Tatacoa Desert and Villavieja 3-Day Tour

La Tatacoa, Villavieja, Neiva, Huila

3 days, 2 nights

Tour Type

Private Tour




Español, Inglés


If you want to know how diverse Colombia is, we invite you to explore a place that seems to be from another planet. In this 3-day trip you can venture through the most important places in this region of Huila and appreciate its culture, traditions, heritage, customs and much more. Visit the exotic landscapes of the Tataoca Desert, both its red and gray desert. Participate in a talk at the astronomical observatory and an observation experience. Also, visit the Paleontological Museum and the Totumo Museum. And finally, enjoy a canoe ride on the Magdalena River, the most important in the country. A whole adventure not to be missed!

¿What to expect from this 3-day expedition in Villavieja and Tatacoa?

Villavieja and Neiva are waiting to offer you a totally local experience in a destination that will surprise you. We take you through the impressive geography of this region and the surrounding deserts. In this expedition you will do hiking, astronomical observation, canoeing on the Magdalena River, and visits to museums in the region. The most complete experience you can have in Huila.


In the afternoon of the first day, our local guide will pick you up at your hotel to start an interesting City Tour of Villavieja. Visit the Paleontological Museum, and the Museum Casa Artesanal del Totumo. Visit the most important places of Villavieja to learn about the traditions, customs, and history of the town.
At night visit the astronomical observatory and participate in a talk to learn from the astronomer about the constellations and stars. Participate in an observation experience through telescopes.

In the morning of this day, take a motocanoa ride on the Magdalena River. The fishermen will tell you about the myths and legends of the region. The guide will explain about the fauna and flora that can be sighted. And if you want to relax a little, you can jump into the water and enjoy the river for a while.
In the afternoon, you will begin your hike through the exotic landscapes of this ecosystem. Visit the deserts of El Cusco, Los Hoyos and the red zone of the desert. An ecosystem that seems to be from another planet.

On the last day you will enjoy your morning free until check-out time at your accommodation. This will be the end of an incomparable tour through this traditional and charming region of Colombia.


  • Learn about the areas that make up La Tatacoa: Hoyos, Cusco and red zone
  • Learn about constellations at the astronomical observatory
  • Learn about local stories from your guides and local people
  • Visit the most important points of Villavieja and its museums
  • Enjoy the gastronomy and traditions of the region


  • Gran Colombia Tours private guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in private transportation
  • Two nights' accommodation in 3-star hotels in Villavieja
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Experiences included in the itinerary (Tatacoa Desert, astronomical observatory, canoe trip in the river, city tour in Villavieja)
  • All risk insurance
  • Breakfast on the first day
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Extra purchases

Know before you book

  • Please, take into account that most of the experiences and tours of this trip are done by foot
  • You can choose from where to start the tour: Neiva or Villavieja.
  • If any of the rides (arrival or departure) takes place in Neiva, please choose Neiva as the option.
  • The hotels can be Yararaka, Villaparaíso o Colonial, according to availability
  • Tour in alliance with local operator
  • Cancellation policy: up to 7 days before departure for a 50% refund

Frequently asked questions

The climate you will experience in La Tatacoa, Villavieja and Neiva is hot. Temperatures vary between 24°C and 37°C. At times it can reach 40°C. The tour operates in all weather conditions, so dress appropriately and don't forget to wear sunscreen.

You can do this tour of La Tatacoa any day of the year. The most recommended months are June, July, August, October, November and December, which is usually the driest season and there are clearer skies.

It is best to wear clothes that will keep you cool and protect you from the sun. Light clothing, sunglasses, hats, sunscreen and comfortable shoes are the most common items to wear. You can also bring insect repellent. Remember that this tour is done on foot.

The tour includes 2 nights’ accommodation in a 3-star hotel. You will have breakfast at the hotel on the second and third day.

Tour's Location

La Tatacoa, Villavieja, Neiva, Huila



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