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.
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.
A habitant of South America's rainforests and swamps the anaconda can be found easiest in the Llanos, which, for most parts, are more accessible to humans than the dense Amazon rainforest. Dry season (January through March) is best to locate the anaconda, as anacondas have less water and swamps to hide, and so we set out to find it. Here's a short insight report to the reptile's habits, habitats and the myths it has evoked over time.
Rugged and lush mountain ranges, wild rivers, waterfalls, lofty villages with great views and some fine hiking trails: the Andean foothills are a mystical world of its own. Temperatures are more moderate than in the plains, enabling the cultivation of those rich Arabica beans Colombia is famous for. For a day we rolled up our sleeves and lent a hand to a local coffee farming family, as they were short on workers. (The perfect excuse for us to try our hand at bean picking)
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!
Not just plain(s) - As some of the world's richest tropical grasslands, Los Llanos, an area of about 375,790 square kilometers spanning Colombian as well as Venezuelan territory, are anything but simply grassy plains. Limited by the Andes in the west, the Venezuelan coastal range in the north and the Amazon in the south, they encompass diverse habitats and ecosystems that change their looks with the seasons: dry season and wet season. Here's a guide to the Llanos' different types of vegetation and sceneries.
Aventur Eco Tours is based in Yopal and helps nature lovers discover Colombia's Llanos Orientales through