Cañón del Chicamocha

5 Nov

Cañón del Chicamocha

The Chicamocha canyon is a geographical accident in Colombia located on the brook of the Chicamocha river, during his tour of the departments of Boyacá and mainly of Santander, where reaches its maximum depth in the vicinity of Bucaramanga city, between the municipalities of Aratoca, Cepitá, Santos and Jordan.

The canyon of the Chicamocha, is the result of the erosion on the river bed, with the formation of large gorges on both banks. The canyon starts in the vicinity of the village of Soatá in Boyaca department and meets most of its course in the department of Santander ending close to the municipality of Lebrija. These mountainous plates are the result of the tectonic movements of the earth, where they move and stem geological faults that comprise the territory of the Chicamocha river, to regions such as the Mesa de los Santos and the same city of Bucaramanga but in their great majority extends over the municipality of Aratoca. With over 108,000 hectares, the Chicamocha river is one of the largest in the world, and was formed 46 million years ago in a place that before was an immense lake that allowed the formation of caverns and hosted marine animals that still remains.

In one of its hillsides of the cannon, in the route from San Gil to Bucaramanga, the National park of the Chicamocha works from December, 2006.

On July 07, 2009 the Seven Natural Wonders Foundation presorted it like one of the candidates to show the title of “the new 7 natural Wonders”; the final selection for voting it will be realized by experts of the Foundation and the UNESCO and from July 21, 2009 there will be opened the voting that will go until 2011 so that the cybernauts choose 7 New Natural Wonders of the planet. The Cannon of the Chicamocha, finally remained located in the Top 77 of the Natural Wonders of the World.

It offers diverse alternatives for the practice of adventure sports like rafting, paragliding and eco-turism hikings. Also it hosts the Park and Acuaparque Nacional of the Chicamocha, a complex of attractions for national and international tourists.

Place: Route Bucaramanga – San Gil.