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Ruta del Embrujo Llanero - Other Activity Villavicencio - Colombia

The Route of Llanero Enchantment begins its southward journey on Highway 65 from Villavicencio. The first town of note, Acacias (Km 22), is the tourism capital of the Meta Department and has a malecón (riverwalk). In mid-October, Acacias celebrates a llanero music festival. Guamal (Km 41) is a vacation spot on the shores of Río Humadea. The road cuts through plains, marshes and African palm plantations, over which herons swoop. At Kilometer 67 is San Martín, the region’s oldest city and the heart of the cattle-raising and rodeo district. Mid-November is the International Llano Folklore and Equestrian Ballet Festival in San Martín.

Villavicencio , Colombia

Other Activity

Getting There

If traveling in your own vehicle, follow Highway 65 south out of Villavicencio. Collective pick-ups and jeeps for towns along the route depart from Calle 37e and Carrera 28.

Travel Tips:

Highway 65 continues to La Macarena, the village entry point to Parque Nacional Natural Sierra de la Macarena. The road is said to be safe as far as Granada; beyond you are entering the zone of conflict. Ask locally for the most current security situation. Do not travel to towns off the main highway or go walking into the countryside, as there are land mines.

Many of the villages have lodging and there are a number of rural hotels along the way.

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

Water, snacks; binoculars for wildlife watching; camera; swim gear to take a dip in the pools; insect repellent, sun block, hat; loose, light-colored, cotton clothing.

Journey the other Rutas: del Piedemonte Llanero and del Amanecer Llanero. In Villavicencio, Bioparque Los Ocarros; take a wildlife tour into the llanos; stay at an agro- or eco-tourist country inn.

Here are other activities in and around Villavicencio that may be of interest: Bioparque Los Ocarros, Ruta Piedemonte Llanero, Ruta del Amanecer Llanero and Parque Nacional Natural Sierra de la Macarena.

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