Day 6 – 9: COLOMBIAN COWBOY ADVENTURES IN CASANARE
If you thought you couldn´t go more off the beaten track than Cerros de Mavecure, then think again! On this tour you will discover Casanare. This region in the east of Colombia is famous for its plains, abundant wildlife, amazing bird watching spots, and cowboy lifestyle of the people.
This is an all-in package of 4 days and 3 nights that offers the most interesting activities in order for you to discover the most unique and pristine flora and fauna. The below itinerary can still be adapted to your personal wishes but will give you an idea of what your trip could look like.
On the first day you will leave Bogotá early in the morning and fly to Yopal where you will have breakfast before heading into the plains. Depending on the weather conditions, it will take between 6 or 9 hours over a bumpy gravel-like road to get to IBA (Important Birding Area) Vereda Alto Gracia where you will spend two days. On they way you will have more than enough chances to spot amazing birds and other wildlife. Your basic but typical accommodation is located in the middle of nowhere so you will be spending two days in pure nature. Near to the hotel is a beautiful lake with typical endemic palm trees of the region where all the animals gather in the evening and from where you can shoot perfect sunset pictures. Besides the many birds you will also be able to spot deer, caymans, capybaras, wild pigs, water and land turtles, and if lucky, otters and anacondas.
The second day will be spend discovering the nearby area and its lake, forests, and plains. You will wake up early and go for a walk and canoe cruise in the hope of spotting lots of bird- and wildlife. In the afternoon there will be a jeep safari to go to more remote areas where more animals can be found. Unwind and reconnect with nature!
On the third day of your adventure you will have the chance to enjoy some early bird-watching before heading to another gorgeous place in Casanare. You will drive for around 7 hours to IBA Hato Matapalma. Enjoy your time in the jeep to spot more animals and take in the beautiful views over the plains. You will sleep in a working ranch and be able to observe the typical cattle activities.
On your fourth day you will discover the beauty of the Hato Matapalme reserve. A guide will take you for a walk or, if wanted, on a horseback riding tour through the plains. Between May and October you can reach by horse a nesting area of thousands of herons, and if you are lucky you might spot a puma or giant anteater on the way! After lunch it will be time to set course to Yopal, a 3 hours drive, for you to take a flight back to Bogota in the early evening.
Included in tour: Transport in 4 x 4 and an experienced driver, 2 nights of accommodation in Hotel Buenaventura in Vereda Alto Gracia, 1 night of accommodation in Hato Matepalma, all mentioned activities, 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners, snacks and drinks, a local guide who knows the area very well, travel insurance.
Also included: Accommodation when back in Bogotá – Hotel Casa Deco.
To keep in mind:
1. All activities are weather depended and might change order.