San José del Guaviare, Colombia’s Best Kept Secret for Adventure and Nature Travel

One of the things I think I love most about Colombia and all the travel I’ve been fortunate enough to do here is the number of neat and diverse places and landscapes we’v been able to see.

We’ve been able to enjoy amazing beaches in the Rosario Islands , the island of San Andrés , the gorgeous National Park of Tayrona , and the lesser known gems of the San Bernardo Islands . We’ve seen otherworldly landscapes in the desert of La Guajira at Cabo de la Vela and Punta Gallinas and the fascinating Tatacoa Desert . We’ve seen the lush jungles in Minca and Leticia , in Colombia’s Amazon region, the wax palms of the Cocora Valley near Salento , and the mystical Cerros de Mavecure .

However, I think maybe the very neatest place we have been in Colombia is San José del Guaviare.

I’d go so far to say Guaviare is Colombia’s best hidden gem, slightly edging out the rugged plains of Los Llanos and Casanare , the best place for wildlife spotting in Colombia.

If you’re looking for nature, adventure, or outdoor experiences in Colombia, I’d recommend you put Guaviare at the top of your list of places to include.

Girl looking over a river bending in the distance at Raudal del Guayabero in Guaviare, Colombia.

Travel Guide to Guaviare, Colombia – Contents

  • Why You Should Include Guaviare on Your Colombia Trip
  • Where is Guaviare in Colombia?
  • Is Guaviare Safe?
  • Places to See and Things to Do in Guaviare
  • Going with a Tour vs On Your Own

How to Get to Guaviare

  • Where to Stay in Guaviare
  • Where to Eat in Guaviare

Packing List for Guaviare

  • Additional Practical Tips

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Sign saying I love el Guaviare in Spanish in colorful letters.

Why You Need to Visit San José del Guaviare in Colombia

Hiking to ancient rock wall painting that are thousands of years old.

Swimming with pink dolphins.

Swimming in neat natural pools.

Seeing waterfalls.

Pretending to be Indiana Jones and hiking through narrow rock tunnels and over natural stone bridges.

We did all this in Guaviare.

There is even a river where the same unique plant that gives the more well known Caño Cristales its special rainbow colors grows!

A monkey jumping from one tree to another at Nare in Guaviare, Colombia.

We also saw tons of wildlife, including seeing several species of monkeys in different places and lots of bird species.

I would definitely recommend it over the more well known and traveled Leticia as we saw more animals in the wild here than on either of our visits there.

If you strictly want to see wildlife, go to Los Llanos, but if you want a lot of great hiking too along with ample wildlife spotting opportunities, do yourself a favor and go to Guaviare.

A butterfly on the ground next to some leaves.

So as I hope I’ve made clear, there is a wealth of things to do and see here. While it is certainly now on the map, it still remains very much off the beaten path in Colombia, although I’m not sure if it will stay that way for long.

Honestly, San José del Guaviare was not even really on my radar until I started reading about it when researching to plan our trip to Caño Cristales.

Reading Chris Bell’s always informative work on the See Colombia blog convinced me we definitely needed to include this on our list of places to see before leaving Colombia.

In fact, it ended up being the first of our destinations on a several months long trip to places we hadn’t been in late 2021 and early 2022. We came here in October 2021.

Rock formations in the Serranía de la Lindosa near San José del Guaviare, Colombia.

We originally went on a 3 day tour package and thought we might stay for a couple more days. We ended up staying a whopping 9 days in total!

There was just so much to do and see!

I really, really, can’t recommend Guaviare enough to anyone looking to visit under the radar places, especially those interested in nature and hiking.

Here, I’ll share all we did in Guaviare and hopefully convince you to include it in your Colombia travel plans.

So read on to learn all about how to visit San José del Guaviare in Colombia for yourself!

Up close photo of a pink flower.

Where is San José del Guaviare in Colombia?

San José del Guaviare is located almost directly south of Bogotá in sort of south central Colombia. It is located just east of where the Ariari and Guayabero Rivers come together to form the Guaviare River.

This area is sort of the the western most reaches of the Llanos plains and is located just east of the plateau of the Serranía de la Macarena where Caño Cristales is located and just north of the edge of the Amazon rainforest.

It’s technically part of Los Llanos but the landscape is a mix between jungle, forest, and plains. The entire area was covered by water at some point in the distant past, leaving behind neat rock formations that dot the landscape.

San José del Guaviare is the capital of the larger department, or province, of Guaviare and the main population center. It’s where you will want to stay and use as a starting point to explore the nearby sites. It’s reachable by plane or road (more on getting there below).

Photo of two people walking through a field towards a forest with rock formations near San José del Guaviare.

Is San José del Guaviare Safe?

The caveat here is that it is a former conflict zone, or zona roja . Coca was grown in much of the area, and the guerrilla group FARC also exerted considerable control over large parts of the province where it fought with the Colombian military and rightwing paramilitary groups, often leaving civilians caught in the crossfire and displaced or killed.

However, since the Colombian peace deal and demobilization of the FARC, the area is no longer a no go zone. The urban area of San José del Guaviare and the immediate surrounding area, including all the places I’ve included to see here are quite safe today.

At several places we visited guides told us that the surrounding areas used to be full of coca plants, and one guide remarked how nice it is now to be able to go to places without being stopped and hassled about who you are and where you are going.

So, rest assured you should feel safe in visiting Guaviare.

Now, I wouldn’t go wondering off into the jungle or boating up the river on your own either. However, many locals see tourism as a viable path towards replacing the coca economy, as does the Colombian government, and barring a drastic deterioration of the security and political situation in Colombia, I don’t think you need to worry about safety visiting Guaviare.

Photo of a titi monkey in a tree.

The Many Things to See in Guaviare

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, time for the fun part: all the neat things to do near San José del Guaviare!

Like I said before, we stayed 9 days here and got to see and do almost everything there is to do in Guaviare. We also did most of these things to do in Guaviare in tours with guides, usually with multiple activities in a day.

However, many of them could be done on your own.

Some of the places also have local guides you have to go with even if you have your own guide too. (I’ll share more below on my thoughts of doing tours or a package versus doing it on your own by the way).

So for each of them, I’ll share if it is doable on your own, as well as what other places were combined with it on the tours we did.

I’ve also put these roughly in the order I would prioritize them, although that will also come down to personal preference.

Photo of a person overlooking the Guayabero River and forests from the Raudal del Guayabero.

See the Rock Wall Paintings of Guaviare at Cerro Azul

This is a fairly easy choice for the number one thing to do in Guaviare in my opinion.

There are actually 3 sites where you can see the ancient rock wall paintings in Guaviare, called pinturas rupestres in Spanish.

Well actually, there are certainly many more sites, but they either haven’t been discovered yet or are not easily accessible enough to visit for the average tourist.

These rock paintings are fairly mysterious.

Archaeologists and anthropologists are not entirely sure when they were made. Carbon dating of ceramic artifacts at Cerro Azul suggest there were humans present here as long as 12,600 years ago and the paintings may date to that time period.

Photo of rock wall with red paintings including some that look like human figures at Cerro Azul in Guaviare Colombia.

Some researchers contend that the paintings may depict ancient ice age giant fauna like mastodons and giant sloths.

Others believe they may just represent capybaras and other animals still alive today, and that the preservation of the red paint suggests they were painted much more recently.

You can read more about some of the theories in this article in the Guardian and this one from CNN .

Photo of a rock wall with red paintings showing animals and human figures, including some that look like giant snakes.

It’s also unclear just how the heck they painted these walls!

They stretch high up high cliffs.

Our guides told us about some of the theories. One contends they simply built wooden ladders. Another suggests they may have hung from vines while painting.

Finally, another suggests the walls may have once been along a river or lake, and that the paintings were completed over many years as the water level dropped.

Photo of a curved rock face with red paintings that include two large animals at the top center.

It’s also mysterious just how long the paint has lasted and what their ancient painters may have used to paint them that has stood the test of maybe tens of thousands of years. Local indigenous peoples do not claim to have made them nor do they have an explanation either.

By the way, while there are barriers up, just a reminder to not touch them so they remain preserved for years to come.

Hopefully more time and research will let us learn more about these mysterious sites. However, in the meantime, they are still a true marvel to see and, in my opinion, a real testament to human ingenuity.

As I mentioned above, there are actually three fairly easily visitable sites to see them near San José del Guaviare.

The best in terms of ease of access and size of the paintings is Cerro Azul, which is really an obligatory thing to see in Guaviare .

Cerro Azul is visitable on your own, as the site has its own guides that must accompany you whether you have your own guide or not.

It is about a 90 minute drive outside of San José del Guaviare to reach the trail head where there is a little welcome center that sales drinks, snacks, and has bathrooms.

Sign saying welcome in Spanish to Cerro Azul in Guaviare, Colombia.

We did this on our first day, which is a common way to do it with tour packages as it works very well as a sort of long half day to near full day activity. So, after having breakfast and checking in to our hotel, we set out with our guide and others in our tour group.

When we got there, we got a short introduction to the place and discussion of the trail while we waited our turn to head out with the park guide.

I appreciate that they wait a short time between groups so you aren’t too bunched up on the trail.

Photo of a rock wall with red paintings with different figures at Cerro Azul near San José del Guaviare Colombia.

However, when we were on deck and getting ready to go, the sky opened up in a torrential downpour.

Our group decided to wait it out, which well, didn’t work. Every time there was a lull and we got ready to go, it started pouring again. Eventually, the rain did let up some.

We finally made the decision to head out and brave the rainy and wet trail.

Cerro Azul is basically a big rock, and I remember thinking it looked pretty imposing as we hiked up to it. The trail itself wasn’t too tough. A few areas of steeper incline but lots of flat areas breaking up the inclined sections as well.

Photo of people walking through a trail in a field between trees with a large rocky hill in the background.

As we hiked up, our guide Christian and the park guide shared with us more on the theories behind the paintings and pointed out different kinds of trees.

We passed through a bat filled cave at one point.

We also passed a few spots with smaller paintings, teases of what was to come.

Eventually, we reached the largest and most impressive of the rock wall painting.

Photo of a rock wall with red paintings of figure.

You can spot paintings of anacondas, which Colombia’s indigenous people saw as a life giver, as well as large circles that may have represented communities or the cycle of life. You can definitely see some animals as well as human figures, including celebrations of fertility.

It really is impressive, not only the artistry, but how well preserved they are. You could easily spend hours here studying every detail.

As we continued on, we passed by a slightly smaller wall with more paintings. This one is known as the Salón de los Dantas, the Spanish word for tapirs, which anthologists believe are represented by the animals in the upper central part of this painting.

Photo of a group of people with a Colombian flag standing in front of a rock wall with red paintings at Cerro Azul in Guaviare, Colombia.

Shortly after that, we came to a small clearing on a rocky outcrop of the cliff. The clouds cooperated just enough to let us see the view of the forest and rivers below.

I imagine on a clear day this view would be even more impressive!

Photo of a girl looking out over forests below.

We then headed back down the rock and on the same trail back out.

All together, it took about 3 hours for the round trip hike . Tired and wet, we headed back to San José del Guaviare.

Photo of a dog sitting in front of a rock face with red paintings on it.

I think with good weather and a really early start, it’s possible to combine this with something else but you’re looking at roughly 6 hours between the hike and roundtrip drive. Sunset at Laguna Negra might be the best combo with this if you want to pack as much as possible into a day.

See the Multicolored River of Caño Sabana at Tranquilandia

The macarenia clavigera is an aquatic plant that only grows in a handful of places in this region of Colombia. When it blooms, it does so in hues of white, pink, red, and even green.

It’s this plant that makes the amazing Caño Cristales such a special place. However, Caño Cristales is even more remote than Guaviare and is pretty costly to visit (see my guide if you’re interested in visiting by the way).

If you can’t manage a trip there, you are in luck, because you can also see the macarenia clavigera in Guaviare!

Photo of a river with trees on either side with reddish colored flowers under the surface at Tranquilandia in Guaviare.

The Caño Sabana , located on the finca known as Tranquilandia (you might see the river called Tranquilandia too), is home to this plant. This single stretch of river where it grows is really large and impressive.

This would definitely be the second thing I would prioritize in Guaviare, and I’d consider it all but obligatory.

The one caveat is the colors are only visible during the season when the flowers bloom. The rest of the year, they lay dormant collecting sunlight to bloom later. In fact, the amount of sunlight they receive determines their color.

The season to see the multicolored river is from approximately July to November .

Photo of a river with reddish and green colored flowers under the surface.

While there is a small watering hole and waterfall you can hike to nearby, I would probably just skip this if you are visiting another time of year as the other things below are more worth doing.

However, if it is in season, you should absolutely make sure you do it.

A girl sitting on a rock next to a river with red and green colors in it.

We did this on what was one of our busier days. We visited the waterfalls of Cascada las Delicias before coming here. Afterwards, we actually hiked across the savannah on what seemed to be an unmarked trail though the bush growing on the sometimes rocky, sometimes muddy terrain to see the Puerta de Orión.

While I wouldn’t do that hike on your own, you could definitely arrange for transportation and do Trainquilandia on your own. I do believe you would have to pay a small admission fee. You could then arrange for taxi transportation from there to the Puerta de Orión. And Las Delicias is not far away, so you could I think do all three of these things in a day on your own as well.

Photo of a group of people next to the river of Caño Sabana with a Colombian flag in Guaviare, Colombia.

Swim in the Pozos Naturales

This was another of the highlights in Guaviare for us.

The Pozos Naturales, or natural wells in Spanish, are exactly what they sound like, big circular pools that look like wells. And they are perfect for a nice and refreshing swim!

A couple of them actually go really deep in the center, and we had a lot of fun jumping in!

Photo of a round pool in the middle of rocky terrain with forest in the background at the Pozos Naturales in Guaviare, Colombia.

When you arrive off the road to the Pozos Naturales in Guaviare, there is a small shop where you can buy snacks and drinks, from there it’s about a 30 minute walk down to the pozos over mostly flat, rocky terrain.

There is also a waterfall down another path called the Cascada del Amor, which we did not do since we got rained on at the pozos.

We really enjoyed this, and I’d say it’s all but obligatory, although it would have been so much better on a sunny day!

A girl sitting at the top of a short waterfall at the Pozos Naturales.

I’d say you could definitely do this on your own.

We did it in the afternoon after doing Ciudad de Piedra in the morning. In fact, this is one of the few things I wish we had done on our own rather than as a tour because I think we would have enjoyed having more time to enjoy swimming.

We did have a great lunch nearby at the Beraca Charco Indio before coming here. Besides some delicious chicken, they also gave us a nice presentation on the history of coca, the traditional use of it, how it is turned into cocaine, and the effects the trade and conflict has had.

Photo of a group of people standing on either side of a sign for the Finca Agroecoturistica Beraca.

We even got to plant our own seeds for a tree. Once they grow, they transfer them to help with reforestation of lands that were previously used for cattle. Rather you go on your own or in a tour to Pozos Naturales, it is definitely worth a stop here for lunch.

Nuevo Tolima and Los Tuneles are also located along this same road relatively close by so could in theory be combined with Pozos Naturales instead of Ciudad de Piedra.

Photo of a short waterfall falling from one pool to another at the Pozos Naturales with forests in the background.

Swim with Pink Dolphins in the Laguna Damas de Nare

This is maybe the neatest experience we had in Guaviare, and one of the neatest we’ve ever had!

The only reason I haven’t included it higher on the list is it requires one of the longest trips and is one of the most costly activities you can do in Guaviare due to how far the trip is.

However, if you have more than 2 days, I highly recommend doing it!

Photo of the front of a canoe in a lake at the Damas de Nare Laguna.

In this lagoon, located off the Guaviare River northeast of San José, there is a group of particularly curious river dolphins, called Toninas by the indigenous peoples and locals.

In fact, they are so curious, they will come right up to you in the water!

This was one of the main reasons we decided we definitely wanted to spend more time than our initial 3 day trip, and we were able to arrange it for our 6th day.

If you do this, try as hard as you can to do it with transportation on the river rather than by car over land. It’s so neat traveling up and down rivers in undeveloped areas like this.

Photo of a small caiman along the banks of the Guaviare River.

We saw lots of birds and even a few caimans along the way.

We also saw a slew of turtles! Plus the scenery along the river is so pretty the entire way.

It’s also quicker, taking about 2 hours one way by boat and about 3 by car.

Photo of people in a small boat on the Guaviare River.

We arrived at the Finca Villa Lilia after a short walk from the small river landing where we stopped, spotting a whole troop of monkeys in the trees alongside the creek overhead.

It almost felt like they were escorting us in.

It’s the little things like this, seeing monkeys randomly in trees overhead while hiking, seeing tons of birds (and a slew of turtles) along the river and just feeling immersed in nature in a place that still feels so untouched that makes Guaviare so special.

Photo of a monkey crossing a tree branch.

As our monkey escorts kept watch, we also passed by some cacao plants and got to taste a few that had fallen.

Once reaching the finca, we had a short introduction.

By the way, we had been told to make sure we didn’t wear any sunscreen, bug spray, or even deodorant for this activity as they can harm the dolphins, but they did have a small shower to wash off if you happen to be wearing them, although it’s probably best just not to put them or any other chemical or cosmetic products on in the morning.

After that, we headed out on a small canoe on the lake.

Photo of two small canoes on the banks of the Laguna de Damas de Nare.

As we paddled around, our guides called out “Taaaaaaaatiiiiiii….Taaatiiiiiiaaanaaaaaa!” Apparently all river dolphins in this area have adopted the name Tatiana.

For a while we had no luck. Tatiana was being shy.

We paddled from one side of the lake to the other in search of her. This is probably where I should give the disclaimer there is no guarantee you will see the dolphins .

On days where there are a lot of people they may get too nervous and not approach. I guess I would say if at all possible try to avoid doing this on the weekend to have a better chance of less people being on the lake.

I also worry a bit that as Guaviare grows as a destination, which is really good in most conceivable ways, this might become too overrun. Hopefully, they can manage to strike the right balance of offering this as a very unique activity without negatively affecting the dolphins and their ecosystem.

After a while, we began to think Tatiana wasn’t going to come out and play today. So, we slid off the side of the canoe into the tan colored water for a swim.

Photo of a man floating in a lake with a life jacket on.

A few minutes later, some fins appeared nearby. We climbed back on board and headed over nearby and again slid into the tannish waters of the lake.

The Tatis like to check out just who is in their lake and are drawn to calm movements and brightly colored things like rope.

The are also really playful.

In fact, our guide Santiago had one pull him in the water on a piece of rope. Once you’ve managed to locate them, it’s best to try and get in a circle and be calm in the water. They are known to come right up to you and check you out, in some cases touching you or even letting you pet them.

I was able to get one to come close to me by throwing a rope from the boat and letting it float. It brushed right up against my foot for a split second, but I didn’t get close enough to pet. I did see a girl from a different group get approached several times though.

This was a really, really neat experience!

Seeing these fascinating and intelligent animals up close was a real treat, and getting to travel down the river and see monkeys were terrific icing on the cake with a cherry on top.

This is definitely best done as a tour. I imagine it is possible to hire transportation for the day, but you will probably get an overall better deal doing it in a group, especially if you want to go by boat.

Photo of a tree covered river bank with a rainbow rising above it.

See the Pinturas Rupestres at El Raudal del Guayabero

Next up is a second site to see the rock wall paintings, and maybe the most adventurous trip we took out of San José del Guaviare.

You might also see this referred to as the Raudal de Angosturas or even the Raudal de Angosturas II, as there is another site with the same name closer to Caño Cristales further up river west of here. It’s also just commonly called Raudal.

To get here, we headed up the Guayabero River past where it enters the Guaviare River. The boat ride alone was really neat and we saw lots of birds and even a few caimans along the way. If you do not do Nare or don’t get to do the trip there on a boat, this is definitely worth it for the boat ride alone.

We saw lots more turtles, some small caimans, a few monkeys, and lots of birds on the boat ride.

Photo of a small caiman under tree branches on the bank of the Guayabero River in Guaviare.

Eventually, we came to a small dock and small community where we disembarked to switch to a smaller canoe style boat to head a bit further up the river to the rocky hill where the paintings are located.

One of the things I really appreciated about this trip too was that it is a largely community run project, and Freddy, who we arranged the visit with told us they are working to grow it with a focus on community development.

The word raudal literally translates to torrent. The river here wasn’t really all that particularly rough, but you do go through some narrow straights with a bit of rapids and big rocks on either side.

This is one of the things that made this trip so neat.

Passing through narrow stretches of the river with rock formations on either side was really special and certainly made us feel small.

Photo of the front of a canoe on a river with a bird passing near the front along the water with a narrow passage between tree covered banks of the river in the distance.

The other thing that stood out was how rugged this area felt, much less explored than Cerro Azul and Nuevo Tolima, the other sites where wall paintings can be seen.

We saw lots of birds and even some more monkeys along the way.

After reaching the rock face with the paintings and checking them out, we headed up further up the rock.

A girl looking at a rocky wall face with red paintings on it at the Raudal del Guayabero.

The trail up was tougher but a great hike too.

Even though it only took about half an hour to get to the paintings and maybe another 10-15 to reach the top of the rock, I’d say this hike was probably the toughest overall, so it might not be apt for everyone.

There were a few spots where we had to climb up rocks using ropes and a wooden ladder.

A girl climbing up a rock using a rope.

The payoff at the top was well worth the effort though!

The view from the top of the rock is amazing, seeing the forest and bends of the river stretch off in the distance into the province of Meta. Luckily, we had a much clearer day for this mirador than we had at Cerro Azul a few days before!

This is probably the most amazing view in all of Guaviare and surely one of the neatest in Colombia.

Photo of a man with a camera around his neck holding his arms open with a view of the Guayabero River below him.

After hiking back down and heading back through the narrows, we stopped for a bit at a small waterfall and watering hole known as the Cascada del Amor for a quick dip to cool off.

Then we headed back to the small community and had a tasty lunch and relaxed a bit before hopping on the boat to head back to San José del Guaviare.

Photo of a river running between green, tree covered banks.

The boat ride took a little over an hour on the way there, going against the current, and a bit under an hour traveling down river on the way back. We met the boat at Puerto Arturo, which is about 15-20 minutes outside San José del Guaviare and to which we took a taxi.

This was the one tour we did in Guaviare not with GeoTours (more on them below), and it is still a less common trip. In fact, it was a bit difficult to arrange. GeoTours said they do sometimes do it but were unable to arrange it for us.

Freddy in the community though was extremely helpful. He helped us not only arrange the tour there (they are the actual operators) but also hooked us up with contacts for the boat transportation (which does need to be prearranged) and taxi. Plus, he was a super nice guy, and is working not just to grow tourism but ensure that money is reinvested in the community as well. If you’re interested in visiting Raudal, you can contact him via Whatsapp at +57-310-708-2454. He can also help arrange visits to other sites too.

Photo of a curved rock face between trees with red paintings on it.

Explore the Laguna Negra

The Laguna Negra is another one of the most popular sites in Guaviare. It’s, well, a black lagoon, and located just outside of San José.

We did this on our third day after the Puentes Naturales.

After arriving to a small boat landing, we boarded some canoes to head down the Caño Negro. This little creek is black in color due to the decomposition of leaves, branches, and plants that grow along it.

Honestly it looks like the perfect hangout for anacondas.

Photo of a canoe front on a small river surrounded by trees.

We didn’t see any anacondas, but we did see some birds, lots of turtles, and even a monkey with her baby cub.

After about 15 minutes, the creek opens up into the lagoon, a big lake. We saw lots of birds here in the reeds along the banks of the lake.

On our first visit here, we didn’t have a ton of time because most of our tour group were leaving that day and needed to be back in town to catch their flight.

We did return here though while we stayed at the cabins of Playa Guio nearby. On that return visit, we got to stop at a little bank on the lake and do some swimming and enjoy a cold beer.

The sunset over the lagoon is supposed to be spectacular.

Unfortunately, we had to leave before sunset time the first day and the two nights we spent at Playa Guio it either rained or was cloudy in the afternoon. We did get the see the pretty colors given off by the sun setting behind the clouds though. It would be even more beautiful on a clear day.

Photo of blue and orangish clouds and reflections on the Laguna Negra lake in Guaviare.

So, if you go, I hope you have better weather and get to see it!

This is most likely to be included in just about any tour package, but could also be done easily on your own. Taxis can reach the boat landing on the creek. It would probably be best to try to arrange the boat before hand as you may or may not find someone there.

You can contact Marcos, who not only runs Playa Guio but also boats via his agency Naturlog to set it up. He is very responsive but does not always get service, so I’d recommend not waiting until the last minute if you do plan to do this on your own. He can be reached via Whatsapp at +57-315-547-8297 or email at [email protected].

Photo of two people in a small canoe in front of the tree covered river bank at the Laguna Negra near San José del Guaviare Colombia.

Marvel at the Fascinating Puerta de Orión

Near Tranquilandia, there are a bunch of neat rock formations.

The most fascinating is the Puerta de Orión, or Orion’s Gate.

This is a massive rock with a circular opening near the top and another opening below that almost look like two columns. It looks a bit like something out of a science fiction movie, almost like a star gate or portal to another world.

Photo of a large rock formation known as the Puerta de Orión with a circular opening near the center top part.

There are a couple different stories about how this got its name. Some claim you can see the constellation of Orión through the opening in the rock on certain days.

Our guide that day, Luis, who was terrific and one of the first guides to explore the area, claimed he gave the site its name based on a book he was reading about astrology and Christianity. I can’t recall the name of the book, but supposedly it was something about how Christ would appear in the belt of Orión, and the rock formation reminded him of the book.

Of course later that day, the head of GeoTours filled us in on a bit more of the story that Luis wasn’t just exploring by himself but had taken a special lady friend out there for some, let’s say privacy, when he discovered the formation.

Yet another story claims a tourist just called it the Puerta de Orión one day, and the name stuck. Supposedly, you can actually see the belt of Orión through the opening during December from about 7 to 9 pm.

Regardless of the exact origin of the story, this is absolutely worth seeing.

Photo of a rocky archway with a circular opening in the center top part at the Puerta de Orión in Guaviare.

It’s really quite neat, and a reminder of the fascinating and odd things that can be found in nature.

I would say you could definitely do this on your own if you wanted.

We took a long, unmarked path from the Caño Sabana across the savannah here, and did get to climb up another cool rock cliff on the way. I probably wouldn’t try that without a guide, but there is a main entrance just off the road about 20 minutes outside San José you could easily taxi to from town or from Tranquilandia.

Photo of a girl sitting on a rock in front of Orion's Gate in Guaviare.

Los Tuneles

All of the sites discussed above were definitely the highlights of our trip and, in my opinion, the best things to do in Guaviare. Nare and Raudal do require full days and are a bit harder to arrange and more costly, so you might opt not to do them if you are more limited on time and/or budget. Cerro Azul, Pozos Naturales, Puerta de Orión, Laguna Negra, and Tranquilandia, if the colors are in season, I’d consider more or less obligatory though.

Now I am going to get into things I’d consider a little less high priority.

I’d definitely still recommend doing as many as possible or preferably all of them if you have the time though, because we thoroughly enjoyed them all. The nice thing is as well that just about all of them can be done as half day activities and can be paired with something else, especially if you are doing them as guided tours.

First up is Los Tuneles, which I thought were absolutely fascinating.

Photo of several people walking through a narrow passage between rocks at Los Tuneles near San José del Guaviare.

We did this our fifth day.

They are located about a 45 minute to one hour drive outside of San José. I imagine you could easily arrive here on your own, but I’d strongly encourage doing this with a guide that knows the path. I was unclear if it’s possible to get a guide there if you arrive on your own, it might depend on day and availability.

After arriving and checking in at the little office, we headed out for a walk across the savannah where there are some neat rock formations. One in particular stood out and is called La Ballena, or the whale, for its shape.

Photo of people walking along a path in grasslands towards a rocky formation with trees growing out of it known as the Natural Tunnels in Guaviare.

Eventually, we arrived to an overgrown area of forest where there is a series of large rock formations that have narrow passageways between them as well as small caverns inside some of them.

After placing some rocks as an offering and asking for safe passage from the spirts in the place, we climbed in through a narrow opening between boulders.

The entire labyrinth, so to speak, is known as Los Tuneles because they feel like walking through natural tunnels in the rock.

It definitely feels very Indiana Jones like, and you’ll definitely want a flashlight.

Also Indy like, there are reportedly lots of snakes in the area, including poisonous ones. This is another good reason to go with a guide!

We actually didn’t see any snakes but did find a snake skin.

Photo of a snake skin on the ground with a cavern wall behind it.

As we hiked through the narrow passageways, we got rained on pretty good, a running theme in our trip. It was still really neat passing through these areas though.

After exiting the labyrinth of rock, we came up to a small creek with a swimming hole known as the Jacuzzi Natural.

Our guide told us they once filmed an episode of Naked in the Wild here. The Jacuzzi is supposedly normally very clear and you can see little fish swimming around.

Photo of a man floating in a small pool in the forest.

It was really churned up due to all the rain when we visited. I did hop in for a dip, but Susana was not very interested.

It did start to clear up a bit just before we left, so I imagine on a hot, sunny day, this would be really refreshing.

After a bit of swimming and a snack, we hiked back out across the savannah.

Our tour of the day paired this with Nuevo Tolima and we stopped for a second delicious lunch at Beraca before heading there. Due to the proximity, I’d say this could also be paired pretty easily with Pozos Naturales or Ciudad de Piedra as well.

Photo of a man acting scared in a cavern.

See the Ciudad de Piedra

Speaking of Ciudad de Piedra, it’s next on this list of things to see in Guaviare.

The fascinating rock formations in this area look almost like a small town, even giving the impression of roads between them.

Photo of a path between rocky formations at the Ciudad Piedra near San José del Guaviare.

On the walk to this city of stone, we stopped near the start of the trail at a giant rock boulder that rises 10-15 meters above the ground. We scaled the backside to reach the top in a mostly not too difficult climb but with a couple tough maneuvers to the top.

This is called the Mirador de los Vientos, due to the sound of the wind you can hear at the top.

It’s a neat view and definitely makes the climb worth it.

Photo of a large rock formation with trees growing on it.

After climbing back down, we headed on a short hike through some forest and savannah to reach the Ciudad de Piedra. Along the way, we passed a small cave known as the Cueva del Amor, and according to legend a favorite spot for lovers.

Then we reached the outskirts of the Ciudad de Piedra.

It’s quite eery in a way that there are so many rocks of practically the same height so close together with what really does look like narrow streets between them. If you told me this was the remnants of some ancient civilization, you might be able to convince me.

Again, so fascinating the odd and interesting things nature creates.

Photo of a small pathway through an area surrounded with large rock formations in the Ciudad de Piedra in Guaviare.

The area is pretty extensive.

We came up to what first looked like a set of houses packed narrowly together, before entering the city center so to speak.

In that central area, there is a spot that looks like a courtyard with a rock you can climb for a great photo.

A girl sitting stop a tall rock in the Stone City near San José del Guaviare.

Then we headed out the far side of this apparent city of stone, passing between other large rectangular rock formations.

Nearby, you can also see the Flor de Guaviare, or Guaviare flower, which is a neat plant that almost looks like a giant and much prettier dandelion.

This flower, though native to the province, is pretty rare, and this was the only site where we saw it. So, that alone might be reason enough to include this on your list of things to do in San José del Guaviare.

Photo of a group of people standing or sitting around a flower with a long skinny stem and many spines with white flowers at the top.

This might be doable on your own, but I’d recommend doing it with a guide as the trail from the road to the Ciudad de Piedra is not particularly well marked. I definitely feel like it would be easy to get lost out here.

As I mentioned above, we did this before Pozos Naturales, but it’s along the same road that goes to Nuevo Tolima and passes Los Tuneles.

A photo of the Flor de Guaviare or Guaviare flower up close.

See the Waterfalls at Las Delicias

We did this our second day before going to Tranquilandia. There is a big waterfall here you can observe. The hike there is pretty easy and nice as well.

You do have to cross a shallow section of the creek, but you pass some mini-waterfalls along the way that are really pretty and a nice photo op.

Photo of a series of small waterfalls between rocks in a forest.

The bigger falls is impressive due to the sheer drop off the cliff.

I don’t know if I would consider this a must do, but it’s a nice and pretty easy addition near Tranquilandia. To get there, you should head to the Finca Las Delicias and take the short trail.

There is another finca known as El Paraíso nearby where there is another waterfall known as Cascada Arcoiris as well.

Photo of a tall waterfall falling off a rock landing behind another rock at the Cascada Las Delicias near San José del Guaviare.

Puentes Naturales

We’ve already discussed natural wells, natural tunnels, and a natural jacuzzi. There are also natural bridges in Guaviare known as the Puentes Naturales.

These are located near the restaurant and recreation area known as Picapiedra, which is the name for the Flintstones in Spanish.

We did this on Day 3 before doing the Laguna Negra in the afternoon.

Photo of the Puentes Naturales near San José del Guaviare that look two long stone bridges from below.

There are a couple trails here, an easier one and a longer, tougher one.

We did the longer one. It heads down along the creek and brings you under the bridges before climbing back up to the bridges themselves.

There was a good bit of climbing over slippery rocks and boulders on this trail. I’d say it wasn’t hard but wasn’t easy either. If it has been raining enough for the creek to rise, this trail might be closed. They were working on creating a third, longer trail too, so that may be open by now and I’m sure will be neat.

Once we climbed up to the bridged, we walked across one of them in another moment that felt like an Indiana Jones movie.

A group of people sitting on rocks with a Colombian flag on the ground in front.

There are some other neat rock formations nearby. Particularly neat is one that is called the Turtle, or La Tortuga.

There are also rocks that are supposedly meant to promote fertility, one for women and one for men. For full effect, you are meant to lay naked in the sun on them.

Photo of a large rock formation with a figure that looks like a shell and head of a turtle at the top.

This was neat, and I’d definitely say is worth doing if you have the time, but I’d say both Los Tuneles and Ciudad de Piedra were neater.

I will say, Picapiedra did have tasty food, so you might consider stopping here for lunch at least and maybe doing the shorter trail.

Picapiedra is reachable by the road, and they have their own guides you can hire to do the trails, so you could definitely do this on your own if you wanted. It’s on the way to the road to Tranquilandia, and Puerta de Orión as well as the road to Pozos Naturales, Ciudad de Piedra, and Nuevo Tolima. It could easily be paired with any of those, and even possibly two of those if you start early enough, with the exception of perhaps Nuevo Tolima, depending on road conditions as it is a good bit further past where the paved road ends.

Photo of people sitting on a large rock with the natural stone bridges above them.

Nuevo Tolima, Third Site with Rock Paintings in Guaviare

Which brings us to the last thing on this list of things to do in Guaviare, a third site to see the mysterious rock paintings.

I’ve got this last on the list not because we didn’t enjoy it. In fact, this site has the single largest painted wall panel. However, there is only one wall here, unlike the several at Cerro Azul. Well actually, there are a few more, but there are not safe trails to reach them.

Photo of a girl looking at a large rock wall with red paintings behind her at Nuevo Tolima near San José del Guaviare Colombia.

It’s quite isolated and the road to get there is a bit rough though.

Now, when we went, it took longer than normal because it was, you guessed it, raining, and the road was in particularly rough shape. We spent more time in the car there and back than we did doing the hike.

So, I’d say if you only do one set of rock paintings, do Cerro Azul. It is the best hike and has several panels of paintings and is the easiest to arrange. Second, do Raudal because the trip to get there is a great adventure itself and the view at the top is spectacular. If you have the time and want to see a third site, do this one third.

When we arrived at Nuevo Tolima, we met a guide from the Colombian National Park Service, who maintain this site. We headed out on a path between two cow fields with the cows eyeing us suspiciously. We eventually headed up a steep hill into the forest covered rocky cliff.

Photo of people walking through a path with barbed wire on each side towards a rocky hill covered with trees at Nuevo Tolima in Guaviare Colombia.

The hike up took about 45 minutes and was tough, not really because the trail was difficult but it was just almost constantly up.

The rock wall painting panel is really impressive though. So again, while I’d prioritize other things, this is totally worth seeing if you have time.

There is also a neat view out over the pastures below. Once again, the rain clouds kind of ruined our view though.

Photo of a girl sitting on a rocky cliff looking over fields and trees below with a cloudy sky.

This can be done on its own if you arrange transportation there and back, as you are required to contract a guide there rather you come with your own or not.

You’ll definitely want a 4×4, but if you have better weather and the road is in better condition, it should take considerably less time to get there. Nuevo Tolima is basically further down the road that Pozos Naturales, Los Tuneles, and Ciudad Piedra are on, so it could pair with any of those. We did it after Los Tuneles.

Photo of a group of people in front of a large rock face with red paintings at Nuevo Tolima.

That closes out the things we did in Guaviare.

Like I said, I think Cerro Azul, Tranquilandia if it’s in season, Pozos Naturales, Puerta de Orión, and Laguna Negra are pretty much must sees.

Swimming the dolphins at Nare and doing a day trip to Raudal are also well worth it if you have the time to include one or both.

From there, I’d say pick out as many of Los Tuneles, Puentes Naturales, Nuevo Tolima, and Ciudad de Piedra as you can manage, prioritizing whatever sounds most interesting to you. We did all of these in 7 days, with our last two days spent relaxing at Playa Guio.

Photo of a small creek in the forest.

Watch the Sunset Over the Guaviare River

Oh, and one final thing to include on this list of things to do in Guaviare.

Be sure you try to see the sunset one day over the river. If you head down to the river front or Malecon, there are some boardwalks you can go out on and watch it.

On whatever day you get back before sundown, be sure to head down here and watch it.

The pretty colors over the river are well worth it!

Photo of two birds flying over the river with reddish orange colors in the sky.

Guaviare with a Tour vs Doing Guaviare on Your Own

This a tough one, because Guaviare can be done, at least partly, on your own.

There are some places I would not want to do alone without a guide because the trails aren’t that well marked, but most of the places I mentioned above could realistically be done without a guide, and some of them require you to contract a guide there anyway rather you have hired another one or not.

However, I think all types of travelers will get a lot of benefit out of doing nearly everything guided.

First of all, even if you don’t hire a guide, you’ll have to hire transportation, and at least for a lot of the places to see, due to the distance from town you may need to contract them for the day or half-day to wait for you there.

Second, doing tours is a good way to maximize your time.

On all of our guided tours, not only was our transportation always waiting for us when finishing an activity, but our lunches were also included and arranged ahead of time. This meant we were able to do at least 2 things most days except for the longer trips to Raudal and Nare.

We also enjoyed all of our groups and made some friends along the way.

Photo of a group of people in a cave.

Most importantly, though, you just get so much more insight.

A guide is going to be able to point out interesting rock formations or plants and tell you the stories behind them. Even the places where there was a guide there that went along, we got a lot out of having the guide from the agency, who were often better at providing additional information rather than just leading us on the paths.

Plus, you are supporting the continued growth of tourism in the area through local guides. An area previously ravaged by conflict, tourism and cattle are seen as the two primary alternative ways forward economically. There’s a lot of problems with tourism, even so called “eco-tourism,” but it’s almost certainly better than the deforestation that cattle ranching causes.

So, I’d highly encourage you to consider doing guided tours, even if just for some of the activities.

New Tour Packages to Guaviare Offered by Our Partners

If you are interested in tours sith guides that speak English, I’m pleased to announce the agency I partner with BnB Colombia Tours is now offering trips to Guaviare, including group trips, which are really a pretty good value and include not only all your excursions with bilingual guides but also your meals and accommodations in San José del Guaviare.

Bruce, the head of the agency, has put a lot of work into finding quality guides that speak English, and they are trying to grow it as one of their signature destinations.

You can see their current offerings with details on the itineraries and prices by clicking the links below:

  • 4 day wet season tour (my recommendation; available June to November)
  • 3 day wet season tour
  • 4 day dry season tour (December to May)
  • 3 day dry season tour

If you’re interested in a private tour, customized tour, and/or a multi-destination package, they can also help you put that together. Just fill out the form here , and someone will get back to you to start working on planning a custom tailored trip to Guaviare and anywhere else you’d like to go in Colombia.

Photo of a group of people hiking through a narrow passageway between rocks in a forest.

We booked our initial 3 day package through Awake, which offers packages to a lot of great adventure destinations in Colombia.

Their actual local partner on the ground is Geo Tours.

We were overall really impressed with Geo Tours.

All of our tours were well organized, and they offer a lot of different combinations and packages ranging from 1 to multiple days. Our groups were also always small, never more than 6 other people. They also included a few extra night time activities like a visit to a nearby indigenous community that included a great meal as well as a welcome dinner with some dance presentations. I thought those were nice touches.

Their guides were also terrific. We did our initial tour with Christian who was great, and then we did several with Luis, an eccentric old head who was not only extremely knowledgeable about the area but very kind. Plus, dude was really impressive, in his 60s, helping me scramble up rocks and cliffs. Santiago, we also had multiple days and was great. Finally, we had one other guide one day who I think was named José or Javier, and he was also great.

Photo of a man sitting on the front of a canoe with his arms spread and thumbs up, a cell phone in one hand.

We booked all the rest of our activities with Geo Tours through except for Raudal.

Our contact there Freddy, who again can be reached on Whatsapp at +57-310-708-2454 may also be able to arrange most or all of the things we did, and is obviously a great contact for Raudal.

Additonally, Marcos at Playa Guio through his Naturlog agency may also be able to arrange most or all of the things we did. He can be reached via Whatsapp at +57-315-547-8297 or email at [email protected].

These were all shared tours, and our guides did not speak English though, so if you’d like to have bilingual guides or are interested in a private tour, check out what BnB Colombia has to offer mentioned above.

Photo of a girl walking across a savannah with a tree covered rocky area in the distance.

If you book a tour package through any of the aforementioned options, then you might be able to disregard this section.

However, if you’re doing the trip on your own, interested in day tours, or just want some flexibility like we did, you’ll need to know how to get to Guaviare.

First of all, the easiest thing to do is fly. The small airlines Satena and EasyFly both offer flights from Bogotá to Guaviare.

You can also bus from Bogotá to San José del Guaviare. Be forewarned it is a long bus ride. It took us about 8 hours and included some winding roads at high speed, which is fairly typical of bus travel in Colombia.

We took a night bus, which is what I would recommend if you do bus to San José del Guaviare from Bogotá. We bussed with Flota La Macarena, which can be found in Module 2 in the main Bogotá Salitre bus terminal. A bit of crazy driving aside, the bus was very comfortable and I was able to sleep at least a bit.

Although it isn’t always necessary and sometimes you can find more options at the terminal, you can book ahead online at BusBud .

We also met a girl who had arrived to Guaviare from Caño Cristales and La Macarena. She said it was a long ride in a small 4×4 over mostly unpaved roads. However, if you plan to do both of these, it is a viable option to go between them rather than fly via Bogotá. Since we didn’t do that (although when we learned you could, we kind of regretted already having flights to La Macarena), I don’t have a lot of info on it. I’d only recommend it for those comfortable speaking Spanish and willing to ask around in whichever place you go first. Do keep in mind, you do have to purchase a package with a guide and permission to enter the park to do Caño Cristales.

Photo of a bird preparing to takeoff from a large rock alongside a river.

Where to Stay in San José del Guaviare

If you do book a multi-day package, your accommodations in Guaviare will likely be included.

That was the case with us for our initial couple nights.

We stayed at the Hotel La Panorama those first two nights, which was ok but really basic and not the most comfortable or cleanest. Since it was included, I’m not sure what they charge, but I would at least hope it was really cheap.

Just to be clear, you aren’t going to find any luxury hotels in San José del Guaviare, but the hotel most of the rest of our group was at was much nicer. We moved there after the first two nights and stayed there for most of the rest of our time.

It was named Neller Plaza and was located in a good spot just down the street from the Restaurante Nomada, which we ate at several times. We paid $60,000 COP a night here for a room with a fan, and were quoted $80,000 for A/C (keep in mind this was October 2021, so rates have likely gone up at least a little bit), which I thought was pretty reasonable. It was still pretty basic, but it was a larger room and much cleaner than the Panorama and in a better location with more around it.

Neither of those are listed online, and there really aren’t a whole lot San Josés del Guaviare hotels you can book online.

A couple hotels in Guaviare I did find listed online that have a reasonable number of reviews and look like good options are the Hotel Quinto Nivel and the Hotel El Aereopuerto .

The Hospedaje Casa Blanca also looks like a solid option for apartment style accommodations in San José del Guaviare.

For our final couple nights, we stayed at Playa Guio , which has some terrific cabins on a nice property right near the Laguna Negra, about 15 minutes outside of town. The cabins are sort of a basic glamping.

Photo of a cabin in a forest with a hammock on the porch at Playa Guio in San José del Guaviare Colombia.

The owner Marcos and his wife were really kind, and the food was great. Marcos’s dad built the cabins and they were one of the first eco-tourism projects in Guaviare.

The property was really awesome!

We saw a big family of monkeys go by in the forest just outside our cabin and lots of birds, including a rare and really neat looking speckled brown heron.

Photo of two monkeys climbing in trees.

There are some trails nearby as well. We mostly were lazy after 7 days of being on the go besides going back to the Laguna Negra one day for a swim.

We, of course, did get rained on, and were unable to see the full sunset over the lagoon though.

It was really the perfect relax in nature spot though after a week of lots of hiking.

There is pretty much no internet or cell service here, so it’s a good spot to disconnect too.

If you have more than a few days, I don’t know if I would suggest spending your entire time here as it’s a bit easier to arrange tours from town, but you could also ask Marcos since he operates his Naturlog agency and may be able to arrange visits to anywhere from here.

You can contact Marcos on Whatsapp at +57-315-547-8297 or email at [email protected]. They also have a Facebook Page and Instagram .

Photo of a heron with brown and black spots on a wooden walkway at Playa Guio in Guaviare Colombia.

Where to Eat in San José del Guaviare

I’ve mentioned a handful of places we ate, but want to include a few more to highlight and mention those again here.

We had terrific lunches between stops on tours on two consecutive days at Beraca Charco Indio .

Not only was there delicious and very fresh chicken here but the presentation on the culture and history of the area they do is really nice, as was the tree planting ceremony and seeing different types of coca plants.

They are definitely worth a visit whether you are doing tours or not.

Up close photo of achiote buds that are bright red and fuzzy.

In town, we enjoyed the welcome dinner at Catumare , which serves up food inspired by traditional Amazonic and indigenous recipes. I was excited to get a glass of Acaí juice here.

I can’t remember who got what, but we definitely tried the pescado a la faringa, fish filets fried after being breaded with yuca flour, here and also a quesadilla made with casabe, a dough made from yuca.

The little side of casabe with guacamole we got almost everywhere, including here, as a side was also delicious.

Likewise, we enjoyed our lunch at Picapiedra a lot.

They had great fish breaded with yuca flour known as pescado a la farina, and I got another interesting fish dish smothered in a sauce that includes beer called Picura (I may have that name slightly off).

Photo of a plate with plantains, a piece of fried fish filet, rice, and a salad.

We also had a neat dinner at the Resguardo Indígena one night.

In addition to a tasty fish wrapped in Acaí leaves slow cooked and smoked known as pescado moquiado, there were some neat cultural presentations and explanations on the Tucano people’s culture. I even got a quick cameo in an interview in this video here!

The reserve as known as the Resguardo Panuré . It’s located on the edge of town.

Photo of a piece of fish wrapped in leaves, a piece of casabe with guacamole, and a plantain in a charred peel on a piece of plantain leaf.

In town itself, we ate several times at Nomada .

They had a big menu with lots of options ranging from traditional Colombian fast food dishes like stuffed arepas, to proper plates with chicken, beef, or pork, to quesadillas, to sandwiches.

It’s definitely a really good option for reasonably priced food and a good bit of variety.

Photo of a group of people at a table at Restaurante Nomada in San José del Guaviare, Colombia.

Finally, we had surprisingly good burgers La Hamburguesería , located by a park.

We also had some beers at a place called El Mirador, which overlooks the river. There is a little spot next door that we had heard had good food, but it was closed the day we tried to go there.

Photo of a plate with a fried fish, salad, rice, and plantain chips next to a plastic cup with juice.

Outdoor gear is what you need to pack for Guaviare. And outdoor gear that you don’t mind getting dirty, wet, and sweaty in. Quick dry stuff is definitely a plus too as the climate is tropical, meaning it’s hot and muggy when not raining.

Honestly, we did not come properly prepared for Guaviare.

I had old tennis shoes with hardly any tread left on them, and was slipping and sliding on rocks and mud all trip. They also never dried out properly and stunk to high hell by the end of the trip. In fact, I tossed them afterwards.

Photo of people climbing on rocks and boulders in a forest.

So a good pair of hiking shoes or boots, preferably waterproof, are definitely worth bringing!

These men’s Merrell hiking boots would be a good choice for the guys, and these women’s Columbia boots would be good for the ladies.

Taking along a pair of water shoes , especially if you don’t have waterproof hiking shoes is also a good idea as there are some hikes where you cross little rivers and places to swim with rocks and muddy bottoms.

I also didn’t have a rain jacket, just a simple little flimsy plastic poncho. While I was glad I at least had that, I definitely wish I had a proper jacket, because we got rained on almost every day, including a few pretty hard rains.

Susana had a light one that was really more a windbreaker and also wished she had a proper rain jacket.

Photo of a girl in a light rain jacket and a man in a blue plastic poncho at the rock wall paintings at Cerro Azul in Guaviare Colombia.

So, definitely bring a good rain jacket. Columbia has solid ones for men and women . You could also bring a more proper poncho that saves some space and also gives you some coverage of your pants.

Speaking of pants, I would recommend good hiking long pants. This will protect you from any scrapes from underbrush as well as bug bites. I have several pairs of these Wrangler ATG pants and love them. These cargo joggers would be a good choice for the ladies.

I’d also suggest some long sleeve quick dry shirts too. These help protect from sunburn when the sun is out and bugs too, although short sleeves are also fine.

Photo of someone walking ahead on a path between trees with clouds overhead.

Other things you’ll want to have along include sunscreen , good bug spray , a good water bottle , and a small flashlight .

You’ll also want a bathing suit to swim in at least the Pozos Naturales and perhaps for dips in other watering holes and waterfalls.

Also, I’d recommend a few extra changes of socks and underwear. Especially if you get rained on a lot like we did, you will appreciate having them!

Also, if you need any outdoor gear before you go to Guaviare while in country, definitely check out Decathlon, which has several stores in Bogotá. Their gear, especially the Quechua brand, is decent enough quality and pretty reasonably priced. We stocked up there between Guaviare and Caño Cristales after we learned our lesson that we were not properly prepared!

Photo of people walking on a narrow trail through a forest hiking in Guaviare.

Some Final Practical Tips for Guaviare

  • Can’t stress enough to come to Guavaire prepared for the tropical climate. Come prepared for both hot and humid and rain. Extra changes of clothes is a good idea as well.
  • I would also recommend being in at least moderately decent shape and health. Raudal and Nuevo Tolima were the only really difficult hikes with truly tough inclines, but most do require walking over at times uneven terrain for an hour or more.
  • This is still a fairly isolated and underdeveloped part of Colombia. Be sure to bring any special medications you might need.
  • Cell service was ok in town and even sometimes out in the countryside, but it could also be pretty spotty. I want to say Neller Plaza had wifi but it was iffy too and often down. I wouldn’t try to plan to digital nomad from San José. It’s a good chance to disconnect a bit though.
  • There are ATMs in San José del Guaviare. You should be sure to have cash with you as few places will take cards here, especially outside of town. My experience is ATMs in small town Colombia can often breakdown or run out of money, so I’d probably recommend bringing some from Bogotá or wherever else you’re coming from. If you start to run low, try the ATMs and if need be come back the next day.
  • As I mentioned at the start, Guaviare used to be a conflict zone. We felt very safe at all times. There was not even necessarily much of an army or police presence. Still, it’s not a place I would go wondering around outside the established tourist sites, especially without a local guide and especially in rural areas. It’s never a bad idea to give a quick Google search for recent news as well just to be extra sure conditions remain safe.
  • Guaviare is still very much an off the beaten path type of destination. You should not expect most people to speak English in hotels and restaurants nor should you expect luxury. It’s a great chance to have a bit more of an authentic experience than more established destinations in Colombia though.

Photo of a man standing at the edge of a rocky cliff looking out over a bend of the Guayabero River in Guaviare, Colombia.

Ready to plan a trip to Guaviare, Colombia yourself?

Honestly, I was so impressed with Guaviare!

I had honestly been putting off writing this post for a while because I knew it would end up being incredibly long (which it has!) because we did so much here.

As I mentioned at the start, I would strongly recommend Guaviare over Leticia if you want to do some nature/adventure/wildlife/hiking in the Amazon. Yes, you can actually say you’ve been on the Amazon River in Leticia, but Guaviare has so much more to offer and for me felt much more authentic. If you’re planning to go on a multi-day stay with indigenous communities outside of Leticia, ok, stick with it. If you’re just going for a couple days and going to do the river tour and some things around town, at least strongly consider Guaviare instead.

Of course, it’s even better if you could do both!

I really think assuming Colombia continues on the path of peace, that Guaviare will grow to be a well known nature and adventure destination, and I really encourage you to include it on a visit if you enjoy nature, hiking, and outdoor travel.

If I have convinced you and you do visit Guavaire yourself, I hope this was helpful in planning, and, most importantly, that you have as good a time as we did, and hopefully more sunshine!

Cheers and Happy Exploring!

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If you enjoyed or think you will enjoy Guaviare, you might also enjoy hiking in the eery landscape of the Páramo de Ocetá , going on a wildlife safari in Casanare , and the mystical Cerros de Mavecure . Of course, Leticia and Caño Cristales are great options too.

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In particular, you might want to check out my complete guide to planning a trip to Cartagena , my guide to the best areas to stay , my list of over 75 things to do , my picks for the best Cartagena tours , the best day trips from Cartagena , my suggested packing list , my guide to the Rosario Islands , and my guide to all the beaches of Cartagena .

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tour San José del Guaviare


  • Duración: 4 Días - 3 Noches / 5 Días - 4 Noches
  • Lugar de salida: San José del Guaviare - Aeropuerto Jorge Enrique González.
  • Lugar de llegada: San José del Guaviare - Aeropuerto Jorge Enrique González.

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Recomendaciones para el tour san jose del guaviare plan individual.

1.Transporte: Selecciona tu medio de transporte. Puedes llegar en avión desde Bogotá a San José del Guaviare o elegir la opción terrestre en autobús o vehículo privado. Asegúrate de revisar los horarios y opciones disponibles.

2.Caño Cristales (en temporada): Si viajas en la temporada adecuada (generalmente de junio a noviembre), considera incluir una visita a Caño Cristales, conocido como “el río de los cinco colores”. Es necesario hacer una excursión desde San José del Guaviare.

3.Clima y Ropa: Ten en cuenta que los Llanos Orientales pueden tener un clima cálido y húmedo. Lleva ropa cómoda, protector solar y repelente de insectos.

4. Interacción con la Comunidad Local: Aprovecha para interactuar con la comunidad local y aprender sobre sus tradiciones y estilo de vida. Los llanos colombianos son conocidos por su cultura auténtica y hospitalidad.

5.Respeto por el Medio Ambiente: Respeta la naturaleza y sigue prácticas sostenibles. No dejes basura y sigue las reglas en áreas protegidas.

6.Seguridad: Mantente informado sobre las condiciones de seguridad en la región y sigue las recomendaciones locales para garantizar un viaje seguro.


Notas aclarativas, recibimiento en el aeropuerto de san josé del guaviare., traslados terrestres y fluviales requeridos., alojamiento en san josé del guaviare 3 o 4 noches en hotel seleccionado., alimentación: desayunos, almuerzos y cenas según número de noches., guía certificado profesional., información turística en temas históricos, sociales, culturales, económicos y ambientales., tarjeta de asistencia médica., listado de indumentaria recomendada., tiquetes aéreos ciudad origen – san josé del guaviare – ciudad de origen., gastos y servicios no especificados en el programa., seguro hotelero e iva de alojamiento., tarifas por persona, temporada baja y alta.


acomodación Doble ADulTo

Neller plazas, $ 3.764.000, portico suit, las palmas / quinto nivel, $ 4.021.000, $ 4.064.000, acomodación múltiple adulto, $ 2.671.000, $ 2.928.000, $ 2.971.000, acomodación múltiple niños, $ 2.125.000, $ 2.382.000, $ 2.435.000, temporada baja y alta.


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$ 4.592.000, $ 4.650.000, $ 3.035.000, $ 3.377.000, $ 3.435.000, $ 2.428.000, $ 2.770.000, $ 2.828.000, fechas de salida, junio 07 - 11/ 21 - 25 / 27 - 31 julio 01 - 05 / 18 - 22 agosto 01 - 05 / 15 - 19 septiembre 15 - 19 octubre 10 - 14 / 24 - 28 noviembre 07 - 11 / noviembre 31 - diciembre 04 diciembre 05 - 09 / 19 - 23, $ 2.450.000.

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¿qué hay para hacer en san josé del guaviare durante el tour, ¿cuántas horas se gastan desde bogotá a san josé del guaviare, ¿cuál es el plato típico de guaviare, ¿qué es lo más importante del guaviare, ¿qué caracteriza al guaviare.

Advertencia en desarrollo de lo dispuesto en el artículo 17 de la ley 679 del 2001, la agencia de viajes Ecolombia Tours advierte al viajero que la explotación y abuso sexual de niños, niñas y adolescentes en el país, son sancionados penalmente conforme las leyes vigentes.


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Discover an isolated, unpublished and unexplored Colombia

Photography and Wildlife Observation Tour | San José del Guaviare – Guaviare

Get to know one of the jewels of nature in Colombia that has been hidden from our eyes for many years.

Immerse yourself in the wonderful nature of the department of Guaviare, a real treasure for lovers of birds and biodiversity. This destination offers an unparalleled natural spectacle. It has more than 600 registered bird species, they find their home in the diverse ecosystems of the eastern plains, the Amazon and the remnants of the Guaviare shield.

During our tour, we will explore highly preserved places, where biodiversity is displayed in all its splendor. We will witness incredible landscapes, from majestic rocky outcrops to deep muddy areas. We will also visit areas of natural protection, where flora and fauna intertwine in perfect balance.

San José del Guaviare plays a crucial role in biodiversity conservation. The preservation of its ecosystems contributes to the protection of endangered species and the conservation of fragile habitats.

Don’t miss the opportunity to live this unforgettable adventure in San José del Guaviare. Explore its magnificent landscapes and let yourself be captivated by the natural wealth that this region offers. Get ready to create unforgettable memories as you immerse yourself in the beauty of the wildlife!


  • Travel with biology professionals in a place that combines two incredible ecosystems.
  • Conoce las Macarenias, hermosas plantas acuáticas que visten de rojo a los ríos de la Macarena y de San José del Guaviare.
  • Conoce los pictogramas con más de 8000 años de antigüedad escondidos en la Amazonía colombiana
  • Capture unique photographs of birds, amphibians or reptiles, with professional photography assistance
  • You will experience San José del Guaviare with day and night tours in search of species.


Location: San José del Guaviare Date: 11 to 15 | September | 2024 Duration: 5 days | 4 nights Starting point: San José del Guaviare Airport. End point: San José del Guaviare Airport. Starting time: 11:00 h End time: 13:00 h Level of Physical Demand: 4 (Moderate) Group size: 8 people How to get there: To get to San José del Guaviare you can do it by plane via the airlines, Satena or Clic Air, you can also arrive by land on a journey that lasts approximately 8 hours from Bogotá.


Descripción, professionals and guides on this tour.

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Jhonattan Vanegas

Herpetologist | Wildlife Photographer

One of the best photographers of amphibians, reptiles and wildlife in Colombia. He leads workshops and photography tours. He is a biologist and macro photography expert, full-time nature photographer and leading Colombia tour guide.

He has published 14 scientific articles that contribute to the knowledge and conservation of different species in Colombia. His photographic work has led him to explore all corners of the Colombian territory. His photographs have been published in magazines such as Enfoque Visual, RowZine, Catalog of Amphibians and Reptiles of Colombia among others. He has won the environmental impact category in the Agenda del Mar photography contest (2022). He uses photography and biology as tools to promote conservation through different initiatives, which allow him to make a contribution to the understanding of the behaviors and interactions of species with ecosystems. These two passions have allowed him to take a different look at the unknown and hidden scenery that exists under the mysterious landscapes of the mountains and plains, in order to create a bridge between memory and nature.

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Wilmer Ramírez

Ornitólogo | Guía de Profesional de Aves

Profesional en gestión de recursos naturales y guía profesional de turismo, cuenta con más de 10 años de experiencia como observador e investigador de aves, es un apasionado por la fotografía y el registro de fauna silvestre. En Colombia, ha tenido el privilegio de observar y documentar 981 especies de aves, de las 1934 que se reportan actualmente en el país. Específicamente en San José del Guaviare, ha tenido una destacada participación, registrando 638 especies de las 687 reportadas para este departamento. Su contribución va más allá, ya que ha aportado significativamente al conocimiento local al realizar la ampliación de distribución en 6 artículos científicos de 72 de las 687 especies registradas en San José del Guaviare.


  • Permanent photographic assistance during the tour.
  • Assistance in remote photography of species in action.
  • Assistance in managing flash and lighting during day and night tours.
  • Assistance for photography of amphibians and reptiles.


Price in colombian pesos (cop).

$  3.810.000 Por Persona

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Gracias a la fotografía y el turismo de naturaleza podemos mostrar la cara más hermosa de Colombia, generando nuevas oportunidades para las comunidades aisladas de nuestro país.


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Expedition to San Jose del Guaviare

  • Flight ticket from Bogota-San Jose-Bogota. (we can arrange it for you with the airline).
  • Personal expenses.

Cano Rosado River

  • The commercial flights are only Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday.
  • According to the plan you may choose, we will adjust the availability of the flight and the activities.
  • San Jose the capital city with about 100.000 inhabitants, which is developing at the bank of the Guaviare river in the Amazonian jungle where the climate is hot and wet.
  • WARNING: Guaviare is a destination that changes totally according to the climate, whereby, during the rainy season, May to October roughly, because of the large amount of rain, the rivers grow dramatically.  This can cause landscape changes making it difficult to visit some of the aforementioned locations. While it is equally beautiful to visit in both seasons, some places are best visited in rainy season and some others better in the dry season. 
  • MANDATORY: Yellow fever vaccination at least 15 days before.
  • El Raudal Angosturas 2 on the Guayabero river is a destination that is better to visit only in the dry season.
  • in the Amazon winter season, we can see nice waterfalls, (June to November) but in dry amazon season, waterfalls are not good to visit
  • This trip is best for active people with some experience in outdoor activities, you don’t need to be a sports person but at least capable of hiking at minimum of 4 hours in a day, or 10Kms because the outdoor nature of the activities.
  • The climate is wet jungle and around 36C° degrees during the dry season, but in rainy season can be around 24C°.  and in the evening around 19C° with plenty  of rain.
  • It is important to understand that the food included in the plan is prepared by the people of the community and the menu is based on typical products of the region, avoiding using products from other regions. If you wish, you can ask for the details of this menu and in case you need or want food that is not from the area, we ask for your understanding and we suggest that you take it as part of your luggage.
  • A small backpack
  • Clothes for hot weather that include some long sleeves, preferably of fast drying fabrics such as dry-fit
  • A light sweater
  • Swimming suit
  • Two pairs of shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Small personal first aid kit
  • Small personal hygiene kit
  • Large but light plastic bags for packing clothes and garbage

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Tour a la Serranía de la Lindosa, San José del Guaviare

Vista General

La Serranía de la Lindosa en el Guaviare  es un destino mágico, místico, agreste y natural,  aquí entenderemos las cosas simples de la vida dejando atrás los lujos y las vanidades. Es un destino cercano a Bogotá por una vía en muy buen estado, lleno de historias inspiradoras de seres humanos que se resisten a ser olvidados; además es una tierra de paz y muy segura para visitar.

La Serranía de la Lindosa  es una cadena de formaciones rocosas perteneciente al escudo Guayanés (las rocas más antiguas del planeta) ubicadas en el departamento del Guaviare, con una extensión de 12.000 hectáreas.

Durante 3 días y 2 noches estaremos visitando los lugares más emblemáticos de la Serranía, entre ellos; la puerta de Orión una roca gigante llena de mitos y leyendas, navegaremos por la laguna Negra y conoceremos fauna y flora representativa de la región. Conoceremos Cerro Azul y el Raudal del Guyabero  para avistar sus pictogramas con más de 12.000 años de antigüedad, ellas cuentan las historias milenarias de los pueblos de la Amazonía y la Orinoquia.

Disfrutaremos de la riqueza  hídrica y   de los afloramientos rocosos del precámbrico, caminaremos por sus bastas sabanas  milenarias para ver rocas de todas las formas, degustaremos la rica gastronomía y aprenderemos del diario vivir de las personas que habitan este lugar.

Definitivamente una región por descubrir muy segura y acogedora lista para ser visitada.

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  • 🗓️Salidas programadas 2023 desde 10 personas🗓️
  • 🕒Abril 29-30-1 mayo
  • 🕒Mayo 20-21-22
  • 🕒Junio 10-11-12
  • 🕒Julio 1-2-3
  • 🕒Agosto 19-20-21
  • 🕒Octubre 1-15-16
  • 🕒Noviembre 11-12-13


Nos encontraremos muy temprano en la mañana en el punto de encuentro asignado y el guía coordinador nos dará las recomendaciones para esta aventura. Después de esto nos desplazaremos hasta San José del Guaviare, este recorrido tendrá una duración aproximada de 8 horas por carretera.

Día 1 Llegada e inicio de la Aventura, Puerta de Orión y Laguna Negra

Una vez en San José del Guaviare llegaremos a desayunar para recargar energías, aquí ya nos alistamos para emprender una caminata por rocas y túneles asombrosos en medio del bosque seco tropical. Apreciaremos los ecosistemas más característicos de este lugar hasta llegar a la mítica Puerta de Orión allí nos tomaremos muy buenas fotografías. Almuerzo y nos alistamos para conocer la Laguna negra, para llegar allí debemos tomar un transporte 4x4 que nos llevará hasta a ella y así apreciar la flora y fauna acompañado del atardecer mediante un recorrido en el río caño retiro hasta llegar a la laguna Negra. Desplazamiento hasta el lugar de hospedaje para descansar.

Día 2 Cerro azul y Raudal del Guayabero

Muy temprano en la mañana nos desplazaremos a la plaza del municipio para degustar de un típico y delicioso desayuno y así tomar un transporte 4x4 que nos llevará hasta las pinturas rupestres de Cerro Azul, aquí nos contarán sobre el turismo comunitario que se desarrolla en esta vereda entorno a las pictografías, además conoceremos algunos misterios que este lugar encierra. Después de esto nos desplazamos hasta el Raudal del Guayabero para almorzar, aquí también conoceremos su turismo comunitario, navegaremos por el río Guyabero, caminaremos hasta uno de los miradores más hermosos de la región y desde allí podemos ver la Serranía de la Macarena y la Lindosa, además de conocer un panel con pinturas rupestres . Regreso al lugar de hospedaje Descanso

Día 3 Túneles, pozos y jacuzzis naturales

Amanece en San José y nos espera un buen desayuno para prepararnos a visitar unas formaciones rocosas y túneles naturales en medio de la sabana hasta llegar al famoso Jakuzzi, un lugar de aguas cristalinas en donde podemos refrescarnos y así continuar nuestra travesía hasta la recebera , aquí también gozaremos de sus pozos refrescantes y sus variadas formas. Almuerzo, cierre y despedida Fin de nuestros servicios.


  • ✅Transporte: Bogotá- San José del Guaviare-Bogotá y Transportes internos 4x4
  • ✅Alojamiento: 2 noches de alojamiento en hostal acomodación múltiple
  • ✅Alimentación: Almuerzos x 3, Desayunos x 3, Refrigerios x 2
  • ✅Actividades: Visita puerta de Orión, Visita pozos naturales, Visita valle de los laberintos, Visita cerro azul ( Pinturas rupestres ) Visita Raudal del Guayabero, Visita Laguna Negra
  • ✅Otros: Seguro de viaje, Guía Coordinador, Guía Local
  • No incluye 🚫
  • 🚫Gastos no especificados en el plan.
  • 🚫Propinas ni cenas

Ubicación Del Tour

¿qué indumentaria debo llevar.

Recuerda que el destino es clima cálido por lo tanto se debe llevar ropa muy cómoda de colores claros, de secado rápido, camisetas y shorts para tres días, sin embargo días antes al viaje enviaremos todas las recomendaciones y especificaciones de lo que se debe llevar

¿Debo llevar dinero?

Todo depende de cada persona y lo que quiere comprar en el camino durante las paradas que tenemos para descansar, dar algunas propinas y llevar diferentes suvenires

¿Cómo es la acomodación en el hospedaje?

Recuerda que nos hospedaremos en alojamientos rurales, por lo tanto la mayoria del hospedaje será en cabañas

¿Tenemos menús vegetarianos?

Claro que sí, unos días antes se enviara con detalle los menús que tomaremos para que cada participante escoja a su gusto, además si usted es vegetariano hágalo saber a la persona que le hizo la reserva

¿Dónde es el punto de encuentro?

Nos encontraremos en el punto asignado por parte del equipo de Adrenaline, unos días antes de la fecha de viaje les enviaremos todos los detalles.

¿Desde qué edad se puede realizar la actividad?

Desde los 10 años de edad con la compañía de uno de los padres

¿Debo tener vacunas para este viaje?

Si, se recomienda estar vacunado contra la fiebre amarilla.


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¿qué hay para hacer en guaviare.

Si buscas escapar del ajetreo y sumergirte en la naturaleza, Guaviare es tu destino ideal, la Serranía de La Lindosa te sorprenderá con sus túneles naturales, arte rupestre antiquisimo, pozos cristalinos y la Puerta de Orión, una formación rocosa única, observa la fauna salvaje, prueba la deliciosa gastronomía local y descubre los secretos de sus sitios arqueológicos, aventúrate en el avistamiento de delfines rosados o contempla la magia de sus ríos teñidos de rosa por las plantas acuáticas, ¡Guaviare te invita a vivir una experiencia inolvidable!

Nota: La disponibilidad de nuestros planes y tours, dependen de dos temporadas, la temporada de lluvias (va desde mayo hasta diciembre) y la temporada de verano (va desde diciembre hasta mayo), echa un vistazo.

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Guaviare, Colombia – Sur America

Geotours del Guaviare, con Registro Nacional de Turismo (RNT) 39244 y Número de Identificación Tributaria (NIT) 1120566605 , legalmente constituidos desde el 2015, con 9 años de experiencia en el mercado, nuestra especialidad es el turismo de naturaleza con enfoque comunitario en San José del Guaviare, contamos con guías profesionales y bilingües, nuestros tours incluyen servicios de alimentación, transporte, hospedajes, entradas a los atractivos turísticos, IVA incluido y guías de turismo locales, nuestra oficina física se encuentra en el aeropuerto Jorge enrique González, en el local comercial 3.


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Es un departamento ubicado en el norte de la región amazónica de Colombia, nuestra capital es San José del Guaviare, una ciudad joven y vibrante que se encuentra en el límite entre la Orinoquía y la Amazonía, nuestra población está conformada por un mosaico de grupos étnicos, entre los que se destacan los indígenas Nukak Baka, Tukano Oriental, Desano y Jiw, estos grupos conservan sus tradiciones y costumbres ancestrales, somos un destino turístico emergente que ofrece una gran variedad de —atractivos naturales y culturales.

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Tour San José del Guaviare: Contempla las pinturas rupestres en Colombia, navega y atraviesa ciudades de piedra – 4 días y 3 noches

San josé de guaviare,, cod-tour: 7056.

Sujeto a hora de llegada

NE 5 - Mabaco

El tiempo ha esculpido la roca mientras que las civilizaciones han grabado en ella su cultura y cosmovisiones, en esta excursión la pintura rupestre y las formaciones rocosas se unen para mostrarte la huella milenaria de civilizaciones y seres vivos cerca de San José de Guaviare, navegando en medio de ríos, cascadas y lagunas que te permitirán nadar con delfines rosados.

Con esta experiencia estarás apoyando a emprendedores rurales e indígenas del grupo étnico Tucano  con la salvaguarda de su patrimonio cultural y el fortalecimiento de su economía local.

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Lo que vivirás

Somos un grupo de jóvenes conformados por 10 líderes comunitarios y 42 anfitriones locales, que nos hemos comprometido a proteger y conservar nuestros recursos naturales y culturales, haciendo un uso sostenible de la actividad turística y como forma de resiliencia y superación de las heridas derivadas del conflicto armado.

Creamos una red comunitaria de guías, restaurantes y hoteles porque buscamos realzar nuestra comida típica, nuestras fincas y saberes rurales, así como nuestra riqueza étnica derivada de la cultura indígena de los Tucano.

📢Esta experiencia tiene 2 tipos de itinerarios que varían en función de los meses en los que decidas vivirla, el primer itinerario se desarrolla de enero a abril y el segundo itinerario entre mayo y diciembre📢

Tour san josé del guaviare – temporada de verano ☀️ : enero – abril, 🪨 día 1 ruta rocosa: serranía la lindosa → ciudades de piedra → jacuzzis naturales.

Iniciamos esta experiencia con un almuerzo típico de la región y a la 01:00 pm nos marchamos hacia una excursión de 3 km a través de formaciones rocosas características de la Serranía La Lindosa, donde el tiempo ha esculpido las rocas para dar paso a diversas formas, desde ciudades de piedra, jacuzzi naturales, miradores de piedras, hasta el punto de crear túneles naturales , que al atravesarlos, te guiarán al encuentro con un cielo teñido de tonos naranjas y púrpuras anunciando un tranquilo atardecer, que tendrás la oportunidad de apreciar en medio de una lancha con la cual atravesarás el Río Guaviare , para finalizar el día con una rica cena.

🎨 DÍA 2 Ruta rupestre: Tour a Cerro Azul Guaviare → Explora las pinturas rupestres en Colombia

Desayunamos y salimos a las 06:00 am, este día iniciamos una gran aventura con una caminata de 4km hacia murales en roca con pinturas rupestres en Colombia de diez mil años de antigüedad , cuya majestuosidad se afianza a través de pictogramas con una extensión de más de 150 metros, los cuales trataremos de interpretar por medio de un viaje imaginativo hacia hechos sociales e históricos cargados de misticismo y que fueron de inspiración para los primeros pobladores a fin de plasmarlos en roca. Asimismo, atravesarás cavernas que te permitirán llegar al mirador Cerro Azul que te ofrecerá una vista panorámica de la imponente selva amazónica.

A las 05:30 pm retornamos al hospedaje para cenar y descansar.

🌅 DÍA 3 Ruta Nare: Navega en la Laguna Damas del Nare → Avistamiento de delfines rosados

A las 06:00 am, después de desayunar, la Laguna Damas del Nare te espera, a través de una caminata de 6 km, es un lugar mágico rodeado de la selva amazónica, allí podrás presenciar de cerca el avistamiento de delfines rosados e incluso nadar con ellos , quienes danzarán y jugarán, convirtiéndose en los protagonistas del momento, de hecho, la comunidad los considera como miembros de sus familias.

🌌 DÍA 4 Ruta Orión: Ríos teñidos de rojo por la ninfa de las aguas

Desayunamos y partimos a las 08:00 am a una caminata atravesando una vez más el espectáculo de formaciones rocosas, en esta ocasión te toparás con otras piezas de arte natural, como miradores, cavernas, cascadas e incluso portales en roca, hasta llegar a Caño Negro, donde navegarás en medio de un bosque flotante , con un paisaje misterioso pintado de rojo por una planta acuática , de nombre “Macarenia Clavigera”, conocida como la ninfa de las aguas, sin duda, activará tu adrenalina y espíritu aventurero.

Regresamos a San José de Guaviare a las 05:00 pm.

🥁🔥Velada indígena o mezcla étnica como valor agregado:🔥🥁

En cualquier noche de este itinerario podría llevarse a cabo una velada con comunidades indígenas en un resguardo cercano a San José de Guaviare, quienes te compartirán sus técnicas y conocimientos para la creación de platos típicos y artesanías; así como bailarás al compás de las danzas de la comunidad indígena de Tucano, una de las etnias a nivel  lingüístico más ricas de la región de la Amazonía Colombiana.

Tour San José del Guaviare – Temporada de INVIERNO 🌧️ : Mayo – Diciembre

🌄 día 1 ruta rocosa → caverna de los vientos.

iniciamos esta experiencia con un desayuno típico de la región y a la 8:00 AM, nos marchamos hacia una excursión de 3 km a través de formaciones rocosas, transitaremos por favelas de lechos rocosos sedimentarios marítimos, con presencia de icnofósiles; luego por el río evidenciaremos el poder del agua, rompiendo la roca compactada y formando estos sumideros glaciares. Retornaremos al alojamiento para finalizar el día con una rica cena.

🌙 DÍA 2 Ruta rupestre: Tour a Cerro Azul Guaviare → Explora las pinturas rupestres en Colombia

Desayunamos y salimos a las 06:00 am, este día iniciamos una gran aventura con una caminata de 4km hacia murales en roca con pintura rupestre de diez mil años de antigüedad , cuya majestuosidad se afianza a través de pictogramas con una extensión de más de 150 metros, los cuales trataremos de interpretar por medio de un viaje imaginativo hacia hechos sociales e históricos cargados de misticismo y que fueron de inspiración para los primeros pobladores a fin de plasmarlos en roca. Asimismo, atravesarás cavernas que te permitirán llegar al mirador Cerro Azul que te ofrecerá una vista panorámica de la imponente selva amazónica.

🐬 DÍA 3 Ruta Nare: Navega en la Laguna Damas del Nare → Avistamiento de delfines rosados

A las 06:00 am, después de desayunar, la Laguna Damas del Nare te espera a través de una caminata de 6 km, es un lugar mágico rodeado de la selva amazónica donde podrás presenciar de cerca el avistamiento de delfines rosados e incluso nadar con ellos , quienes danzarán y jugarán, convirtiéndose en los protagonistas del momento, de hecho, la comunidad los considera como miembros de sus familias.

🌅 DÍA 4 Ruta Orión: Ríos teñidos de rojo por la ninfa de las aguas

⚠ ️aviso importante ⚠ ️.

La ejecución o el orden de las actividades está sujeta a cambios sin previo aviso, a discreción del anfitrión local, debido a condiciones climáticas, riesgos naturales o circunstancias de fuerza mayor. Estas modificaciones tienen como prioridad la seguridad y el bienestar de nuestros visitantes.

Además, la duración de las actividades puede ajustarse, ya sea acortándose o prolongándose, dependiendo de las condiciones climáticas o de los itinerarios de llegada y salida de los pasajeros.

Apreciamos tu retroalimentación, la cual contribuye a fortalecer la promoción del turismo comunitario y los productos locales. En caso de inquietudes o desacuerdos, te animamos a comunicarte directamente con el emprendedor anfitrión en el momento o dentro del mismo día para encontrar una pronta solución.

Alojamiento urbano con ventilador (acom. doble)

  • Alojamiento urbano con ventilador
  • Transporte 4×4 para las rutas turísticas
  • Lancha rápida para navegar hasta Nare*
  • Canoa. con motor en la ruta del Nare
  • Alimentación diaria con base al itinerario
  • Guía de turismo especializado de la región
  • Aportes. para los sitios turísticos
  • Seguro de asistencia médica
  • Velada o ruta indígena
  • No incluye propinas
  • No incluye tiquetes aéreos o terrestres para llegar o salir de San José de Guaviare
  • El plan incluye gastos no estipulados

A San José del Guaviare puedes llegar en bus desde la Terminal de Transportes Salitre de Bogotá, cada trayecto puede durar hasta 9 horas. También, puedes llegar en bus desde Villavicencio.

Adicionalmente, puedes llegar por vía aérea por medio de las aerolíneas Easyfly o Satena.

¿Qué llevar?

  • Llevar zapato cerrado y para mojar
  • Traje de baño
  • Ropa de rápido secado
  • Impermeable y/o Chaqueta cortavientos
  • Camisa manga larga
  • Paños húmedos
  • Se recomienda tener vacunas contra el tétano y fiebre amarilla
  • Binoculares para la observación de avifauna
  • Morral pequeño para las caminatas por la naturaleza
  • Botella para llevar agua

Para reserva: 

  • Para reservar la experiencia debe consignar el 50% del valor de la reserva y consignar el excedente del paquete mínimo dos días antes del tour.
  • Debes portar tu tapabocas, gel antibacterial, alcohol y toalla.
  • En caso de cancelación de la reserva notificar con más de 15 días de antelación para no incurrir en gastos, devolución del 100%
  • Cancelación entre el día cinco y quince de antelación, incurre en gastos del 50% (devolución del 50%).
  • Cancelación con menos de 5 días de antelación incurre en gastos del 100% (devolución del 0%).
  • Los itinerarios están sujetos a cambios sin previo aviso por factores climáticos o fuerza mayor y cualquier modificación del plan por el cliente tiene costo adicional asumido por el mismo y está sujeto a disponibilidad

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La experiencia en el Guaviare con la compañía de viajes Esariri fue espectacular.! Quedamos sobrecogidos con la belleza y la exuberancia de sus tierras, sus atardeceres de ensueño, sus pinturas místicas, sus aguas de colores y sus monumentos de piedra como de otro planeta. Sin duda haber escogido a viajes Esariri como nuestro acompañante y guía, hizo de esta experiencia la mejor que hemos tenido en nuestra bella Colombia. GRACIAS!!!

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BEATRIZ ELENA VELEZ PALACIO (propietario verificado) – 20/02/2023

Quería darte las gracias por todo. Nos fue excelente. Vinimos enamoradas de toda la zona. Y toda la logística, de nuestra guía allá solo agradecidas por su dulzura. Por su pasión por lo que hace y estuvimos muy bien atendidas

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El departamento del Guaviare se encuentra dentro de la Amazonía colombiana, la cual es una de las regiones biogeográficas del país con mayor biodiversidad. San José del Guaviare es donde el llano se encuentra con la selva y es donde vivirás una nueva aventura.

El municipio abre sus puertas al mundo mostrando su diversidad cultural, su riqueza de flora, fauna, hídrica y afloramientos rocosos del precámbrico, proyectándose así al mundo como un destino turístico indiscutible donde el contacto con la naturaleza, la tranquilidad, la belleza de sus paisajes y la amabilidad de su gente hace de este municipio un lugar bello e interesante.

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Río de los 5 Colores de Guaviare


Túneles y cascadas Guaviare


Laguna Negra y Puentes Naturales Guaviare

*Este cronograma está sujeto a cambios

Punto de encuentro Tour Guaviare

Acorde a la fecha seleccionada ( viernes ) el punto de encuentro  FARMATODO calle 53 con av. Boyacá, a las 5:00 pm,  POR FAVOR PUNTUALIDAD.

Características de Guaviare

Lugar: Municipio San José del Guaviare Temperatura: 27°C M.S.N.M.: 175 Ecosistema: Bosque Tropical. Nivel de exigencia: Media.

Recomendaciones y Notas sobre Guaviare

  • Cabe resaltar en primera instancia que visitaremos un destino hermoso con infraestructura poco desarrollada, sin embargo Conexión Natural preparará lo mejor posible la planta física y el capital humano; cabe hacer hincapié que los hoteles son sencillos pero aseados y con buena atención, de igual manera las comidas son tipo caseras pero con su calidad correspondiente.
  • El cronograma está sujeto a cambios por las condiciones climáticas, al igual que las horas expuestas pueden variar dado el ritmo y las capacidades físicas de las personas que participaran en el plan turístico.
  • Importante vacunarse contra la fiebre amarilla 15 días antes del Tour Guaviare. La vacuna oscila entre los 50.000-70.000, en lo posible deben llevar el carnet de vacunación para el viaje. En el aeropuerto y terminar de transporte la vacuna es gratis, también se recomiendan las vacunas de Influenza y Meningococo.
  • Llevar: ropa cómoda y tenis con excelente agarre, ropa que se considere necesaria para 3 días (incluir tenis adicionales), llevar camisas manga larga para evitar quemaduras del sol, bolsas grandes, repelente de insectos, toalla, linterna, bloqueador solar y gorra tipo pesquero.
  • Durante el tour es época de invierno y a su vez en una zona de clima caliente, por lo cual se recomienda llevar sudadera o pantalón ligero (no se recomienda jean ajustado).
  • Si llegasen a existir, informarnos con anterioridad sobre sus dificultades de salud.
  • Llevar una mochila o maleta pequeña para cargar sus cosas durante las caminatas.
  • No olvide los documentos cedula, carnet EPS y libreta Militar.
  • Los elementos electrónicos (celular, cámara, Tablet, ipad etc..) son responsabilidad de cada persona.
  • En el precio de la actividad incluye desayunos almuerzos y cena, NO incluye refrigerios ni tampoco hidratación.
  • En caso de viajar un menor de edad sin sus padres, debe llevar una carta de permiso donde estipule nombre completos, cedula y teléfonos de los padres.
  • Conexión Natural no se hace responsable por perdida de itinerario o tiempo cuando es causado por factores climáticos que no permitan que el turista ingrese a la reserva natural, para Conexión Natural prima la seguridad del turista, no se realizará desembolsos por dicha actividad perdida. Cabe resaltar que rara vez ocurre, ya que se tiene en cuenta estos factores a la hora de realizar el cronograma, sin embargo cuando ocurre es dado a fuertes lluvias que hacen que los Caños se desborden al punto que es un riesgo para el caminante recorrer los senderos.

Precio Tour Guaviare

Precios por persona $1.200.000 pesos colombianos, incluye: transporte ida, regreso e interno, hospedaje, desayuno, almuerzo y cena, ingreso a las reservas, actividades de integración, seguro de accidente, guías especializados fotografías y videos digitales, NO incluye refrigerios ni tampoco hidratación, tampoco es posible el cambio de fecha.

Se debe realizar un abono de $300.000 lo más pronto posible con el fin de separar el cupo y pagar el seguro de accidente. El plan debe estar completamente pago 15 días antes del viaje.

El caminante puede cancelar la reservación, sin multas y recibir un rembolso del 100% del dinero si lo realiza con quince (15) días de anterioridad a la fecha de viaje, después de los cuales NO se realizará devolución del mismo.

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San José del Guaviare: El Destino Emergente que lo Tiene Todo

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San José del Guaviare , la capital del departamento de Guaviare , se presenta como una puerta vibrante hacia la inexplorada Amazonía colombiana, un lugar donde la biodiversidad y la riqueza cultural se entrelazan en un tapiz de belleza natural. Este municipio , situado en el corazón de Colombia, es un destino que despierta la curiosidad de viajeros y exploradores en busca de autenticidad y aventura.

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San José del Guaviare no es solo una ciudad , sino también un territorio de encuentro entre diferentes ríos , bosques , y sabanas , ofreciendo una diversidad de paisajes que cautivan a cualquier que los visite. La región ha sido testigo del paso del tiempo, desde épocas prehispánicas hasta la llegada de colonos , y ha sabido conservar su esencia a lo largo de los años.

La biodiversidad de este lugar es simplemente asombrosa, hogar de numerosas especies de animales y árboles , algunos de los cuales solo se encuentran en esta zona del mundo. Además, San José del Guaviare es el hogar de comunidades indígenas que han vivido en armonía con la naturaleza durante siglos, ofreciendo una rica experiencia cultural a quienes los visitan.

¿Cómo llegar a San José del Guaviare?

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Llegar a San José del Guaviare desde Bogotá , la capital de Colombia, es una aventura en sí misma. La distancia entre ambas ciudades se puede cubrir por aire o por tierra, cada opción ofreciendo su propia experiencia única.

Por aire, hay vuelos regulares que conectan Bogotá con San José del Guaviare, reduciendo significativamente el tiempo de viaje y ofreciendo vistas espectaculares del vasto paisaje colombiano desde arriba. Esta opción es ideal para aquellos que buscan maximizar su tiempo en el destino.

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Por tierra, el viaje es más largo pero ofrece la oportunidad de observar de cerca la diversidad del paisaje colombiano. Pasando por Villavicencio , la ruta se adentra en el territorio de Meta y atraviesa paisajes de sabanas y bosques antes de llegar al departamento de Guaviare. La duración del viaje puede variar, pero es una oportunidad única para aquellos que desean explorar la región a un ritmo más tranquilo.

¿Qué hacer en San José del Guaviare?

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Explorar San José del Guaviare es sumergirse en un territorio donde la historia, la cultura y la naturaleza se encuentran en una danza eterna, ofreciendo a los viajeros una experiencia inolvidable. Aquí te presento una guía detallada sobre los principales atractivos de esta fascinante región de Colombia:

1. Cerro Azul y Nuevo Tolima

Estos sitios, ubicados en la Serranía de la Lindosa, son famosos por sus impresionantes conjuntos de pinturas rupestres, que datan de miles de años. Aquí, los visitantes pueden admirar representaciones de figuras humanas, animales y escenas cotidianas, ofreciendo una visión profunda de las culturas antiguas que una vez habitaron la región​​.

Además de su importancia arqueológica, Cerro Azul y Nuevo Tolima se erigen como centinelas de la memoria y la historia, donde cada pictograma narra una parte del vasto legado cultural de los antiguos habitantes de la región. Estos lugares no solo ofrecen una ventana al pasado a través de las pinturas que decoran sus paredes, sino que también invitan a una reflexión sobre la conexión entre el hombre y la naturaleza, y cómo esta relación se ha manifestado a lo largo de milenios.

2. Puerta de Orión

Un monumento natural imponente conocido por su enorme arco de piedra. Según la creencia local, durante el solsticio de verano, es posible observar el Cinturón de Orión a través de esta formación rocosa, lo que la convierte en un lugar mágico para los amantes de la naturaleza y la astronomía​​.

Este sitio no solo fascina por sus dimensiones y la belleza natural que lo rodea, sino también por el misterio que encierra.

3. Ciudad de Piedra

Un enigmático conjunto de rocas milenarias que despierta la curiosidad sobre su origen. Algunas teorías sugieren que estas formaciones rocosas, que crean laberintos y cavernas, podrían haber sido intervenidas por antiguas civilizaciones. Es un sitio ideal para la exploración y la espeleología​​.

La Ciudad de Piedra es un testimonio de la era precámbrica, sus formaciones de piedra caliza se distribuyen con una simetría que desafía explicaciones simples, ofreciendo a los visitantes un laberinto natural de belleza y misterio.

4. Pozos Naturales

Los ríos y cascadas del Guaviare son parte de su encanto, con pozos naturales de aguas claras y colores vibrantes, producto de la rica biodiversidad vegetal y mineral. Estas piscinas naturales son el resultado de formaciones rocosas y ofrecen un refrescante escape en la naturaleza​​.

Esta experiencia no solo ofrece un escape del calor tropical, sino también una oportunidad para reflexionar sobre la importancia de preservar estos ecosistemas vitales para la biodiversidad del planeta​.

5. Túneles Naturales

Formaciones rocosas que desafían la gravedad y crean un paisaje único para explorar. Los túneles naturales son una de las atracciones turísticas más visitadas de la región, ofreciendo a los visitantes la oportunidad de aventurarse en el corazón de la naturaleza del Guaviare​​.

Además, estos pasajes subterráneos naturales brindan una experiencia mística, como adentrarse en un mundo perdido. La frescura del aire y la singularidad de la luz que se filtra a través de las aperturas en los túneles ofrecen un espectáculo visual y sensorial que convierte a cada visita en una aventura inolvidable.

6. Laguna Negra

Conocida por el tono oscuro de sus aguas, esta laguna ofrece un paisaje impresionante y tranquilidad. Ubicada a pocos kilómetros de San José del Guaviare, es un lugar perfecto para disfrutar de la paz y belleza natural que caracteriza a la región​.

Además de su atmósfera serena y las aguas oscurecidas que dan nombre a Laguna Negra , este lugar es un escenario perfecto para la observación de aves y otras especies de vida silvestre que habitan en los alrededores.

7. Caño Sabana

Parte de la Ruta de Orión, esta área destaca por sus formaciones rocosas y una piscina natural profunda, ideal para refrescarse después de una caminata. La ruta hacia Caño Sabana ofrece vistas espectaculares y la oportunidad de apreciar la biodiversidad única de la región​.

Además, este lugar es emblemático por su paisaje de llanura inundable, donde las aguas cristalinas se mezclan con la exuberante vegetación, creando un mosaico de colores naturales que cambian con las estaciones.

8. Reserva Nacional Natural Nukak

Es una de las áreas protegidas más importantes de la región, hogar de la comunidad indígena Nukak, uno de los últimos pueblos nómadas del mundo. Esta reserva ofrece una mirada única a las tradiciones y formas de vida que están en armonía con la selva amazónica.

La Reserva Nacional Natural Nukak representa no solo un santuario de biodiversidad, sino también un compromiso profundo con la preservación cultural y ambiental en el corazón de Colombia. La visita a la reserva es una experiencia transformadora, que conecta a los viajeros con la esencia misma de la Amazonía y sus habitantes ancestrales, enfatizando la importancia de proteger estos tesoros naturales y culturales para las futuras generaciones.

9. Balneario Tranquilandia

Un lugar perfecto para disfrutar de las aguas claras y la tranquilidad de la selva. Ideal para relajarse y disfrutar de la naturaleza en un ambiente sereno. Además de ser un oasis de paz y belleza natural, el Balneario Tranquilandia ofrece a los visitantes una experiencia única de conexión con la naturaleza. Este idílico lugar es el punto de encuentro perfecto para familias y grupos de amigos que buscan disfrutar de un día de descanso, rodeados de paisajes impresionantes.

Aquí, las aguas cristalinas invitan a sumergirse en un entorno de pura tranquilidad, mientras que las áreas verdes son ideales para picnics o simplemente relajarse bajo la sombra de los árboles. La serenidad del lugar, combinada con la hospitalidad de los locales, hace que una visita al Balneario Tranquilandia sea un recuerdo inolvidable en cualquier viaje a San José del Guaviare.

10. La Recebera

Una fascinante área donde es posible observar el proceso de recolección y preparación de frutas locales, una actividad vital para las comunidades locales y una experiencia cultural única para los visitantes. Es aquí donde los visitantes tienen la oportunidad única de sumergirse en las técnicas tradicionales de cultivo y recolección que han sido pasadas de generación en generación.

Este espacio no solo educa sobre la importancia de preservar las tradiciones agrícolas, sino que también subraya el papel crucial de las comunidades locales en la conservación de los ecosistemas.

11. Reserva Natural El Diamante de las Aguas

Una zona protegida que ofrece vistas espectaculares y la oportunidad de observar una amplia variedad de flora y fauna local en su hábitat natural. Además, la Reserva Natural El Diamante de las Aguas sirve como un santuario para la conservación de especies endémicas y migratorias, destacando su papel crucial en la protección de los ecosistemas acuáticos y terrestres de la región.

Este lugar no solo es un refugio para la vida silvestre sino también un espacio para la educación ambiental y la investigación, promoviendo la sensibilización sobre la importancia de conservar la biodiversidad única de San José del Guaviare​

12. Río Guaviare

No solo es un atractivo natural por su belleza y biodiversidad, sino también un lugar de importancia cultural e histórica. La navegación en el río permite descubrir paisajes únicos y acceder a zonas remotas de gran valor ecológico y arqueológico. Además de su impresionante biodiversidad y su significado cultural, el Río Guaviare sirve como un corredor vital que conecta diversas comunidades y ecosistemas a lo largo de su curso.

Este río no solo es fundamental para la economía local, proporcionando recursos para la pesca y el transporte, sino que también juega un papel crucial en el sustento de la flora y fauna únicas de la región. Al viajar por el Río Guaviare, los visitantes pueden experimentar la impresionante belleza de sus aguas, disfrutar de atardeceres espectaculares y avistar la rica vida silvestre que lo rodea, lo que convierte a este río en una arteria esencial de vida y cultura en el corazón del Guaviare.

13. Festival de las Colonias

Una celebración que tiene lugar en San José del Guaviare, donde se pueden experimentar las tradiciones culturales de la región, incluida la música, la danza y la gastronomía local. Este festival es una oportunidad para vivir la alegría y el colorido de la comunidad local.

14. Laguna Damas del Nare

Conocida por sus delfines de agua dulce, esta laguna es un destino imperdible para aquellos interesados en la vida silvestre y la belleza natural de los paisajes acuáticos del Guaviare.

La experiencia de ver a estos majestuosos animales en su hábitat natural es verdaderamente inolvidable, ofreciendo momentos únicos de conexión con la naturaleza. Además de los delfines, la Laguna Damas del Nare es un lugar ideal para el avistamiento de aves y disfrutar de la tranquilidad y el esplendor del entorno natural. Este es un sitio perfecto para aquellos que buscan paz y un profundo contacto con los ecosistemas únicos del Guaviare​.

15. Parque Nacional Natural Serranía de Chiribiquete

Aunque más remoto y no siempre accesible para el turismo general, este parque es uno de los sitios de biodiversidad más importantes de Colombia y ha sido declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO. Ofrece una visión inigualable de los ecosistemas amazónicos y la riqueza cultural de las antiguas civilizaciones que habitaron la región.

Cada uno de estos lugares brinda una ventana a las maravillas naturales y culturales que hacen de San José del Guaviare un destino imperdible para aquellos que buscan aventura, historia y conexión con la naturaleza. La mejor manera de explorar estos sitios es con la guía de expertos locales que pueden proporcionar una comprensión más profunda de la historia y la ecología del área, asegurando así una experiencia rica y respetuosa con el medio ambiente.

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San José del Guaviare es una puerta abierta a un mundo de naturaleza , aventura , y cultura . Su ubicación estratégica en el norte de la Amazonía colombiana lo convierte en el punto de partida perfecto para explorar bosques , ríos , sabanas , y la rica biodiversidad que caracteriza a esta zona del país.

Ya sea que estés buscando una aventura en la naturaleza, una inmersión en culturas ancestrales o simplemente un lugar para desconectar y disfrutar de paisajes impresionantes, San José del Guaviare tiene algo para ofrecer a cada visitante.

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Con sus atractivos únicos, desde formaciones rocosas hasta pinturas rupestres y puentes naturales , sin mencionar la calidez de su población , San José del Guaviare no es solo un destino , sino un viaje a través del tiempo y la naturaleza , un lugar donde cada área , cada río , y cada comunidad tiene una historia que contar.


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Over flight through the Serranía del Chiribiquete and expedition in Aracuara

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The Chiribiquete National Park was formed in 1989 and with 28.000 km 2 it is the largest in Colombia. It is famous for the Serraina de Chiribiquete mountains, stunning table mountains of volcanic origin, up to 800 m high. They are surrounded by lowlands with rainforest and savanna and the average temperature is 24° Celsius with a lot of clouds and rainfall. It is the perfect destination for observing endemic birds and many other animals such as pink dolphins and monkeys.

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Meeting at the Bogotá bus terminal 7:30 pm in order to take the night bus to San José del Guaviare (about 8 hours).

Day 1 San Jose Guaviara - Aracuara

After breakfast in San Jose de Guaviare, we will continue to the airport and start a 1-hour over flight through the Serranía del Chiribiquete towards Aracuara. From above, we will have a great view over the impressing vegetation and the geological formations of the Guiana Shield, among the oldest of this planet, from the Precambrian. Upon arrival in Aracuara, we will visit the family homes where we will also spend the night and in the afternoon continue to the Salto del Diablo waterfall. Later on, visit of the abuelito (grandpa) Marceliano and we will get to know the tradition of the Mambeo , the coca chewing.

Day 2 Rio Yari

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Today we will navigate through the rivers Caquetá, Yarí and Mesay. In Mesay, there is the so-called Cueva del Bufeo which is perfect for the observation of pink dolphins. We continue to the Gamitana torrent, where we will stay the night in tents. For dinner, we will have fish!

Day 3 Aracuara

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Walking tour through the jungle in the Yarí streambed towards the torrents (about 6km).  Afterwards, return to Aracuara. 

Overnight stay at abuelito Marceliano Guerrero´s place.

Day 4 Lost City

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Visit to the "Lost City" (Half day tour). In the afternoon, we will give some presents to the indigenous children (visitors can for example leave some books, pens, educational material, etc.)

Day 5 Canyon del Diablo

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In the morning, tour to the Salto del Diablo (also known as the Araracuara Canyon or Caquetá Canyon) for the observation of the "Guacamayas" birds.

Flight back to San José del Guaviare, from where we will take the bus to Bogota.

Keep in mind that there may be drastic changes in the itinerary. Even being one or more days. You will travel to one of the remotest areas around the world and logistic may have problems. (It is not the same to operate a tour in Cartagena than the operation in the Serranía del Chiribiquete and Araracuara)

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One hour over flight through the Serranía de Chiribiquete.

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Native guides, fishermen and cooks

Flights San José del Guaviare - Aracuara - San José del Guaviare

Lodging at the "Grandpa" Marceliano´s place. (hammock, camping mats or tent) Araracuara (not a Hotel)

2 days navigation through the Yarí River.


Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner, from lunch day 1 to lunch day 5)

Airport rate

Not included

Expenses not specified

Tents, hammocks, mosquito net, camping mats, sheets

Extra charge for additional luggage ($15.000 cop per kg)

Presents for the indigenous children

Extra charges for flight delays or itinerary that do not depend on the logistic of the travel agency.


Follow the recommendations of the guide, be on time with the itinerary, forget about the routine, enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape and take the following things with you:

Clothes for the flights and land transports

Clothes for walking (pants, bermuda shorts, long sleeve shirts, tennis or boots for walking or sandals)

Clothes for sleeping

Personal hygiene stuffs

ID Documents 

Personal medications

Water bottle

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  • San José Del Guaviare Tour 2

Day 1: Arrival and Welcome

Upon arrival in San José Del Guaviare, you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel of choice. After you comfortably check-in to your hotel, kick-off our downtown tour with visits to the following: 

  • Malecón Turístico de San José del Guaviare
  • Parque De La Vida
  • Resguardo Indigena Panure
  • Centro cultural de San José del Guaviare

Day 2: Sightseeing the Ancient Rock Paintings in  – Guaviare Cerro Azul, Nuevo Tolima & El Raudal

After breakfast, your driver-guide will pick you up and you’ll head over to the three principal sites where you can observe the ancient ‘cave’ paintings – Nuevo Tolima, Cerro Azul (also known as Cerro Pinturas), and El Raudal del Guayabero. Back to the hotel and then spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

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Day 3: Refreshing dip at Balneario Tranquilandia

After lunch at the local restaurant (we recommend Pimientos, which is less than 5 minutes from the airport). Pick up at the hotel and drive 15 minutes from San José del Guaviare, on the street that leads to Villavicencio, an enchanted place of unique beauty. In it you see freshwater green algae, waterfalls, and wells that uncover the rich greatness of nature, within the center of the gem clear waters, a perfect place for rest, tranquility, and the experience. Return to the hotel. 

We recommend a transfer of accommodation to Hotel Quinto Nivel. They offer a bar, shared lounge, and terrace and at night, you can enjoy their spa tubs.

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Day 4: Sightseeing at Reserva Túneles Naturales and Ciudad de Piedra aldo called the “City of Stone”

The driver/guide will pick you up at the hotel. Then just after a 30-minute drive, you will reach this sanctuary, famous for the tunnels and bats in them and astonishing rock formations. It is mystifying the way huge rocks are settled on small rocks. There are ancient paintings on the rock, colorful rivers, and lots of flowers and animals that makes this site an must-visit place. 

From there, you will hit the road and make your way to Ciudad de Piedra, just 4 kilometers from Reserva Túneles Naturales where you will see a number of large stone monoliths, purely a product of geology. Return to your hotel.

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Day 5: Refreshing dip and sightseeing at “Los Pozos Naturales”

After breakfast at your hotel, the driver-guide will take you to San José Del Guaviare’s very own Natural Wells. Just a 11-kilometer drive from the town and a 5-minute walk through a series of signed paths down to the river, you are welcomed by several gorgeous pools, some as deep as 8m, which are perfect for a lazy bath.

Drive back to town proper, the driver can take you souvenir hunting and then the airport.

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San Jose del Guaviare, la porte de l’amazonie

San Jose del Guaviare, la porte de l’amazonie

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Entre Cerro Azul, la chapelle sixtine de l'Amazonie et Trankilandia, le petit frère de Caño Cristales, visiter le Guaviare faisait partie des destinations que nous voulions absolument connaitre !

Alors quand nous avons eu la chance de partir à San Jose del Guaviare , vous n'imaginez pas comme nous avons été heureux de pouvoir réaliser ce rêve de découvrir cette région de Colombie qui s'ouvre au tourisme et qui a énormément à offrir .

Nous y avons vécu 5 jours exceptionnels tant par la beauté des sites naturels visités que par les rencontres humaines fortes  ! De belles âmes qui travaillent à montrer la beauté d'un Guaviare de paix et de réconciliation.

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San José del Guaviare

Visiter le guaviare.

visiter le Guaviare

San José del Guaviare, fondée en 1938 par des missionnaires (étonnant, non ?) et officiellement inscrite comme municipalité colombienne en 1976 seulement !

Cette région, au même titre que l'Amazonie, a longtemps été inexplorée et très peu développée. La région a toujours été habitée par des communautés indigènes d'Amazonie , et de petites “colonies” d' habitants venus d'autres régions de Colombie se sont progressivement installés pour former San José.

C'est après la “violencia” des années 50 que le village s'est réellement développé, attirant des travailleurs en quête d'un nouvel El Dorado où faire de l'argent “facile”. Dans son histoire, San José a connu différents “booms” économiques , tous liés à des activités illicites : d'abord le caoutchouc, puis la Marijuana, puis la Coca.

À partir des années 1980, la violence liée au narcotrafic et au conflit armé entre les FARCS, les paramilitaires et l'armée colombienne a plongé la région dans un enfer de plusieurs dizaines d'années. Les habitants ont subi les graves conséquences de cette insécurité rampante.

Une femme debout devant une peinture rupestre dans la forêt tropicale.

Grâce aux accords de paix de 2016 et aux programmes de reconversion, la région se redresse aujourd'hui. Le tourisme joue un rôle clé dans cette reconstruction , et nos 5 jours mémorables sur place le prouvent.

Porte de l'Amazonie, le Guaviare offre une variété d'expériences uniques en Colombie . Des rivières colorées, des peintures rupestres millénaires, des formations rocheuses anciennes et une nature luxuriante, avec la chance de peut-être pouvoir nager avec les dauphins roses.

Après 3 jours dans le Casanare , on rejoint San José del Guaviare en bus depuis Yopal, via Villavicencio. Aujourd'hui, bus et vols directs facilitent le voyage. Alors, n'hésitez plus et venez découvrir le Guaviare !

Contacter Marcel pour visiter le Guaviare

Pour contacter Marcel, notre partenaire local à San José del Guaviare, vous pouvez utiliser le formulaire ci-dessous. Vous ne paierez pas plus cher mais cela lui permettra de savoir que vous venez de notre part.

IMPORTANT : Si vous n'avez pas de réponse de notre partenaire sous 72h , regardez en premier dans vos SPAMS avant de nous contacter.

Marcel est actuellement en congés pour quelques jours, il est possible qu'il y a un peu de délais dans sa réponse. Merci de votre compréhension.

Playa Guio dans le Guaviare en Colombie

Nous arrivons à San José pour le déjeuner et nous rencontrons pour la première fois Javier, leader du projet de tourisme communautaire Playa Güio . De suite la connexion avec Javier est forte, on sent chez lui sa passion pour le projet qu'il défend maintenant depuis de nombreuses années. Il nous amène chez lui où sa femme a préparé un succulent Sancocho de gallina. Javier commence à nous raconter son histoire, une histoire forte et exceptionnelle.

Javier est un des pionniers du tourisme à San Jose del Guaviare. Il a vu, avant tout le monde, le tourisme comme une alternative possible aux cultures illicites quand personne ne croyait au tourisme dans la région. Il a fédéré ses voisins, cultivateurs de coca, pour les convaincre d'arrêter la culture de la coca et créer une coopérative proposant des hébergements et des services touristiques autour de la Laguna Negra. Il s'est battu pour que le tourisme soit reconnu comme un potentiel de développement du Guaviare et une alternative à la culture de la coca.

Playa Guio à San Jose del Guaviare

Vous l'aurez compris, à peine nous étions arrivés que nous entrions de plein fouet dans la réalité de l'histoire tragique de San José del Guaviare. Nous vous proposerons de découvrir toute l'histoire de Javier dans un prochain article.

Au cours du repas, nous faisons la connaissance de Marcos, le fils de Javier, qui va être notre guide du jour pour aller découvrir la Puerta de Orion et la Laguna Negra . C'est donc le ventre plein et le cœur déjà empli d'émotion que nous partons à la découverte du Guaviare.

Puerta de Orion

Puerta de Orion dans le Guaviare en Colombie

L'oncle d'Angélica a décidé de passer la journée avec nous et c'est en 4×4 que nous nous dirigeons avec Marcos vers l'entrée menant à la Puerta de Orion . Ici comme ailleurs en Colombie, la plupart des sites d'intérêt touristiques se situent sur des terrains privés où les propriétaires demandent une participation financière. Nous découvrons un Marcos totalement passionné par son territoire et connaît parfaitement la flore et la faune locale à force d'avoir côtoyé les nombreux scientifiques universitaires qui viennent maintenant étudier les écosystèmes uniques du Guaviare.

Après une petite heure de marche, nous arrivons à la Puerta de Orion, une formation rocheuse d'origine marine (puisque recouvert par l'océan il y a des millions d'années) qui possède une ouverture significative en son centre.

Puerta de Orion à San José del Guaviare en Colombie

La porte qui mesure environ 12 m de haut doit son nom à la constellation de Orion qu'il serait possible de voir parfaitement alignée au travers de l'ouverture durant les mois de juin… nous avons entendu dire que c'était plutôt au mois de décembre… d'autres versions affirment que le nom est dû au caractère sacré du lieu pour les indigènes qui se servaient de la porte pour communiquer avec les dieux.

Sur le chemin nous découvrons pour la première fois la plante emblématique du Guaviare, la “Flor del Guaviare” , une espèce endémique, très reconnaissable, que l'on ne peut observer que dans cette région.

Au retour, une averse orageuse s'abat sur nous juste avant d'arriver à la voiture. Pendant trois jours nous allons avoir cette chance d'avoir du beau temps et quasiment chaque jour une grosse averse orageuse dans l'après-midi, c'est le prix à payer dans cette région chaude et humide.

Laguna Negra

Laguna Negra, visiter le Guaviare en Colombie

Au retour de la Puerta de Orion, nous prenons le chemin de Playa Güio où nous nous apprêtons à savourer trois nuits au cœur de la nature dans les charmantes cabanes de Javier. Ici, point de réseau ni de Wifi, juste l'appel sauvage de la forêt et le rythme de nos respirations.

Les cabanes sur pilotis, avec salles de bains et panneaux solaires, nous offrent une parenthèse enchantée, loin des tracas modernes. Marcos nous entraîne sur une promenade en barque jusqu'à la Laguna Negra , où nous admirons un coucher de soleil miroitant sur les eaux sombres, l'occasion de découvrir la faune et la flore locales, et de goûter à la délicieuse baignade dans les eaux chaudes du lac.

Cormoran à la Laguna Negra dans le Guaviare en Colombie

Enfin, les dernières lueurs du jour embrasent le ciel, tandis que les échassiers regagnent leur héronnière. Le soir venu, nous nous délectons d'un bon repas préparé par la femme de Marcos, avant de nous endormir bercés par les sons de la forêt, des grillons aux crocodiles en passant par les singes gourmands. Une véritable immersion au coeur de la vie sauvage !

La Laguna negra et le Guaviare est un super endroit pour faire du Birdwatching en Colombie.

Cerro Azul, peintures rupestres

Peintures rupestres de Cerro Azul dans le Guaviare en Colombie

Le lendemain, on retrouve Marcel, notre partenaire local à San José, installé à San José del Guaviare après avoir passé quelques années en France. Marcel parle français et c'est aussi pour cela que nous vous conseillons ses services .

Il vient nous chercher à Playa Güio pour nous accompagner voir les peintures rupestres de Cerro Azul situé à quelques heures de 4×4 dans la Serrania de la Lindosa . Au programme : la découverte de peintures rupestres datant de plus de 12 000 ans pour les plus anciennes !

L'accès aux peintures rupestres est règlementé et il n'est possible de s'y rendre qu'en étant accompagné d'un guide local issu de la communauté de Cerro Azul. C'est donc William, un jeune de ce village qui va nous accompagner avec Marcel.

Après une marche d' approche entre savane et forêt nous arrivons au pied des parois du Tepuye et nous découvrons les premières peintures rupestres de Cerro Azul. La découverte est impressionnante !

Sur le chemin de Cerro Azul dans le Guaviare en Colombie

Nous allons faire le tour du Tepuye pour découvrir d'autres panneaux de peintures, et monter au sommet pour admirer un panorama à perte de vue sur la forêt amazonienne.

Impossible de rester indifférent face à ce lieu chargé d'histoire, de mystère et de magie ! Les peintures ocres racontent des histoires mystérieuses, impossibles à déchiffrer mais qui font travailler l'imaginaire.

Une chose est sûre, cette journée restera gravée dans nos mémoire !

De retour à Playa Guio, après un bon repas en compagnie de la famille de Javier et Marcos, le sommeil nous appelle ! Les journées sont intenses et les soirées sont agitées par les sons assourdissants de la nature et l'humidité qui gagne la nuit amazonienne.

Les dauphins roses de Damas de Nare

Dauphines roses d'Amazonie dans le Guaviare en Colombie

Au petit matin, nous nous élançons vers la Laguna Damas de Nare pour une rencontre exceptionnelle, ou plutôt deux rencontres exceptionnelles ! Pacho et les dauphins roses d'Amazonie.

Après une navigation sur le Rio Guaviare, nous rejoignons le quartier général d'EcoNare, une initiative de tourisme communautaire issue du programme de conversion des cultures illicites de coca du gouvernement.

Pacho, le leader du projet, nous raconte l'histoire mouvementée de la région et l'arrivée salvatrice du tourisme. L'histoire de Pacho est bouleversante et témoigne des nombreuses tragédies qu'on vécu beaucoup d'habitants du Guaviare.

Dauphins roses à la Laguna Damas de Nare dans le Guaviare en Colombie

Depuis toujours, lui et sa femme côtoient les “toninas”, l es dauphins roses qui peuplent la Laguna Damas de Nare . Alors il est impatient de nous présenter à ses amis !

Une fois sur l'eau, Pacho les appelle depuis notre barque et les dauphins roses apparaissent, comme par magie, curieux et joueurs.

Libres et sauvages, les dauphins décident de leur interaction avec nous . Nous plongeons, discutons avec Marcos et Pacho, tandis que les toninas jouent autour de nous. Un moment unique et inoubliable se dessine lorsque l'un d'eux vient frôler les jambes de Samuel de sa peau douce !

Émerveillés par cette expérience inoubliable , nous rentrons en croisant des singes et des oiseaux donnant un petit aperçu de la faune locale. Épuisés mais comblés, nous laissons le sommeil nous envelopper dans la lancha du retour, le cœur encore vibrant de cette incroyable rencontre.

Caño Sabana (Trankilandia)

Le petite caño cristales.

Tranquilandia, le petit caño cristales dans le Guaviare en Colombie

La dernière journée s'annonce riche avec la découverte du Caño Sabana, la rivière aux cinq couleurs du Guaviare (autrement appelé Trankilandia). À l'instar de sa grande sœur de Caño Cristales . Ces rivières colombiennes revêtent chaque année de somptueuses teintes rouge, orange et jaune. Des images qui ont fait le tour du monde pour présenter Caño Cristales, mais que l'on peut observer également autour de San José del Guaviare !

Guidés par Franklin, jeune passionné autodidacte, nous explorons la flore locale et les raisons de ces couleurs éblouissantes. L'algue endémique “Macarenia clavigera” est responsable de ce phénomène, ses couleurs évoluant selon la quantité d'eau dans la rivière. Bien que les teintes les plus intenses apparaissent en juin, notre visite en septembre révèle un spectacle majestueux.

La préservation de ce site exceptionnel impose de ne pas se baigner là où l'algue est présente, mais des bassins aménagés nous offrent un moment de détente rafraîchissant en fin de balade. Ainsi s'achève notre matinée à Trankilandia, bercée par la beauté naturelle du Guaviare.

Les couleurs du Caño Sabana sont visibles uniquement pendant la saison de floraisons des algues entre Juin et Novembre .

Tranquilandia, le petit caño cristales dans le Guaviare en Colombie

Los Tuneles

Visiter le Guaviare en Colombie

Un petit détour par San José, Marcel nous emmène manger la “Mamona” une spécialité des llanos , terre d'élevage de bœuf (comme on vous en parle dans notre article sur le Casanre ). Pour ceux qui aiment la viande, c'est une tuerie, un truc bien bon et fondant, servi avec des papas saladas, et un jus de fruits frais : parfait.

Puis il est temps de prendre la route vers “Los Tuneles”. Arrivés sur place, le paysage est vraiment spectaculaire avec cette savane aux couleurs jaunes et ce ciel bleu qui se détache. Nous commençons la randonnée et apercevons au loin un ciel bien menaçant.

Premier arrêt pour s'amuser à donner des noms aux formations rocheuses volcanique. Ici aussi on trouve trace de quelques peintures rupestres indigènes, fascinant.

Nous sommes presque arrivés dans les tunnels quand tout à coup, l'orage éclate ! Transformant les sentiers en rivières et accélérant notre exploration. Franklin, notre guide, veille à notre sécurité face aux serpents délogés par la pluie. Nous nous sentons comme Indiana Jones ou Jumanji, totalement immergés dans cette aventure.

Paysage de Savane dans le Guaviare en Colombie

La baignade dans des trous d'eau, initialement prévue en fin de journée, est désormais impossible, la petite rivière tranquille s'est transformée en un torrent furieux. Trempés mais rafraîchis, nous repartons, admirant le paysage métamorphosé en quelques minutes.

Nous arrivons justes avant la nuit à San Jose del Guaviare et nous allons dîner avec l'oncle et le cousin d'Angélica pour notre dernière soirée. Tous les deux sont pilotes d'avions-cargo. Ils font notamment les aller-retour pour approvisionner Mitu au cœur de l'Amazonie. Un métier d'aventurier sur des avions où tout se pilote encore à la main, sans ordinateurs de bord et sans pilotes automatiques.

L'heure du départ, l'heure du bilan

Coucher de soleil sur San José del Guaviare en Colombie

Comme nous partons tôt le lendemain matin, nous allons dormir chez Marcel qui propose des chambres à la location dans le centre de San José del Guaviare. Le lendemain c'est le retour à Bogota par le premier avion avec le Guaviare dans notre tête et dans notre cœur.

Nous repartons le cœur chargé d'émotions mêlées et des souvenirs plein la tête. Nous nous souviendrons de Javier et Pacho, les “vieux” venus d'ailleurs et leurs témoignages si forts et émouvants sur leur vie passée et leur combat pour faire du tourisme un vecteur de transformation du territoire . Nous nous souviendrons de Marcos, William et Franklin, ces jeunes nés dans le Guaviare si passionnés et passionnants qui donne espoir en l'avenir du Guaviare . Nous nous souviendrons de cette incroyable diversité du Guaviare, sur un territoire si réduit la possibilité de vivre tellement de choses différentes est vraiment une expérience unique.

Vous l'aurez compris, le Guaviare est une nouvelle destination où le tourisme a un rôle majeur à jouer dans cette période post-conflit. Notre rôle est de vous encourager à venir visiter le Guaviare , vous vivrez une expérience inoubliable et participerez au développement de la paix dans un département qui en a fortement besoin !

Contacter un guide local pour visiter le Guaviare

Où loger à san josé del guaviare.

Lors de notre séjour dans le Guaviare nous avons passé trois nuits à Playa Guio situé en pleine nature à 20 minutes de taxi de San José, parfait pour la déconnexion, et une nuit à la Casa Miriku au centre de San Jose del Guaviare.

Hotel El Aeropuerto, San José del Guaviare

Hotel El Aeropuerto

Chambre double : $300.000 à $350.000

L'hotel El Aeropuerto est comme son nom l'indique, situé juste à côté de l'aéroport de San José del Guaviare. Avec sa piscine, il offre des espaces communs sympa et tous les services d'un hotel classique.

Hotel Quinto Nivel à San José del Guaviare

Hotel Quinto Nivel

L'hotel Quinto Nivel est un des plus connu de San José del Guaviare. La plupart des agences locales logent leurs clients dans cet hotel.

Playa Guio dans le Guaviare en Colombie

Chambre double : $0 à $100.000 / Dortoir : $25.000 à $50.000

Playa Guio est un havre de paix en plein milieu de la nature à 20 minutes de taxi du centre de San José del Guaviare. Sur place, la chaleur humaine de la famille Melo, une grande salle commune pour manger et passer du bon temps, une grande cabane pour ceux qui veulent dormir pour pas cher en hamac, et deux cabanes privatives pour ceux qui veulent de l’intimité.

Comment se rendre dans le Guaviare

C'est autour de San José del Guaviare que se trouvent les sites touristiques les plus accessibles et sécuritaires.

Se rendre à San José del Guaviare en bus

BUS | Bogota <> San José del Guaviare (8h)

  • Tarif : environ $70.000
  • Compagnies : Flota La Macarena
  • Départs : toute la journée, avec des départs en bus de nuit également.

La route direction Villavicencio était en travaux lors de notre passage, mais est actuellement réouverte depuis la fin 2019. Villavicencio est la porte d’entrée pour descendre découvrir le Guaviare et il est possible de faire la route en deux fois, en profitant de s'arrêter pour découvrir un peu de la culture Llanera. C'est aussi un point d'arrivée possible après un passage par Yopal et le Casanare , comme nous l'avions fait en 2019.

BUS | Bogota <> Villavicencio (3h)

  • Tarif : environ $30.000
  • Compagnies : Flota La Macarena, Expreso Bolivariano, Copetran
  • Départs : environ toutes les 30 minutes

BUS | Villavicencio <> San Jose del Guaviarel (5h)

  • Tarif : environ $50.000
  • Départs : environ toutes les heures

Se rendre à San José del Guaviare en avion

Seules les compagnies régionales Satena et Clicair proposent des vols pour San Jose del Guaviare au départ de Bogota.

AVION | Bogota <> San José del Guaviare (1h15)

  • Tarif : à partir de $500.000 COP aller-retour
  • Compagnies : Satena, Clicair
  • Départs : Lundi, Mercredi, Jeudi, Vendredi, Samedi, Dimanche

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Nous aimerions visiter le parc avec nos enfants de nationalité colombienne qui auront respectivement 4 ans et 5 ans et demis. Est-ce possible ?

Hugues et Valérie

Bonjour, tu fais référence à un site en particulier? S’il s’agit de Cerro Azul, il faut marcher un bon moment et il y a certaines montées, notre partenaire recommande cette activité avec des enfants à partir de 7 ans. Après c’est vous qui connaissez vos enfants et savez si c’est adapté à eux ou accepter d’avoir une expérience avec plus d’effort pour vous puisque vous devrez peut-être les porter. Tu peux contacter Marcel à l’aide du formulaire dans l’article et voir quelles sont les meilleures options pour le Guaviare avec des enfants de ces âges.

Je prépare actuellement un voyage en Colombie et votre site est une véritable aubaine, merci ! Ayant un budget très très serré je voudrais savoir s’il est possible de faire l’itinéraire proposé dans l’article sans guide ? Et si oui comment se rendre aux différents endroits ?

Encore un grand merci pour ce super site :))

Bonjour, si tu as lu l’article, tu as dû te rendre compte que ce territoire est un territoire particulier. Donc non on ne conseillerait pas d’y aller sans guide et par ailleurs il y a des sites naturels qui ne sont pas accessible sans guide.

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