If you live in Bogota and want to camp without going too far, here will give you some ideas. There are plenty of quiet places surrounded by nature, where you can fish, practice extreme sports, watersports, relax and have a bit of a climate change.
At the Tabacal lagoon and the Chupala Falls, located in the warm climate town of La Vega, you will find camping site where you can spend a weekend full of emotions with family, friends or your significant other, here you can have bond fires, barbecues, listen to music, read a good book or even have a drink. There are adequate bathrooms services, a place for washing clothes if your stay for over a week. The cost per night is about $2.00 USD.
In the towns of Nimaima and Tobia, there is also a warm climate, here you can camp under one rule, protect nature and wild life as they are all around you. Now if you want to camp and don't have a tent, there are companies that will provide you with everything you need except sheets, blankets and food. And why not?you might want to practice one of the extreme sports. In order to protect nature, the companies that provide this service will also give you fire wood for the bond fires. As well as other places, here you can also find bathroom services. The full service tent included is approximately $7.00 USD but if you bring your own tent the cost is only $5.00 USD.
Although you can not setup camp at the Pedro Palo lagoon in the town of Tena, you can camp near by in the adjacent Fincas (farms)by the lagoon, you will have an excellent view of the lagoon and still be in direct contact with the natural environment. It is recommended to bring blankets, gloves, scarves and dress comfortably, to keep warm during the cold night and early morning, remember this part of town is very cold. The cost per night per person its only $4.00 USD.
Now if what you want is a bit of adrenaline, camp and spend a weekend full of adventure, you can do it at Ecocenter Park, located in the town of San Antonio, they offer a complete package that includes extreme sports or If you prefer just camping you can do it as well. The climate is mild and the price per person for one night has a value of only $5.00 USD.
Pionono Park, located in the village of Sopo, Cundinamarca has a temperature of 53° F during the day and it drops to 32° F at night. There is a large forest reserve, an area of subpáramo(sub moor) with waterfalls, trails and paths, it also has a lookout point where you can see the landscape. For those addicted to adrenaline, you can try paragliding into the abyss.
If what you are looking for is a place to reflect on life, read or just find yourself, you can visit the Park Embalse El Hato(dam). From there water is supplied to the nearby towns of Ubaté and the District Irrigation and Drainage for Fúquene-Cucunubá, in Cundinamarca. The temperature approaches 55° F and animals like pigeons, hummingbirds, crested, blackbirds and herons that live on fruit trees, cypress pine and eucalyptus can be seen around here.
Another natural alternative is the Neusa Reservoir, where you can practice different water sports. This reservoir is fed with water from the Cubillos and Neusa rivers, as well as several creeks. In this place you can fish, walk, jog and watch the pine forest. It is also visited by families who barbecue and spend the whole day, the scenery is beautiful and the weather is cold.
At the Sisga Reservoir, the water sports include the arrival of sailboats that fill the lake with amazing colors. From the lookout point you can see the three lakes from the Chingaza park and on a clear day you can admire part of the Bogotá Savannah, as well as the mountain ranges and Los Nevados park.
If you want to camp here you must request permission from the National Parks or find accommodation in the nearby farms.
Directions: To reach the Sisga Reservoir, take the route to Guasca (Cundinamarca) on the corner of 13th 72nd in Bogota, the trip is about an hour long, via La Calera. Once there, you can take a smaller bus all the way to "Pasohondo" and get off at the end of the route.
The climb is a fairly long walk from here. You should walk toward the hills going east for about 10 minutes, until you get to the park sign that reads “El Paramo es presente y Futuro de la Humanidad”(The moor is the present and future of the humanity), then take the road to the left going up and walk for another 70 minutes to find a ranger's cabin. Here you will be given an access pass to continue going up for another 30 minutes until reaching the lagoons.
Finally, you can camp at the National Park Chingaza, a place Muiscas Indians considered sacred because religious ceremonies and offerings were held in this very spot. The lagoon has been the subject to drainage and explorations in search of treasures, but at this time, recovery processes are being performed under the supervision of the Environment Ministry.
The park's climate is very cold, the altitude is 12,136 feet above sea level. Among the attractions are the Siecha chapel, strange geological formations, and lagoons such as Fausto, America and Teusacá. Vehicular access can be taken from La Calera, from the post of Piedras Gordas(fat rocks). The Piedras Gordas area has a trail of 672 yards that run parallel to the creek and across the moor. From this spot, a 2 mile road forks towards the Buitrago lakes.
There is another way through La Arboleda(Grove's Path) located 6 miles from Monte Redondo, this path is about 328 yards and leads from the high Andean forest to the top of the paramo(moor).
To Make a long story short, there are lots and lots of places for camping and taking in some fresh air around the capital.