Last updated on January 22nd, 2023 at 08:40 am
We will tell you how to get from Neiva to Villavieja and Tatacoa desert. There are a few options since the distance from Neiva Terminal to Villavieja is 38 kilometers. Click here to book online transportation around Neiva
The travel time from Neiva to Villavieja and Tatacoa desert is around 1 hour by car and 1 hour and 30 minutes by bus from Terminal Neiva to Villavieja.
The cheapest way from Neiva to Villavieja is by bus for 10K COP which is around $2.5 USD.
Read here how to get from San Agustin to Neiva, Bogota to San Agustin Huila, Neiva to Tatacoa Desert, Neiva to Pereira, Pereira to Salento, Pereira to Medellin, Medellin to Jardin, Jardin to Medellin, Medellin to Santa Marta and Bogota to Neiva
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WHERE TO STAY IN NEIVA AND VILLAVIEJA
We chose Backpackers Neiva to stay in Neiva. If you are planning to take a tour you can organize at the hostel and if you want to go on your own they will give you the information on how to get to the next destinations from Neiva.
There are a few places for accommodation on a budget in Neiva prices are around $10 USD for a dorm, $20-25 USD for a room and if you want mid-budget prices are starting from $50 USD.
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HOW OT GET FROM NEIVA TO VILLAVIEJA HUILA
Bus From Neiva To Villavieja (Cheapest Way)
The cheapest way from Neiva to Villavieja is by bus. You will have to get the bus at Neiva Terminal where buses are running very often during the day to Villavieja.
BUS SCHEDULE FROM NEIVA TO VILLAVIEJA
The bus schedule from Neiva to Villavieja is running every 30 minutes starting from 6 am to 6 pm. The bus fare from Neiva to Villavieja is 10K COP which is $2.5 USD. The travel time from Neiva to Villavieja is around 1 hour and 30 minutes.
BEST WAY FROM NEIVA TO VILLAVIEJA AND TATACOA DESERT BY DAY TOUR
The best way from Neiva to Villaviejaand Tatacoa Desert is joining a day tour. The driving distance from Neiva to Villavieja is 1 hour and you will be able to avoid the hassle of hiring a driver and a guide to explore the desert.
The tour companies will pick you in your hotel and will drive you back (quite comfortable) if you are staying in Neiva.
WHERE TO STAY IN NEIVA AND VILLAVIEJA
We chose Backpackers Neiva to stay in Neiva and it was a great choice. You will have a complete breakfast with fruits and coffee included. High-speed internet was our favorite and for our little Han his favorite was the jacuzzi! A jacuzzi in a backpacker hostel? Yeah actually there are two of them!
Most of the people are staying in the hostel is joining to the Tatacoa desert day trip organized by Fabian the owner of Backpackers Neiva Hostel (Whatsapp +573162342919 for faster connection).
The tour is so complete and it will be an amazing experience visiting Tatacoa desert with a guide, a sustainable tour where also you will get an amazing experience and of course amazing pictures.
If you chose to stay in Villavieja to stay just a few kilometers from Tatacoa desert. You will find a few places for accommodation in the town. Click here to book your accommodation in Villavieja before your trip!
TATACOA DESERT DAY TOUR AND THINGS TO DO IN TATACOA DESERT
There are many things to do in Tatacoa Desert. Since visiting the Red Desert, Grey Desert. swimming in the pool, hiking, eating local snacks and juices to watch the sunset and visiting Astronomy Museum.
The Red Desert was our favorite at Tatacoa Desert for taking pictures and watching the sunset. You will spot rock formations and Carcavas. If you love taking pictures is an amazing place and is so incredible to walk around this area.
POOL AT TATACOA DESERT
It was incredible to swim at Tatacoa Desert pool. It’s a perfect place to refresh since the weather is really hot. The entrance fee Tatacoa Desert swimming pool is 8K COP ($2 USD) for adults and 5K COP ($1 USD) for kids.
Hiking around the Grey Desert part was one of our activities that we ended up refreshing ourselves in the pool. There are a few hikes 1-2 hours and we recommend you to go with a local guide.
ASTRONOMY TATACOA DESERT
Astronomy at Tatacoa Desert was so incredible and we learned a lot. You can see the stars and the moon with long explanations about everything. Astronomy entrance in Tatacoa Desert is 10K COP for adults which is $2.5 USD.
HIKING AT TATACOA DESERT
You will be able to spot captus during your hike at Tatacoa Desert. There are some fruits coming from the captus and even juices. The hikes were interesting and in our tour was included lunch in a local homestay.
BEST TIME TO VISIT IN NEIVA
You can go to Neiva Huila any time of the year. The months of December to February are the best time to visit Neiva because is the sunniest and also the peak season. October to November is the months ideal for those working with a budget because it is considered the low season.
ATMS AND CASH IN COLOMBIA
The official currency of Colombia is called Colombian Peso (COP). And $1 USD=5000 COP. ATMs are available and it is also advisable to withdraw as much as you can because of fees for foreign cars. The maximum amount that you can withdraw will be around 600K-1200K COP depending on the bank. Click here to check the exact change rate.
Bank Fees For Foreigner Cards In Colombia
Most of the banks in Bogota and Colombia will charge fees for foreign cards in Colombia. Check the list below with the exact fees for foreign cards in Colombia and how much money are you allowed to withdraw in Colombia with every bank. There are many ATMs in Neiva Huila and the exchange currency office if you need them.
|Bank||Amount Allowed And Fees|
|Colpatria||900K COP Withdraw And No Fees|
|Pichincha||800K COP Withdraw And No Fees|
|Banco Caja Social||700K COP Withdraw And No Fees|
|BBVA||300K COP Withdraw And No Fees|
|CorpBanco||400K COP Withdraw And No Fees|
|Davidienda||400K COP Withdraw And No Fees|
|Citibank||1200K COP Withdraw And 15k COP Fees|
|Bancolombia||900K COP Withdraw And 15k COP Fees|
|ATH||400K COP Withdraw And 10k COP Fees|
|Servibanca||750K COP Withdraw And 15k COP Fees|
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