Why Visit Los Llanos?
Llanos landscape varies from swamp to savannah to palm groves and forest, attracting an array of wildlife including rare mammals, reptiles and some 350 bird species. In addition to the extraordinary natural environment, there is a strong Llanero culture, quite distinct from anywhere else in the country.
About Los Llanos
The Llanos is a vast tropical grassland that stretches from the north-east of Colombia through to central Venezuela. The main river is the Orinoco, which also forms part of the border between the two countries. Between April and October, the area floods turning the plains into wetlands comparable to Brazil’s Pantanal. The seasonal flooding creates a unique habitat for over 70 species of water birds including the Scarlet Ibis.
Since colonial times, the flooding rendered this part of the country unserviceable for agriculture, so cattle farming became the main industry and why the area has such a strong culture today. Bound to the land, the Llaneros round up cattle on horseback. Centuries-old traditions are still carried out by way of song, poetry, bare-back riding and even, anaconda catching.
The dry season runs from December through to March, a time to enjoy warmer temperatures and a light breeze. The time of year also coincides with animal migrations in search for the last deposits of water. In contrast, the flooded season is from April to November when the landscape floods and turns verdant green, a time of year that also attracts a variety of wildlife.
You can visit Los Llanos at any time of year, depending on interest. Visitors to the Llanos can hope to see white tailed deer, capybara, caiman, howler monkeys, anteaters, anaconda and possibly puma.
Beyond the Ordinary
Stay at Corocora Camp, a beautiful mobile camp for a truly exclusive experience. With a strong conservation ethic, Corocora Camp provides a magical experience for those that wish to be involved in the wildlife and culture of the llanos with minimal impact. Stay in safari style tents and enjoy delicious traditional food cooked on site by the camp chef. Running water and electricity is provided via solar panels and the camp regularly moves location to reduce its footprint.
Explore the area on foot, by horse or vehicle and learn about the Llanero culture. Days with specialist birding guides can be arranged, as can a day in the life of a Llanero or even join biologists setting up camera traps that monitor the feline population of Los Llanos.