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Dec
21
2011

Why remote beauty is worth the effort it takes to get there

Laguna de la Plaza, Sierra Nevada del Cocuy, Colombia

Laguna de la Plaza, Sierra Nevada del Cocuy, Colombia

I’ve just come back from a trekking trip to the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy in Colombia, where the scenery was stunning, but the weather far from it. Me and a couple of guys I met out there spent day after day hiking through thick cloud that hardly broke from the moment we packed up our tents each morning until we climbed back into them that night.

It was beginning to get demoralising and we started to question why we were going to effort of climbing over 4,500m passes with 20kg packs just to spend all day shrouded in mist.

But then we came across Laguna de la Plaza and, for just long enough to witness its majesty, the fog lifted. I’ve often wondered whether a single view or lookout is worth the days of effort it takes to get there and this gave me the most conclusive answer yet:  undoubtedly yes. What a truly beautiful, worthwhile place.

 

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