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Eating options in the village of El Cocuy are fairly slim. Some of the hotels have or plan to have restaurants. Evenings stands set up around the central park selling cheese arepas and other comidas rápidas. The Mercado is at Carrera 5 and Calle 5. It and the comedor (dining) section are active weekend mornings, with the principal market day being Friday. The village has several almacenes, or general stores where you can purchase canned goods before heading into the national park.


A traditional dish served only at Christmas and New Years is tamales. These are much different than the Tolimense ones served in most of Colombia. Here, cornmeal mush is filled with pork, beef, chicken and pork skin (all marinated in herbs, spices and beer), garbanzos, onion and carrot. The tamale is steamed in a hoja de raĂ­z, also called bijao (Calathea lutea).



The village of El Cocuy has few places for letting off steam and partying down. The only real disco is only open on Fridays, after the weekly market closes. Other places are just places to kick back and have a drink. Save up that energy you would otherwise blow on rumbeando, for the treks and climbing you’ll be doing in PNN El Cocuy.

By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

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Cafetería y Comidas Rápidas Donde Lilia

Cafetería y Comidas Rápidas Donde Lilia

Cafetería y Comidas Rápidas Donde Lilia is the place to go for a late breakfast or a quick mid-morning snack. This small, no-frills snack stand...

Cocuy , Colombia
Asadero Nortibrasas

Asadero Nortibrasas

Asadero Nortibrasas is a good choice for a break from the hotel-restaurant scene and their typical Colombian fare. In the front room, a large...

Cocuy , Colombia
Disco T-K

Disco T-K

Join the locals in closing out a Friday market day at Disck T-K Fogata, the town’s only discoteca. It’s time to celebrate that done deal, to cut...

Cocuy , Colombia
Café-Bar Escocés

Café-Bar Escocés

Café-Bar Escocés is a newly opened intimate meeting place on the corner of the plaza in El Cocuy. Low rainbow lights play across the paintings of...

Cocuy , Colombia

Restaurant Hotel Villa Real

Steam rising from the pots bathes doña Marta’s face as she dishes up another bowl of soup. Her family is out in the five-table dining rooms,...

Cocuy , Colombia
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