Villa Vieja, Desierto de la Tatacoa
08.04.2011 - 09.04.2011
We travelled with the Dutch couple we met to Villa Vieja just outside the Desierto de la Tatacoa. This isn’t a desert in the conventional sense of the word – rolling dunes and blinding sun – but it is an inhospitable landscape with only the hardiest of plant and animal life.
We took a tour around the desert in a moto taxi in the afternoon. Stopping to explore, we tried some cactus fruit and ran up and down the dunes/mounds generally acting like kids.
Back in the moto taxi we passed some dunes that looked like a boot, a crocodile and a tortoise. The tortoise was the best.
We stopped at a farm to buy a drink and at the back were some goats. We wandered round to see some kids only to see a goat giving birth to a new kid that very moment! 30 seconds later it was out next to it’s sibling who had been born just before we arrived. It was incredible. We hung around to see them trying to stand up for the first time. So sweet. I got it all on video but I warn it’s pretty graphic (not teatime viewing!) and might take me a while to upload.
We stayed with the goats a bit too long as the light was fading as we climbed to the last viewpoint. We saw the sunset over the desert and made our way back to the road past a natural swimming hole. No one fancied a dip in the dark for some reason.
The desert only gets one week of cloud a year, ONE WEEK, and guess which week we arrived there? Yup, no stars for us We wanted to use the observatory but it was shut due to the cloud cover. Gutted. It was still a great tour though, and how many people can say they've seen a goat giving birth in a desert?