Birding’s biggest day was here. Global Big Day has taken place across the globe with Colombia ranking highest in number of reported species (1,486). All of the Llanos departments joined the challenge.
On 13 May sightings poured into the online platform 'eBird' from more than 150 countries. Over 6,500 species of birds were reported worldwide, 1,486 of which from Colombia, in one single day.
All of the Llanos departments participated
The Llanos department of Casanare contributed with 337 different species, Meta reported 278, Vichada 214 and the northern most Llanos department Arauca registered 201 species with only 5 checklists (wow!). Aventur Eco Tours contributed with 80 species from the Yopal area.
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.
Aventur Eco Tours AWARDED: "Eco-Friendly Tour Operator of the Year 2017" by Luxury Travel Guide Awards
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded for the LTG Americas Awards 2017 as
Eco-Friendly Tour Operator of the Year 2017
Each year readers of the Luxury Travel Guide (LTG) put forward their suggestions. "All Luxury Travel Guide Award programs represent the pinnacle of achievement, championing the best in their respective fields", says Donald Richardson, LTG awards coordinator.
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.
It is the Llanos’ tranquility, their original natural state of palm groves and gallery forests, of dry and wet savannas, their sunrises and sunsets, proud cowboy culture and impressively wide array of wildlife that enchant visitors. Yet a well-kept secret, this region may very well benefit from soft tourism and mindful travelers in the near future. "El Camino del Vaquero", a 3 day horse trek adventure is our initiative towards sustainable community tourism.
The three day horse trek near Yopal, Casanare, sees us explore seven farms in three days. We meet local farmers, stay on their farms, try their food and spot plenty of fauna in different habitats. The launch of “El Camino del Vaquero” – the cowboy’s way - is both, our go at sustainable community tourism and an attempt to connect visitors with the locals and locals with visitors. It is a cultural encounter and intercultural exchange and so much more: it is about bridging a gap, supporting local families and maintaining and showcasing culture, valuing and honoring tradition, work, food, time, nature and animals.
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!
Colombia is an exotic destination for any traveler and horse riding in Colombia is yet even more exotic. It's a great way to discover nature's sights, diversity, wildlife, aromas and colours in an ecological and most authentic way, to really connect with nature as well as with the furry friend with the soft nose. Learn more about what to expect of horse riding and trekking in Colombia's Great Eastern Prairies Los Llanos. In this post we are going to look at terrains, sceneries, wildlife, activities as part of the entire riding experience and the horses themselves.
Should you visit Los Llanos? My answer is going to be very biased: Yes, of course!
Let's take a look for whom a visit to Los Llanos is worth it. Over the last months we have received several visitor reviews (thank you so much!), so now I take the turn to "review" visitors: Who comes here and why? Here are the top five visitors that naturally love Los Llanos.
Aventur Eco Tours is based in Yopal and helps nature lovers discover Colombia's Llanos Orientales through