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The Road To Guacoche - Other Activity Valledupar - Colombia

The road to Guacoche, a small village where pottery is made, is a wildlife watchers paradise. Rice paddies on either side of a tree-lined lane attract a variety of fauna. Hopping through the canopy are red howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus). Their cries fill the early morning and late afternoon air. The elusive brown capuchin monkeys (Cebus paella) also cling to the leafy boughs. Upon those branches, hawks and eagles stoically perch, scanning the landscape for their next meal. Dozens of species of birds wing across the sky, including macaws.


3.6 kilometers (2 mi) north of Valledupar

Valledupar, Colombia

Other Activity Types:
Wildlife refuge, Natural park, Scenic route

Getting There

The turn off for the road to Guacoche is 3.6 kilometers (2 mi) north of the city, past Balneario Hurtado. The first 7 kilometers (4.2 mi) of the Guacoche road is where fauna can be sighted; Guacoche is another 5 kilometers (3 mi) down the road. Take a pick-up truck to the turn-off and walk or bicycle from there. A motorcycle taxi will costs about $5.

Travel Tips:

The best times to spot wildlife are at dawn and dusk. Like humans, they seek cool places in the high heat of the day. Do not make any noises or otherwise bother the fauna.

Price Description:


Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Dawn

Open Hours to:Dusk

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

Take water, a snack (for yourself -- not the animals) and a camera.

Cool off at Balneario Hurtado afterwards, or seek out Vallenato's rhythms and history. Also, visit indigenous villages in the Sierra.

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso

Here are other activities in and around Valledupar that may be of interest: Pueblo Bello And Nabusimake, The Cultural Centers of Valledupar, The Road To Guatapurí and La Mina.

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