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Colombia : Santander

3.7 km (2.3 miles) N of Santa Ursula (Boyacá), Santander, Colombia
Approx. altitude: 3567 m (11702 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 6°S 107°E

Accuracy: 2 m (6 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the South #3: View to the West #4: View to the North #5: View to the East #6: GPS reading #7: Ground Zero #8: The Confluence Hunter #9: The ridge #10: Landscape during the hike

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  6°N 73°W (visit #2)  

#1: The Confluence from 25 m distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

31-Dec-2016 -- This is the second out of five reports on reaching confluence points during our trip through Colombia. Two of them had not been visited successfully before. The story starts at 5°N 74°W.

This confluence point sits at an altitude of 3611 m on the western side of a mountain ridge with heights between 3800 m and 3900 m. Since the eastern side is easier accessible, the visitor is better off by climbing over the mountain range to reach the confluence point.

Breakfast officially began at 7 AM at the hotel at Lake Sochacota. “Too late”, I said and announced that I won’t be able to have breakfast. But the hotel staff was so nice to provide breakfast at 6 AM especially for me. With a full stomach I departed at 6:15 AM and reached Cerinza at 7 AM. Even though the direct approach from Cerinza is attempting due to its proximity, I opted for another approach: I continued driving further north to Belén and took a little mountain road from there to the top of the ridge. From a straight distance of 5 km I commenced my hike along the ridge at 8 AM. The ridge was not levelled at all, but surely easier than climbing the mountain straight up. On my hike, I came through landscapes full of Espeletia pycnophylla. After a pleasant hike along the ridge for 1.5 hours, I left the ridge and descended to the confluence point.

The confluence point is on a slope of a deep canyon on a meadow with scattered highland trees. Just 5 m from the confluence is a cow fence. Yes, there is a lot of cattle farming at this altitude.

I took a similar route back and reached my rental car at 12 noon. Since it was a holiday, the traffic was not heavy such that I was back to the hotel for a late lunch at 1:30 PM.

More pictures can be found at mautz.net.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to a road: 5 km
  • Distance to a foot path: 400 m
  • Distance of car parking: 5 km
  • Time at the confluence: 9:52 AM
  • Measured height: 3611 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy: 2 m
  • Topography: slope, mountainous
  • Vegetation: grass, moss, various highland trees, nearby Espeletia pycnophylla flowers
  • Weather: cloudy, 5° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Andes Highland Confluence

The story continues at 7°N 73°W.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 25 m distance
#2: View to the South
#3: View to the West
#4: View to the North
#5: View to the East
#6: GPS reading
#7: Ground Zero
#8: The Confluence Hunter
#9: The ridge
#10: Landscape during the hike
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