Casanare

Fauna spotting

Free up three to four days in your travel schedule to visit the province of Casanare in Los Llanos, and you will find a completely different Colombia: go on safari, spot wildlife, meet the local cowboys, dance to their music and unwind watching a gorgeous sunset.

Spotting Burrowing Owl

Wildlife will be all around you – at a stone’s throw away and without having to drive or walk for days to see interesting creatures. Caimans, anacondas, giant anteaters, capybaras, foxes, deer, wild boars, tapirs, monkeys, turtles… Not to mention all the (migration) birds that fly over these green grasslands, such as jays, partridges, parrots, turkeys, eagles and macaws. With a little luck, and whilst taking a few deep breaths, you may even see jaguars and pumas. Welcome to wild Colombia!

But it’s not just the wildlife that makes Casanare an interesting province. In the land of extensive plains, cowboys and their cattle rule the area. And with cowboys comes authentic culture – with its particular traditions, habits, myths, music and a typical dance where the feet are moved rather quickly. Back in the days, cows meant everything to Casanare: cattle breading was the number one industry. The value of your land was measured by how many cows could graze on it. You can imagine that led to a few arguments amongst the cowboys.

Playing the harp

In these plains, your holiday always consists of adventure, recreation and relaxation. Of course you do not want to miss out on a spectacular horse ride amongst the more than 44.000 km of savannas, estuaries, livestock raising fields, mountains and rivers that belong to Casanare. Nature and its wildlife can also be spotted from a boat on one of the rivers, or pump up your adrenaline level when rafting the río Cravo Sur. If you’re lucky you will find out how the harp and bandola are made, and dance to the music when the locals start playing their handmade instruments.

The farming areas are green during winter time (June-November), but can turn completely yellow during the dry summer season (December-May). When you look up to the sky, you will see it is painted by the colors of the migratory birds that cross it, and feel an extensive freedom that only the lowlands of Los Llanos can offer.

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