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Centro Experimental Amaz贸nico (cea) - Other Activity Mocoa - Colombia

Centro Experimental Amaz贸nico (CEA) is a research station with horticulture, fish, animal rescue and other projects. While visiting CEA, be sure to check out the tanks of piraruc煤, the Amazon's largest fish. The three trails weave through the jungle. To the left of the main pond are Senderos El Yag茅 and El Trueno, the two main trails that twist together through a dense green forest that is punctuated with flashes of brilliantly colored calling birds. These paths lead to the botanical garden and a meeting house that is built on an island in a lagoon. Another path, along the right side of the main pond, climbs high up the hill to a lookout post and back down, once again uniting it with the other trails (4 km / 2.4 mi, medium-difficult).


Km 8, V铆a Mocoa-Villagarz贸n

Vereda San Carlos

Mocoa, Colombia

Other Activity Types:
Wildlife refuge, Natural park

Getting There

From Calle 9 and Carrera 6, catch a Villagarz贸n-bound pickup ($1.20) and get off at the large CEA sign. A taxi costs about $5.50. To walk there takes about 1.25 hours.

Travel Tips:

Stone and boardwalks can be slick. All trails are well blazed although they lack signs. Trees are identified by their common and scientific names only along the unnamed paths. Allow 3-4 hours to hike all three paths. Several local tour operators hire guides to hike through CEA. Sometimes CEA takes volunteers.

Price Description:


Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Daily 9 a.m.

Open Hours to:Daily 3 p.m.

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

Bring along water and snacks. Sun block, rain gear and insect spray are also recommended.

Hike to the numerous waterfalls decorating Mocoa's jungle and take a plunge into their crystalline pools. Learn about indigenous cultures. Go rafting or rappelling.

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso

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