Thanks to its diverse ecosystems and even climates Casanare has a huge variety of fruit, animals and landscapes. Within just half an hour one can visit both colonial mountain villages and authentic farms in the prairies.
4. Mountain Biking and Cycling Routes
5. Coffee cultivation
While the towns of Tamara and Nunchía on the Pauto river are known as hotspots of Casanare’s coffee, plenty of small scale farms and rural villages all along the foothills of the Andes produce fine coffee, too. It can be purchased at local markets or directly from the farms.
6. Excellent fish
7. Rap Battles
Yes, you read correctly. While performers from Los Llanos do not wear *bling bling*-necklaces, caps and baggies but large hats, jeans and elegant jackets they also perform rap battles in pairs during the Llanero festivals. Contrapunteo requires one to begin mocking the other’ by singing (or more so speaking) a few lines, and the other to shoot back by singing his lines and so forth. The result is a creative back and forth between two singers. Both men and women participate in contrapunteos. Topics evolve around nature, farming, scenery, wild birds, domestic animals such as horses, pigs and cattle, love, family, traditional fashion and legends.
8. Pink dolphins
In the rivers in the department’s east in Orocue the Delfín Rosado can be spotted. The Amazon river dolphin looks pink when it emerges from the water and white when under water. A good place to find it is Rio Meta in Orocué as well as Puerto Gaitan in neighboring Meta.
9. The harp is played
…and anacondas and deer and capybaras and alligators and puma and ocelot and anteaters and armadillos and many more can been spotted. Casanare is extremely rich in fauna, especially birds.
Spotting felines, however, has become difficult because of illegal hunting, animal trafficking and common threats such as climate change (droughts) and an overall fragile ecosystem due to farming and pesticides. The nature reserve Hato La Aurora, among others, has set up camera traps and visitors repeatedly report on having seen pumas and jaguars in the reserve (5-6 hours northeast of Yopal). Contact us if you'd like to visit.
Have you been to Casanare? Which things did you expect, which did surprise you?