With Christmas 2016 fast approaching, I thought it might be the right time to share our activities from last Christmas. That and I am a shite blogger who constantly procrastinates about what to write...
So with no further ado, we share with you our photo collection from last Christmas in the Tatacoa Desert, Colombia.
Being far from home on Christmas Day has never really bothered me but cold Christmas’ always have so when our friends Shaun and Fernanda mentioned they’d like some warmth too, we all agreed on Colombia’s Tatacoa Desert.
Occupying some 300+ square kilometres the Tatacoa Desert, which is actually a tropical dry forest, has two distinct areas, Cuzco and Los Hoyos. Cuzco, by comparison, is a mixture of burnt reds and oranges while Los Hoyos is grey with a fleeting tinge of purple at sunrise.
After taking a bus from Bogota to Neiva and then a taxi to our accommodations, it was time to start drinking beer. We had decided to stay at a camping ground with a swimming pool given the heat, but alas, the pool was closed for maintenance. Instead, Fernanda, who was suffering the most with the temperature, enjoyed several cold showers throughout our stay to cool off.
Justin and I even went as far to hike around to every possible tienda and restaurant in search of ice-cream. Though that too was a wasted exercise given there isn’t any electricity out there and daily deliveries of ice are received every morning.
If you’re thinking of visiting Tatacoa Desert yourself, this is what we’d recommend;
Day 1: Arrive before sunset. Check-in to your accommodation or set up your tent (camping is permitted in certain areas). As the sun starts descending and the temperature cools, talk a walk through the Cuzco side of the desert. There is a nice little drinks spot overlooking the region and to catch the last rays of sunlight. If star-gazing is up your alley, a visit to the observatory is a must also.
Day 2: Get out of bed really early and take a tour of Los Hoyos. Walking through the desert at this time of day means you won’t be effected too much by the heat. There is also a swimming pool fed by natural springs that you can take a dip in for an optional extra fee. Head back to your accommodation for breakfast and then high tail out of there.
Though our stay was short and sweet (we stayed two nights), it is still one of my favourite places in Colombia. Maybe it was because I visited with good friends, or maybe it was because it is just an amazing place to visit.
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