Munchique National Natural Park

Parque Nacional Natural Munchique
Munchique National Natural Park
IUCN category II ( national park)
Map showing the location of Parque Nacional Natural Munchique
Map showing the location of Parque Nacional Natural Munchique
Nearest city El Tambo, Cauca, Colombia
Coordinates 2°42′N 77°5′W / 2°42′N 77°5′W / 2.700; -77.083
Area 440 km2 (170 sq mi)
Established May 1977 [1]
Governing body SINAP

The Munchique National Natural Park ( Spanish: Parque Nacional Natural Munchique) is a national park located in the Cauca Department in the Cordillera Occidental range in the Andean Region of Colombia. There are 30 streams and rivers, and 40 waterfalls in the area. The diversity of thermal levels makes the park a paradise for birds, especially hummingbirds. [2]


It is located in El Tambo, on the western slopes of the Cordillera Occidental, 61 km from the city of Popayán. It shares borders with the municipalities of Lopez, and Morales Cajibio.

It was declared a national park in May 1977 and covers and area of 440 km2 (170 sq mi). The park takes its name from the Munchique Mountain, located in the southeast part of the area. [3] [4] Many of the rivers in the area are tributaries to the San Juan de Micay River, one of the largest rivers in the Colombian Pacific Basin, that eventually reaches the Pacific Ocean. [4] It is currently in danger due to illegal crops and other ecological threats. [4]