El Camino del Vaquero
This 2 days' horse trek takes us on a journey across several farms, on a quest to discover the local life and culture.
Soak in the Llanos’ sceneries, sunrises’ colours and the sounds of nature at night in the hammock, sample the local food, listen to tales and legends by the fire, dance joropo and herd cattle... a cowboy adventure for horse riders of any level.
Duration: 2 days tour with around 6 hours of riding on the first day and 3 to 5 hours on the second day, interrupted by lunch break.
Difficulty: Although it is an advantage to have some experience, this tour is suitable for horse riders of all levels as long as they have the physical strength to spend several hours at a time in the saddle. There are plenty of opportunities to trot and canter - this is optional. Please advise us of your riding skills and requirements so we can match you with the right horse.
Location and sceneries: This tour starts at a small Llanos farm around 40 minutes south east of Yopal. Lush pastures are interrupted by palm trees and gallery forests on our first day and we'll cross a few streams, too, as we make our way across various cattle farms towards Finca La Independencia. Here we'll spend the night and continue the following day to explore the 600ha cattle farm's open savannas, savanna forests, the gallery forests and also cross streams and tucked away lagoons.
Possible wildlife sightings: Burrowing owls, giant anteater, southern tamandua (small anteater), howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, various species of ibis, of herons, of hawks, of falcons, of parakeets, toucans, macaws, parrots, woodpeckers, manakins, trogons, wood storks and hummingbirds, foxes, spectacled caiman, red-footed tortoise, hoatzins, boas, various other reptiles (none of them a threat).
- Early morning start from Yopal towards Finca El Acuario to lasso our horses and enjoy a home made breakfast by Doña Marina
- We explore Finca El Acuario's open pastures and gallery forests on a ride with Don Flabio, the owner and cattle farmer, and continue on a dust trek towards Finca El Corocito
- After a short exploration of El Corocito we enjoy a home-cooked lunch by Doña Aurora and have a break until midday's heat ceases - Playing tejo with the locals is a fun option to pass the time.
- We continue on a dust trek, passing several smaller farms along the way and eventually enter larger cattle farms, before reaching Finca La Independencia at dusk. Following a bath for the horses we'll reflect on a great first day by the camp fire, listening to some fine spine-chillers from the region!
- We'll spend the night in hammocks under the farm house's traditional palm roof, the sounds of the prairies lulling us to sleep...
- After breakfast we saddle up our horses for a ride across savannas, prairies and gallery forest to look for howlers and anteaters before we get ready to herd some cattle by horses, an introduction to the Llanero's work life.
- We'll be busy most of the morning herding cattle and exploring the various ecosystems
- A delicious lunch is our reward followed by a siesta in the hammock, cold drinks and a little parrando, a Llanero's after-work party - complete with an introduction to cattle work, Llano culture, tales, music and dancing from the region
- As the sun sets we are already reminiscing of our time in the saddle!
- Return to Yopal in the evening
Includes: Transport from/to Yopal, entrance to farms, horse hire, bilingual guide, accommodation in hammocks with mosquito net, new refillable water bottle with portable water, meals (2x breakfasts, 2x lunches, 1x dinner), cultural/musical show, insurance