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By Jordan Vaughn
From: Colorado Springs
Jun 12, 2015
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.
By Anian Christian
Oct 16, 2016
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
Dec 27, 2016
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!!!