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Los Llanos - Colombia Vacations

Explore Colombia’s Rural Life!

This tour is an excellent opportunity to explore the rural areas and farms in the eastern Andes and the Eastern Plains of Colombia. Visit La Candelaria in Bogota and learn about the origins of this cosmopolitan city. Then explore Egipto, a favela next to La Candelaria, affected by a turbulent past that is now using street art and tourism to help them find a better future.

Go horseback riding through the savannahs in the Eastern Plains of Colombia while viewing spectacular flora and fauna. Take care of yourself and relax in a beautiful wellness and spa hotel.  Learn about the local culture and stay on a traditional ranch. Explore the Andean region to see some of the most beautiful and well preserved colonial towns, including Villa de Leyva and Barichara. Visit local farms, learn about the coffee and sugar cane process, meet the local families and enjoy listening to their history and traditions. Disconnect from your everyday life during this incredible adventure! 


EXPERIENCE TYPE Local Culture, Wildlife, Hiking and Wellness

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DAY 1 Join tour in Bogota

Arrive at any time. We will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel in Bogota. Depending on the traffic, the drive from the airport takes around 30-45 minutes.

At the hotel, we will check your itinerary again to make sure everything is clear, help you with anything you may need and give you some practical information about Bogota and Colombia. Depending on your arrival time, you may have some time to start exploring the city on your own or just to relax. 

Bogotá is located at an altitude of 2,600 metres, so we recommend taking it easy during the first couple of days.

Note: Check in after 3pm

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan: None

DAY 2 La Candelaria and Egipto Tour

This unique tour will begin in La Candelaria, one of the most historical places in Bogota. The area has a bohemian ambience and a mix of colonial and modern architecture. We will see some of the most iconic historical places while learning about the city's history. We will walk from Plaza de Bolivar, the current main square, to Chorro de Quevedo, the first official square in Bogota. You will have the chance to admire the colourful graffiti adorning the walls and the quirky shops.

From Chorro de Quevedo, we will walk to La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Egipto, the entrance point into the Egipto neighbourhood. During our visit to Egipto, we will be accompanied by members of this incredible community that have worked during the last few years to create new opportunities for their community. They will talk about their inspiring journey to leave behind a criminal life in the gangs to start doing street art and tourism.

We will learn about the challenges they faced and the projects they have. We will visit one of their homes to have a traditional snack and hear more about their day-to-day life.

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3 Visit a local coffee farm

Around 6:30 am, we will begin our adventure by heading to a small town called Tibacuy, located 2 hours outside Bogota. Near Tibacuy, we will visit a local community of farmers who produce their own coffee. 

You will get the chance to visit four different farms and learn one specific part of the coffee-making process at each farm. You won't only learn about the coffee-making process but also why the production of coffee is essential in this specific region of Colombia.  

At one of the farms, we will also go back in time to learn about the indigenous Panche people who inhabited the area before the Spanish conquest. We will see some petroglyphs found by the local families. These petroglyphs haven't been thoroughly studied by the experts yet, but it would be fascinating to hear how locals found them and what these symbols could mean.

You spend time with the families, learn about their day to day life, have lunch at their house and try some delicious homemade snacks.  We are sure you won't look at your daily cup of coffee the same after this experience!

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 Travel to Los Llanos (Yopal). Horseback riding

Early in the morning, we will pick you up at the hotel to transfer you to the airport in Bogota for your flight to Yopal in the Eastern Region of Colombia, also called Los LLanos. On arrival in Yopal, we will go to San Luis de Palenque. It will take approximately 2 hours on paved roads.  We will spend the next two days at Hato Matepalma and Hato Altamira, two large haciendas that are part of the Nature Reserve El Encanto de Guanapalo. 

Upon arrival at the natural reserve, we will have lunch and relax for a while. Then, we'll get an introduction to the farm and some lasso practice before gearing up our horses for a ride into the savannah. By horse, we'll cross small rivers, waterholes, lush savannas, palm and gallery forests, keeping our eyes peeled for diverse birdlife and wildlife, including different species of anteaters, monkeys, tortoises, caimans and exotic birds.

At the nature reserve, you will have the chance to see hundreds of capybaras, white-tailed deer, spectacled caimans, tortoises and exciting birdlife, including Orinoco geese and the great horned owl – Colombia's largest owl.

At the end of the day, we will go to one of the haciendas where you will spend the night.
 

Overnight: Los Llanos - Nature Reserve El Encanto de Guanapalo
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 Wildlife Safari

In the morning, we will go for a walk and a canoe tour to observe families of capybaras, hoatzins, and various species of kingfishers. We will come back to the hacienda for lunch and relax a little bit before the safari in the afternoon. 

In the afternoon, we will do a safari in a 4x4 vehicle to get close to an astonishing amount of wildlife. With some luck, we may see anteaters, pumas, armadillos or anacondas. The probability of seeing anacondas is higher during the dry season, which is in February and March. We will see hundreds of capybaras, deer, spectacled caimans, tortoises and exciting birdlife. 

At the end of the afternoon safari, we will sit down to relax and have a drink while enjoying the spectacular sunset of this region of Colombia. After, recharging batteries we will continue our expedition to see nocturnal wildlife.
 

Overnight: Los Llanos - Nature Reserve El Encanto de Guanapalo
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 Flight to Bucaramanga. Transfer to Zapatoca

Early in the morning will go to the airport for your flight to Bucaramanga (connection in Bogotá)

Upon arrival in Bucarmanga, we will meet you at the airport to transfer you to Zapatoca, locate 2hrs from Bucaramanga. Zapatoca was built in the 17th century and is located in the middle of an impressive canyons landscape. 

As a completely off the beaten track destination, Zapatoca is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the tranquillity of its streets surrounded by a spectacular natural landscape. Upon arrival in Zapatoca, we will do a tour around the town before going to the hotel.

Overnight: Zapatoca
Meal Plan: Breakfast

DAY 7 At Leisure

Today is all about you! Enjoy a leisurely day to relax and recharge your mind and body. Take advantage of the wellness sessions available at the hotel, designed to promote self-care, relaxation, and overall health and wellbeing

Overnight: Zapatoca
Meal Plan: Breakfast

DAY 8 Transfer to Barichara. Visit to La Fuente and Galán

Today, we will go to Barichara, one of the most beautiful colonial towns in Colombia. Barichara is a charming little town with stunning colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, historic churches, and beautiful natural surroundings. On the way to Barichara, we will pass through other charming little towns like Galán and Fuente that seem to be literally stopped in time. 

Upon arrival in Barichara, we will go to the hotel and then do a walking tour around the town
 

Overnight: Barichara
Meal Plan: Breakfast

DAY 9 Local colonial construction technique workshop

Today, we will go to a local house to learn about building colonial houses. We will learn about the local technique used to build colonial houses in this area of Colombia. This workshop will also be an excellent opportunity to interact with the local community and learn more about their daily lives.

Overnight: Barichara
Meal Plan: Breakfast

DAY 10 Hiking along the Camino Real to Guane

Today, we will be hiking for about 2 hours along The Camino Real, an ancient trail that connects Barichara and the small town of Guane. 

The Camino Real trail was originally built by the Guane indigenous people and then used later by the Spanish. The old paved path was last restored in 1864 by the German George von Lenguerke. The hike is mostly downhill and will take you through a beautiful landscape of the canyon and valley surrounding the town. The trail offers some great views and a peaceful environment.

Guane is an even smaller version of Barichara, although less elaborate. We will have lunch there before coming back to Barichara. In Barichara, we will spend some time visiting the main highlights of the town. You will have the rest of the day at leisure for your exploration.

Overnight: Barichara
Meal Plan: Breakfast

DAY 11 Travel to Villa de Leyva

After breakfast, we will start our journey towards Villa de Leyva, located 4 hours driving from Barichara. Villa de Leyva is the most visited and famous town in Boyaca. This colonial village frozen in time will make you feel like you have been transported back to colonial times. Its central plaza is surrounded by magnificent colonial structures and a beautiful parish church. The area of the plaza is about 14000 square meters and is considered the largest plaza in Colombia.

Upon arrival in Villa de Leyva, we go to the hotel. After checking in, we will go for a walking tour around the town.

Overnight: Villa de Leyva
Meal Plan: Breakfast

DAY 12 Gastronomic Experience and Santo Ecce Homo Convent

Early in the morning, we will go to a farm located one hour from Villa de Leyva. At the farm, we will have a traditional Colombian breakfast, followed by a cooking experience to learn how to make "almohabana", a traditional Colombian corn pastry. During this experience, you will have the opportunity to interact with the family at the farm and learn from them a bit of history on how the ancient indigenous used to process and cook food made of corn.

After this enjoyable gastronomic activity, we will go to another farm to learn everything about panela production, a product derived from sugar cane. At this farm, you will learn about the sugar cane process from harvesting to the production of panela. 

After lunch, we will go to Convento Santo Ecce Homo, founded by the Dominican fathers in 1620. The convent is a spectacular stone-and-adobe construction with a lovely courtyard and floors paved with stones quarried in the region, containing ammonites and fossils, including petrified corn and flowers. At the end of the visit, we will go back to Villa de Leyva. You will have the rest of the afternoon at leisure for your exploration.

Overnight: Villa de Leyva
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13 Wool workshop and milking activities. Travel back to Bogota

Today, we will visit a local farm in Gachantiva, a small village located 45 min from Villa de Leyva. At this farm, we will spend time with the lady of the house milking caws and learning how to make artisanal cheese. 

We will have lunch at the farm before starting the journey back to Bogota.

Overnight: Bogota
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14 End of the tour in Bogota

The tour ends today. At the time required, we will pick you up at the hotel to transfer you to the airport.

Overnight:
Meal Plan: Breakfast

Accommodation
Essential Information

What's Included

  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • 13 nights' accommodation (double occupancy)
  • Domestic flights: Bogota – Yopal

                                     Yopal - Bucaramanga (connection in Bogotá)

  • Private ground transport
  • Meals as defined in the itinerary
  • Local English-speaking tour guides 
  • Experiences and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entry tickets to all tourist attractions mentioned in the itinerary 

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Tips and other discretionary expenses
  • Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket
  • Early / late check in on the first / last day of the tour
  • Travel Insurance
     
Flexible Terms

Flexible Booking Terms

With the current situation around the world changing at an unprecedented pace, we understand that you may feel very anxious and hesitant about your future travel plans. Therefore, we have modified our booking conditions to give you more flexible options. You can now book your next holiday to Colombia, having the tranquillity of changing your dates without any extra cost, and even book a long trip with a small deposit.

We hope these flexible booking conditions give you the option to plan and dream about your next holiday.

Small deposit:

You can book this Colombia trip with only 50 GBP / 60 EUR / 65 USD per person. This deposit is not refundable.

Change departure dates:

Our flexible booking conditions will allow you to change the departure date without any additional fee. You can move the departure date to any time before the end of 2022.

If your initial departure date was to happen during a low holiday season and you wish to move it to departure during a high holiday season, please consider that the price of the tour could be higher due to higher tariffs from hotels and airlines. We will confirm and agree with the change in the price.

Note: High holiday seasons in Colombia are during Easter and from December 15th to January 19th. 

Later payment:

We will require a full payment minimum 20 days before the departure date of the tour.

Cancellation Costs:

If you definitely need to cancel the tour after sending us the full payment (20 days before the departure date), we will refund 80% of the tour's cost.

These terms apply to bookings made from now on until further notice.

Please check the complete description of our terms and conditions.

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