17 Amazing Photos of the Surreal and Strange Tatacoa Desert in Colombia

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The Tatacoa Desert is one of the largest arid zones in Colombia and has become iconic for its beautiful and surreal red and grey landscapes, world-class stargazing, and excellent hotels and hostels. So here are 17 amazing photos of the stunning and strange Tatacoa Desert in Colombia to inspire you to visit on your next trip.

The landscapes of the Tatacoa Desert are simply spectacular

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It’s a photographer’s dream destination!

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And often looks like something straight out of an old Western film…

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You could easily wander its valleys and caverns for hours…

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But watch out for cacti…

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They can be seriously sharp here!

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If it’s possible, the desert is even more beautiful at dusk

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And even more surreal as well…

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And the fun doesn’t stop at night either: the Tatacoa Desert is famed for stargazing…

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Camping here at night is an incredible experience

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And you might never see a fuller full moon

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The ‘grey desert’ of Tatacoa is just as beautiful as the red…

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And is home to some truly surreal rock formations

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There are some pretty special oases in the Tatacoa Desert, too

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And it’s just as stunning when the sun isn’t shining

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But a sunny blue sky doesn’t exactly hurt

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And, as if all of that wasn’t enough: tiny cute owls…

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