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Old Cattle Roads of Almeidas

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** Also available in extended version 9 days / 8 nights / 4 days of horseback riding / 1 day Emerald Tour / 1 day of cattle work in Llanos. -- please inquire
** Also available in extended version 9 days / 8 nights / 4 days of horseback riding / 1 day Emerald Tour / 1 day of cattle work in Llanos. -- please inquire

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival in Bogotá
After collecting all riders in Bogotá, we will drive to Machetá, a town located 1.5 hours from Bogotá. The drive will be besides the old Camino Real (Royal Road made of cobbled Stone by Indians and slaves during the Spaniard colonial period) used for hundreds of years to link the highlands with the Casanare llanos. This road was used to bring cattle on foot from the plains of Casanare to Sisga until the middle of the 20th century (a 2 weeks walk). The trip was so hard for the animals that they had to put on their feet  a kind of shoes made of fique, a vegetable fiber.
The mountains are astonishing and the change of vegetation and climate almost every hour is very special.
Meals included: none
Overnight at Hotel in Machetá

Day 2 (Sunday): Macheta to Chivor
This morning, after a short visit to a coffee plantation besides the hotel we continue descending to Tenza valley following the Camino Real, with a spectacular view of the mountains and the towns of Guateque, Somondoco, Guayatá and Almeida, a region well known for emeralds mines.
Lunch will be at a local´s house in the countryside. Expect very traditional home-style food. In the afternoon, after washing the horses in the Somondoco river, will ride to a nice hotel besides Chivor dam where we can enjoy the pool.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Chivor

Day 3 (Monday): Chivor to Sabanalarga
We will cross the 15 tunnels besides Chivor dam by car. During the drive, we enjoy a beautiful view of the dam and surroundings. We then get in the saddle to take an old trail through tropical forest. We will enjoy lunch at a local´s house, with very interesting stories to hear. In the afternoon, we will cross the Upia river on horseback and arrive in a farm to have a delicious local meal (ternera a la llanera) and a concert of typical music played by local musicians.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Farmhouse in Sabanalarga

Day 4 (Tuesday): Sabanalarga to Monterrey
Today, we make our way to Monterrey through a beautiful valley and have lunch beside a river with a natural pool. In the afternoon, we ride across the hills that separated us from the huge oriental grasslands that go deep into Venezuela and have one of the most wonderful views of the trip from this hills. In the evening, we arrive to a comfortable hotel with a wonderful pool.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Monterrey

Day 5 (Wednesday): Monterrey to Tauramena
We will ride through the open Sabanas of Casanare leaving behind the mountains we crossed on the previous days. The terrain allows for a faster pace. today, we will start observing the llanos wildlife and vegetation. This evening, we spend the night in a 2.000 Ha. hato (ranch) and will have the opportunity to sleep in hammocks as we learned on day 3!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hato near Tauramena

Day 6 (Thursday): Tauramena
We will wake up early to enjoy a magnificent llanos sunrise, have breakfast and ride along with llaneros in their cattle work routine. During the ride we will observe different species of birds and wildlife (Ant bears, deer, wild pigs, chiguiros, caimans). After this unique experience we will stay another night in the hato and enjoy a show of typical dance in the evening. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hato near Tauramena

Day 7 (Friday): Tauramena to Yopal & back to Bogota
In the morning, we will head from the hato to Yopal in order to visit local tack shops and chinchorrro manufacturing workshops. We will have lunch at a famous local restaurant and return from Yopal to Bogota in the afternoon by plane (dinner not included).
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel in Bogotá

Day 8 (Saturday): Departure
End of this great adventure.
Meals included: Breakfast

Non Riders
Non-riding companions are welcome on this trip. We can arrange some activities for them. Please inquire for more information.

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Old Cattle Roads of Almeidas
Tour Code: IT-COL07
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,300.00
Dates : Feb to Dec

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2021 06/03 - 06/10 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP 8 /12 Expired
A 2021 09/02 - 09/09 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP 8 /12 Reserve
A 2021 12/02 - 12/09 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP 8 /12 Reserve
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Tack: English, McLelland with saddlebags
Horses: Angloarabs, Crosses of Angloarabs and ...
Pace: 6-10 hours each riding day, Walking 60...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Bogotá
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