Going around Colombia (Part IV): Tatacoa Desert

I knew there were beautiful places in Colombia I still hadn’t visited but I never imagined that there was a place like this…… There are no  words to describe Tatacoa Desert, -STUNNING could maybe adjusts to such a place.

The Tatacoa desert has an area of 330 square kilometres. It has two zones, the ”Grey desert” and the ”Red desert”; both are absolutely beautiful!

We started our day looking for the ”Red desert” but we ended up in the ”Grey one”. We were staying at a hostel near the Observatorium, it took us about 2 hours to get to the ”Grey desert”.

The first stop was Ventanas (Windows, in English)


Then, we kept on walking and finally we arrived to Los Hoyos (The holes, in English). We thought we were close to that beautiful landscape we all saw in pictures…..


But not, we actually arrived to a swimming pool of natural water…. Of course we weren’t prepared, we hadn’t brought our bikinis, we thought we weren’t going to find any water in the desert!

It didn’t mind, though! After 2 hours walking, we were ready for a swim …


After chilling for about 1 hour we went to discover the surroundings and that famous place called Los Hoyos and, that is what we found:

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We walked around for a while and guess what? We got lost …… Still, getting lost is part of travelling (at least for me) so, I enjoyed it.

It was time to go back to the hostel but we were so hungry, thristy and tired. We didn’t want to walk again 2 hours but we didn’t have other choice, we walked back looking for some food, which we didn’t find, but  luckily we found a jeep that took us back to the hostel.

Next day we did go to the famous place we were looking for, ”The Red Desert”. Actually the ”Red Desert” is called Cusco. And that’s something I hadn’t seen before.

This is the Labyrinth of Cusco, a collection of sand stone rocks formations:


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Tatacoa desert is actually not a desert, it has no sand; it is a dry tropical forest that have has high levels of natural deforestation processes which have formed those stunning formations.

@jeffinergon & @ivettemb


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