Today we travel to one of the most mystical destinations in our world. Perhaps it is not one of the best known, but for those travelers who get carried away by myths and legends, it is ideal. We are going to Colombia to discover the Iguaque lagoon and its relationship with the figure of the goddess Bachué. Are you ready to live an adventure?
The lagoon of Iguaque, Colombia
The Iguaque Lagoon is located in one of the most remote places on our planet. Lost among the Andes mountains, the lagoon is located in Colombia, at 3800 meters above sea level.
It is part of the Fauna and Flora Sanctuary of Iguaque, one of the 56 national parks that the country fights to protect from human activity. This entire park has an area of 67 km² and occupies the entire province of Bocayá.
It is populated by numerous animal and plant species, which make the region an area rich in diversity. Andean forests, wild vegetation and wonderful landscapes are the most distinctive of this natural park where is this lagoon that hides a very special secret. Do you want to know which one?
The legend of the goddess Bachué
Indeed! The Iguaque lagoon is a place of legend. We have to take a few steps back in history and go back long before the arrival of the Spanish in America. During years, the indigenous people of the muiscas inhabited the region of the lagoon and they considered its waters as a sacred place.
They thought that the waters of the Iguaque lagoon were the place where humanity had originatedsince the goddess Bachué, the first-born of the Muiscas, had emerged from its waters with a child in her arms.
Since Bachué emerged from the waters, she was considered the mother of nature and life, and for this reason the waters of the lagoon became a sacred place, representing the body of the goddess.
For all these reasons that we tell you, the Iguaque lagoon is considered a sacred place and a place of pilgrimage. Many people travel to her with the aim of purifying their soul. and its spirit thanks to the waters of the lagoon.
When to travel to Iguaque?
If after this story of the goddess Bachué your interest in traveling to Colombia has been awakened, let us tell you that you should choose the right time. Located in the Andes, the weather is very changeable and you will have cold and rainy months in which it is not highly recommended to go.
By statistics, the best times to travel to Laguna de Iguaque are between January and March and between September and December. They are the driest months, but beware, also the months where the temperatures will be colder. To do this, we advise you to bring all the necessary equipment: warm clothing to be covered, hiking boots, socks, etc.
The rainiest months, on the other hand, are between April and May and between October and November. As in Spain, since it is autumn and spring, it is when there is more probability that rainfall will increase. Keep this in mind, rainfall in the mountains is unforgiving!
How to get to the park
Finally, when you have decided when to start your trip, it is time to organize it from scratch. If you travel from abroad and do not have a car, From the capital, Bogotá, you can take a bus that will take you to Villa de Leyva. Once there, there is a second bus that will take you closer to the park.
If, on the other hand, you have rented a car or have one, you also have to go to Villa de Leyva and take Carrera 13. Through it you will reach the beginning of Iguaque Park. Once there, admission is US$15 for adults3 children and students and 6 for Colombian nationals.
The best way to enjoy the surroundings of the Iguaque lagoon is walking and hiking along its entire length. Even, you can do overnight camping there. So now you know, fill your backpack with provisions, because this trip is going to be unforgettable!