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Parque Nacional Natural Nevado del Huila - National Park - Colombia

The Parque Nacional Natural Nevado del Huila attracts thousands of trekkers, hikers and climbers each year. If you are coming here to participate, it is recommended to hire a guide and to bring warm hiking clothes. Birdwatchers might find this park especially interesting, since it is home to birds like the Golden Eagle, Andean Condor, tanagers and hummingbirds. Founded in 1977, this 158,000-hectare park (390,426 ac) is located close to the Magdalena River and is divided between the Colombian departments of Huila, Tolima and Cauca.

The park features indigenous ruins, Laguna Paez, and an area of volcanic wasteland that includes Colombia’s highest and not-so-dormant volcano. The snow-capped Nevado del Huila stands at 5,364 meters (17,602 ft) and is 241 kilometers (150 mi) southwest of Bogotá. Dormant for more than 400 years, the volcano woke up in 2007 and has erupted numerous times since then. According to the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program, the eruptions have caused damaging mudslides and thousands of residents were evacuated from their homes. Check with government agencies and/or the Smithsonian before traveling to this area. Camping is the only sleeping option inside the park. Daily 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Note: The closest hospital to Parque Nacional Natural Nevado del Huila is in Neiva. Therefore, make sure to be bring along your own first aid kit when going hiking, and take necessary precautions against altitude sickness and frostbite.

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