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Betty Blue 9 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
CAEC 3 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
El Riel 5 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
El poder del silencio 6 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Klettergarden 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
LP 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
La Abeja 7 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Mañana Gris 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Prisionero Sangriento 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Travesuras de Daniel 3 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Zona De Clavicula 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Zona De Suerte 9 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Zona De Virgen 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 7
Zona Del Acróbata 4 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Zona Del Euqas Oluc 6 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Zona Del Gran Diedro 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Zona de Alcatraz 7 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Zona de El Vivac 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Zona de La Diagonal 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Zona de La Nariz 5 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Zona de Mandahuevix 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Zona de la Rosa Espinosa 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
la gran placa 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
sueños de un seductor 3 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
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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).

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
Josh Kornish
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!… 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
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.…

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
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, 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, ,

(+57) 3118649239 Jan 3, 2017
Ninoska Gutierrez   Suesca
We have a Spanish school in the entrance of the Rocks. Intensive courses in the morning from Monday to Friday, so people can study Spanish in the morning and climb in the afternoon and weekends,we offer full immersion with the school and our guest house, check our website and don't hesitate to ask any question you have about Suesca, the rocks, guides, or lodging in the guest house.

Feb 17, 2017
Sebastian mejia   Suesca
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
Apr 21, 2017
Sebastian mejia   Suesca
this is an article in Climbing magazine about Suesca.… 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
Erin Storck
Salt Lake City, UT
Erin Storck   Salt Lake City, UT
Hey guys! Suesca is sick easy access rock climbing area just north of Bogota. If you need a guide or just some advice in the area I would recommend Sebastian Mejia. He is super knowledgeable about rock climbing and passionate about the sport, even having his own rock climbing library. Feel free to whatsapp +57 310 7863024 Oct 12, 2017
Hello strangers of the world! I am visiting Bogota from Colorado between Tuesday 4/24/2018 and Friday 4/27/2018. Looking for a partner and someone to adventure with, even just for one day. Please let me know if you are interested! Feb 14, 2018
Charlie B
Brooklyn, NY
Charlie B   Brooklyn, NY
Hello, I am looking for a climbing guide (that speaks english and has equipment) for March 5th and possible for March 6th in Suesca. I am a fairly experienced climber can both lead and follow, looking for some relaxing days of climbing. Can anyone recommend one to me. Thank you. Feb 19, 2018
Just finished a few days of climbing in Suesca. My first day I realized route finding is quite difficult, so I decided to link up with Sebastian Mejia. He is an incredible climber who speaks perfect English and can lead you to exactly the type of climbs you want. Whether you need a guide or just a climbing partner, Sebastian is the very best in the area. I can't say enough good things about him, he made my trip here amazing and memorable! (Updated 8 March 2018) Feb 27, 2018
Amanda Contrada
Brooklyn, NY
Amanda Contrada   Brooklyn, NY
Sebastian was a great guide. Went with a friend who climbs at a very different level than me and Sebastian helped us find routes that challenged both of us. Jun 10, 2018
David Baltz
Albuquerque, New Mexico
David Baltz   Albuquerque, New Mexico
My family group was in Colombia for a wedding and we decided to spend a few days in Suesca. What an excellent area, with a broad range of ratings for all skill levels! Bullet-hard sandstone--some very slick--and some impressively hard-looking long routes up to 5 pitches! I took my wife up the 5-pitch L.P. (5.9) and it lived up to its reputation of quality and exposure. The ratings on the crack climbs are a bit stiff in some cases and comparisons to Eldo climbing are not exaggerated.

Not knowing the area and having several in our group that did not lead, I saw Sebastian Mejia's name on the forum here and shot him an email. I can highly recommend him--experienced, safe, funny, and speaks excellent English. My family loved him. His contact info is in comments above but it would be best to text him on WhatsApp at +57 3107863024. Jun 10, 2018
Rick N  
I spent the last couple of days climbing in Suesca, and on recommendations from here got in touch with Sebastian (+57 3107863024). I haven't had much outdoor experience, but felt completely with Sebastian guiding. He knew the area incredibly well, and I learnt a lot about climbing and setting up routes safely. If I had more time I would have love to have stayed. The area is definitely worth a trip, it has been a highlight Jun 30, 2018
Luke Vidal
Paris, FR
Luke Vidal   Paris, FR
I spent one day in Suesca, while staying in Bogota, and highly recommend any climber to discover this place. The cliffs are marvelous with types of levels, routes, etc.
Not having planned anything and having read the comments here, I got in touch with Sebastian Mejia and I totally agree with everything that have been said here ! He is passionate rock-climber, very experienced, who was exactly the guide I needed to discover Suesca. He helped me a lot to improve my rock climbing skills. Aug 19, 2018

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