Tatacoa Desert

Top Tourist Attractions In Huila

If you haven’t fully explored Colombia yet, the top tourist attractions in Huila might actually delight you more than you expect it. Huila is positioned on the south-west portion of Colombia’s centre regarded as the department with diverse farming contribution and marvellous scenic landscapes that captivate the imagination of many tourists. Huila Department is bordered by Meta in the east, Cauca in the west, Caqueta in the southeast portion and Tolima in the north.

Tatacoa Desert

Tatacoa Desert

Travelling 38 kilometres from Neiva city which is the capital of Huila Department, the view of Tatacoa Desert will astonish you along the way. Being the second biggest desert regions in Colombia and upholding one of the most breathtaking landscapes, Tatacoa Desert merited tobe included among the top tourist attractions in Huila. Because the desert lies close to the rivers Cabrera and Magdalena, its corrosion for more than a century now has led to the natural creation of a yellow-brownish grounds in Cuzco regions and the cinder-like hues of the Los Hoyos area. Furthermore, the desert was also known as the Valley of Sadness due to the huge trails of erosion noted which led to the great loss of thousands of flora, fauna and trees that the tropical forest used to have, transforming it into a semi-parched land generating land formations resembling that of a channel of mazes which have caught the attention of tourists all through the years.

The Bambuco Festival in Neiva is among the most sought after events in Huila. Primarily, Bambuco Festival was a celebration to pay tribute to St. John the Baptist. Around the 18th century, the Bambuco festivities were officially created to give praise to the King of Spain.  Way back then, the merry-making lasts for 10 days in the urban areas and one of the highlighted activities include the bullfights, the pageants, fireworks displays and horseback rides. Not to mention the vibrant genres of music played which adds more life to the already dynamic crowd. In the rural areas though, the festivities are only usually celebrated at the riverbanks with simple merry-making and the traditional food preparation of huilense roast which is a famous local cuisine in Huila.

San Agustin Archaeological Park is definitely a must see gem of the department belonging to the top tourist attractions in Huila. This park was acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 and is considered to be among the most significant historical landmarks in Huila owing to the stunning contribution of its settlers a thousand years back and the highly developed customs that run the region way before Christ’s epoch. The park’s remarkable heritage is signified by an anthology of monoliths, paved avenues, fortresses and patios that are very much eye-catching.


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