Welcome to Desierto de la Tatacoa


Tatacoa isn't really a desert, although the thermometer says otherwise – it sometimes hits 50°C (122°F). It's technically semi-arid dry tropical forest, averaging 1070mm of rain annually. Surrounded by mountains, the peaks around Nevado de Huila (5750m) grab most of the incoming precipitation, leaving 330-sq-km Tatacoa arid. The result is an ecosystem unlike anywhere else in Colombia – there are scorpions and weasels, fruit-bearing cacti, and at least 72 bird species.

To get to Tatacoa, you'll have to pass through Neiva, the capital of the Huíla department and a port on the Río Magdalena. From there take a colectivo one hour northwest to Villavieja. You can spend the night in Villavieja or in the desert.

Bring sturdy shoes (there are cactus spines on the ground) and a flashlight (torch).


Top experiences in Desierto de la Tatacoa

Desierto de la Tatacoa activities

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3 Day Desert of the Tatacoa, an unforgettable experience closer to the stars

ItineraryDay 1: Bogotá -Neiva: at the agreed time we will take the ground transportation from your hotel in Bogota, to the city of NeivaStop At: Catedral de Neiva, Neiva, Huila DepartmentCity tour, visiting the most representative places in the cityDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Desierto de la Tatacoa, Villavieja, Huila DepartmentThe Tatacoa desert presents several tourist options, the best known are:The astronomical observatoryThe slabsCuzcoThe CardónThe DocheSt nicolasThe HoyosThe saleDuration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Lunch: typical lunch of the region • Breakfast: American breakfast; eggs to taste, bread, coffee or tea, orange juice, butter and jamAccommodation included: Accommodation in tourist type hotel, double or tripleDay 2: Neiva - Rivera: morning and afternoon free to rest, in the afternoon thermal Rivera Stop At: Playa Juncal, Neiva, Huila Departmentwater park located in the municipality of JuncalDuration: 6 hoursStop At: Las Termales Rivera, Rivera, Huila Departmentpiscina natural de aguas termalesDuration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: American breakfast; eggs to taste, bread, coffee or tea, orange juice, butter and jam • Lunch: typical lunch of the regionAccommodation included: Accommodation in tourist type hotel, double or tripleDay 3: Neiva - Bogotá Free morning to rest, at the indicated time we will take the return transportPass By: Catedral de Neiva, Neiva, Huila DepartmentBreakfast at the hotel, at the indicated time, we will take our transport to the city of Bogotá.Meals included: • Breakfast: American breakfast; eggs to taste, bread, coffee or tea, orange juice, butter and jamNo accommodation included on this day.

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