Hiking in Ibague, Colombia

Hiking in Ibague, Colombia

I went hiking in Ibague a bit by mistake. My intention was to check out the Botanical Garden, but when I got there I could’t go in. I think the guard said I had to go to the office near the music school first, but it meant I would have to walk half a km there and then walk half a km back. Honestly, I was getting peckish and just couldn’t be bothered going back and forth, so instead I found a little trail next to the Botanical park which followed the river and went for a little explore.

Address: Avenida Guavinal, Ibagué, Tolima, Colombia. jardinbotanicosanjorge.org.

Hiking in Ibague

I decided to walk all the way to the Botanical Garden from town. It’s not too far (under 4km) and it was a good way to check out the outskirts of the city, like this skate park.

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And some of the local street art.

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Once out of the city you get some nice views of the mountains surrounding Ibague.

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Once you get to the music college you can go right to the office or left to the trails. I should have gone to the office first, but instead I just got to this closed gate.

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This trail is just before the Botanical Garden and follows a stream.

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It’s easy to follow for five or ten minutes and you can see some small rapids and there are some small pools which you could swim in if you wanted.

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After a while it gets a bit more rocky and the path disappears.

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I followed it for a bit but then decided to turn back. By looking at the map I think you could follow it a little bit and then leave at Avenida 19 to go back to town. I would have done this if the path was good, but since I was alone and no-one knew where I was I though it wasn’t the best idea to go full bush.

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It was very peaceful out there with butterflies everywhere. Maybe it’s mating season for them. They seemed very active.

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Getting to Jardin Botanical San Jorge

Although I didn’t actually go to the Botanical Garden, the trail was right next to it. As you walk towards the entrance it’s on your left, following the stream.

I walked there from town. I think you could get a bus to go close to it. I noticed one with Las Nieves written on it. Maybe that one will, although it will probably only take you close by the main road. You’ll still have to walk a little. Buses in Ibague cost 1,600COP and most seem to run down either Carrera 4 or 5.

A taxi will no doubt take you all the way to the music college. I’m not sure how much it would cost, but I wouldn’t pay more than 10,000COP (10mil).

Have you been hiking in Ibague before? Share your thoughts in the comments 😀 .

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