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Elevation: 1,300 ft
GPS: 6.78072, -73.08626
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Located in the Chicamocha Canyon, one of the largest in the world, with 108 thousand hectares, formed 46 million years ago and covered in ancient times by a lake that allowed the formation of caves and incredible cliffs. La Mojarra climbing park extends for a kilometer and a half in the hearth of the canyon. The orange compact sandstone has more than 200 routes in rating from 5.7 to 5.14 and some projects.

All routes have been protected with high security criteria. In the morning, sunny conditions are hard, but after 12:00 soft conditions with the rock completely in the shadow and the temperature decreasing gives you the chance to enjoy perfect climbing, in beautiful and aerial scenery. The whole canyon continues with an infinite bolting possibility remaining.

The park was discovered 17 years ago by Juan Carlos Poveda, Juan Carlos Santander, Alejandro Navas, and Fabian Carreño, who began with the protection of the routes in 1999. Ricardo Cancelado, Juan Sebastian Ragua, and some other climbers from Bogota keep with the development of the climbing area this last year. The crag is in the hands of the non-profit Fundación Rocas de la Mojarra: https://www.fundacionrocasdelamojarra.org/

The accessibility of the place is very comfortable, is about 40 miles from the city of Bucaramanga at Mesa de Los Santos, department of Santander. Just 50 meters from the entrance to the park is Refugio la Roca (website) a very nice refugio for climbers, located on the top of the cliff. The owners are a Colombia couple, both of them climbers and the ones bolting most of the routes for the last 4 years. They have a very update guidebook, equipment rental, and a store where you can find basic equipment, resoling service and a very peaceful and quiet environment for climbers.

The weather is good all year and varies very little. The forecast on this website is not right.

The area named "La Mojarra Salvaje" is listed here as zones 19, 20, and 21.

For a full set of topos, go to https://www.fundacionrocasdelamojarra.org/blank-1. Keep in mind they are slightly outdated. Zone 8 was added later and everything was renumbered, so the topo numbering is off by one from 8 onward. For the topo of zone 8, see this image.

For the easiest routes at the crag, go to Zone 10 and look for these two routes: Verticualidad and Aracnoides.

In terms of hazards, look out for wasps and bees. People are removing the hives and nests constantly, but be on the lookout. Inspect the routes from the ground and as you climb; the darker more recessed spots can hide wasp nests especially. The bees are not your standard variety: mostly black body and much smaller, so easily confused with flies. They have ball-shaped hives the size of a tennis ball.

From the trail that starts at the Refugio, you can also access two more areas:

La Mojarra - La Reserva

La Mojarra - El Salto

If you want to branch out a bit, check out the neighboring crags in the canyon:

Macaguato - Cañon del Chicamocha - multipitch routes

El Hoyo de las Pavas

La Peña

Getting There Suggest change

From Bucaramanga, take the bus route to Piedecuesta. It's about 15 km. Being there search bus station Flota Cachira and take the bus route to La Mesa de los Santos and going down in Vereda la Mojarra, which take from 45 to 60 minutes. In the area is possible to do camping or take a bed and food, breakfast, lunch, dinner, in several hostels in the area. The price of bus route is approximately 4 USD dollars.

Alternatively, rent a car at the airport in Bucaramanga (directly with Localiza or through alkilautos.com). Two hours of driving gets you to the crag. The urban areas are rather packed with scooters and motorcycles so it can get relatively hectic, so drive gently and predictably and you should be fine.

Currently, the only direct flights to Bucaramanga from outside Colombia are from Florida and Panama City (check the map at https://www.flightsfrom.com/explorer/BGA). Mainly, it's connected with various cities throughout Colombia with many daily flights provides by multiple airlines.

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Classic Climbing Routes at La Mojarra - Cañon del Chicamocha

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 17
El tío Richy
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 25
Musica para camaleones
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 18
Canillazo cosmico
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 33
Pulse
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 22
Gozo podereso
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 19
Antigravity
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 23
Por amor al arte
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 19
Gullich en órbita
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 24
Portal Rolo
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 13
La Ultima Hora
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 11
Alien el octavo baretero
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 13
La Oculta
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 14
El dientes de oro
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 22
La pepitoria
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 12
Gerber
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
El tío Richy Zona 08
 17
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Musica para camaleones Zona 09
 25
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Canillazo cosmico Zona 04
 18
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Pulse Zona 02
 33
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Gozo podereso Zona 02
 22
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Antigravity Zona 13
 19
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Por amor al arte Zona 07
 23
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Gullich en órbita Zona 05
 19
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Sport
Portal Rolo Zona 10
 24
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
La Ultima Hora Zona 04
 13
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Alien el octavo baretero Zona 02
 11
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
La Oculta Zona 10
 13
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
El dientes de oro Zona 18
 14
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
La pepitoria Zona 15
 22
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Gerber Zona 15
 12
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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