Cowboy Llanos Cattle Drive
Always wanted to be a Cowboy?
Work, Eat and Sleep the life of a Ranch Hand. .
6 days 5 nights Cowboy Adventure.
We will take you on an incredible journey.
Join us on our next trip ride em cowboy.
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Looking for an incredible and wild adventure that will take you away from the concrete jungle? This five nights’ plan is an all-round introduction to the Llanos region, its sceneries, culture and wildlife. We will take you to the beautiful area of Yopal and spend the rest of our time working and sleeping like cowboys. We will be working cattle every day as you take your position in the cattle drive working hand in hand with experienced ranchers. You will be shown and participate in everything from lassoing your horse, getting comfortable with it. To driving heads of cattle to the final coral. Crossing a body of water in a controlled manner with your cattle. This is an everyday in the saddle adventure that will have you testing your riding skills in real cowboy situations.
All accommodation in regards to the tour.
Transportation from and to Medellin.
All Meals during the tour.
All entrance Fees.
First Aid resources.
Tips & Gifts.
Any costs accrued due to additional activities requested or program changes.
- Day 1 Ranch Hato Altamira
After our arrival into Yopal in the morning & with a little welcome. We shall walk across the central park of Yopal and receive a brief introduction to the region, the culture and history (to put everything into context)
The hat is the most important accessory of a Llanero, a symbol like no other – We will head to a nearby hat shop, where we can learn how the region’s cowboy hats are made and we can even brand our own name on them (so we can always distinguish it throughout the next few days)
Later on we will be transferred to the Hatos for our great adventure (2 hour transfer).
Lunch will be at the farm house and introduction to the hatos and the challenges of the next few days. We will take a short rest (We learn how to safely install a hammock)
In the afternoon we round up the horses on foot and push them towards the “corral” (fenced holding area). Here we will practice how to lasso horses & in teams of two gear up the horses – an important practice for the oncoming days.
Dinner & our first overnight in hammocks with mosquito nets.
- Day 2 Riding out into the prairies.
We shall start the day with an early breakfast followed by a short talk by one of the guides to explain today’s challenges & tasks.
Challenge: We lasso and gear up our horses as we have learned the day before, testing if everyone is familiar with the task yet.
Challenge: We refine our riding skills step by step – steering around obstacles, stopping, going faster, etc.
We then will embark on a long ride out into the prairies to prepare for our cattle drive and get familiar with being in the saddle.
Challenge: Preparing our own lunch in the wilderness. At the lagoon we have to catch piranhas and other fish with a line, the artisanal way. Collect firewood and light a fire. Fry the fish over the wood fire for lunch. We keep riding until we reach the next hato’s main house in the late afternoon.
We define the roles for the next day: the people with the best singing voices lead the cattle drive, those with the loudest screaming ability flank the cattle from the sides, some push from behind and one will be the “food provider”, etc.
Dinner & overnight in hammocks with mosquito nets.
- Day 3 Cattle Drive
Again we shall take an early breakfast followed by another short talk by one of the guides to explain today’s challenges & tasks.
We lasso and gear up our horses for the first great cattle drive.
Challenge: The cattle drive (lunch provided as picnic) Rounding up cattle and pushing it across large distances and in wild territory.
Eventually we push the cattle into the “corral” (cattle holding area) to be able to work them.
We install our hammocks for the night in a simple rancho at the hato.
Dinner and stories around the campfire to celebrate our first cattle drive.
- Day 4 Working The Cattle
By now we are in a routine and again will have an early breakfast and short talk by one of the guides to explain today’s challenges & tasks.
We head to the “corral” to work the cattle that we have driven here the day before. Applying injections. Brand young cattle. Wash the cattle / spray them against insects, especially ticks, Castrate young bulls.
By then we should of built a good appetite for a typical lunch at the ranch house. Afterwards we return to the main hato by horse.
We will install our hammocks for the night followed by dinner and more stories.
- Day 5 Constructing a rancho and celebrating a parrando, a llanero
As normal we will start with an early breakfast followed by the short talk by one of the guides to explain today’s challenges & tasks.
Today we will skin and slaughter a young cow. We will learn how every part of the animal is being used for something.
We prepare a traditional Asado Llanero – tender beef roasted around the fire along with other typical food: yucca, rice,
guacamole, plantain crisps.
As the meat is roasting, we embark on the next challenge: Constructing a traditional Rancho (palm roofed / thatched house)
We have to cross the lagoon in a typical dugout canoe and transport the wood, the materials, to the other shore. We will construct the rancho. Then inside our newly constructed rancho we enjoy the meal and also a traditional parrando until late to celebrate the finished work.
We eat, drink and dance Joropo and enjoy songs and stories from the region
- Day 6 Departure
Unfortunately the end of our great trip comes to a close.
We shall have a relaxing breakfast & a free morning to reflect on what you achieved during the weeks adventure.
Lunch & concluding conversation and experience and challenge analysis followed by the return to Yopal.
All accommodation for the trip varies greatly due to the locations. We will have access to very basic amenities. Showers are climate temperature. Electricity normally runs from 5pm till 11pm so bear this in mind for charging your electrical items! At the finca it runs totally on solar power so not all items may charge fully. We are traveling in an area that is only just starting on the tourist trail. All locations have bedding and some have fans.
In Capurgana there is air conditioning as well as a swimming pool. Most of the lodges will not have wifi or televisions, air-conditioning etc. they are designed to be a relaxing place with minimal impact on the environment. All run on solar power. Sleeping accommodation on all nights during the tour is shared. Unless requested at time of booking (an extra fee will be charged for private rooms).
All necessary equipment during your tour is provided.
Each participant is responsible for their own equipment loaned to them.
• Small day sack with a maximum weight of 5 kilos total is suggested due to you carrying everything on your back and on the horse or mule. Remember it will be on
your back for five days and around four to five hours a time.
• Camel pac for water or you can store the packs of water in your rucksack.
• Long sleeve shirt for use during riding sessions.
• 1 x pair of jeans (for horse riding if you find walking trousers too uncomfortable).
• 2 x shirts/ t-shirts for evening wear.
• 2 x pair of quick drying trousers (zip off type).
• 1 x pair of shorts/ swimming costume.
• 3 x pair of socks.
• 2 x sets of footwear (1 x for daily use on horse, 1 x for night use) (1 x pair trainers, 1 x pair flip flops) Will get wet daily!
• Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Waterproof bag.
• Sunblock (factor 30 minimum) and Insect Repellent.
• Camera & spare batteries and/or Smart Phone if you needed (best providers are Claro and Advantel – internet is very bad to none, also bring protector case).
(additional items may be available on request – please ask if there is a particular item of clothing or equipment you require)
Due to the remoteness of some of the places you will have difficulty with phone signals and wifi. We find that Claro and Avantel work best for the areas we are visiting.
Cameras we suggest should have something to protect them from the water and humidity.
Insect repellent and sun screen is suggested.
Yes we do. We suggest you inform us of any dietary requirements so we can be best prepared for your visit,
A small daysack with a maximum weight of 5 kilos total is suggested due to you carrying everything on your back and on the horse or mule. Remember it will be on your back for five days of around four to five hours a time.
It is suggested that you have a basic experience of horse riding. We are travelling for up to five hours a day so be prepared for long stretches sat in a saddle.
You should have a general good level of fitness and enjoy the outdoors. You should also be comfortable living in close proximity with others. Minimum age 10.
Horseback riding can be physically demanding therefore it is advised to have some form of horse riding experience beforehand as the horse you will be using is a working farm animal and not your run of the mill follow the horse in front animal.
It is advised to have your yellow fever jab up to date and remember it is suggested that you receive this 10 days or more before you travel to insure of its effectiveness.
Bring all medicines required for personal use to cover the length of your trip as most locations we will be staying at are remote and do not have access to local shops.
There will be times of heavy rains but the areas we are in will still feel warm and this at times could lead to mosquito’s. On the coastline there are plenty of small biting flies.
Remember you are in a tropical environment and also the heat and humidity will affect each person differently and you may be susceptible to tropical diseases.