Today we will head out on our first full day tour, exploring the spectacular landscapes of the Serrania La Lindosa. This small mountain range to the south of San Jose del Guaviare is made up of the Precambrian granite of the Guyana Shield, the oldest rocks on Planet Earth! Home to unique rock formations and surreal landscapes, La Lindosa is one of Colombia’s most important archaeological sites and we will begin the day with a visit to Nuevo Tolima, one of the region’s most iconic destinations. A short hike up the face of a rocky hill takes us to a spectacular viewpoint over the jungle and plains stretching out as far as the eye can see, but it’s what’s behind us that will capture your imagination: a giant wall of blood-red rock paintings, thought to date back as much as 10,000 years. Painted by a forgotten Indigenous culture, the huge mural features images of people, animals, birds, and geometric shapes, and is astonishingly well-preserved. We will spend some time admiring the pictograms (always keeping an eye out for monkeys and eagles from the viewpoint) before heading on to our next stop.
Next on the itinerary is a stop at the surreal Stone City. The remains of ancient undersea rock formations which have taken on the appearance of the ruins of an ancient city, complete with avenues and squares, wandering these “streets” is a bizarre and unique experience, unlike anything else in Colombia. After exploring the Stone City, we will continue through the Serrania to Los Tuneles, another beautiful rock formation. In this case, the ancient rocks have formed tunnels and caves, and we will spend some time exploring these rocky passageways (mind your head!).
After a long day of exploration, it’s time for some rest and relaxation! Our final stop is at the beautiful Pozos Naturales swimming holes. Here a red river flows across the craggy rock formations, and has formed a series of deep round pools, punctuated by waterfalls and rapids. We will finish the day relaxing on the warm rocks and swimming in the deep, cool pools. It’s the ideal way to cool off from the intense heat of a jungle day. Once you’re sufficiently relaxed, we will head back to San Jose del Guaviare for a well-earned rest.