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.
Hotel: Private room with shared bathroom in Hotel Finca Buenaventura
The second day will be spend discovering the whole 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!
Hotel: Private double room with shared bathroom in Hotel Finca Buenaventrua.
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
Hotel: Double room with private bathroom in Hato Matepalma
On your fourth day you will discover the beauty of the Hato Matepalma 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 for 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.
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