Best Camping Spots in the Tatacoa Desert

Best Camping Spots in the Tatacoa Desert

Camping in the Tatacoa Desert and enjoying a spectacular sky full of stars is easier than you can imagine. Almost all the hostels and hotels in the area have camping services for those adventurers who want to pitch their tent and spend the night in this incredible desert.

Below, we will tell you about the best camping spots in the Tatacoa Desert, their locations with maps, prices and some tips that might be useful for you.





Camping sites in the Tatacoa Desert

Camping sites in the Tatacoa Desert
  • Hostal Noches de Saturno
  • PAYANDE TATACOA Lodging
  • Estadero LA TATACOA
  • Hotel el Peñon de Constantino
  • Villa de Marquez



Hostal Noches de Saturno

Hostal Noches de Saturno

Hostal Noches de Saturno stands out for its excellent service and great location in the middle of the desert. This place offers a wide variety of lodging options, among which you can find its large indoor camping area (an excellent choice to cover your things in the hot sun of the day).

Here you can bring your tent and rent the space to spend the night or rent one of the tents.

Other services of the Hostal Noches de Saturno

  • Lodging in cabins, double and single rooms.
  • Restaurant service
  • Swimming pool service
  • Board games
  • Desert tour
  • Bicycle rental
  • Venue rental for events


Map to get to Hostal Noches de Saturno from Villavieja

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Lodging PAYANDE TATACOA

Lodging PAYANDE TATACOA

The PAYANDE TATACOA lodge is centrally located in the Tatacoa Desert concerning the two astronomical observatories in the area. The place offers visitors dedicated spaces to camp and enjoys a night among nature (you can park your vehicle next to your tent).

Other services of PANYADE TATACOA Lodge

  • Cabin-type rooms
  • Restaurant for breakfast
  • WIFI
  • Solar energy
  • Parking lot
  • Desert tours


Map to get to PAYANDE TATACOA Lodging from Villavieja

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Estadero LA TATACOA

Estadero LA TATACOA

Another representative place for camping services in the Tatacoa Desert is the Estadero LA TATACOA. This place is located on the main road about 7 km from Villavieja and 10 minutes by car from the astronomical observatory ASTROSUR.

Other services of Estadero LA TATACOA



  • Different types of lodging
  • Restaurant
  • Bicycle rental

Map to get to Estadero LA TATACOA from Villavieja

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Hotel el Peñon de Constantino

Hotel el Peñon de Constantino

Hotel Peñon de Constantino stands out in the area for the variety of options it offers travellers to stay. Here you can enjoy nights with very good sky visibility due to its distance from other public places.



This hotel is located 1 kilometre from the astronomical observatories and approximately 15 minutes by car from the popular Los Hoyos swimming pool. The camping area offered by the hotel is located in the grey desert. It is quiet and surrounded by the vegetation of the site.

Other services of the Hotel el Peñon de Constantino

  • Various types of lodging (Malokas, family cabins, cabins for couples, etc.).
  • Swimming pool service
  • Restaurant
  • Parking lot
  • Showers

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Villa de Marquez

If you plan to stay one or more nights in the Tatacoa Desert, Villa de Marquez may be one of your options. It is located just 300 meters from the OATA astronomical observatory and offers different lodging options, including camping areas, TIPI cabins and rooms with private bathrooms.

Services at Estadero Villa de Marquez

Among the services of the place are the following:

  • Lodging of different types
  • Swimming pool service
  • Restaurant service
  • Parking lot
  • Cafeteria, ice cream parlour and bar
  • Tours of the Tatacoa Desert
  • Products made from Cactus and Aloe vera


Map to reach Villa de Marquez from Villavieja

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Camping prices in La Tatacoa



The prices of the camping areas in the Tatacoa Desert vary depending on whether or not you have a tent and if you want to include any of the other services offered in the place you choose.

The general prices for camping in the Tatacoa are as follows:

  • If you bring your tent, you can rent the space to set it up, and you will pay between 15,000 and 25,000 Colombian pesos per person (between 3.50 and 5.60 USD approximately).
  • If you require the tent, you can rent it for between 50,000 and 65,000 Colombian pesos per person (between 11.30 and 14.70 USD approximately).

Note: You will pay the lowest rate in places without access to a swimming pool.


Tips for camping in the Tatacoa Desert

  • In places where it is impossible to camp indoors, we recommend setting up your tent in shaded areas. Otherwise, you will not be able to stay inside the tent during the day because of the intense heat.
  • At night the temperature drops considerably, so it is advisable to bring something to cover yourself. It can be a light blanket.
  • Try not to eat food inside the tent; if you do, avoid watering it as you may attract insects.
  • Carry a flashlight with you. Visibility in the desert at night is quite limited.
  • In many camping areas, charging mobile devices can be a problem, so we recommend you to keep a battery in your cell phone or carry an external battery.
  • Always shake your shoes before putting them on again (they may have insects in them).
  • Although camping camps are safe areas, do not leave valuables inside the tent when you are not there.



Frequently asked questions about camping in La Tatacoa

The best season to visit the Tatacoa Desert and enjoy nights with clear skies is between June and October, with July being the clearest month of the year (you can enjoy nights with good sky visibility).

Between the season of October 3rd and June 1st, there is a greater presence of clouds, up to 83% more cloudy. You can find more information about the weather in Villavieja here.

Is any place available for camping in La Tatacoa?

You can only camp in hostels, hotels and other private places that offer the service. Camping in other areas could be dangerous.



Is it easy to access the camping areas by car or motorcycle?

The condition of the road lends itself to any vehicle, so it will not be a problem to travel through the area.

Is there an additional cost for parking in the camping areas?

In many places, the cost of a night of camping includes the parking service.


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