This dam is one of the great wonders of Cundinamarca, a short distance from Bogota and one of the most important natural landscapes in the area.
Besides a tourist attraction, this beautiful place helps to prevent flooding in the Bogota savannah by controlling the water levels in the basin of the Neusa River and by regulating them during the dry season.
The park is located at 3000 meters above sea level and its climate is very cold (10 C) and has two winters during the year, one in April, May, and June and the second in October and November. Its territory has special environments for the habitat of different species of fauna such as the borgo, wild animals, and not to mention the huge trout farms that visitors may fish in.
It started as a great project to generate electricity for the municipalities of Zipaquira, Tocancipa, Gachancipa, Cogua, and Las Salinas of Zipaquira. However, it was also considered for other uses such as water supply, regulation of the Bogota River, and power generation. But many of these usages were discarded. In August 1948, it was designed. Construction started in 1949 and the work was completed in 1952. A US firm called Winston Brothers & Company was responsible for the study and construction. In 1962, the plot was delivered to CAR for management and administration.
This beautiful dam comprises of 3 zones for tourists called: Centro, Laureles, and Chapinero, divided into camping and a cabins area. The downtown area is located on the bridge of the dam and is the park entrance.
The Laureles area, which is dedicated to camping, is divided into 10 parts, each separated by 3 km with spacious and comfortable space to camp, and park cars and motorcycles. Additionally, there are bathrooms and grills for the campers’ convenience and in the fifth part, there is a restaurant that serves from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm daily.
The chalet area is called Chapinero and is divided according to the same capacity, ranging from 4-20 people. All units have kitchens, bathrooms, a fireplace, and parking. At the end of this zone, the park offers accommodations at the Neusa hotel. Chapinero has two restaurants and a picnic area.
The two zones are separated by the dam, but each one offers sport fishing and boat rides.
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