Adventures in Santander & Los Llanos
An Authentic Multi-Sport Adventure Exploring Desert Canyons & Lush Tropical Grasslands and meeting the People who live there!
*2-Day Class III Rio Chicamocha Descent**
*Paraglide 2000 ft above the Cañon with Guide**
*Colorful Colonial Colombia
*2-Day Paddle on Class I Rio Aripor0
*2-Day Jeep & Horse Safari
*Rich Bio Diversity
*Sleep in Comfortable Lodges
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Easy to Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Arrival at Location
Layover day at our boutique coffee plantation hacienda next to the Chicamocha Canyon. We will explore the rim of the canyon in our van, plus we will hike around the plantation property. Hikes and birding galore! (B,L,D)
Chicamocha by river or air
We will split into two groups: People capable of paddling Class III whitewater for 2 days on the Rio Chicamocha, and if you are not a solid Class III paddler,**then you will see the Chicamocha Canyon from the air on a paraglider! Those of us on the river will spend the night in a small riverside hostel sleeping in hammocks. Those not paddling will spend the evening in San Gil, Colombia’s adventure capital. (B,L,D) (for more information about either activity, pls contact me directly)
Paddle, waterfalls and Barichara
Paddlers continue their 2nd day of paddling. Non-paddlers will visit a beautiful local waterfall and then hike the easy Camino Real from Barichara to Guane. Both groups with get back together and spend the evening in the charming Spanish colonial town of Barichara (B,L,D)
Travel and Mongui
The morning will be spent exploring Barichara, considered by many to be the prettiest village in Colombia. We will begin a 2 day transfer to the Los Llanos region of Colombia. The night will be spent in another appealing off-the-beaten track village, Mongui. (B,L,D)
Laguna de Tota
Mongui Morning free to explore Mongui, and then we will transfer to Yopal in the afternoon, taking a break at Laguna la Tota, Colombia’s largest natural lake. (B,L,D)
Ariporo and camping
We head to our put-in on the Rio Ariporo, a Class I river with a lot of bird and wildlife. We will camp on a sandbar in either tents or hammocks. (B,L,D)
Continuing our paddle on the Rio Ariporo until we arrive at the Hato de Aurora Ecolodge for a 2 night stay. In the evening, we will take a Jeep safari looking for exotic birds (red ibis, jaibaru), capybara, caiman and anaconda.
Horseback and Jeep Sunset
Another day of exploration of this large tract of land. We can explore on foot, horseback or jeep. At the end of the day, we can enjoy another spectacular sunset! There will be live music after dinner.
Diner at La Candelaria
We transfer back to Yopal, and then fly to Bogota. This is our last night and we will celebrate our adventures with dinner and a comfortable hotel room in the La Candelaria neighborhood.
Return to home
Fly home or continue elsewhere. We will be happy to assist you with any plans you might have.
All lodgings, including first and last nights, all meals (except where noted B,L,D), all entry fees, equipment and guides, activities & all transportation including internal Colombia flights and airport transfers.
What’s not included in this tour:
Airfare to / from the trip departure and trip end cities, souvenirs, tips, incidentals, any costs associated with days before or after itinerary or excessive alcohol consumption.