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TATACOA: DESERT AND STARS BY OUTLANDERS 2 DAYS – 2 NIGHTS

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This area is the second largest arid zone of the country, being technically a Tropical dry forest of more than 330 km2 located in the department of Huila. This place is characterized by orange, grey and ash colours in different parts of the whole area. As it´s far from big cities, there is few light pollution and it is perfect for stargazing, also offering nice hikes and even pools with natural water extracted from the ground.

Price Includes

  • Private ground transportation from & to Bogota.
  • All the meals during the trip.
  • Entrance to the paleontological museum in Villavieja.
  • Hike through "El Cuzco" sector (Red desert).
  • Hike through "Valle de los Xilópalos" trail (Grey desert).
  • 1 night of accomodation depending on the option choosen (Beds or camping).
  • Talk with a professional local astronomer.
  • Right to free entrance to pool at the hotel during the 2 days of the trip.
  • Hike through "Los Hoyos" trail.
  • All the camping elements for people choosing the camping accomodation option.
  • For people choosing the beds option the accomodation is offered in a private of shared rooms in small comfortable cabins depending on the option chosen.
  • Navigation on the Magdalena River.
  • Local guidance during the whole weekend (1 guide every 10 people).
  • Travel assitance card.

Recommendations

  • Tatacoa Desert offers special climatological weather conditions, that require certain preparation, so it is important to take into account:
  • Follow and abide all the instructions of the guides during each one of the trails and tours to be taken.
  • Be prepared for a hot and really dry local weather.
  • We will provide water for refilling, so we ask you to take your own rigid recipient in order to avoid waste generation.
  • For the plane option we ask you to confirm us at least 15 days before the flight.
  • Follow and abide all the instructions of the guides during each one of the trails and tours to be taken

What to take?

  • Cap or hat & sunscreen to protect your head and face from the sun.
  • Repellent and take cautions against mosquitos.
  • Swimming suit. (there will a pool in the acommodation
  • Torch.
  • Clothes for warm weather and preferably long-sleeved clothes to avoid sunburn
  • Take apprpriated footwear for the hikes in the desert (trekking boots are advisable)
  • Take a rigid water bottle (preferably not disposable) for the water.
  • It is advisable to take binoculars to see birds and fauna.
  • For those taking the camping option we ask you to take personal tower.
  • Take personal documents and medical insurance

Not included

  • Snacks & Souvenirs
Extras or optionals for the trip

➡ Option of transportation in flights Bogota-Neiva (1 or both ways) using EasyFly or Avianca airlines. *(For this option we ask to reserve in advance, at least 15 days preferably in order to check flight availability and guarantee reasonable airfares).
➡ Option of private accomodation for couples or families with private toilets and showers for an extra price.
➡ Option to do a horse-back riding in the desert (20.000 COP per hour).

Itinerary

Day 1

(06:00) – DAY 0 (22:45) – Meeting for the departure from Bogota to the desert in private Car/Van/bus.

(05:30) – Arrival & breakfast in the town of Villavieja, after that visit of the paleontological museum, “Totumo” museum & tour in the town; then a ride in the transportation to the desert where we will start doing a Hike through the Cuzco Sector (Red Desert). Once the hike is over we will get to our hotel where we will do the check-in, accomodate depending on the option previosly chosen and will have lunch at noon. After lunch we will have a time to rest & enjoy the pool at the hotel and then prepare to do the hike of “Valle de los Xilópalos” in the late afternoon. At night we will enjoy our dinner and then we will head to the observatory to have the talk & stargazing with an expert astronomer.

Day 2

(07:00) Breakfast and after that departure in our transportation to get to and spot called “Los Hoyos”, once there we will start the last hike on the grey part of the desert, once it is over we will head back to the hotel where we will have the chance to have an spare time in the pool or take a horse-back riding (optional for an extra cost) till 1 pm, where we will take our transportation to Villavieja town and will have lunch there. After lunch we will cross the Magdalena river by boat and will head to the town of Aipe in a short hike of 2 Kms where our transportation will pick us up and will take us to Bogota with an estimated arrival there at 22:00 hrs.

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