Region: Huila, Tatacoa Desert
Activity: hike, horse riding, bike
Duration: 1 to 3 days
Cost: free for non guided hikes
During our trip to Colombia we have chosen to explore the desert of Tatacoa, the second most arid region of the country with spectacular rock formations.
Better opt for the plane from Bogota. It won’t cost you much more and that will be quick and pleasant. There is also the option of the bus starting from Bogota (count 5 hours) but we do not know if the bus is more comfortable.
Once in Neiva you can take one of the shuttles that leave from Neiva bus terminal and take you directly to your accommodation in the desert. The price of the shuttle in 2016 was 15,000 pessos per person. Usually they wait until the last bus and flights.
This fossil-rich region dating back several million years is popular with geologists and palaeontologists but also with tourists especially between November and March. But if you choose wisely you won’t come across many tourists. Normally a guide is recommended for this second part of the desert but the 1hour circuit can be done independently.
To get there from the observatory you can opt for an one-hour tour with a guide, hitchhiking, rent a bike, take a motorcycle taxi, or, for the Sportrotters what better than a 1h30min hike.
Very nice too, the natural pools throughout the hikes in the desert. Also one can buy water almost everywhere so no need to bring in too much because it heats so quickly that it seems to drink hot tea 🙂
We recommend to start very early (the sun rises around 5.30). We were blessed with clouds during our stay 🙂 so the heat was bearable but without the clouds, it’s very hot in the desert!