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Guaviare Highlight Tour

Created with Sketch. San José del Guaviare, Colombia
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Duration

3 days / 2 nights

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

4 people

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Languages

English, Spanish

Overview

If you want to explore an off-the-beaten-track corner of the Colombian Amazon, an area that was until very recently considered off-limits for travellers, then this is the tour for you. From ancient rock paintings in the depths of the jungle to bright red rivers flowing across the rocky plains of the Serrania La Lindosa, welcome to Guaviare… 

This tour is available with departure on Friday and return on Monday

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Cerro Azul

We will depart bright and early from Bogota’s Puente Aereo Terminal, landing in the small jungle city of San Jose del Guaviare an hour later. After checking in to your comfortable hotel, we will head to finca Chontaduro where we will learn about the coca plant and have lunch. From there, we will take a short drive to explore one of Colombia’s most important ancient archaeological sites: the rock paintings of Cerro Azul. Some of the best-preserved pictograms in Colombia cover the walls of this hill. We will spend the afternoon discovering these emotive paintings, which offer a unique window into the ancient past of the region.

Dinner and accomodation in San Jose Del Guaviare

Day 2 - Damas del Nare Lake

It’s time for some Amazonian wildlife today as we visit Damas del Nare Lake, a hidden oxbow lake to the east of San Jose, which has recently begun to offer community ecotourism. We will reach the lake along the Guaviare River (the trip takes roughly two hours each way), which will give you ample opportunity to admire the Amazon landscapes of the region.


At Damas del Nare we will explore the network of creeks and flooded forest rivers surrounding the lake by wooden canoe. This method of travel will allow us to observe some of the many species of wild monkeys and birds which inhabit this lush jungle – keep an eye out for the noisy groups of brown woolly monkeys which often come out to watch our canoe pass by underneath the canopy. After a fresh fish lunch in a local house overlooking the lake, it’s time to visit the pink dolphins! A pod of these bizarre freshwater dolphins live in the lagoon, and our local guide has built up quite a rapport with them over the years. In fact, all he has to do is slap the surface of the water and whistle and the dolphins appear! If you like you can jump into the lake and swim with these magnificent creatures (they may even give your feet tickles, but don’t worry, they are not dangerous, just curious).
In the late afternoon we will depart by river for San Jose del Guaviare.

Day 3 - Aquatic plant rivers (June-November only) & Puerta de Orion

It’s our final day in Guaviare, but there’s still time for some more exploring! We will dedicate the morning to exploring more of the Serrania La Lindosa, this time closer to San Jose. Our first port of call will be the surreal red rivers which have been dubbed the “twin” of the famous Cano Cristales. Between June and November these clear rivers appear bright red as the endemic Macarenia clavigera blooms. It’s a stunning sight, and this is one of the few areas on earth where you can enjoy it (for people wishing to visit outside the June-November season, this trip will be replaced with a visit to a nearby waterfall).
After visiting the red rivers we’ll continue on to the Puerta de Orion, probably the most iconic rock formation in the area (and there’s stiff competition for that title!). This towering rock is 12m high and 15m wide at its base, and holds an important place in local Indigenous cosmology – during the summer solstice, it’s upper window perfectly frames the constellation of Orion. To reach the Puerta de Orion we will also hike through some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Serrania La Lindosa.
In the late afternoon we will head to the airport (2 minutes from your hotel, so there’s no rush!) for our return flight to Bogota.

Extra Activity - Evening at an Indigenous community

We will have the opportunity to visit a local Indigenous community to learn more about the unique culture which still exist around the jungle of Guaviare. Enjoy a dinner with an atmosphere of traditional music and dances!

Included/Exclude

  • Travel insurance
  • All meals 
  • Accommodation
  • Entrances
  • River and land transport
  • Snacks & drinks during the activities
  • Local bilingual guide
  • Carbon Footprint
  • Domestic flight to Leticia
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Any additional drinks or snacks

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. San José del Guaviare, Colombia

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