During my last stay in Bogota, I wanted to get my climbing fix before continuing my journey on to the coast; because I knew this was it for a while! As it happens often in Bogota, rain was pretty much constant and it can sometimes dampen anyone’s will to get out & play; so a visit to the nearby Suesca was out of the question. Fortunately, for those rainy occassions there is always the option of hitting the local climbing gym; after a friend’s recommendation, it was time to pay a visit to Gran Pared in the Chapinero district.
The gym is cammouflaged among brick residential buildings, so it’s not hard to miss the entrance; but once inside it’s a whole different history. The place is quite big, in fact, it’s considered to be one of the biggest in Latin America; so there is no lacking in space or routes. However, I found that the routes were either kinda easy or quite hard; there was not much offering at the intermediate level. Also, there is a bouldering cave in case you don’t have a partner to climb with.
A day pass costs $14000 COP (about 6€); but that doesn’t include any gear. For more info about fees and how to get there make sure to visit their website (in Spanish only).Gran Pared Carrera 7, nº 50-02. Carril sentido Sur-Norte Tel. +(571) 285 0903
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