Our expedition from the Andes down to the Vale is a fantastic adventure surrounded by ever-contrasting and gorgeous landscapes, highlands with plains that extend as far as the eye can see, dreamy villages amidst cultivated lands and a 3,000 meters above sea level ascent that takes us through the Paramo to study and marvel at “Frailejones” or Espeletias. On the way down we are greeted by rushing rivers, ferns and gigantic silver-leaved trees known as “Yarumo”.
More surprises await us upon reaching the Savannah or “Llanos”. The Plains are the best location to study the abundant South-American wildlife. Most species here are active during daytime hours and easy to observe, since they inhabit open areas of the Savannah –in other words, a true photo safari. A memorable Colombian hiking experience.
Optional: 4×4 truck drive to the Savanah from Villa de Leyva or Bogota.
If selected, the car will pick you up at your Villa de Leyva – Bogota Hotel and take you back according to your request or schedule.
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION: Hotel – Villa de Leyva or Bogotá – Villa de Leyva or Bogotá Hotel or according to its itinerary.
DEPARTURE TIME: 8AM, please be ready to depart 10 minutes before the aforementioned time.
- Lead and local experienced cowboys from “Los Llanos” (secondary guides).
- Accident insurance.
- Entrance fees.
- Transport (4×4) .
- Horse backriding in the first farm
- Tours and Activities in the farm of “El Temblor” and The “Hato La Aurora”
- 2 Nights in Iza town.
- 2 Nights in “El Temblor” farm.
- 2 Nights is “Hato La Aurora”.
- 6 Breakfast, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners.
- First-aid kit and logistics support.
NOT INCLUDED: Entrance fees, Guide gratuity. Non-specified expenses in the hiking plan. Bilingual Guide (Additional Cost, options: English & French. Ask for the price).
NOTE: PRICED PER PERSON BASED ON TWO PEOPLE, FOR MORE PEOPLE REQUEST A QUOTE.
Please note that any tour must be booked in advance to ensure the availability of guides.
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8AM. Depart Villa de Leyva or Bogota on-route towards Northern Boyacá through a beautiful landscape until we reach Monguí Heritage Village and finally Iza, known for its thermal waters, our first destination.
12m. Lunch at Iza.
3PM. Check-in at a Iza Hotel and enjoy its thermal waters.
8AM. Continue from Iza to Paz de Ariporo via Yopal. The tour includes a brief stop at the Tota Lagoon in the Playa Blanca area.
12M. Lunch will be enjoyed on the road.
4PM. Arrival at a traditional range farm. The afternoon will be used to enjoy the place and adapt to the warmer climate.
5PM. Leisure stroll around the farm and towards a wetland to enjoy the magnificent Llanero (or ranger) sunset of bright, intense colors.
9AM. Horseback riding combined with herding activities in the morning to experience an authentic ranger experience.
12M. Lunch at the range farm and relaxation in hammocks.
2PM. Exploration hike through a Gallery Forest and visit to the creek, where abundant wildlife may be observed.
4:30PM. Return to the range farm to relax and enjoy the stay until dinnertime.
8AM. Continue towards La Aurora Cattle Ranch -2-hour car drive approximately. The car drive will stop at different wetlands and swamps to observe the Savanah wildlife.
11AM. Check-in at the hotel and room accommodation.
2PM. Hike to the Gallery Forest to search wild Howler monkeys and enjoy an entertaining afternoon in the forest.
4:30PM. Return to the Cattle Ranch to rest until dinnertime.
9AM. Photo-safari of the surrounding areas and observation of the Great Savanah wildlife, such as deer, capybaras, wild hogs, spectacled caimans and, if we’re very lucky, even giant anacondas.
2PM. The photo-safari takes us through different sectors of the grounds at walking distance from the Cattle Ranch to see the numerous ecosystems in the region, including creeks, woodlands and swamplands.
4:30PM. Return to the Ranch and rest while getting ready for dinner.
6:30PM. We generally are treated to the music from the region, as it is a common dinner activity in the big Savanah ranches.
7AM. Breakfast. Preparations to initiate the trip back.
8AM. Return to Boyaca via Yopal. If the traveling party wishes to, it may book a flight in Yopal to Bogota. Please bear in mind that the booking of the flight must be done previous to the departure day.
12M. Lunch at Yopal.
1PM. If the return trip will be made via land, we will continue to Iza and –depending on the departure time, visit Salto Candelas, located two hours before reaching Iza.
5PM. Check-in at the Iza hotel and relaxation time at the thermal waters.
9AM. Return to Villa de Leyva, Bogotá or Barichara, according to request.
Note: A direct transfer from Villa de Leyva – Yopal- Paz de Ariporo – Cattle Ranch can be achieved in approximately 7 hours.
The flight from Yopal must be booked the moment the traveling party programs this tour in order to guarantee its availability. Otherwise you may be subject to last-minute reservations on available flights which may include an additional fee.
Two days may be added or removed from this tour, please request a quote according to your availability.