Huila’s desert trail
It has a colorful landscape of irregular ochres and grays, pillars and dry canyons, which form during the winter months, as well as gullies and caverns of up to 20 meters deep. Given the eroding conditions, high temperatures and low humidity, it is a large plain with little leaf vegetation and fauna where reptiles, birds, rodents and arachnids live. This place has an ideal location (Latitude 3º13′ North and Longitude 75º10’ West) for seeing and photographing stars and celestial bodies. In addition to its special location, it should be noted that in Desierto de la Tatacoa (Tatacoa Desert)there is no noise or light pollution which makes this a perfect place to enjoy silence and tranquility.
Departure from Bogotá around 4:30 am in private transportation. This journey takes about 7 hours (depends on traffic). Arrival to the small town of Villavieja. A short tour of the town visiting the paleontological museum. Transfer to the desert. Visit to the red part of the desert: Labyrinths of Cusco where we will make a short walk. At night we will visit the astronomical observatory (if it is cloudy, we will visit it the next day). Camping in the desert (conditions are very basic, water is scarce, there is no electricity 24 hours). There is a bathroom and shower.
Includes: dinner in the desert
All day different tours of the desert by private car. We will visit the most important sites: The windows, Ghosts Valley, Valley of xylopalos, Los Hoyos, etc. We will have the opportunity to fresh up in a desert pool. Return to the camp.
Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner in the desert
In the morning a short trip through the desert. At about 11 am we will start our return to Bogotá.
Includes: breakfast in the desert
Price per person (depends on the total number of participants registered for the trip) :
Min 4 pax: $ 1.070.000
Min 5 pax: $ 925.000
Min 6 pax: $ 830.000
Min 7 pax: $ 790.000
Min 8 pax: $ 730.000
Min 10 pax: $ 660.000
The amount to make the reservation will be the minimum amount of the tour, if eventually the number of participants is less, the remaining amount should be paid on the day of departure.
If you choose payment in Davivienda or in one of our partner stores, we can give you a discount of 5% of the cost of the trip.
The options to make the payment with discount:
- Bank of Davivienda account Nr. 0051 00074649 on behalf of Carlos Avellaneda.
- Outdoor stores “14 Ochomiles”:
- Mall Andino: Local 340 Bogotá.
- North of Bogotá: Calle 122 Nr.18-56.
- North of Bogotá: Cra 15 Nr.96-67.
- Mall “Gran Estación”: Local 1-49 Bogotá.
- Outdoor store “Gangas Inc”:
- Neighborhood Galerías: Cra 17 Nr 52-85 (Local 203).
Express transportation Bogotá – Neiva – Bogotá and during the tours in the desert
2 nights camping in the desert
Access to the sites of interest mentioned in the program
Specialized tour guide
Meals as indicated in the plan
Meals outside the desert (not indicated in the program)
Hydration other than the one included in the meal
Camping equipment (tent, mat, sleeping bag)*
*each traveller should bring his/her own camping equipment or if you book in advance you can request a bed in a local inn in the desert for extra cost
General Equipment Guide
1. 50 Lt capacity backpack
2. Small backpack for the daily hikes
3. Light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and sweatpants, do not wear jeans, the weahter in Tatacoa is very hot
6. Insect Repellent
7. Raincoat (poncho)
8. Sandals or sneakers with good grip, spare sneakers
9. Small Towel
10. Water bottle
15. Small amounts of personal toiletries
16. Bandages, micropore tape and anti-rash creams
17. Camping equipment (tent, mattress)
18. It is recommended to bring a light sleeping bag, since nights may be cold