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El Cocuy National Park

Listed under in Andean, Colombia.

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This park’s granite peaks get lost in the sky they’re that high, or else the clouds over this part of Colombia are that low. There are more than 20 peaks that get lost in these clouds, including the needle spikes of Negro Norte and Ritacuba Blanca, which are South America’s largest glaciers, all strung along 30 kms of mountain range. At the bottom of the park, about 4.5 kms below the tallest peak, are the lowland forests and between those two extremes are the tropical forests, the cloud forests, grasslands, the montane forests, the glaciers and acres of scree and snow.

The animal names will be enough to whet some appetites, cock-of-the-rock, bespectacled bears, torrent ducks, condors and at the other end of the scale hummingbirds, are among the resident list, but it’s the cold weather pineapples, the puyas, which grow out of tiny crevices between rocks that are most exotic.

At the northeast of the park live an indigenous population whose culture and natural habitat is just as protected by the boundaries of the park as the peaks and hummingbirds.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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