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. Gorgeous green rice fields surround you from both sides of the road and it is possible to spot many herons, falcons and other types of colorful and rare birds from the car.
The goal of this day is to visit a typical cowboy ranch and learn more about the Llanos culture. The drive to the traditional ranch will take around 2 to 3 hours, depending on the weather conditions. You will be welcomed by El Llanerazo, your local guide on this trip. He will show you around on the farm and introduce you to his self-made museum of Llanero culture.
El Llanerazo found some rare archaeological objects in the area and some archaeologists are trying to figure out to who and what culture they belonged to. He will also show and explain tools and ways of how the cowboys live and work now, and in the past.
You will be served a typical lunch on the ranch while being surrounded by the noises of monkeys and birds. El Llanerazo will also demonstrate different cowboy skills and show you how he crosses a deep river with this horse.
In the late afternoon it will be time to set course to your hotel, El Diamante. The accommodation is surrounded by a beautiful exotic garden in which many birds live. Here you will enjoy the rest of the evening and have a delicious diner.
Hotel: Double room with private bathroom in Hotel El Diamante
The second day will start early with some bird-watching in the hotels´surroundings. A family of howler monkeys lives in the nearby trees and can be spotted as well. There are many falcons, parrots, and ibises and if you are lucky you will be able to spot an anteater!
After the bird-watching walk you will take your breakfast in the gardens of the house before driving to IBA Hato Matepalma. On your way you will be able to spot your first of many capybaras and deer on the way. It is known that a family of three horned owls lives in the trees near the ranch.
After making yourself comfortable in your room you can start exploring the area around the ranch and have a lunch in front of the lake.
In the afternoon you will have a horseback riding tour arranged for you so you can explore the immense flat lands as if you were true cowboys. The trip is absolutely stunning and will bring you through little creeks, bushes, and open fields full of thousands of birds, caimans, lizards, deer, and capybaras. Beween May and October you can ride all the way to a place called ´La Garcera´, an area full of lower bushes where all kind of herons and spoonbills come together to lay their eggs and care for their young. A truly incredible spectacle.
Hotel: Double room with private bathroom in Hato Matepalma
On the third day of your adventure you will go for an amazing walk after breakfast. Your guide will walk with you trough the plains to a place where you can find many land turtles, and in summer anacondas. It is incredible how easy it is to be able to spot all these animals in the wild.
You will be back from the walk around lunchtime and enjoy your last lunch in front of the lake while taking in the last views of the sunbathing capybaras in the lake. Then it will be time to set course again to Yopal, a 3 hours drive, so you won´t miss your plane back to Bogotá.
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