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Kids in the desert

Villa Vieja, Desierto de la Tatacoa

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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.

Desierto de la Tatacoa

Desierto de la Tatacoa

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.

Cactus butterfly

Cactus butterfly

More desert!

More desert!

Us in a hole in the cliff

Us in a hole in the cliff

Ta da!

Ta da!

Back in the moto taxi we passed some dunes that looked like a boot, a crocodile and a tortoise. The tortoise was the best.

Shaped like a tortoise (head facing right)

Shaped like a tortoise (head facing right)

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.

Mum and her two new kids

Mum and her two new kids

Maybe this is the father? <img class='img' src='http://www.travellerspoint.com/Emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

Maybe this is the father? :)

Both just about standing for the first time

Both just about standing for the first time

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.

Lots of little caves formed

Lots of little caves formed

Sunset over the desert

Sunset over the desert

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?

Posted by ew5827 12:10 Archived in Colombia

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