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Biking in the Tatacoa Desert
Cycle from the town of Villavieja across rolling hills until you reach the spectacular, vibrant scenery of the Tatacoa Desert. Whilst not for the faint-hearted, this is a really fun way to traverse the landscape and is incredibly rewarding!
Morning pick up from your hotel in San Agustín and transfer to Neiva. “En route”, you’ll actually pass Neiva and drive for approximately 45 minutes to Villavieja, the gateway to the spectacular Tatacoa Desert. In Villavieja, your bike tour begins. Cycle out along the dusty village roads before taking on some serious hills – this is tiring work and you’re encouraged to stop for water when needed but the views as you approach Tatacoa make it worth it!
The Tatacoa Desert is a tropical dry desert, which during the Tertiary Period was a lush valley, replete with flowers and trees. Gradual drying of the earth and increasing temperatures have left incredible rock formations and huge crevasses eroded by wind and water. Now only species that thrive in intense daytime heat survive; the desert is dotted with several species of cacti and is a favourite habitat for wolves, vipers, spiders and bats. The dramatic red scenery pictured in popular images of the Tatacoa pertains to the area called ‘Cuzco’, whilst further along in an area called ‘Los Hoyos’, the landscape changes as the rocks transform into grey dunes. A trip to the Tatacoa Desert is a delight for geologists, palaeontologists and photographers alike!
Private transfer. Please note that depending on road conditions, the journey between San Agusín and Neiva takes between 4 and 5 hours. There will be a stop at a roadside restaurant, where you may choose to purchase lunch, refreshments or a snack (not included).
The sun is strong and temperatures high in the desert, so we recommend taking ample water and sun protection.