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Mountain Biking

DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL HOSTAL VILLA SAN JUAN

Our strategic location and the design of our facilities, made thinking on the wellbeing of cyclists, make of our house a unique place to enjoy and challenge yourself to the highest in the mountains of our territory.

Our biggest wish is for you to enjoy this experience, so it is very important to take into account that to ride the mountains of our region, you need some physical condition a bit over that one of a beginner. Ascents accumulating elevations from 500 meters to 2500 meters, crossing rivers, lagoons, páramos, beautiful and unique towns, and incredible scenarios, will allow you to enjoy and discover some inimitable landscapes proper of our east mountain range, in the Andes. Do not worry, remember that every climb you make, is followed by a descent as fun as challenging the climbing was.

We work in association with some tour operators, who will be your guides. Do not worry, you will always be with the right company.

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Medium

Hard

Multiple route

TÓPAGA – COSTÓ – MONGUÍ

VISITING THE VINEYARD

TÓPAGA – LLANOGRANDE – MONGUÍ

TÓPAGA – MONGUA – LLANOGRANDE – MONGUÍ

TÓPAGA – MONGUA – LAGUNA NEGRA

TÓPAGA – MONGUA – GAMEZA – TÓPAGA

MONGUA – VEREDA SASA – GÁMEZA

ALTO DE SAN IGNACIO

MONGUA – CRUZANDO LA CORDILLERA

Routes through Mongui

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La Cascada

La Cascada

Double bedroom
2 persons. 1 double bed.
Private bathroom
Hot water
Wi-Fi
Two places named La Cascada can be reached, both located in the municipality of Monguí. The Cascada de Penagos, located in the Páramo de Ocetá (photo), is part of this beautiful ecosystem, and stands as a monument to the sacred liquid. The second place, is in reference to the Sanctuary of the Sacred Family, place where according to locals, Maria the virgin appeared. This last one waterfall, although not too big, is a pilgrimage center for locals from Tópaga, Mongua and Monguí.

Pictogramas

Pictogramas

Shared bedroom
4 people. 4 single beds.
Private bathroom
Hot water
Wi-Fi
20 minutes from Villa San Juan Hostel, and upon Chisisí ravine, it can be found a series of pictograms made by the indigenous Muiscas in the prehispanic era. Drawn over an amazing rock Cliff. These drawings were used to teach and to communicate concepts concerning to social organization, developing ways and artisan activities. It is feasible to consider this class of hieroglyphics as an autonomous writing creation, under a geometric premise and based on orthogonality.

Laguna Negra

Laguna Negra

Double bedroom
2 persons. 1 double bed.
Private bathroom
Hot water
Wi-Fi
Located on the rural area of the municipality of Mongua, and belonging to the Siscunsí Páramo, it is found the Laguna Negra (Black Lagoon), next to the Morro de Uze, the highest peak around the area. Although its water is cristal clear, the sediments and vegetation at the bottom of the lagoon, makes its water to look black, which at the same time, is the reason to name the lagoon in this way. In the old years, it was thought that walking nearby this lagoon was very dangerous, due to a great risk of being absorbed by its water..

Oceta

Oceta

Deluxe double bed
2 persons. 1 king size double bed.
View to the mountains
Private bathroom
Hot water
Wi-Fi
Considered by many as the world’s most beautiful Páramo. It is located among the towns of Monguí, Tópaga and Mongua and is direct neighbour of the Siscunsí páramo. In this peculiar environment, it is possible to find ecosystems from foggy forest to super páramo, and unique species of fauna and flora, among which stands out the white tail gray deer, the many varieties of frailejones (silver, yellow, white…), purple lupines, and some others. It can be defined as a natural monument to the precious liquid which give us life. .

Siscunsi

Siscunsi

Deluxe double bed
2 persons. 1 double bed
Working table for 2 people
View to the mountains
Private bathroom
Hot water
Wi-Fi
The siscunsí páramo, located among the municipalities of Mongua, Monguí and Sogamoso, is  neighbour and continuation of the Ocetá Páramo. In the picture, it can be observed the Siscunsí Lagoon, surrounded by some peaks with soft hillsides. This ecosystem has a great variety of fauna and flora, proper of regions located at high altitude in tropical latitudes. The Siscunsí páramo is home of the majestic Condor of the Andes, since it was chosen as repopulation place of this bird, beginning with the introduction of 10 condors raised in captivity.

Topaga

Tópaga

Double bedroom
Private bathroom
2 persons. 1 double bed.
Hot water
Wi-fi
Tópaga is the municipality to which we belong. Its foundation is attributed to the mayor Alvaro Leiva in 1593. It is recognised as a coal mining town, and it is famous for its crafting in this material. The church of La Inmaculada Concepción de Tópaga must be highlighted, it was founded by the Jesuits in 1632 and declared National Patrimony in 1965. Inside the church one can find an arc, in its center the figure of the devil is drawn, with one angel on each side guarding him, with a finger over their lips, preventing the devil to scape or to speak

Viñedo puntalarga

Viñedo Puntalarga

Tourist Apartment
4 persons. 1 double bed. 2 single beds.
Private Kitchen
Private bathroom
TV
Hot water
Wi-Fi
In 1982 in Puntalarga Hill, under the direction of Marco Quijano Rico PhD, it was born the Puntalarga Winegrowing Project, with the objective of demonstrate that it is posible to produce wine of superior international quality in Colombia. Since then, it was born one of the world’s pioneer vineyard and winery in highlands tropical viticulture, cradle of the tropical cold weather viticulture, and the one that names the recognized Marqués de Puntalarga. It is posible to find terroir revealer varieties, such as Pinot Noir, Riesling and Riesling x Silvaner.

SUSTAINABILITY PRINCIPLES

SUSTAINABILITY POLICY​

Located in the heart of a privileged ecosystem, in Villa San Juan we find essential to guarantee the minimum negative impact on our environment and community. On the contrary, we plead for activities and processes that allow us to achieve a sustainable development.

For this purpose, we rely on existing knowledge, generated by well-known institutions with an extended wisdom on corporate sustainability.

In 1983, the World Comission on Environment and Development (WCED) led by Harlem Brundtland, defined Sustainable Development as the one that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. By 2010, Alberta University defined sustainability as the process of living within the limits of available physical, natural and social resources in ways that allow the living systems in which humans are embedded to thrive in perpetuity.

The National Assembly of the United Nations defined in 2005 the three main pillars in which Sustainability is supported. These are environment, economy and society. Environmental Sustainability points out that the ecological integrity and the natural balance of ecosystems must be maintained. It means that natural resources must be consumed by humans at a rate that allow them to recover by themselves

Economical sustainability indicates that human communities around the world maintain their independence, and have access to the required resources to fulfill their own needs. Economical activities must be available for everyone, as a secure source of incomes to keep adequate life conditions

Social Sustainability looks forward to making human rights and basic needs assured to everyone. Also, every person must have access to the sufficient resources to keep their families and communities secure and healthy.  In these communities, leaders assure that human rights are respected as also cultural and labour rights, and protect every person from discrimination.

Achieving a Sustainable Development implies to abide by certain social, environmental and economic principles. Next we show you the sustainability principles to which we commit ourselves to follow.

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