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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
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.
2. Los Hoyos - The Grey Desert
3. Valle de los Xilopalos
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.
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.
From Neiva to the Tatacoa Desert
From Bogota to the Tatacoa Desert
From Cali to the Tatacoa Desert
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.