hiker is experienced. Less experienced hikers are encouraged to hire a guide for the hike.
A Wikipedia article on Los Farallones can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farallones_de_Cali
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