San José de Guaviare: the capital town is a good place to start your Guaviare adventures. It is a typical Colombian town with dusty streets and bustling markets. A short walk brings you to a mirador overlooking the impressive and fast-flowing Guaviare river. We do not recommend you to spend the nights in town, but rather immerse yourself in nature straight away by staying at an ecolodge just 20 minutes outside of town: Playa Güío (see our Accomodation section).
Serranía de la Lindosa: this huge nature reserve and mountain range is the archaeological and biological jewel of Colombia. It includes various stunning, movie-worthy spots. Think of impressive rock formations like Ciudad de Piedra, Puerto de Orion and Los Tuneles, wildlife spotting during an ecological hike (monkeys, pink dolphins, birds, reptiles, insects) and prehistoric rock paintings. The area is also rich in water: take a refreshing dip in the lakes and colored rivers. Or swim under the waterfalls Las Delicias and Arco Iris, which drop down massive amounts of water over the rocks. Below we will elaborate on some of the not-to-be-missed places.
Tranquilandia and Pozos Naturales: these two rivers and their surroundings are quite similar to the famous Caño Cristales river in the Meta department. Both rivers contain the same red aquatic plant Macarenia Clavigera. Although they might be a little less impressive than their big brother, the great advantage is that there are way less visitors, and their amazing rainbow colors will equally impress you. Just like Caño Cristales, these colors can be enjoyed between June and November, however the rivers are an amazing
place to visit year-round.
Amazonian prehistoric rock art: the jungles of Cerro Azul and Nuevo Tolima, two mountanious areas in La Lindosa, have been hiding prehistoric cave paintings for centuries. In 2018, the Colombian government declared la Serranía de la Lindosa a Protected Archaeological Area. In total, more than 75,000 cave paintings have been found in the area. After a 30-minute climb up Cerro Azul, you will see humanlike and geometric figures, animals and plant paintings decorating the mountain caves. La Lindosa contains more spots with indigenous wall art, but the largest of all can be found on the Cerro Azul (a wall of about 100 meters long and 20 meters high).
Laguna Negra: near the ecolodge Playa Güío you will find this beautiful lake, to be visited by boat. Before reaching the lake you are able to observe a lot of special bird species and monkeys jumping from one tree to the other. It is also possible to rent a kayak here.
Cascada Las Delicias: this 27 meter high waterfall is not only beautiful, adventure sports-lovers will also be satisfied as you can abseil from the top while being observed by the many monkeys inhabiting the area.
Pink river dolphin spotting: at the point where the Guayabero river (coming from the Meta department) flows into the Guaviare river, you will spot a lot of pink dolphins. But the most exquisite dolphin gem of the area is is the Damas del Nare lake, which is not easy to reach: about a three-hour drive or two-hour boat ride. For animal-lovers it should be a no-brainer, as this is the place where you can swim alongside a very friendly but wild group of dolphins that are used to people. If you rather stay in the boat, you will also be able to see them through the crystal clear water, or even feel them pulling the bowline of the canoe.
Birding tours: the accessible jungles of Guaviare are becoming more and more popular for birdwatching activities. You can observe unique species such as the Harpy Eagle, orange-breasted Falcon, Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock and many more.