Description

An hour north of Bogotá is located Suesca, the sandstone cliff where colombia´s rock climbing began in the country approximately 80 years ago.

Today the area boasts more than 500 routes, with difficulties ranging from 5.6 to 5.13c And routes up to 5 pitches long(approximately 150 meters high).

The cliff is a single, long escarpment. Most people approach from the right end, along the railroad tracks, and hence the local guidebook is laid out right to left (both the sector ordering and the route ordering). From left to right, the sectors are:

Zona de LP
Zona de la Placa
Zona de El Vivac
Zona del Gran Diedro
Zona de Betty Blue
Zona del Poder del Silencio
Zona de Alcatraz
Zona del Euqas Oluc
Zona del Acróbata
Zona de Mañana Gris
Zona de la Rosa Espinosa
Zona de La Diagonal
Zona de la Nariz
Zona de Prisionero Sangriento
Zona de Mandahuevix
Zona de Clavicula
Zona de Suerte
Zona de Virgen
Zona de CAEC
Zona de Travesuras de Daniel
Zona Sueños de un Seductor
Zona de la Abeja
Zona del Riel

Getting There

1 hour by car from Bogota, take the north highway and head to Tunja, you have to pay 2 tolls, then you look for the bridge and the singal for Suesca on the right side, take this exit, roundabout on the bridge and in 15 minutes you are in the area, you will find a place called "ricapizza", and then the train tracks that lead to the cliff.

You can also catch a bus from the "Portal del Norte" station on Calle 180. The bus is red and the company is called Alianza, it costs 7,000 pesos ($2.5 USD), and can drop you off at the exact entrance to the crag or at "ricapizza". Busses run from Bogota every 15 minutes.

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Josh Kornish
tufaclimbing.com
Josh Kornish   tufaclimbing.com
If anyone has any questions about Suesca feel free to message me. I've spent about two months here climbing.

Suesca is an incredible area and most definitely worth a visit! Dec 29, 2013
Here is a full information post about the logistics of Suesca. Even a photo of a local rock guide!

moredaysoff.com/2014/06/sue… Jun 27, 2014
Fun place - we stayed several nights at Nomada Hostel (~$10 US/night) and it's a 5 min walk from there. The town is dead during the week. Guides are about $30 US each for a half day if you want to get a feel for the area. The local climbers are also pretty friendly and open to climbing, making it fairly easy to find a climbing partner if you hang around the hostels.

We did about 15 or so routes in the 5.8-5.11- range in multiple areas and the rock/climbing seemed similar to Tensleep - fairly positive pocket holds. A lot of roofs and powerful, bouldery moves off of generally decent hands and thoughtful feet/body positioning. Jan 7, 2016
DrApnea
Wenatchee, WA
DrApnea   Wenatchee, WA
Great climbing in Suesca. Easy access from Bogota via the bus and the climbing is easy to access thanks to the train tracks. Plenty of options for lodging, tent, hostel, or you can even splurge to live like a king if you look on airbnb.

TR listed on our blog.
guyettes.blogspot.com/2016/…

One of the local climbers, Sebas, provided great hospitality and showed us around. I would climb here again. Sebas said he would update this page with some of the routes, so hopefully he is able to because there is so much more climbing here than what it looks like on MP. Jul 4, 2016
Gunkswest   CA
As of 12-2016, the route and area organization here on Mountain Project for Suesca is pretty messed up. As an example, coming down the railroad tracks from town you'll reach:
El Riel
La Abeja
La Virgen
Zona de Alcatraz
LP
Just those sections (and there are lots of others between La Virgen and Zona Alcatraz) are not currently in the correct geographical order here on MP.

Suesca is a fantastic place filled with lots of great traditional (and historic) lines. The Black Book (Libre Negra) was apparently the first rock climb in Colombia, put up by a Swiss guide named Kraus in 1938. LP, at the far end of the cliff, is a Gunks-like line that wanders through intimidating terrain at a moderate grade.

Many of the bolted routes were put up early in the sport climbing game and hence, are at times seemed to us to have been stupidly bolted. It appeared to us that some of the developers were looking for difficulty and decided to ignore big holds and obvious lines, making some of the bolts purposely hard to clip.

As of 12-2016, there were several discussions on MP about Suesca (use the search function to find them).

There are several places to stay right in the heart of things (that is near the climbing shop and Rica Pizza). The climbing shop has a hostal and there's another a bit further down the railroad tracks, roughly across from the Suesca train station (a two-story green structure with "Suesca" on the side; it's only visible while walking the train tracks).

If you're a couple, looking for something other than camping or a dorm room, consider Hostal el Descanso. It's run by a charming older lady and is about 150 feet to the right of the climbing shop. We got a large room with cooking facility and great hot water for less than 50,000COP/night. I'm confident those staying longer than a week could negotiate a cheaper per night price. I've posted the business card for the hostal in the general photos section for Suesca so you can make contact ahead of time if you wish (the owner doesn't speak English).

If you look on Airbnb, Booking.com and other internet sites, you'll find lots of other places to stay. Be aware that some, despite what their pictures may appear to show, are on the opposite side of the river from the cliff (this is a problem). At least one place (where we stayed the first night we arrived in town) is shown on the mapping features of these websites to be in the heart of things (right by the climbing shop), when in fact it was a 20 minute walk away (a bit of bait and switch).

Groceries may be purchased in the little enclave about 300 yards down the road/tracks heading away from the actual town of Suesca. There are three bakeries, a grocery store and a couple small, basic eateries (empanadas, eggs, etc.). The eateries were open until at least 9pm; the grocery store seemed to close at 8pm. If you need an ATM, you'll have to go into downtown Suesca (about a 20 minute walk from the climbing shop).

There are two restaurants right in the heart of things (by the climbing shop) - Rica Pizza and Restaurant Dona Maria. Both serve large portions and compared to the rest of rural Colombia, are overpriced for what you get (20,000+COP/person plus drinks). Weirdly, only one was open on any given night during our visit to Suesca in 12-2016.

The local guides were very friendly and glad to help orientate us to the area.

Getting to Suesca can easily be done by bus. From downtown Bogota, get to Portal Norte (a bus terminal on the north side of the city). Try to avoid Portal Norte during rush hour (the crowding makes the NYC subway seem tame). Grab a bus labeled "Suesca" and in about 1.5 hours, you can be dropped off right in front of the climbing shop (note that several minutes before the climbing shop, you'll see a large Madonna in a cage on the right side of the road - this is your cue that it's about time to get off the bus). On the return to Bogota, stand in front of the climbing shop and take a red bus back to Portal Norte. From Portal Norte, you can catch a series of buses and end up right at El Dorado Airport.

In summary, Suesca is a place we would go back to and stay a month or more. If you have the chance, go. Nov 27, 2016
New to the area need a guide! Here ya go!

I've been traveling through Columbia for the past month with two more to go just to climb. If your looking for the best guide in the area he's the Man. Shouldnt have a hard time finding him tall guy long curly hair an always laughing. Here is his information: Daniel Michaan, michaan78@yahoo.com ,

(+57) 3118649239 Jan 3, 2017
Sebastian mejia   Suesca
you.
yes, you!
Do you need a partner to climb in Suesca?
maybe a guide to show you around?
perhaps an instructor to help learn how to lead multipitch trad climbs like a boss??
or do you just need to get some beta (tricks, weather, food, gear, planning, etc)?

Then please don´t hesitate to call or write, i will be happy to help.
i am a guide and instructor with 17+ years climbing and living here.
Sebastian mejia 3107863024 mandrill24@gmail.com
Apr 21, 2017
Sebastian mejia   Suesca
this is an article in Climbing magazine about Suesca.
climbing.com/news/ghosts-th… Jun 8, 2017
Fanny L  
The routes here are high quality and very fun! Suesca is a small town and the crag is a very short walking distance from the road. We only had one day to climb in Colombia and it was not enough time to explore even a fraction of the area. We were very fortunate to have found Sebastian Meija to show us some easy trad lines and moderate sport routes. He has been climbing for almost 20 years in the area, knows all the lines and has been putting in a lot of time and effort in rebolting and making lines safer. He is very easy going and taught us so much in a short amount of time. Jul 7, 2017
Danny Paradorn
Thailand & SF Bay Area
Danny Paradorn   Thailand & SF Bay Area
SUESCA - In a nutshell, I came because of a great trip report I found by happenstance. I messaged the author to ask more questions as the write up painted Suesca as a must visit place for my climbing fix. Coincidentally, he said he actually was thinking of visiting there again during the time I would be able to check it out. Went intended to stay for 5-7 days to get a few days of climbing in, and i ended up extending for another few days... and another week.. and another two weeks. I could not leave. The environment is amazingly beautiful, think Smith Rocks, in Portland, OR.

It was the following Blog post that got me there. But the people, the amazing landscape, and the nurturing vibe that got me extending every few days, until I spent all of one of my 3 months I afforded to travel in South America this trip. I loved it that much.

thewanderingclimber.com/201…

Scenery: 9/10, it is like Smithrock for majestic landscapes.

Rock quality: Very solid/bomber sandstone. I've sport climbed for 5 years on sandstone, limestone and granite around the world. The rock here is super hard sandstone, it almost feels like you're climbing on limestone. Can be slick in spots on the very popular beginner routes.

Routes: Variety of routes. Over 400, that line a 2km cliffside. From extremely balancy, slab.. to overhanging roofs, and lots of trad lines.The routes I've tried were really good, between 5.9-5.11b. This is origin of Colombian rock climbing so the ratings are relatively stiff, and first bolts are pretty high (average about 15 feet off the deck). Routefinding is also hard so would recommend asking locals or hiring a guide for some orientation. I only tried sport routes, but from what my trad friends were saying, it has stellar classic trad lines as well. Only has a few multipitches which top out at 4 pitches. Can keep someone busy or coming back for months.

Ease of finding a partner: It is not particularly easy to randomly walk into the crag and rope up with someone, as during the week, there are few visiting climbers there and on the weekends, it is local colombians coming from Bogota to climb with their partners just for a day or so. However, there are half a dozen affordable guiding operations that line the road right next to the entrance to the rocks. Some friends that I met in Suesca were happy with the guides from Green Languages Colombia, which also runs a Spanish language school. Luckily, I had befriended two volunteers that helped out at the hostel I was staying, and they took me out with them, and we because really good friends. Though they left around the same time I did.

Spanish level: There are English speaking guides, but the local shop owners don't speak English, but are super friendly. I got by on my very basic spanish (one week of lessons!) If you are looking to learn Spanish, I would highly recommend taking lessons from Green Languages Colombia. Nino the owner is also one of the teachers and is a climber, too. She is super connected to the community and can set you up with one of the guides that partner with the school. The classes are very small, either 1-2 other students, and sometimes you may luck out and get 1:1 classes. The rate is very very affordable, and great because you can learn Spanish during the morning, and then go climb in the afternoon!

Accomodations: I stayed at El Nomada Hostel and would recommend it. They were building a bouldering wall of decent size when I was there, and were halfway finished with it. It also has a great space, vibe, and super friendly staff and adopted dog named Elvis, haha. He's so sweet and will follow you around down the street, and even to the crag sometimes.

Off days: There are great hillside hikes you can go on for 1-3 hours, that overlook the cliffsides, and look down on the river and train tracks that skirt the crag. You can also rent bicycles at the hostels or bike rental shops and ride to the next down, called Santa Rosita, which is a beautiful little puebla with like a thousand residents and hundreds of cows, a few dozen sheep and horses, roaming around the dairy farm areas. There are also guided tours around different areas for activities like paragliding, paintball, rafting, and hot springs.

Suesca really is a beautiful, peaceful area that I would highly recommend you pay a visit to for at least a few days if you're on a short timeframe, or longer you're slow traveling. There were a couple of people I met that stayed about a month, like I did, after only planning to stay a week. It's only 1 hour from Bogota and easily accessible by public bus, for only a few bucks. Accommodation is cheap. Climbing and nature views are plentiful, and the vibe is priceless. Oct 21, 2018
Jim Lawyer    
For parking: Turn at the climbing shop and follow the dirt road over the tracks to a parking area on the left. It cost about $3.00 US, payable when you leave.

A warning: There is some confusion about land ownership and climbing fees. If you climb on the left end of the cliff (past the kiosk), the property owner requires that you to pay a climbing fee, which is supposed to go to trail maintenance, etc. Fair enough. During my visit, however, it was unclear where to pay the climbing fee. The owner lives directly in front of El Gran Diedro and can see you climbing, and may call over to you.

During my visit (Nov 2018), there was no fee to climb on the right side of the cliff, but there was a fee in the past.

In my opinion, the various owners of the cliff and parking should coordinate so it's clear where (and who) to pay, and hopefully only have to pay a single fee.

One more thing: We were told by locals not to leave a pack at the base of the cliff on multi-pitch outings. It seems standard practice to haul your stuff up the cliff and hang it on high bolt.

Bring bug dope! 6 days ago
Suesca it’s an amazing place for rock climbing. It has a lot of sport, trad and even multi pitches routes. Probably one of the best place for trad climbing in whole South America.
If you are looking for a guide go with Suescalada team. They offer a marvelous guiding service and rock climbing courses as well. My guide was Leonardo, a local guide who knows perfectly the place, speak English, keep me safe all time and taught me a lot of things every day. Such a great time in Suesca! I contacted Suescalada by their website suescalada.com/content/42-r… 6 days ago
Matt Shepard
Broomfield, CO
Matt Shepard   Broomfield, CO
A local website I found helpful as a route guide in Suesca

mestefan.wixsite.com/guiade… 5 days ago