The Pacande hill is considered a touristic site very visited at certain times of the year. It is located on the road to Velu in the municipality of Natagaima-Tolima. On holiday in April, I usually climb this hill with a group of friends. We got up at 5:00 am and we meet at 5:30 am in the central park to take transportation and going to the place scheduled. This tour last just twenty minutes. Then you need to take a path through the vegetation that leads straight to the top of the hill; however, there is a detour that leads to a small hamlet inhabited by a religious community known as” Los Encostalados”. They kindly show to tourists their customs, as how their homes are built and sometimes they give them food. This visit can last for a period of 30 minutes, and from this point to the top of the hill there are about another 30 minutes.
When you arrive to the top of the hill, you can enjoy a beautiful landscape where the Magdalena River and a lush vegetation converge. My friends and I took the opportunity to take many pictures, relaxing, eating and drinking water. Finally we started the descent, that must be taken carefully because of its geography.
by Danna Rodriguez Manjarrez