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.