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Areas in La Mojarra - Cañon del Chicamocha

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Elevation: 1,300 ft
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Shared By: Juan Carlos Poveda Jaramillo on Sep 27, 2009 with updates from Erik Yde
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Description

Located in the Chicamocha Canyon, one of the largest in the world, canyon with 108.000 hectares, formed 46 million years ago and cover 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 sand stone 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 a perfect climbing, in beautiful and aerial scenery. The whole canyon continues with an infinite bolting possibility remaining.
Talking about history the park was discovered 17 years ago by Partners 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 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 50mts from the entrance to the park is Refugio la Roca 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 (The forecast on this website is not right)
refugiolarocacolombia.com

Getting There

From Bucaramanga take bus route to Piedecuesta, at about 15 kms. 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.

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The description for this area is very vague. Firstly the crag is on a plateau called "Mesa de los Santos", it is several hours from San Gil. A great option if you are planning on climbing a few days(it certainly has enough for it), is to stay at the refuge of the rock, a rock climbing hostel located 100 feet from the crag.

If you are attempting to reach the area drive up the mesa and follow the main road past the cable car for the chicamocha park heading towards Los Santos (the town). Before you reach the town by a couple miles you will see on a hill directly off the road on the left, the sign for and the hostel itself (refugio de la roca). You can park here or just past the hostel at the stand on the left. This is where you can access the crag. At the hostel they have a guide book with pictures that they loan out.

If you are not staying at the hostel it is much faster to access the routes from piedecuesta or bucaramanga, as you can avoid the tedious drive through the canyon and the two tolls. Jun 12, 2015
Find add. info on these two reviews. I absolutely recommend La Mojarra. Its one of the best mixture between very good routes, stunning nature, a very cosy hostel and nice people. I (German climber) was there las christmas with my girlfriend.

La Mojarra - review and videos

blog.eddiebauer.com/2015/08… Oct 16, 2016
Gunkswest   CA
As of 12-2016:

We just spent eight days at Refugio la Roca. The owners, Richardo and Alexandra, are wonderful! The amount of thought and work they have put into the refugio and climbing area is just amazing.

We flew to Bucaramanga from Bogota, caught a taxi from the airport to the bus station in Piedecuesta (39,000COP) and then the bus up to Mesa Los Santos (10,000COP each). We were dropped off right at the entrance to the refugio. It's a very simple process.

Leaving, we caught a bus from right in front of the refugio to the Copetran bus station in Bucaramanga (2 hours, 10,000COP/person). We then got right on a Copetran bus that went to Portal Norte bus terminal at the north edge of Bogota (70,000COP/person). We transferred to another bus and were at the Suesca climbing area the same day (the whole trip took about 13 hours). Quite easy, the scenery was great and the bus very comfortable.

The refugio serves breakfast, lunch and dinner (great food) and there's a small shop about 150 yards away (toward Piedecuesta) where you can get food for the crag. A short distance behind the shop (on the dirt road that is just to the left of the shop) is a house where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables (it's the 2nd or 3rd house on the right and has a small sign).

If you need internet or an ATM, you can either take the bus into Los Santos (15 minutes/4,000COP/person) or do the beautiful walk down the old road (the same dirt road that goes by the house with the fruit and vegetables). The walk down the old road to Los Santos is beautiful and takes about an hour. Catch the bus in the main square of Los Santos back up to the refugio (4,000COP/person).

On a rest day, do the 3-4 hour hike down the valley below the cliffs to Los Santos. Start early (like 6-630am) to beat the heat. Generally stay right at each fork you encounter and follow gold colored pieces of tape that mark the way along the trail. It's beautiful and you'll get a glimpse of rural farming as it's been since the 1700s.

Also, make sure you venture far down the cliff and across the via ferreta that Richardo has built. You'll appreciate even more the work he and Alexandra have put into making this a world-class climbing destination!!!

Dec 27, 2016
I've been climbing for a year, but I'm not quite a strong climber yet. I lead 5.8-5.9. Are there enough routes for me there to make the trip worthwhile? Also, will there be climbers looking for belayers? I am traveling alone, and would like a climbing buddy. Jan 23, 2018
I spent a week here in July 2018. Here's what I wish I'd known before I went:

In order to climb they make you do a climbing test, pay a daily entrance fee (10,000 COP, less if you stay at local hostals) and sign legal disclaimers. There's also a complicated ticketing system. Honestly it's a complete hassle.

The crag doesn't "open" until mid morning meaning you can't go for a dawn raid and avoid the heat.

The published grades are not accurate. There are only a handful of beginner/warm up routes. Head to sector 10 for these. A couple of them are highly polished.

All other routes are overhanging. If steep climbing is your thing then this is the crag for you.

Condition of the routes is pretty good. I only found a couple of spinning bolts.

There's a few good trad lines but it didn't seem like anyone bothers climbing them. Bring small cams.

Most routes need less than 10 quickdraws. Bring some extenders for the overhangs.

Hostal Juan Palitos is cheaper and in my opinion much nicer than the refugio. Jul 8, 2018

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