Discover San José del Guaviare
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💎 Why we love it ?
Many stunning sites surround San José del Guaviare. You can admire a river that turns red during the rainy season (like in Caño Cristales), unravels mysterious rock paintings, observes pink dolphins, and swim in various natural pools and waterfalls. With unique biodiversity, San José del Guaviare is a destination to enjoy nature tourism and meet some indigenous communities in the Colombian Amazon.
🏁 Tour Itinerary: Discover San José del Guaviare
Day 1: Blue Hill – The Archaeological Route (B, L, D)
Fly from Bogotá to San José del Guaviare, Satena Airlines, 6:22 am – 7:44 am. Our guide and driver pick you up from the airport. Cerro Azul is one of the most important archaeological zones globally (ICANH), with pictographs covering around 1,200 m2 and are over 12,000 years old. To get to this place, it is necessary to travel 47 km by uncovered road (approximately 1 hour and 20 min), in 4×4 vehicles northwest of San José del Guaviare until you reach the Cerro Pinturas farm. There, the reception and recommendations are made to start the walk, which lasts between 3 to 4 hours.
The murals are divided into 2 levels. To get to the first level you have to walk approximately 25 min passing through a pasture and a section of jungle with a sloping path (medium level) where there is the possibility of observing some species of primates, birds, and other animals. Upon arrival, you can see the mural in the best state of conservation in the area. From there, the walk continues through the jungle until you reach a 210 m long cavern, quite wide and with the presence of bats, which is crossed to reach the second level that has the largest murals and a viewpoint where you can contemplate the immense Amazon jungle.
After finishing the second-level activity, you are ready to walk back to the starting point (approximately 30 min). Then, the vehicle is approached to travel to the lunch site in the peasant community of the area, which has been organized in search of sustainable alternatives through community tourism, which highlights the farm Los Chontaduros, where the tour day ends.
On this site, you can experience the life’s farmers before the Peace Agreements, also you can discover in a pedagogical way how the production of the coca base was like at the time of drug trafficking. In addition, you can interact with wild animals from the area that have been rescued.
🏚️ Accommodation: Hotel Quinto Nivel.
- 7:50 am – Breakfast
- 8:30 am – Start of the Tour
- 1:30 pm – Lunch
- 5:30 pm – End of the Tour
- 7:00 pm – Dinner
Day 2: Damas de Nare Lagoons – Dolphin Paradise (B, L, D)
A magical place at the foot of the Amazonian mountain formed by a lagoon of 81 hectares of water mirror with connection to the Guaviare river, the habitat of the river dolphin Inia geoffrensis, locally called “Tonina o bufeo”.
Currently, peasant associations that have changed illegal crops are making a productive commitment to community ecotourism, the conservation of their forests, and their biodiversity; offering tourists an unforgettable experience thanks to the natural wealth of the area and the human quality of its hosts.
On this tour day, a 4×4 vehicle travels along the uncovered road for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach the Los Búfalos hacienda. There, a 20-minute walk begins to Caño Nare, where a canoe is boarded to navigate for 25 minutes downstream through the Amazon foothill jungle where you can see birds, primates, turtles, and other species of animals and plants.
Upon arrival in the community, tourists are greeted with a refreshing drink and stories about their way of life and interaction with their surroundings. After the break, recommendations are given to enter the lagoon that is only 100 meters away. There, a canoe is boarded to observe the dolphins (99.9% probability of seeing them) and swim near them.
After the activity after 2 hours, you return to the community to enjoy a delicious peasant lunch, rest, enjoy some artisan products made by the community and do some hiking in search of wildlife, then return to the vehicle and finish the tour.
🏚️ Accommodation: Hotel Quinto Nivel.
- 5:45 am – Pick-up time
- 7:00 am – Breakfast
- 1:30 pm – Lunch
- 6:30 pm – End of the Tour
- 7:00 pm – Dinner
Day 3: Route of the Rainbow (B, L)
These sites located in the Serranía La Lindosa are part of the Guiana Shield (one of the oldest rock formations on the planet) and are exclusively for hiking, observation, and photography. However, during the tours, there are spaces for recreational bathing.
El Rincón de Los Toros is the largest colored river in the Guaviare. The route of the day begins with this place located 8 km from the urban area of San José del Guaviare. It is a 20-minute drive and a 20-minute walk through the forest to this magnificent river of beautiful colors and crystal clear waters that run through the rocky bed of the Guiana shield.
After 2 and a half hours of enjoying this scenario, you return to the vehicle and continue for 25 minutes to a peasant farm where you will have lunch and then another 10 minutes by car to La Puerta de Orión, an imposing rock formation, an icon from the department of Guaviare, 12 meters high and 15 meters wide. To get to this site, it is necessary to walk for 20 minutes, passing through small natural savannahs, fragments of forest, and La Nevera cave.
After the visit to Orion gate, the tour continues for 30 minutes walking until you reach Caño Sabana, the second river of colors with the same characteristics as the previous one, and thus end this day of the tour.
🏚️ Accommodation: Hotel Quinto Nivel.
- 6:30 am – Breakfast
- 7:00 am – Start of the Tour
- 12:00 pm – Lunch
- 2:30 pm – End of the Tour (Afternoon Free to enjoy the city of San José del Guaviare)
Day 4: Depart San José del Guaviare (B)
It’s time to say goodbye to this beautiful region! A representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your connecting flight. Thank you for visiting us & We hope to see you again!
Notes: Fly from San José del Guaviare to Bogotá, Satena Airlines, 7:42 am – 8:48 am (Subject to airline changes)
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