How To Get From Neiva to Tatacoa Desert -Best Way There are a few options since the distance from Neiva Terminal to Tatacoa Desert is 45 kilometers. Click here to book online transportation around Neiva
The travel time from Neiva to Tatacoa desert is around 1 hour and 15 minutes by car and 1 hour and 45 minutes by bus plus moto taxi from Terminal Neiva to Tatacoa Desert.
The cheapest way from Neiva to Tatacoa Desert is by bus plus moto taxi for 35K COP which is around $9 USD.
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WHERE TO STAY IN NEIVA
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 destination 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 TO GET FROM NEIVA TO TATACOA DESERT
Bus From Neiva To Tatacoa Desert (Cheapest Way)
The cheapest way from Neiva to Tatacoa Desert is by bus. You will have to get the bus at Neiva Terminal where buses are running very often during the day to Villavieja and once in Villavieja, you will have to take a moto-taxi to Tatacoa Desert.
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.
VILLAVIEJA TO TATACOA DESERT
If you want to get from Villavieja to Tatacoa Desert. You can go walking 2 hours if you are fit but make sure that you are ready with water and sunblock since it’s too hot.
You can also get a moto-taxi from Villavieja to Tatacoa Desert the price is around 50K COP which is around $12 USD for 3 people. If you go alone maybe they will charge you 25K COP which is $6 USD. The drivers can offer you to tour around if you want to negotiate a price for spending a half-day or a full day visiting Tatacoa Desert.
BEST WAY NEIVA TO TATACOA DESERT BY DAY TOUR
The best way from Neiva to Tatacoa Desert is to join a day tour. The driving distance from Neiva to Tatacoa Desert is 1 hour and 15 minutes. You will be able to avoid the hassle of hiring a driver and a guide to explore the desert having an amazing experience.
The tour companies will pick you up in your hotel and will drive you back (quite comfortable) if you are staying in Neiva.
WHERE TO STAY IN NEIVA AND TATACOA DESERT
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.
TATACOA DESERT DAY TOUR AND WHAT 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 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 our tour included a lunch in a local homestay.
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About the Author: Ruben, co-founder of Gamintraveler.com since 2014, is a seasoned traveler from Spain who has explored over 100 countries since 2009. Known for his extensive travel adventures across South America, Europe, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Africa, Ruben combines his passion for adventurous yet sustainable living with his love for cycling, highlighted by his remarkable 5-month bicycle journey from Spain to Norway. He currently resides in Spain, where he continues to share his travel experiences alongside his partner, Rachel, and their son, Han.