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The Sierra Nevada del Cocuy is part of the northern range of the Eastern Cordillera of the Colombian Andes. It ranges from the lower rainforest up to the alpine zone (páramo), from 600 to 5330 meters above sea level.

The Sierra Nevada del Cocuy has the largest extension of glaciers of Colombia and is the source of important rivers flowing into the Orinoco Basin and the Caribbean Sea. Its exceptional altitudinal contrasts, with vast continuous rain forests and páramos extending from the Orinoco lowlands up to the glaciers, makes it an important corridor for ongoing species migration under climate change.

Because of its high biodiversity and endemism a great part of the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy is now protected as a National Park: El Cocuy National Park. A good example is the Páramo del Cocuy -Pisba massif, which contains the highest number of stem-rosette species (frailejones) of equatorial South America.

Culturally, the eastern flanks are the homeland of the U’wa ethnic group, and the western flanks are inhabited by settlers ("campesinos”).

Due to the unique scenery and sheer beauty of this landscape, thousands of tourists visit the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy every year.  

This website describes the landscape, flora, fauna and cultural heritage of the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy, including the history of its exploration. It is our aim to present to the world the great value of this unique site and it is our hope it will soon become a UNESCO World Heritage Site (see Conservation)