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The biggest draw of the Llanos and Selva is the opportunity to observe wildlife. Caimans, capybara (the largest rodent in the world), tití leoncito (the planet’s smallest primate), anaconda, boa and pink dolphins are just a few of the intriguing creatures inhabiting these forests and rivers. Birdwatchers are in paradise, with macaws, Harpy Eagles, ibis, hummingbirds, caracara, Golden Eagles, and almost a thousand other species of avifauna.

Indigenous villages can be visited to learn about their culture and to purchase artisan work. In Leticia and Puerto Nariño, there are annual festivals celebrating the culture of these native peoples. The Llanos have a mestizo culture distinct from other parts of Colombia. Here, Joropo dance and music reigns, with international competitions twice yearly. Another big feature on these plains of vast cattle ranches is the coleo, or rodeo. Be sure to catch one if you can. The Llanos also offers premier rafting and rock climbing.



Other Activity pages in Llanos and Selva that may be of interest: Leticia Activities, Puerto Narino Activities, Mocoa Activities and Villavicencio Activities.








By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

30 Aug 2011

 
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Parque de los Fundadores

Parque de los Fundadores

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, local families hang out at the Parque Los Fundadores, on the south side of Villavicencio. The masterpiece of...

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Villavicencio , Colombia
Bioparque Los Ocarros

Bioparque Los Ocarros

Following the zoo trend of creating natural spaces for its resident animals, Bioparque Los Ocarros teaches about the creatures of the Orinoco...

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Villavicencio , Colombia
Ruta Piedemonte Llanero

Ruta Piedemonte Llanero

Ruta Piedemonte Llanero follows the eastern edge of the Cordillera Oriental. On one side, the mountains scrape the sky, and on the other, the...

Other Activity
Villavicencio , Colombia
Museo Etnográfico del Hombre Amazónico

Museo Etnográfico del Hombre Amazónico

Who are the indigenous nations living in the Amazon region? What are their customs? How did the arrival of the white man affect the nations? These...

Museum
Leticia , Colombia
Isla de los Micos

Isla de los Micos

Isla de los Micos (Island of the Monkeys) is a standard stop on tours of the Amazon. Thirty-five kilometers (21 mi) upstream from Leticia, this...

Other Activity
Leticia , Colombia
Parque Nacional Natural Amacayacu

Parque Nacional Natural Amacayacu

Located 60 kilometers (36 mi) upstream from Leticia, Parque Nacional Natural Amacayacu is one of the most easily (and safely) accessible jungle...

Other Activity
Leticia , Colombia
Senderos and Miradores

Senderos and Miradores

A network of trails and lookout towers help visitors appreciate the natural beauty of this region. The journey to any of these attractions begins on...

Hiking
Puerto Nariño, Colombia
Lago Tarapota

Lago Tarapota

The Río Loretoyacü bulges a bit to one side, creating Lago Tarapoto, a beautiful lake surrounded by jungle and speckled with mangrove islands....

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Puerto Nariño, Colombia
Indigenous Villages

Indigenous Villages

Several indigenous villages are accessible by path or by boat from Puero Nariño. Sendero Interpretativo Puerto Nariño San Martín leads to the...

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Puerto Nariño, Colombia

Ruta del Amanecer Llanero

Sunsets and sunrises blaze over these eastern plains. The Ruta del Amanacer goes deep into the flatlands, teeming with cattle farms and wildlife....

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Villavicencio , Colombia

Ruta del Embrujo Llanero

The Route of Llanero Enchantment begins its southward journey on Highway 65 from Villavicencio. The first town of note, Acacias (Km 22), is the...

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Villavicencio , Colombia

Parque Nacional Natural Sierra de la Macarena

Those few travelers who ever make it to Parque Nacional Natural Sierra de la Macarena describe crystal-imbedded rock outcroppings from the...

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Near Villavicencio, Villavicencio , Colombia

Serpentario Armero-Guayabal

Slinking through the dense underbrush, coiling around the boughs of trees, slithering through the rivers’ roots are creatures whose eyes are...

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Leticia , Colombia

Reserva Tanimboca

Dosel is the term used for the highest part of the tree canopy, usually about 35-40 meters (115-130 ft) up. Climb to those heights at Reserva...

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Leticia , Colombia

Museums of Puerto Nariño

While in Puerto Nariño, be sure to drop into one or more these interesting museums:Casa Museo Etnocultural Ya Ipata Ünchi—Ya Ipata...

Museum
Puerto Nariño, Colombia
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