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Casanare Cattle Drive

Itinerary for Casanare Cattle Drive

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

The work begins daily during these two seasons 4:00am when the workers who have slept in a hammock with a mosquito net get up, have a coffee, and go out to look for their horses to saddle. At dawn (5:00am), they leave towards the place of the savanna chosen for the rodeo of that day. They have not had breakfast, but they carry their "bastimento" (beef or pork mince, cheese, fried green plantain slices and fried wheat flour tortillas) in a cloth bag. Towards 10:00, 11:00 or later, they arrive at the rodeo of cattle or horses that they will work that day in the corral. Them they have breakfast. Immediately after, they are ready to do the work in the corrals with the horses or with the cattle they have brought. Work tasks include deworming, counting, and marking. This lasts until 4:00pm or 6:00pm and riders are rewarded with a late lunch. Then the anecdotes of the day are discussed and sung accompanied by a cuatro (small 4-string guitar). At 8:00 pm they sleep in the chinchorro with mosquito net until the next day.

Day 1: Arrival
Transfer from El Dorado airport to the Hotel in Bogotá.
Overnight at Hotel in Bogotá

Day 2: Introduction & Sunset Ride
Breakfast at the hotel then transfer from the hotel to the El Dorado airport and flight to the city of El Yopal. At the Alcaravan airport we will pick you up to transfer to the hato located 2 hours from Yopal. General orientation and welcome at the hato then lunch. Introduction of scheduled activities in the plan of work of the llanos. Familiarization with the horses, travel to Palma triste to observe the sunset over the lagoon. We will see in the route: deer, chigüiros, birds in their natural habitat. Finally dinner at the hato.
Riding 3 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hato Blanco (bed option) or La Aurora (hammock option)

Day 3: Llanero Culture
A metallic sound at 4AM in the morning indicates that it’s time to take a Colombian coffee and ride the horses. Before the sunrise, the llaneros collecting the horses to then transfer them to the corral. Breakfast around 10-11AM and then work in the corral where you can observe the dressage of some foals (Jaripeo). About 3 or 4 horses are given to each llanero. Typical lunch, traditionally taken in the afternoon between 3-4PM. Afterwards, the llanero takes out his musical instruments and relaxes for the rest of the day. Dinner at the hato.
Riding 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hato Blanco (bed option) or La Aurora (hammock option)

Day 4: Cattle Drive & Rope Making
We will have coffee and ride on the horses to go for the first batch of cattle drive.
At the end of the afternoon, we will participate in the elaboration of ropes that are made with untanned leather in a traditional way as we will see an artisanal work with the horse's mane.
Riding 6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hato Blanco (bed option) or La Aurora (hammock option)

Day 5: Cattle Drive
We will have coffee and ride the horses to go for the second batch of cattle that’s fed with native pastures, second day cattle drive.
Riding 6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hato Blanco (bed option) or La Aurora (hammock option)

Day 6: Departure
Breakfast, goodbye to the Hato, departure to the city of Yopal where we will visit the saddlers of the area, lunch, city tour and depart to the airport. Flight at the end of the afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
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Casanare Cattle Drive
Tour Code: IT-COL05
6 days / 5 nights ~$2,475.00
Dates : May & Nov.

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: Basic
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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Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2022 05/01 - 05/31 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP (bed option) 4 /15 Reserve
B 2022 05/01 - 05/31 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP (hammock opti... 4 /15 Reserve
B 2022 11/01 - 11/30 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP (hammock opti... 4 /15 Reserve
A 2022 11/01 - 11/30 6d / 5n 6 day trip, AP (bed option) 4 /15 Reserve
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Tack: Mcclelland saddles known in the easter...
Horses: Colombian Creole horses, some with qua...
Pace: Based on the experience -Walking 80%, ...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Bogota
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