The myths of the Iguaque lagoon and the goddess Bachué

Today we travel to one of the most mystical destinations in our world. It is perhaps not 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 Iguaque Lagoon, Colombia

Iguaque Lagoon - Luis Alejandro Bernal Romero /

The Iguaque lagoon is located in one of the most remote places on our planet. Lost among the mountains of the Andes, The lagoon is located in Colombia, at 3800 meters above sea level.

It is part of the Iguaque Fauna and Flora Sanctuary, one of the 56 national parks that the country struggles to protect from human activity. This entire park has an amplitude 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 its 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

Iguaque Lagoon - Petruss / Wikimedia Commons

Indeed! The lagoon of Iguaque is a place of legend. We have to take a few steps back in history and go back long before the arrival of the Spaniards in America. During years, the indigenous people of the Muiscas inhabited the lagoon region and considered its waters as a sacred place.

They thought that the waters of the lagoon of Iguaque was the place where humanity had originated, since the goddess Bachué, the firstborn of the Muiscas, had sprouted from her waters with a child in her arms.

Since Bachué emerged from the waters, she was considered the mother of nature and life and therefore 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 of pilgrimage. Many people travel to it in order to purify their soul and his spirit thanks to the waters of the lagoon.

When to travel to Iguaque?

Iguaque lagoon environment - David Alejandro Cabrera Ortiz /

If after this story of the goddess Bachué your interest in traveling to Colombia has awakened, let us tell you that you must choose the right time. When located in the Andes, the weather is very changing and you will have cold and rainy months in which it is not highly recommended to go.

By statistic, The best times to travel to the Iguaque lagoon are between January and March and between September and December. They are the driest months, but beware, also the months where temperatures will be colder. To do this, we advise you to bring all the necessary equipment: warm clothes to go covered, hiking boots, socks, etc.

The rainiest months, on the other hand, are between April and May and between October and November. As is the case in Spain, since it is autumn and spring, it is when the rainfall is most likely to increase. Keep this in mind, the rainfall on the mountain does not forgive!

How to get to the park

Iguaque Natural Park - Diego Robayo /

Finally, when you have decided when to start your trip, you have 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 bring you closer to the park.

If on the contrary you have rented a car or you have it, you also have to go to Villa de Leyva and take the 13th race. Through it you will reach the beginning of the Iguaque park. Once there, Admission costs US $ 15 for adults, 3 children and students and 6 for Colombian nationals.

The best way to enjoy the surroundings of the Iguaque lagoon is by walking and hiking throughout its length. Even, you can do night camping there. So you know, fill your backpack with supplies, because this trip is going to be unforgettable!