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Wild Llanos Tours and Safaris

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Yopal, Colombia
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About Wild Llanos Tours and Safaris
Whether you want to visit the Llanos for a day, a week or more, we take you to the region's wildest places, most picturesque sceneries, across private farms and to wildlife hotspots, organizing private day tours and multi-day tours to your liking and ability - from safaris to birdwatching excursions, from horseback rides to multi-day expeditions.
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Siri wrote a review Oct 4
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Any Corona worries we might have had were blown away by Julia’s administration skills and Andres’ gentle and knowledgeable guiding during the half day riding tour we had with Wild Llanos Tours. He picked us up at dawn at our hotel and we drove off to the farm just outside Yopal. At the farm we had freshly baked pastry and coffee served by family before we saddled up and set out into the forest to explore the local wildlife. Andres is like an encyclopedia - extremely knowledgeable about the area, the topography and most of all the local flora and fauna. We had a wonderful day spotting birds and monkeys and we loved riding in the river. On top of all we got a real cow boy and cow girl experience moving cattle from one area to another. The trip ended with a gallop across the fields – a milestone experience for my partner who had his first proper day in the saddle ever, and the riding was followed by a lovely lunch. We felt so very welcome at this friendly family run farm; every need cared for, every experience safe and with a personal touch; the home made lemonade, the fresh pastry, the home made lunch, the hammocks in the shade and the hats to keep us cool. We truly hope we will be able to come back and visit again.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Aventur Eco Tou... Y, Owner at Wild Llanos Tours and Safaris
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for this great review! We appreciate it. Riding in times of corona... haha, what a great title. We are glad to hear you felt safe with us and could leave all corona worries behind for a morning. It would be fantastic to catch up in the future. Until then, all the very best - Andres and Julia
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Matt Senior wrote a review Jul 2020
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I have to be honest, I don’t normally do reviews but I felt I had to do one for Wild Llanos – they are that good! Los Llanos is a place I’ve wanted to visit since my first visit to Colombia 4 years ago, and as a wildlife filmmaker and general nature lovers, we were not let down. It is the dream location for anyone wanting to photograph the most iconic South American wildlife. There is a better chance of seeing these iconic species in Los Llanos than there is in the Amazon, or anywhere else, due to Los Llanos being flat and open, meaning animals are much easier to find providing incredible and plenty of photographic opportunities. It is completely off the beaten path; it is not touristy; it’s a hidden gem; it’s a complete natural paradise full of countless species; it has a unique cowboy culture like nowhere else; the weather was great for us. Everything about the place completely took our breath away, and it was made even more special thanks to Julia and Andres at Wild Llanos. We were beyond impressed with the effort they made for us and the professionalism they showed. I think it’s important to highlight why I think Wild Llanos are so great: Firstly, they care so much about each guest who visits; they make the extra effort to ensure personal requests are met; they are very ethical with what they do and care deeply for the wildlife and conservation in Los Llanos; they are easy going and always seem to be smiling; they are very easy to communicate with and get along with, and they just love what they do so much and their passion makes the tour that more special. OUR TOUR We were welcomed at the airport by Julia and we were with her for all five days. We were with both Julia and Andres for the first day. We spent a lot of the first day getting absorbed in the local culture. Lassoing horses; seeing the cowboys round the cattle on horseback; we even went horseback riding ourselves in the forest where we found a sleeping porcupine, a troop of howler monkeys, and capuchins; before finishing the day watching the sunset turn into the milky-way whilst listening to our local cowboy guide, Seco, sing and play local music on the guitar with a beer in our hands. We woke up at sunrise on the second day and after breakfast, we went straight out looking for anteaters on the back of their very comfortable safari car, and lucky for us we found one sleeping in the bush and were able to get extremely close. The highlight of the second day was certainly our canoe ride down the river which was rich with wildlife: Prehistoric looking hoatzins; giant storks flying over us; countless caiman and capybara swimming alongside us; and to top it off, flocks of scarlet ibises settling on the trees as the sun went down. The third day was another special day. We woke up early and went for a morning walk in the forest next to the accommodation, and we were glad we did. We witnessed (and heard) howler monkeys jumping all around the trees; woodpeckers; dancing weaver birds; we even found a great potoo which is the most bizarre bird I’ve ever seen; but best of all a giant anteater, which appeared from the bush right in front of our eyes, and due to its poor eyesight it even hung around for a few seconds even though we were only two feet away. As we were leaving the accommodation that day, we were lucky to see a mating pair of horned screamers as well. Then later in the day, we found a giant female green anaconda hiding in a shallow pool. We witnessed her coming out of the pool, crossing our path, and taking shade under a nearby bush. We couldn’t believe our luck, being inches away from the world’s largest snake! On the fourth day, we had an early morning safari drive in the savannah and around waterholes, which were packed with an abundance of different species. We then stalked a couple of crab-eating foxes, before socialising with the local cowboys at the accommodation in the afternoon. In the evening we went for a sunset safari drive in the savannah. We finished our Llanos week by riding horseback in the open savannah at sunrise looking for pumas with our expert guide Eliana, who, like Seco, was an absolute delight to be around, before finishing the tour with a sighting of a Southern tamandua. Finding specific wildlife is a game of luck anywhere in the world, however, you are guaranteed to see an abundance of wildlife in Los Llanos, and Julia and Andres will do everything they can to make sure everyone’s stay is as perfect as possible and they do their best to try and find the animals that guests want to see, as they did with us. ACCOMMODATION For us, the accommodation was great for all nights. The first night was spent in a very comfortable hotel close to Yopal, and close to Julia and Andres’ family finca (farm). The second place we stayed was also a surprise with how nice it was. The last two nights were spent in a Hato located in a natural reserve, far from any other people. This place was very special. It was very surreal being in a place that looked like it’d come straight out of a film with the cowboys, the horses, outside kitchen, outside bathroom (though nice bathroom!), and luxury feel, whilst being in the wild. All rooms and beds were great and had all the amenities we needed. The hosts were incredibly welcoming and friendly and went the extra mile to get to know us and talk. The food was delicious too! LLANOS CULTURE Speaking of cowboys and horses, that is exactly what Los Llanos is all about. The best way to describe it would be to say it’s like going back in time. It is very much away from the big city, and everywhere you turn, you see locals wearing cowboy hats riding horses and whistling away. It’s a truly unique culture and one I highly recommend meeting. TIME OF YEAR We were there in February. The heart of the dry season, which made the land accessible by car, and I believe the dry season is the best time to view a lot of wildlife because they all gather around waterholes as well as that accessibility in a car. I believe the wet season runs from around April to September, and I was told the wet season is incredible for landscape photography due to the mirrored reflections. It is also spectacular for horse riding and a great time to see hundreds of migrating birds. Having been in the company of several tour operators, I can honestly say that I have never had a better experience than I did with Julia and Andres. I have never been anywhere quite like Los Llanos before and I know one thing for sure, I will be returning soon. I certainly came away from there with a feeling of finding a home away from home, as well as a friendship with Julia and Andres.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from AventurEcoTours, Owner at Wild Llanos Tours and Safaris
Responded Jul 6, 2020
Matt, thank you so so so much for this very detailed, thoughtful and thoroughly positive review - it made our hearts sing! We cannot thank you enough for taking the time to write up this detailed review, and we would just like to say that it was absolutely wonderful having you and exploring the llanos with you guys! We really saw some great wildlife and - drone in the water aside - it was a successful trip we believe. THANK YOU!! See you next time and very soon, I hope. - Julia
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Suvvie wrote a review Jun 2020
Hertingfordbury, United Kingdom9 contributions9 helpful votes
I realise that no one is able to travel at the moment, but if you’re planning a trip to Colombia (and if you’re not, why not?!) then I can thoroughly recommend these guys. I had a couple of fantastic days with Julia, who is an excellent guide, great fun and super organised - she thought of absolutely everything. We spent one day hiking and another on horseback; now I’ve got more fingers on one hand than I’ve had horse riding experiences but with the guidance of Julia it all went very smoothly - riding through the ribbon forest spotting birds and monkeys was absolutely amazing. The whole area is wonderful with so many opportunities to see the wildlife, I shall definitely return to explore more!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from AventurEcoTours, Owner at Wild Llanos Tours and Safaris
Responded Jun 7, 2020
Sandra, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! I remember our days exploring vividly, so much fun. Thank you for visiting and until next time - Julia
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Becca and Andrew wrote a review May 2020
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During our time in Colombia, my partner and I were very keen to see the wildlife found in the country and were recommended Wild Llanos by a friend as a means of doing this. We are so glad we took the plunge and opted to go on a 3 day trip with Wild Llanos as it was definitely an experience we will never forget. Although we were unlucky and didn't see the big cats or anteaters, we had a fantastic time canoeing down the river at sunset, eating lunch surrounded by capybara, waking early to experience the howler monkeys' dawn chorus, walking through the local forest to see agouti and capuchins, and taking a safari through the stunning nature reserves where we saw a wealth of spectacular birds and reptiles. We were so impressed by our guide, Julia's, knowledge and the effort she went to to ensure we had a good time. The accommodation we stayed in during the trip was great - very friendly locals and fantastic home cooked Colombian food. We couldn't recommend this experience more - the highlight of our Colombian adventure with wonderful guides, scenery and wildlife.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from AventurEcoTours, Owner at Wild Llanos Tours and Safaris
Responded May 20, 2020
Becca and Andrew, thank you so very much for leaving us this wonderful review. I appreciate your kind words and thank you so much for visiting us. It was lovely having you both! - Julia
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Puskar Basu wrote a review Apr 2020
Kolkata (Calcutta), India1 contribution
Los Llanos is one of the best places on earth; a nature lover can soak into. I define it as one of the best kept secrets of Latin America and is going to give a tough competition to any other destinations in the continent. It is home to all the flagship species of South America including Pumas, Jaguars, Giant Otters, Pink Dolphins, Orinoco Crocodiles, Giant Anteaters, Toucans and the greatest ANACONDA. Apart from this, Los Llanos houses its own endemics. These species are not only found over here but can be easily seen and photographed in the vast Savannah. If you think my appraisal is over exaggerating, read on ... I went to Los Llanos on an expedition, totally dedicated to search, find and photograph Green Anacondas - the largest and heaviest snake species found on earth. Even though the expedition was only meant for Anacondas, the species that I mentioned above, just crossed my way. I never went after a Jaguar but it came in my way while searching Anacondas. Imagine what you can achieve if you specifically go for Jaguars. And that is why I say it is the best place where you get everything under the same roof. My expedition went through Hato El Boral, Lake Lagunazo and finally La Aurora Natural Reserve. Each and every of these locations are teeming with wildlife. There was not a single boring moment in my entire expedition. When the reptiles or the mammals eluded us, the birds took over the job of fascinating us continuously. Colombia boasts of being the number one birding destination of the world and it is not an over statement. Especially this part of the country lives up to more than what it boasts. I saw a Giant Anaconda on the very first day when I reached El Boral. After that I didn't have to look back. I saw a total of 11 Anacondas in the expedition and few of them obliged us by showing up repetitively in consecutive days. The largest one that I saw was something I will never be able to forget. It was a 25 ft long and 1 ft thick monster. On my hikes for searching Green Anacondas, I saw Green Iguanas, Caimans, Capybaras, Crestless Curassows, Yellow Rumped Casiques, Glittering Throated Emeralds (Hummingbird), Orinoco Geese, Jabiru Storks, Scarlet Ibises, Hoatzins, Caracaras, Black Skimmers, Jacamars and Horned Screamers almost on daily basis. They were so frequent that I never had to struggle for a perfect frame. El Boral is one place which, apart from its Anaconda population offered me a great opportunity of photographing a Giant Anteater carrying her offspring. The place also has a good population of Howler Monkeys and Chestnut Eared Aracaris (Toucans). I must make special mention of the birdlife and the family of Giant Otters staying at Lake Lagunazo. While attempting to photograph the Giant Otters, I was gifted with a very special moment of a mother carrying her offspring in her mouth to keep it safe from the Caimans - a rare phenomenon indeed. The place was simply out of the world and one can just plan his entire vacation over here and stay for days. The sunrise and sunset views over the lake is absolutely breathtaking. I was also lucky to see a Southern Tamandua and a couple of Crab Eating Foxes in the very same location. I also had a great time fishing Piranhas over there. I must also make a mention of a small settlement called Palmarito, where we had to take a halt while travelling from Lagunazo to La Aurora. My dear friend Andres was on his task and somehow convinced me to go for a nature walk at Palmarito also, rather than rushing early to La Aurora. And what a great decision it was! I was blessed to witness and photograph a rare natural history moment of turtles climbing on caimans and using them as watch towers. Finally when I reached La Aurora, I was already satisfied with my trip as I have already seen 9 Anacondas (including a baby and a male) by then, which was much more than my personal expectations. But La Aurora was probably one of the best wildernesses waiting for me. On the very first evening, my wildlife spotting started with a beautiful Agouti. It is the same place where I saw a Jaguar. And rarer than that, I saw and photographed a Tayra leaping across the high branches of the forest canopy. La Aurora was also the very same place where I got to see the critically endangered Orinoco Crocodile basking near a water body. Scarlet Macaws were a cherry on top of the cake as there are two of them who visit the resort on daily basis. After a superb wildlife experience in the wild, I couldn't have asked for a better evening than the one in which I was able to drown myself in the live concert of Joropo played by the owners and staff of Juan Solito Ecolodge. I couldn't have a asked for a more satisfying journey at Los Llanos with so much of wildlife all around me. It houses all the flagship species that we search at Amazon, Pantanal or Torres Del Paine only with much better visibility and photographic opportunities. Having said all that, I must mention that no place on earth is bad. But a place is just made better than the other by its native people. Having traveled to various wildlife destinations in the world, I have no hesitation in saying that "Wild Llanos Tours and Safaris" is one of the best trip organizers I have ever banked upon. The group of people who runs it is extremely hard working and true to their profession. Starting from day 1 , when I started planning about this trip, they helped me with whatever I wanted without a tiny bit of delay. They claim that they reply back to all queries within 48 hours. I must say that they not only lived up to their words each and every time but also responded much early at times. I practically knew nobody at Colombia. Nor am I fluent in Spanish. But Andres and Julia never let me feel that. They provided me with all possible itineraries, booking confirmation vouchers and invoices which I required badly for obtaining my visa. Even they took the pain of amending and re sending various documents as per the stringent requirements over here at India. Right from welcoming me at the Yopal airport, Andres became my second shadow. He never left me for once as he always knew that an English speaking guy will find himself at the middle of nowhere, if left alone. I understand that Julia was busy at the back end supporting Andres with all necessities. Their comfortable vehicle made my photographic endeavors much easier as it reached up to almost all inaccessible corners. I must make a mention of the local guides who Andres took along with us in the expedition. Seco Gualteros is an extremely talented and knowledgeable Anaconda tracker who, I believe, can find an Anaconda from anywhere. He was the key man for finding us those 11 Anacondas. Andres himself is an encyclopedia of Colombian avi-fauna. I always found him taking care of the animals we were trying to photograph. His care and concern of these species takes priority over any other activities and proves that the future of the wildlife of this location is in safe hands. He was so exuberant and bubbling with energy that he always used to stand there before me, waiting to go for the search at the earliest. At times I compromised few hikes with short naps but he didn't. He also employed a very effective communication network by sending people on different probable locations and using Motorola walkie-talkies to talk to each other thus extending the search on a much larger area. I was literally feeling sorry when I drowned one of their Walkie-Talkies under excitement while photographing an Anaconda by submerging myself inside water. But Andres handled the situation just with a smiling face as if nothing has happened. I must also mention about the lodging and dining arrangements they made at Llanos. Even though I particularly mentioned that I am more interested in wildlife than the luxury back at the resorts, their arrangements were overwhelming. Super comfortable rooms along with all amenities were the basic standards that they maintained at each and every location. Each and every meal in those 14 days were delicious and too much for a single person to finish off. Saying that, each and every host of all the three resorts welcomed me with all their love and warmth and went up to communicating in gestures - a commendable effort. I must also mention the extra bit of effort put by Victor, the owner of Ecolodge Reserva Natural Buenventura at Lagunazo to bring back my crashed Drone by going deep inside the forest on a canoe, Overall my experience with "Wild Llanos Tours and Safaris" was more than satisfying. I am overwhelmed to share one of my dream expeditions along with them. They have earned and deserve all my praises and respect. It is my limitation that Trip Advisor only offers me to give a maximum ranking of 5 stars. I would have loved to give them a few more :-)
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from AventurEcoTours, Inhaber at Wild Llanos Tours and Safaris
Responded Apr 13, 2020
Dear Puskar, we are absolutely over the moon by your glowing feedback! Sitting here with a big smile on our faces... wow, we are so glad you had such a fabulous time! Thank you so so so much for taking the time to write up this very detailed review of your trip with us. We couldn't be happier about it and we must say, that it was an absolute joy to have you and travel with you. This tailor-made expedition on a quest to find the world's heaviest snake was surely a memorable experience for us, too, and Andres enjoyed it thoroughly (you will know that he lives for trips like these). We are so pleased in fact that we plan to offer trips like these in the future for small groups at set dates. We are rather excited about it! Thank you, Puskar, for travelling with us and for trusting us with the planning and organization of your trip. We enjoyed the photos on your awesome website! Everyone reading this, go check out puskarstravelography !!!
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