Hato El Boral, a working cattle ranch in Colombia's Eastern plains, is a surreal place in the heart of the savannas that has just opened its doors to magic seeking adventurers, nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The 3000-hectare hacienda is home to exotic bird species, hundreds of capybaras, white-tailed deer, felines, anacondas, caimans, porcupines, anteaters and howlers, which inhabit the extensive savannas, savanna forests, wetlands and lagoons of El Boral.
Lasso roping cowboys, meals prepared over the wood fire, fishing piranhas for supper, stalking anacondas and anteaters, riding across infinite prairies and enjoying a good laugh with the locals - this is what a true Llanos adventure is all about.
Rural guesthouse Posada El Diamante is a retreat for both human visitors and animal visitors. Located just outside the village of San Luis de Palenque, an area of pristine beauty, and about two and a half hours from Yopal it is the ideal base for a couple of days to discover the Llanos' wildlife, culture and sceneries on excursions into the surroundings. Wildlife frequents the property's pastures, orchards, gardens, forest and river beach and makes it a haven for nature lovers and birdwatchers looking for peace and tranquility - and the most amazing starlit sky at night!
The term "Colombian Safari" was first coined at Hato La Aurora, Colombia's biggest privately owned natural reserve and Casanare's pioneering tourism project. Juan Solito lodge caters for visitors on-site and willy jeeps and horses ensure one gets even to the remotest corners inside this 18,000 hectare reserve and catches a glimpse of some seriously stunning and impressive wildlife including anacondas, capybaras, scarlet ibises, deer, wild boars, ocelots and many more - a true adventure and a good one if planned right. Here are 5 reasons why it can be beneficial to book a trip though us rather than venture out on your own or wondering how to get to La Aurora.
On a trip around Colombia you want to see as much of its natural treasures as possible. You are spoilt with choices in a country that tops the diversity hit lists on all levels: people, wildlife, birds, ecosystems, culture. Where to begin? Well, that's up to you. All we say is that technically you can reach a place where you'll see hundreds of capybaras, caimans, deer, exotic birds and even more exotic fauna such as anacondas and pumas in their natural habitat within ONE DAY from Bogotá. A no-brainer if you are looking to organize a jam-packed itinerary across the country. Beware though, this isn't your usual tourist hotspot - it's an off-beat adventure to remember!
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The Pipra Filicauda, more commonly known as the wire-tailed manakin, is a small stunner. Only about 25 km from Yopal we operate tours across a private gallery forest that has revealed itself to us as a "manakin hotspot" with guaranteed sightings of this colouful species. Whether you are into birdwatching or not, observing this little tricoloured "moonwalker" won't leave you indifferent.
Birdwatching in Colombia is a diverse, colourful and interesting experience for birdwatchers and novices alike. Recently we came to love nocturnal birdwatching. When it gets dark, a different world opens its doors to the birdwatcher: owls, nighthawks, nightjars, potoos and night-herons along with grasshoppers and frogs cater for an impressive, mystical and fascinating soundscape. Here is our Nocturnal Birding List for a night out in Los Llanos!
Colombia is the world’s number one in bird diversity and thus a top destination for bird watching. While Casanare probably is one of Colombia’s best kept birding secrets.
From lush Andean foothills to vast prairies (‘Los Llanos’) leading right into the Orinoco region with its rivers, mangrove swamps and savannah forests, this department boasts with an abundance and richness in birds – from familiar to exotic. Here comes the ultimate sample list.
Aventur Eco Tours is based in Yopal and helps nature lovers discover Colombia's Llanos Orientales through