San Jose del Guaviare

Find out our best travel tips to explore San Jose del Guaviare and add it to your Colombia itinerary.

How to Visit San Jose del Guaviare in Colombia?

A place like San Jose del Guaviare is not easy to prospect. We couldn’t find any information on the internet.

Where to start? Who should we meet? How is the bus? 

Nothing, nada, nitchts.

Ten years ago, San Jose del Guaviare was a FARC’s stronghold. Even the government didn’t want to get there.

But the political situation has changed a lot in Colombia. And now, this town is a paradise filled with secret gems, colorful rivers, Colombian cowboys, and aguardiente.

San Jose del Guaviare: What you must know

Where: San Jose del Guaviare is in the Guaviare department, South of Bogota.

When: Although you can visit San Jose del Guaviare all year round, some highlights are more worth-seeing during the raining season.

What can you expect: Many stunning sites surround San Jose del Guaviare. You can admire a river that turns red during the rainy season (like in Caño Cristales), unravel mysterious rock paintings, observe pink dolphins, and swim in various natural pools and waterfalls.

Is it touristic: Not yet as this destination has recently opened to the public. It’s the ideal occasion to stay in an authentic Colombian town!

How to get there: There are direct flights from Bogota and Villavicencio. You can also take a 10h night bus from Bogota.

How to plan your activities: You need to use a private vehicle to head to the different touristic sights. The easiest way to use the service of a local travel agency. We went with Geotours Guaviare. They did an amazing job.

Is San Jose del Guaviare safe: Yes! We never felt insecure during our stay, even late at night, when heading back to our hotel.

Where to stay: The lodging offer in San Jose del Guaviare isn’t exceptional.

How many days: You need at least 4 days in total to visit the main highlights. Save time by heading back to Bogota with a night bus.

Our best tips: Although you might save a few dollars by planning everything on your own, the experience will be a lot better (and easier) if you book a full package. Ask the agency if you can join a group tour. You will get more possibilities if you contact them for a few months in advance.

Must read: The field report of our 5-day experience in San Jose del Guaviare.

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Table of contents: San Jose del Guaviare

  1. How to get to San Jose del Guaviare
  2. How to leave
  3. Things to do
  4. Where to stay
  5. Where to go out
  6. Should you book an all-included tour?
  7. Get our free guidebook
  8. Chill out while we organize your trip
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How to Get to San Jose del Guaviare

You must leave from Bogota to include San Jose del Guaviare in your Colombia itinerary.

1# How to fly to San Jose del Guaviare?

Flying is always the easiest and most comfortable way to get somewhere in Colombia. 

However, there are still a few inconveniences

  • You can’t observe the landscapes
  • There is no daily flight. It means you have less flexibility
  • You pollute a lot more
  • They can cancel your trip in case of bad weather conditions
  • It’s sometimes difficult to book it online

Must read: Our Bogota travel guide to plan your activities and hotels

Flights Bogota - San Jose del Guaviare (+)

The only airline company to get to San Jose del Guaviare is Satena. They fly out of Bogota.

Flight Bogota – San Jose del Guaviare | Duration : 1h30 | Price: Around 220 000 COP / 70 $

  • Monday (Afternoon)
  • Wednesday (Early Morning) 
  • Saturday (Early Morning) 

The prices and dates can change. Check on Satena website before planning your trip.

The airport is near the center.

Important: The lugagge allowance change according the model of Aircraft

#2 Can you reach San Jose del Guaviare by bus?

Bus Bogota - San Jose del guaviare (+)

Yes, it is! 

Once again, the departures are from the main bus terminal (Salitre) in Bogota.

Look for the bus company Flota La Macarena.

There are buses leaving every day, days and nights. 

Bus Bogota – San Jose del Guaviare | Duration: 9 – 10 hours | Prices: Around 70 000 COP / 22 $

You can’t book them on the internet. However, there are departure times.

TIP: Take a night bus to save time. Our night bus wasn’t comfortable at all! Ask at the counter desk if there is a VIP one.

#3 Can you travel from Caño Cristales to San Jose del Guaviare?

Boat La Macarena - San Jose del guaviare (+)

Edit 2020: This boat trip isn’t doable anymore until further notice

After an amazing trip to the rainbow river, you can decide to extend your adventure to San Jose del Guaviare.

Don’t take the jeep. It will be a horrible muddy path for 10 hours.

Fortunately, there is a boat leaving every week – almost – on Mondays during the rainy season from June to November

Boat La Macarena – S.J.D Guaviare | Departure time: 8h00 am | Cootransfluvial | Duration: 10 hours | Price: 120 000 COP

How to leave from San Jose del Guaviare

Because you don’t want to stay forever in San Jose del Guaviare – Sorry Andres -, you also need to know how to leave the city.

There are not many options. You must head back to Bogota or Villavicencio.

1# Fly back to Bogota with Satena

Flight San jose del Guaviare - Bogota (+)

The flights San Jose del Guaviare – Bogota are not every day. Double-check the departures with the Satena.

  • Monday (Afternoon)
  • Wednesday (Morning)
  • Saturday (Morning)

Flight S.J.D Guaviare – Bogota | Duration: 1h15 | Price: Around 220 000 COP / 70 $ | Website

The airport is near the center. Order a taxi for 7 – 10 000 C0P  and arrive 1 hour in advance at the airport. 

#2 Take a night bus to Bogota

Bus San Jose del guaviare - Bogota (+)

There are various departure times. Ask your local agency which one would best suit you.

Bus S.J.D Guaviare – Bogota | Duration: 9 – 10 hours | Prices: Around 70 000 COP / 22 $

After San Jose del Guaviare, explore la Macarena

Boat San Jose del Guaviare - La Macarena (+)

Edit 2020: This boat trip isn’t doable anymore until further notice

There is a boat leaving to La Macarena every Saturday.

I don’t recommend you to take the jeep. The trip is longer and extremely muddy.

How do we know it? Because we did it ^^. Read our travel guide about Caño Cristales.

We planned to take the boat all the way to La Macarena. Unfortunately, there was a strike that day. So we had to take a boat then a jeep to La Macarena. The ride was insane! Plus, we had a massive hangover from the previous night…

I let you watch our video 🙂

Boat S.J.D Guaviare – La Macarena | Departure time: 9h00 am | Cootransfluvial | Duration: 10 hours | Price: 120 000 COP

Things to do in San Jose del Guaviare

The town of San Jose del Guaviare isn’t appealing, but we enjoyed a lot our stay there.

First of all, the town is 100% safe. We could hang out with our cameras and phones without being worried to use them. 

Second, there are many bars, clubs, and restaurants. We liked to spend the evening with our crew and the staff of Geotours. It’s perfect to create bonds while sharing beers and histories.

I will tell you about restaurants and bars in San Jose del Guaviare a bit further in this article

1# El Centro Cultural de San Jose del Guaviare

Some travelers don’t want to book their activities in advance. I wouldn’t recommend to do it in San Jose del Guaviare, especially if you’re a small group (1-2 people) because it can be a lot more expensive. Indeed, the local travel company won’t be able to add you to another group at the last minute.

But, if you don’t mind to pay a private tour, you shouldn’t have too much problem to find someone.

Once in San Jose, go to El centro Cultural to get the best information about the tours and trustful guides

Centro Cultural | Opening hours: Monday to Friday | 8 am – 6 pm

Town San Jose del Guaviare
Main square San Jose del Guaviare

#2 Cool things to do in town

There are not many things to do in town. But we still found 2 fun activities:

1. Wake up at 5h30 am and take pictures of the fish market. 

2. Drink a beer and observe the sunset on the Guaviare river

  • From boat-bar at the port
  • From the bar El Mirador
Sunset San Jose del Guaviare
sunset on the Guayabero River

#3 The different day trips from San Jose del Guaviare

I’m sure this place will be soon a booming touristic attraction in Colombia. 

Located between the Llanos and the Amazonia, San Jose del Guaviare offers various landscapes such as an immense savanna, a deep jungle, endless river banks,  and so on.

You need to be a bit organized to visit the maximum of these gorgeous places in a minimum of time.

First but not least, you have to book a guide and vehicle.

All these places are outside San Jose del Guaviare and there is no public transportation to get there.

We used the service of Geotour, and there were awesome 🙂

1 - Cerro Azul and the River Guayabero (+)

Located two and a half hours away from San Jose del Guaviare, Cerro Azul is one of the main highlights in the area.

There, an old and unknown civilization drawn hundreds of pictograms on 2 large facades.

The drawings are perfectly well preserved. And that’s weird! Because they are subject to every climatic condition like rain and heat.

How is it possible? What plants did they use? 

There are a lot of missing answers.

Moreover, we can find the same pictograms in the  National Park Chiribiquete.

On the way back, some tours offer you to take a boat ride through the Raudal -Rapid – de Guayabero. The scenery is impressive and you can even spot of a few dolphins!

Cerro Azul San Jose del Guaviare
Sebastian showing us different pictograms

2 - Dolphins in the Laguna Damas del Nare (+)

The laguna Damas del Nare is a lagoon rich in planktons located 2 hours away on the Guayabero river.

And do you know who love planktons?

Dolphins!

A family lives there throughout the year, enjoying an orgy of food.

Moreover, they share a cute relationship with the locals residing there. They love to pick the rope throw at them in the lagoon and terrorize the visitors by swimming between their legs.

3 - Puerta de Orion, Caño Sabana (Pink river) & Tranquilandia (+)

Caño Sabana is the little sister of Caño Cristales. There, from June to November, an aquatic plant called Macarenia Clavigera grows in the bed river. 

The color changes from Pink to Purple according to sun exposure. The result is astonishing.

On the way to observe this marvelous river, local tours give you the opportunity to start the hike a bit further so you can admire the Puerta de Orion, a huge rock – 12 m high – in the middle of the savanna. 

Then, you can chill at the waterfalls in Tranquilandia, hoping to spot a few monkeys.

4 - The intriguing pozos naturales (+)

Back in time, El Guaviare was just a small part of a huge ocean. But things are never set in stone with Mother Nature. 

Nowadays, the water has disappeared and made rooms for a soil composed of sedimentary rocks.

Because of the erosion, holes occurred through the ages in a bed river located 30 min away from San Jose del Guaviare. They look like natural jacuzzis. Moreover, some of them are deep enough that you can jump in it!

Pozos naturales San Jose del Guaviare
Let’s burn then jump in the Pozos Naturales

5 - Serrania de la Lindosa and Los Túneles (+)

As I told you, flows, rains and tides have shaped the landscapes of El Guaviare.

Serrania de la Lindosa and Los Tuneles are 2 perfect places if you want to admire the work of mother nature.

There, massive rocks create a mysterious atmosphere with sceneries comparable at an old abandoned city or a secret maze.

Ciudad de Piedra San Jose del guaviare

Where to stay in San Jose del Guaviare

The climate is very humid in this area of Colombia. Book a hotel with a pool and air-con if you can’t deal with the heat. 

  1. Panorama hotel: It’s one of the cheapest hotels you will be able to find in town. The family in charge is always smiling and ready to help. Rooms are simple but more than acceptable for the price. 
  2. Hostel Guaviare soul: The owner had the great idea to turn her mother’s house into a hostel where travelers can meet and share. Private rooms and Dorms. They also sell tours.
  3. Portico hotel: A pleasant hotel, with air-con in the rooms. As in every hotel in Colombia, the soundproofing is inexistent. Refreshing swimming pool.
  4. Aeroporto hotel: The value for money isn’t exceptional, but it’s still the best hotel in town. The rooms are moderns and comfortable. Guests can also relax in the pools and the gardens.

Where to go out in San Jose del Guaviare

San Jose del Guaviare isn’t a big city. You won’t have any issue to stroll in the zona rosa to pick your restaurants and bars.

1# Where to eat in San Jose del Guaviare

List of our favorite restaurants (+)

Nomadas was my favorite restaurant for the night. They serve different delicious meals around 22 000 COP. No menu del día.

El Dorado de Omar is a perfect restaurant if you wanna eat a big fish with your menu del día. Around 18 000 COP

Carnes y Carnes is for meat lovers. The small portion is already huge! They only open at night. Around 20 000 COP 

El Mirador del Barquito in the Cultural center is our little tasty secret. The view on the river is gorgeous and the food fantastic. Get your Menu del día for only 6 500 COP!

El Ranchon is one of the upscale restaurants in town but the menu del dia is affordable. 10 000 COP

2# Where to Go out in San Jose del Guaviare

Bars and clubs are open every day in San Jose del Guaviare. But the inhabitants usually go out on Saturdays.

The Zona Rosa – party district – is composed of 2 streets near the main square. Follow the lights and music beats, you can’t miss it.

List of our favorite bars (+)

Banana Disco club and La Cantina are 2 funky clubs with a mix of Salsa, Merengue and Reggaeton. A bottle of aguardiente cost 70 000 COP and there is no cover.

Also, enjoy the sunset on the river Guayabero from EL Mirador or El Barquito Sol Y Arena. Cheap Beers.

And in case you wanna drink a good coffee or juice, don’t hesitate to pay a visit to Marroqui cafe. Their internet is fast! 

EL Mirador San Jose del guaviare
EL Mirador

Can you visit San Jose del Guaviare on your own?

The answer is yes.

You can book your accommodations online and pay a bus ticket at the bus terminal in Bogota. 

Once you are in San Jose del Guaviare, go to the Cultural center and find a guide who will organize your day trips – you can’t do otherwise. You’ll also need to pay for a private vehicle.

By doing so, you will need more days to visit the main highlights. Also, it might be quite expensive if you can’t join another group.

Is it cheaper to book an all-included tour to visit San Jose del Guaviare?

This is the option we chose.

We had a great experience with Geotours Guaviare and we are happy to consider them as partners.

There are other local travel agencies in San Jose del Guaviare, and I’m sure some of them are doing a great job too.

Tip: Don’t book your tour with a national travel agency. Try to find a local travel agency in town. Thus, you will avoid paying an intermediary.

1# How much do you need to visit San Jose del Guaviare without a tour?

Let’s say you are a couple who wants to explore San Jose del Guaviare 4 days / 3 nights

Considering you arrive at the last minute, you’ll have to stay one extra day and night to organize your trip.

Moreover, it will be hard to join another small group – As it’s not very touristic yet.

You’ll need at least 2 460 000 COP

See the calculations

  • 4 nights El Portico : 90 000 COP * 4 = 360 000 COP
  • 5 breakfasts – 2 pers : 10 000 * 2 * 5 = 100 000 COP
  • 5 Lunches – 2 pers : 20 000 * 2 * 5 = 200 000 COP
  • 5 dinners – 2 pers : 20 000 * 2 * 5 = 200 000 COP
  • 4 day trips: 400 000 COP * 4 = 1 600 000 COP | Jeep + Private guide + entrances

2# How much does an all-included tour cost?

If you prevent Geotour (or us) in advance, they can give you various dates to be with another group and share the costs.

For the same activities and accommodations, you could pay – Prices 2019 / 2020:

  • 2 000 000 COP for 2 pers | Group of 6 pers in total
  • 2 500 000 COP for 2 pers | Group of 4 pers in total
  • 3 800 000 COP for 2 pers | Group of 2 pers in total

As you can see, prices can be super interesting if you can join another group! Besides, you get other advantages like:

  • Geotour helps you to book your bus tickets
  • They organize everything for you – Peace of mind!
  • You meet other travelers – You will be able to avoid your travel buddy
  • The staff hang out with you at night
  • You know they are doing an excellent job

I believe it’s 100% worth it to use the service of a local agency, especially when traveling to an off the beaten path destination.

The experience and the quality of your trip will be much higher, you’ll be less stressed and your money directly benefits the local economy.

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Is San Jose del Guaviare in Colombia worth it?

In less than 15 years, the safety situation in Colombia has totally changed. San Jose del Guaviare is a perfect example of it.

Once a dangerous  FARC stronghold, it’s nowadays a secret paradise full of undiscovered gems. Travel to San Jose Del Guaviare to admire rock paintings, chill in natural jacuzzis, swim with dolphins, take fantastic pictures of a purple-pinkish river and wander through unreal landscapes made of vegetations and intriguing stones.

Skeptical?

Read our 5-day adventures in San Jose del Guaviare with Geotour.

Tips, photos, video and more!

Read our San Jose del Guaviare Travel guide to learn everything about this place!

Sunset on the Rio Guayabero in San José del Guaviare
Sunset on the Rio Guayabero

Two-night buses in a row to arrive in San Jose del Guaviare

San Jose del Guaviare was first on our list of places to visit in Colombia. And by chance, Andrés invited us to test the services of Geotour, one of the best local travel agencies to explore the surroundings of San Jose del Guaviare.

We added it to our excel planning – Adrien loves it.  It was set in stone. On the 10th of November, it will be.

But 2 weeks, 3 liters of aguardiente, and 2 Salsa classes later, we messed up with the dates. We thought the tour would start the 11th instead of the 10th. When we realized our mistake, it was too late. We had to take two night-buses in a row to arrive on time in San Jose del Guaviare.

The night bus Medellin – Bogota with Rapido Oacha was surprisingly comfortable – We booked the VIP seat thanks to the app Red Bus. There were luxurious and spacious seats, with individual screens to watch movies.

However, it was still a rolling fridge…

Once in Bogota, we spent the day in the hostel La Pinta in the Zona G. For the food addicts, this district is a true paradise.

Then, it was time to take our second night bus.

What an experience!

Shitty seats, no space, no toilets, it was the opposite of the previous one.

Day 1 in San Jose del Guaviare: Mysterious Rock paintings and dolphins

“Guys, be ready at 6h30 am tomorrow.”

The early bird catches the worm. It’s the same in San Jose del Guaviare. There are lots of activities to do around, so you need to wake up early to enjoy it a maximum.

Sat at the back of the jeep with 4 other fellow travelers, we were ready to discover one of the most impressive Guaviare’s secret.

It took only a few minutes to be out of the city. We followed a dirt road for 1h45 before arriving at Finca Chontaduro for a traditional Colombian Breakfast.

Finca Chontaduro, the education farm

Finca Educativa San Jose del Guaviare
The family who manages the Finca

Because of the FARC, lots of farmers were cultivating coca leaves in El Guaviare. Then, everything changed during the 2000s.

But, because their lands are often isolated, it’s not easy to make their living from agriculture. Hence, farmers try to find different ways to generate new incomes.

Fortunately, sustainable tourism is another solution. And Geotour Guaviare helps them to grow their business.

After a friendly welcome from the Finca’s staff – and a surprising pet -, we ate a huge breakfast with all the ingredients coming directly from their farming.

Arepa, hot chocolate, eggs, Borojo Arequipe – it’s supposed to be aphrodisiac, but the taste is so yeuks! –

In the meantime, the owner told us stories about his past to get a better understanding of the situation 20 years ago.

Then, to sensitize us about cocaine’s health problems, he listed all the chemicals you need to produce the famous white powder-like Gasolina and dilute sulfuric acid

The rock paintings in Cerro Azul near San Jose del Guaviare

Cerro Azul in San Jose del Guaviare
Sebastian showing us different pictograms

Filled with arepas, we were now ready to discover Cerro Azul. The hike isn’t tough, but the humidity makes you sweat like hell.

Anyway, it’s worth it.

After 30 min, we were able to enjoy the first part of Cerro Azul, a colossal wall of  7 m long and 4 m high. There are so many pictograms on it that I couldn’t observe them all at once. Drawn with an orange-reddish painting, they represent huge disappeared animals, geometrical patterns, and daily life events of the indigenous living there back in time.

There are still many unexplained mysteries around these rock paintings.

First, it’s complicated to date the pictograms. Scientists found foods and human rests near Cerro Azul. Thanks to the Carbon 14’s method, they were able to date them around 12 500 years old. But is it the age of the pictograms?

And if it’s the case, how is it possible they stayed in such perfect conditions? What ingredients did they use to draw the paintings?

So many questions left to answer.

After a short break, we continued our exploration. To reach the second part of Cerro Azul, we went through dark tunnels and passed by fantastic viewpoints.

Boat ride and dolphins nearby San Jose del Guaviare

Raudal Guayabero Speedboat
Our magnificent speedboat

In San Jose del Guaviare, the day never stops. On the way back, we had one last stop before enjoying the swimming pool of our hotel.

Regrouped on 2 small boats, we rode upstream el Raudal Guayabero to look for dolphins and have a quick dip in Cascada del Amor.

During the boat ride, I felt tiny. On both sides, high cliffs covered by the vegetation surrounded the river and our makeshift boats. Moreover, we noticed huge chunks of wood perched on the rocks. From June to September, because of the heavy rains, the river can increase up to 4 -6 m!

Day 2 in San Jose del Guaviare: Let’s swim with dolphins

Villa Lilia is another old Coca plantation located 2 hours away by boat. There, tourists can have a typical Colombian lunch and chill in hammocks before looking for dolphins.

Indeed, 20 min away from the Finca, there is a famous canal called Laguna Damas de Nare where live a small community of dolphins all year long. However, their number is higher from June to September.

Because it was a 3-day weekend, we were a big group (30 people). But, everything was well organized, and I didn’t fell “oppressed.”

After a quick 20 min walk from Villa Lilia, we jumped into 2 long speedboats to look for dolphins. It took us more than 1 hour to find 2 of them. During this time, we could swim in the warm water of the canal with our life jackets.

Boat looking for dolphins

Dolphins love the vibrations of the motors. They are curious and want to know what’s going on.

Our guide threw many times a long rope in the water to play with them while calling them by their name.

I have no idea if dolphins can recognize voice’s noises. But they grabbed the rope with their “mouth” and started swimming between our legs.

I have to admit it was a bit scary at first. You can’t even see your feet in the brown water of the canal. So, I let you imagine my face when I felt a big unknown submarine monster touching my legs.

Then, it was time to get back on the boat to arrive in time for our Velada Indigena – An indigenous Ceremony.

Watch our Day 2 in San Jose Del Guaviare

Day 3: What!? A pinky river in San Jose del Guaviare

Caño Cristales is probably one of the most famous places to visit in Colombia. There, a mysterious pink/purple aquatic plant grows in the river bed during the raining season.

The show is astonishing!

But traveling to La Macarena can be a bit expensive for some of us.

Another alternative is to observe the Macarenia Clavigera plant in Caño Sabana. It’s not as impressive than in Caño Cristales, but it gives you a good taste of it.

And it’s a lot easier to access.

Fitted with our best outfits – 2 same long shirts bought in San Jose del Guaviare because sandflies terrorize us -, we began the expeditions 40 min away from the city, in the direction of the Puerta de Orion.

Must read: Our Caño Cristales travel guide

Pass through the Puerta de Orion

Puerta de Orion San Jose del Guaviare
Puerta de Orion

A long time ago – way before the birth of my old old Grandpa -, the Guaviare department was under billions and billions of Cubic Meters of water.

Nowadays, the ocean is gone, but it left lots of traces of its passage like sediments and weird rock shapes. One of the most typical of them in San Jose del Guaviare is La Puerta de Orion.

We heard 2 explanations for the name.

  • The first people who have discovered it could observe the Constellation of  Orion through the huge hole
  • The place is deeply connected with Chiribiquete (There are the same rock paintings in both areas), and the Constellation of Orion is visible there through the year.

The 30 min walk to La Puerta de Orion was pleasant. Landscapes change a lot in San Jose del Guaviare. After 2 days walking among dense vegetation, it was surprising to wander in the savanna.

Caño Sabana and the cranberry river

Caño Sabana San Jose del Guaviare
Caño Sabana

Then, we arrived in front of Caño Sabana. Below our eyes, we admired cranberry water flowing between rocks and palm trees.

On 100 m long, a beautiful purple/pink carpet covers Caño Sabana.

From June to November, the Macarenia Clavigera grows in this bed river. The color of this aquatic plant change from Green to Purple according to its exposure to the sun – like your skin, especially if you’re from Irlande.

After hundreds of pictures, we moved to our final stop.

We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing our sour muscles in the cold water in Tranquillandia with beers, monkeys and fun Colombians

Watch our DAY 3 In san Jose Del Guaviare

Day 4 In San Jose del Guaviare: River with natural jacuzzis

Pozos Naturales are another highlight in San Jose del Guaviare.

Indeed, rocks of sedimentary origin are more soluble in the water. Therefore, the stream creates canyons and deep holes in the river bed.

It becomes a perfect playground for making funny videos and relaxes in warm natural jacuzzis.

The Pozos Naturales are part of the “Aquatic path” created by Geotour. We walked all day long near the river, and we have never been asked to hurry up.

Gosh, I could have stayed for hours in these kettles. There are three big ones, where a bunch of people can stand all together easily – I even dived into the first on.

The 6 others are more intimate. Pick the one that fits best your need and enjoy your slice of paradise.

For this 4th day, we were only 3 people. A cool Colombian girl named Yvonne, Adrien and I. And nobody else was there!!! Thus, we tried them all many times. ^^

Pozos naturales San Jose del Guaviare
Pozos naturales

We left once our toes were all crumpled like an old apple forgotten in the fruit basket.

Thank you, Luis, to be such a patient guide 😉

We arrived around 2 pm at an empty restaurant nestled on the riverbank – even the owner wasn’t there – and waited for Andres to bring us our delivery lunch in banana leaves.

We discovered a Tejo game in the backyard and quickly forgot our empty belly. The goal is to throw heavy iron disks into a box of clay — the closest to the center score.

Adrien won the 2 parties with 2 nice shots followed by explosions – Ah yeah, I forgot to tell you, there are also papers filled with gunpowder in that game.

Watch our DAY 4 in San Jose del Guaviare

Day 5 in San Jose del Guaviare: Let’s run amidst giant rocks!

– “Hm, we should maybe start running.”

In less than 5 min, pouring rain was playing drums on rocks and leaves. But, after 5 days in San Jose Del Guaviare, you become a forecast wizard. You know when it’s time to find a shelter.

And lucky for us, we were wandering within the Ciudad de Piedras.

There, huge rocks stand in line like sleepy giants and constitute natural streets paved with grasses. We hid between 2 massive stones, waiting for the storm to pass.

He didn’t take long to walk around before heading to our next destination, the tunnels, another rocky spot with mysterious entrances and bats.

Jose guided us among the narrow paths of this natural maze for a bit more than 1 hour. Then, it was time to get back to San Jose del Guaviare to enjoy our last night with the great team of Geotour.

Watch our DAY 5 in San Jose del Guaviare

Let’s compare the different day trips in San Jose del Guaviare

Maybe some of you can’t/don’t want to stay five days in San Jose del Guaviare.

In that case, you have to choose between different day trips.

But, how? :0

Let’s have a closer look at each of them.

1# Day trip to Cerro Azul and Raudal Gayabero

Duration & Points of interest (+)

  • Duration: 6h30 t0 19h00
  • Transportation time: 4 – 5 hours
  • Difficulty: 2.5/5
  • Point of interest: Rock paintings, dark caves, boat drive in the nice canyon, dolphins
  • Why you could not like it: You hate cavemen paintings because you think you could do better
  • Preference order: 2/5 | 1 being my favorite

2# Day trip with Dolphins and Laguna Damas de Nare

Duration & Points of interest (+)

  • Duration: 6h30 to 19h00
  • Transportation time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: 0/5
  • Point of interest: Swimming with Dolphins
  • Why you could not like it: You’ve already seen pink dolphins and they scare you
  • Preference order: 4/5

3# Day trip to Puerta de Orion and Caño Sabana

Duration & Points of interest (+)

  • Duration: 8h30 – 17h30
  • Transportation time: 1h30 – 2 h
  • Difficulty: 1/5
  • Point of interest: Red-purple-pink river because of Aquatic plants, weird rock shapes, and  swimming
  • Why you could not like it: You don’t like pink
  • Preference order: 1/5 – My Favorite

4# Day trip to Pozos Naturales

Duration & Points of interest (+)

  • Duration: 9h – 16h30
  • Transportation time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: 1/5
  • Point of interest: Lovely river with deep holes, swimming, an aquatic path
  • Why you could not like it: You don’t like to play and record funny videos
  • Preference order: 3/5

#5 Day trip tunnels and Ciudad de Piedras

Duration & Points of interest (+)

  • Duration: 9h – 17h
  • Transportation time: 1h30
  • Difficulty: 1/5
  • Point of interest: walking among giant rocks and admire the Guaviare plants
  • Why you could not like it: You don’t care about rocks
  • Preference order: 5/5

Our thoughts about San Jose del Guaviare

Julian, Andres, Sebastian, Amilton and the others are a young team full of energy, and they are proud to represent their hometown. Through their travel agency, they help different locals to live from tourism.

They were always smiling, helpful and ready to show us the best of San Jose del Guaviare – and a few nightclubs ;).

The different expeditions were well organized – not perfect but a lot more than what I was expected, considering that tourism is a recent thing here.

The town of San Jose del Guaviare itself is not attractive. However, we found some cool restaurants and funky bars.

I was also surprised to discover a town 100% safe. We could walk day and night with our camera without being worried. The inhabitants are smiling and glad to observe the growth of tourism thanks to the peace agreement. 

Don’t wait. Add San Jose del Guaviare to your Colombia itinerary!

Andres Staff Geotour
Casual Andrés, Casual ^^

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