At night, the Tatacoa Desert reveals its charm to all who enjoy stargazing. This magnificent place is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the department of Huila in Colombia. It allows its visitors to enjoy unique and entertaining activities day and night. Next, we will tell you what activities you can do in the Tatacoa Desert at night.
Activities to do at night in the Tatacoa Desert
The Tatacoa Desert is famous for its exciting geology, daytime activities, and star-filled nights. Suppose you have the opportunity to visit this place and stay for a night. In that case, the recommended activity is to visit one of the two Astronomical Observatories in the area.
Astrosur Astronomical Observatory
Entrance fee: The entrance to the Astrosur Astronomical Observatory costs 10 thousand Colombian pesos (2.50 dollars approximately).
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 6:45 pm to 10:00 pm.
This place has a lovely and quiet atmosphere. During the presentation, they take group photos where the starry sky can be perfectly appreciated. The images are published on their Facebook page Observatorio Astrosur Tatacoa.Astronomia for you to keep among your memories.
For more information, you can contact them through Facebook.
OATA Astronomical Observatory
Entrance fee: The entrance to the OATA Astronomical Observatory costs 10 thousand Colombian pesos (approximately 2.50 dollars).
Hours of operation: Monday to Sunday from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Presentations are in English and Spanish, so the language barrier will not be a problem if you do not speak Spanish at all.
Suppose you are interested in attending or have questions about the place. In that case, you can contact them through their Facebook page, Observatorio Astronómico Tatacoa STARS, or their Instagram @oatatatatacoa.
Map to reach the OATA and Astrosur astronomical observatory from Villavieja
Recommendations to visit the Tatacoa Desert at night!
- The temperature at night drops considerably, so we recommend you bring extra clothing to keep warm.
- Do not make campfires in the desert.
- Avoid camping in unauthorized areas.
- Do not engage in activities that may degrade the environment.
- Travel on marked routes.
- The use of drones and sound equipment is prohibited in the Tatacoa Desert.
- Hunting and capture of native species are prohibited.
- There are several stellar phenomena throughout the year. However, from December 3 to 18 the Geminids star shower takes place.
Do I need telescopes to see the celestial phenomena?
No, most celestial observation can be done without telescopes. However, for viewing specific celestial bodies, you will require special equipment.
Where can I sleep in the Tatacoa Desert?
In the Tatacoa Desert, you can find different options to stay in depending on the adventure you want to live. You can choose between hotels, hostels, and camping areas.
Is the Tatacoa Desert safe?
Yes, the area is completely safe. However, the local guides recommend not to camp in unauthorized areas, as this could put you at risk.
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