Los Llanos

COL-60 / 4-day Trip

Hidden Treasures
OVERVIEW

Los Llanos is a vast area of an endless ocean of green grasslands Southeast from Bogota. It is teeming with wildlife and home to more than 100 species of mammals and more than 700 species of birds, as well as to some of the most endangered species on Earth, including the Orinoco crocodile, the Orinoco turtle, giant armadillo, giant otter, black-and-chestnut eagle and several species of catfish.

The flat, grassy plains make this region ideal for cattle grazing. The Colombian cowboys (Los Llaneros) spend long hours herding cattle on huge ranches, some of which are thousands of hectares in size. This very unique setting has created a unique culture with its own music and traditions–very different from “mainstream” Colombia. The local population is associated with their distinctive straw hats, rodeos, the joropo dance and their folk music known as “música llanera”. During this tour you are will visit a real rancho adapted to receive tourism.


Day 1 Yopal: Juan Solito Farm
Day 2 Wildlife Safari
Day 3 Hato Aurora and Ranching
Day 4 Departure from Juan Solito
ITINERARY
Day 1

Yopal: Juan Solito Farm
Upon arrival in Yopal, you will be meet by the transfer service that takes you on a 4hr drive out on the real countryside of Colombia. On this ride, you will experience how the land becomes more and more remote, and the only interruption in the lowland is the herds of cattle. The isolated location makes for an adventurous experience and good chances to see wildlife.

Arrival to Juan Solito in the afternoon. Juan Solito is a traditional former cattle farm accommodated to receive tourism. It is part of Hato la Aurora, a reserve that covers 16,000 hectares. Given the remote location, the lodge offers some great wildlife viewing, especially of native and migration birds, caiman, wild pigs, deer, capybara, anteaters and and cats such as puma, jaguar, ocelot and jaguarundi. Reptiles such as iguanas and huge anacondas (5-7m in length) are abundant too. During the stay at Juan Solito, you’ll get a feel for the way of life in los llanos too, with its distinctive traditional music, food and cowboys.
Included meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Wildlife Safari
Activities will be arranged on the lodge the night before and the activities depend on the season.
Today we recommand to do a wildlife Safari in 4×4.
The tour starts after breakfast with a exciting river crossing in canoes. Once safe on the other side, the Safari tour in a pickup-van begins. During the tour in the natural reserve we will observe the flora and get to spot some wildlife such ad capibaras, white tail deer, crocodiles, wild horses, herons, curlews, little owls, double-striped thick-knee curlews, jabiru storks, a wide variety of ibises among many other bird species.
A popular stop during the safari is by a beautiful lake, where the local staff will feed the caimans. We might also be lucky to see other reptiles such as iguanas and/or turtles.
Afterwards we will continue our tour in the reserve while spotting some more wildlife and birds. The landscape is green savanna and there will be plenty of photo oportunities during the tour.
Lunch in the nature.
Before returning to the lodge, we will do stop to do some fishing in the local way by the river bank.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3

Hato Aurora & Ranching
Today we recommend horseback riding to the Hacienda “Hato Aurora”.
At Ecolodge Juan Solito, there are beautiful well-tamed horses, completely familiar with their land, which implies more safety for our riders during their adventure. This is an activity suited for all ages and you don’t need to be a trained rider.
The tour might go to the hacienda Hato Aurora, where the ranching is still been done in the traditional way. Here we will enjoy the lunch and also get a glimpse of the daily at the farm. “Siesta” in a hammock in the garden, before returning back to the lodge.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4

Departure from Juan Solito
Morning departure from Juan Solito, then flight from Yopal to Bogota.
Included meals: Breakfast

PRICING
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INCLUDED

  • Local Spanish speaking guide during all tours
  • Private transport in Casanare
  • All activities mentioned in the program
  • 3 nights in shared double rooms in lodge
  • All meals at the lodge as specified in the day to day itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

  • Domestic flights BOG-EYP-BOG. Approx. price per person: 150 USD
  • Airport transfers to/from the airport in Bogota
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional: Private English speaking Guide. Price: 550 USD
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Everything not mentioned in the “Included” list
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