Safari in Cattle Plains – Los Llanos
Colombia’s eastern plains, Los Llanos (The Plains) are still to be discovered. It is just emerging as a tourism destination, so the infrastructure is very basic and authentic. The reserve (filmed by BCC & Animal Planet) has capybaras, 325 bird species, caiman, deer, anacondas up to 7 meters long, jaguars, anteaters, and activities include safaris, piranha fishing, walking, and horse riding, traditional life of vaqueros – Colombian cowboys & cattle farming.
Day 1: Fly from Bogotá or Bucaramanga to Yopal (L, D)
Arrive in Yopal, the Capital of the Casanare department! Arrive at Yopal airport where an English-speaking host and a driver will be waiting to drive you to the Reserve. Please note that the travel time is 4 hours and during winter, it can take 5-7 hours approx.
Welcome to the beautiful region of “Los Llanos”. Your Safari in a Cattle Plains just started. Explore the reserve in search of local fauna including deer, capybaras, howler monkeys, and giant anteaters, or partake in one of the camp’s included experiences: Bird watching, canoeing, or artisanal fishing. (Accommodation: Nature Reserve House)
Day 2: Llanero Cowboys Experience (B, L, D)
Today, you will learn everything about the impressive flora and fauna flora at Hato La Aurora. At this reserve, you will encounter different species of birds, capybaras, alligators, iguanas, white-tailed deer, jaguars, and anteaters that live freely in the ecosystems of the Savannah of the country’s “Llanos”, forests, lakes, and wetlands.
You will be able to observe and complete the route either by horse, 4×4 jeep or you could combine the two options together. (Accommodation: Nature Reserve House)
Day 3: Natur & Culture (B, L, D)
Be left surprised by this Colombian-style safari and discover the beauty of this region by navigating the Ariporo River and its tributaries by canoe. Besides nature, you will get to know the traditional culture of Colombian cowboys and llaneros, by tasting the typical cuisine and listening to the llanero style of music, declared as oral and intangible heritage by UNESCO. (Accommodation: Nature Reserve House)
Day 4: Depart Los Llanos (B)
Enjoy breakfast and the beautiful morning in the Reserve. Transfer to Yopal airport with your driver (5-6 hours). Flight to Bogotá.
When to Visit?
When to visit Los Llanos entirely depends on each client’s preferences, as there is no one season-best to visit the region. April and December are particularly beautiful times to visit, as these months fall at the turn of the seasons. This means the weather conditions are slightly less extreme, and visitors can enjoy a range of wildlife on both dry land and some flooded plains.
A humid, tropical climate is typical in Los Llanos, with temperatures ranging from a low of 21˚C (70˚F) in the evenings, to a high of 34˚C (93˚F) during the dry months of February and March.
DECEMBER – JANUARY • Expect dry weather with green landscapes, a concentration of animals around watering holes, migratory birds, anaconda sightings, and births of giant anteaters. Average precipitation: December 40mm, January 11mm.
FEBRUARY – MARCH • Expect dry weather with arid landscapes, the highest concentration of animals around watering holes, migratory birds, anaconda sightings, births of giant anteaters, and easy access to remote areas. Average precipitation: February 30mm, March 57mm.
APRIL – NOVEMBER • Expect rainy weather with lush green landscapes, decreased accessibility to remote areas, births of pumas and howler monkeys, giant otter sightings, and the presence of Garceros, a concentration of hundreds of herons nesting together. Average precipitation: April 189mm, May 237mm, June 321mm, July 258mm, August 245mm, September 205mm, October 208mm, November 104mm.
Specification: Safari in Cattle Plains – Los Llanos
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