Desierto de la Tatacoa by Sara Pons (Colombia Photo Spot)

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Desierto de la Tatacoa - Photo by Sara Pons

Desierto de la Tatacoa (Tatacoa Desert) is a striking landscape of eroded red cliffs and gullies, sculpted by the infrequent rain. It’s technically semi-arid dry tropical forest, averaging 1070mm of rain annually. Surrounded by mountains, the peaks around Nevado de Huila (5750m) grab most of the incoming precipitation, leaving 330-sq-km Tatacoa Desert arid. The result is an ecosystem unlike anywhere else in Colombia – there are scorpions and weasels, fruit-bearing cacti, and at least 72 bird species. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes because there are cactus spines on the ground. (Villavieja, Huila, Colombia)

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