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Destinos: In Search Of A Horse With No Name In The Tatacoa Desert, Colombia

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

If you’ve been keeping up with my Travel pieces in Colombia, you undoubtedly have realized by now just how richly diverse this country is.  From the sipping coco locos at the beach in the Caribbean Sea  to piranha fishing in the Amazon jungle  to discovering how coffee is made in the Colombian mountains, this country has an infinite number of different landscapes. But even I was surprised to learn that Colombia also has its very own desert.  We’re not talking Sahara here or even Sonoran desert.  The Tatacoa Desert is relatively small, occupying a space of just 330 square kilometers.  It’s a semi-arid desert and a tropical dry forest all in one, which means it isn’t as dry as what you picture when you think of a normal, arid desert.  Rain falls here and diverse flora and fauna thrive here.  They have adapted to the high temperature, low humid, dry environment and in addition to the large cacti and spectacular colors found here, it is what helps shape this place and make it so unique.

Destinos: The Ultimate Guide To Visiting Argentina’s Andean Northwest (Part 2)

Back with part two of their series on the Andean northwest region of Argentina, our in-house travel experts Joanna and Laurent take you through more of the small towns, awaiting adventures, and unique foods that make the region special. In part one, get a taste of some world-class wines, colonial architecture, and national parks. Below, let our team guide you through boutique hotels, incredible mom and pop diners, and more than a few road trips that will put you in the middle of terrain you’ve never even imagined–all the reason you need to book your next adventure. 

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

By Joanna Marracelli

Visiting the Northwest of Argentina is one of the highlights of any trip to South America. This region is different than the rest of Argentina.  The people have a distinct look here, the food is rich and diverse and even the nature is unlike anything else in Argentina. The landscape is shaped by colorful deserts with mountains in every shade including greens, pinks, purples and reds. Fertile valleys punctuate the mountains and this area is home to the country’s second best wine region.