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Visit The Tatacoa Desert: A Complete Guide (2023)

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Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: The Red Desert
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Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: The Grey Desert
Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: The Grey Desert

The hiking trails in the Tatacoa Desert aren’t very well marked, so in case you are visiting the place without a tour guide, we recommend downloading the Maps.me application and an offline map of the area to avoid getting lost.

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1. El Cuzco - the Red Desert

Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: View over the Red Dessert
Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: Walking through the Red Desert
Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: Inside the Red Desert

If you have not tried Guarapo yet, the Tatacoa Desert might be the place. In both viewpoints there are vendors selling this refreshing cold beverage. Guarapo is a drink made from raw, pressed sugarcane juice mixed with water, ice, and lots of fresh limes. Although it is very sweet, we still like it.

Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: Drinking a refreshing Guarapo at the Red Desert
Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: Guarapo Juice

2. Los Hoyos - The Grey Desert

Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: The Grey Desert
Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: The Grey Desert
Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: The Grey Desert

3. Valle de los Xilopalos

Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: View over the Grey Desert in Tatacoa

4. Stargazing

You can and should negotiate the tuk-tuk price when heading to the observatory near Villavieja. The ride is only 7 minutes, but they often quote a higher price, stating that the driver will wait throughout your tour. However, in reality, they don’t remain there for the entire duration but return to Villavieja until your tour concludes.

Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: Stargazing at Tatacoa Desert, Colombia
Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: Stargazing at Tatacoa Desert, Colombia (Saturn)

From Salento to the Tatacoa Desert

While the journey to the Tatacoa Desert can be quite an adventure, it’s really worth it. We managed to get from Salento to the Tatacoa Desert within one day without problems. We decided to take the easier route to Neiva, which added up a little time. We also talked to another traveler taking the river-crossing at Aipe and can confirm that both options work well.

Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: How to get to Tatacoa

From Neiva to the Tatacoa Desert

From Bogota to the Tatacoa Desert

Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: How to get to Tatacoa (Villavieja)

From Cali to the Tatacoa Desert

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Consider trying a refreshing michelada, a drink made by mixing beer with lime juice. It’s a great choice after a hot day, as it contains valuable minerals. It tastes a bit like Corona beer.

Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: What to eat in Tatacoa, Colombia
Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: What to eat in Tatacoa, Colombia

Take a Tuk-Tuk

Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: Get Around With A TukTuk
Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: Get Around With A TukTuk

Take a Guided Tour

Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: A Guided Tour
Visit the Tatacoa Desert - A Complete Guide: A Guided Tour
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