The wild and magical colombian llanos.
Taking the old cattle road of Almeida´s province, near Bogotá, you will experience almost all the different climates and vegetation existing in Colombia in five days, from the cold mountains near Bogotá at 2.800 m.a.s.l. (meters above sea level) to the burning plains of Casanare at 300 m.a.s.l., descending by the Royal Road made in cobbled stone, crossing the midlands and tropical forest to finally find the magnificient landscape and wildlife of the huge eastern plains of Colombia.
Place: From Machetá (Cundinamarca) to Yopal (Casanare), Colombia
Horse riding vacations, 8 days / 7 nights - 5 days of horseback riding, the last day simultaneously with cattle work and wildlife observation in a large ranch - Hato- in Llanos).
Weather: Moderate to Warm
Group: Min 8 / Max 12
Price: USD 2.300 (The value is subject to the change of the dollar of the rate of the day)
Single supplement: USD 40 per night (The value is subject to the change of the dollar of the rate of the day)
We can do also medium size (4-7 riders) and small (2-3 riders) groups
Age: Min 12 / Max 70
Difficulty: Strong intermediate - Advanced
Departure dates: See calendar
Rainy Season: April - August, October - November
IN / OUT transfers.
1 night of accommodation in a Hotel in Bogotá (Day 7 - double rooms).
Transfer from Bogotá to the start point of the activity.
Return by plane on day 7 from Yopal to Bogotá.
Professional guide (Spanish –English).
Horses with saddles.
All meals and drinks during the riding program (lunch box or homestyle meals at local´s houses and dinner in hotels / lodges).
During the ride 4 nights of accommodations in hotels (days 1, 2, 4, 7 in double rooms), 3 nights in hammock in farms in Casanare.
Transport of luggage in private vehicle (1 suitcase per person).
Satellite tracker monitored by an assistance company.
4 x 4 Support vehicle in permanent communication via 2 way radios and satellite tracker with tour guides and authorities.
First Aid Kit.
Accident Insurance during the ride
Services not included
Personal gear Food not stipulated in the program (1st and 8th day).
Personal expenses (phone calls, tips, laundry, etc.)
Rescue expenses Medical Assistance nor Insurance
Day 1: Arrival in Bogotá, ground transportation to Macheta
After collecting all riders in Bogotá, we will drive to Machetá, a town located one hour and a half from Bogotá, where we will spend the night at a nice small hotel with a relaxing pool of thermal water. The drive will be besides the old -Camino Real- (Royal Road made of cobbled Stone by indians and slaves during the spaniard colonial period) used for hundreds of years to comunícate the highlands with the Casanare llanos. This road was used to bring cattle on foot from the plains of Casanare to Sisga until the midlle of the 20th century, in a 2 weeks walk. The trip was so hard for the animals that they had to put on their feet a kind of shoes -cachangas- made of fique - a vegetable fiber - so they could finish. The mountains are astonishing and the change of vegetation and climate almost every hour is very special.
Day 2: Macheta – ChivorAfter a short visit to a coffee plantation besides the hotel, will continue descending to Tenza valley following the Camino Real, with a spectacular view of the mountains and the towns of Guateque, Somondoco, Guayatá and Almeida, a region well known for emeralds mines. Lunch will be at a local´s house in the countrysude, traditional homestyle food and in the afternoon after washing the horses in the Somondoco river, will get to a nice hotel besides Chivor dam where we can enjoy the pool.
Day 3: Chivor – SabanalargaWe will cross the 15 tunnels besides Chivor dam by car (horses in a truck) enjoying a beautiful view of the dam and surroundings and mount again to take and old trail through tropical forest used in the past by guerrillas and paramilitary to avoid main roads. Will enjoy lunch at a local´s house, with very interesting stories to hear about the violent past times. In the afternoon we will cross the Upia river on horseback and arrive in a farm to have a delicious local meal (ternera a la llanera) and a concert of typical music played by local musicians.
Day 4: Sabanalarga – Monterrey We will head to Monterrey through a beautiful valley and have lunch besides a river with a natural pool, sometimes can be very hot in this point at noon. In the afternoon will cross the hills that separated us from the huge oriental grasslands that go deep into Venezuela (around 400.000 km2, 200.000 km2 in Colombia) and have one of the most wonderful views of the trip from this hills, to arrive in the afternoon to a comfortable hotel with a wonderful pool
Day 5: Monterrey – Tauramena We will ride through the open Sabanas of Casanare leaving behind the mountains we crossed the previous days, with a faster pace and will start observing the llanos wildlife and vegetation, to arrive in the evening to a large ranch (hato) where we will spend the night and will have the opportunity to practice sleeping in hammock as we learned on day 3!
Day 6: Tauramena We will wake up early to enjoy a magnificient llanos sunrise, have breakfats and ride along with llaneros in their cattle work routine, observing during the ride different species of birds and wildlife (Ant bears, deer, wild pigs, chiguiros, caimans). After this unique experience will stay another night in the hato and enjoy a show of typical dance in the evening.
Day 7: Tauramena – Yopal – Bogota We will head from the hato to Yopal in the morning to visit local tack shops and chinchorrro manufacturing workshops, will have a goodby lunch at a famous local restaurant and return from Yopal to Bogota in the afternoon by plane (dinner not included).
Day 8: Bogotá Transfer Hotel / Airport. End of this great adventure.