Bogota to the Tatacoa Desert Full-Day Tour with Private Guide

Kid Friendly in Villavieja

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Discover the unique wildlife and scenery of Colombia’s Tatacoa Desert, the country’s second largest arid zone, during this private two-days trip from Bogotá. Observe the area’s birds, snakes, spiders and ocelots, visit a paleontology museum,get the chance to swim in a natural swimming pool in the middle of the desert and discover the starlit sky during the vist of the astronomical observatory.
Start your trip at 6am with a pickup from your accommodation. Leave Bogota traveling in the direction of Neiva and the Tatacoa Desert on a drive of approximately 5 hours. On the way you’ll pass through the department of Tolima and its scenic paddy fields. You’ll also get to try some suckling pig or local Tolimese "Tamales.” Then continue to Villavieja, where you'll visit the city's paleontology museum before spending time exploring the Tatacoa desert with a guide. This dry region is the second largest arid zone of Colombia after the Guajira peninsula, and is characterized by two type of rocks with distinct colors: red rocks in the sector near Cuzco, and grey in the area near "Los Hoyos." While discovering the desert, take a look for local wildlife including birds, snakes, spiders and ocelots. Even if you don’t spot any creatures, you’re sure to enjoy the spectacular landscape of the desert. Finish the trip with a unique chance to swim in a natural swimming pool in the middle of the desert. Visit of the astronomical observatory and discover the beautiful starry sky far away from any light pollution. Pass a night in Villavieja before going back to Bogotá the next day.

What’s included

  • Professional guide in the desert
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private, air-conditioned vehicle

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Overnight accommodation


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience