We are delighted at Colombia Photo Expeditions to introduce a new unique once-in-a-lifetime expedition, a brand new exclusive Camp experience in Colombia. We can make it the core of your Colombia exploration, or add it, as a superb extension to your main trip. With a maximum capacity at the camp for 10 persons, the Camp is located in El Encanto de Guanapalo, a 9,000-hectare private reserve in the region of Los Llanos, also known as Orinoquia. The reserve is a 2-hour drive from Yopal Airport and 30 minutes from the town of San Luis de Palenque. The region of Los Llanos consists of savannahs covered with flooded grasslands, lush forests, and wild rivers that derive from the vast Orinoco basin.

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WILDLIFE • This private reserve is home to a diversity of wildlife including deer, capybaras, jaguars, pumas, howler monkeys, giant and lesser anteaters, and more than 200 bird species. It’s also a natural habitat of the anaconda, one of 65 species of reptiles in the area. The entire region of Los Llanos is home to more than 600 bird species and 200 mammal species, including giant otters and exceptional pink river dolphins.

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CONSERVATION • The Camp works in partnership with Cunaguaro, a local conservation organization that leads the installation of camera traps and tracking devices to monitor species, collaborates with guest scientists, and implements essential community and educational projects.

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CULTURE • El Encanto de Guanapalo continues to operate as a cattle ranch, and the locals are called llaneros, or Colombian cowboys. Llaneros have a very distinct culture and continue to preserve traditions such as horseback riding barefoot, singing to call and ease their cattle, and playing the harp and the cuatro guitar. Declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, llaneros’ work songs are a means of vocal communication sung a cappella style on the themes of herding, horses, adventures, and love.

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THE CAMP
The Camp was designed to offer the utmost comfort and service while minimizing environmental impact. The reserve covers 9,000 hectares, of which a specific area is restricted for the camp’s guests use only, making it an ideal and exclusive location to see wildlife.
The camp consists of 4 sleeping tents located beside a river and at least 50 meters from each other to allow for privacy. Tents include:
• 1 king bed or 2 twin beds with premium mattresses and sheets
• En-suite bathroom with vanity table and Loto del Sur amenities
• Flush toilet and shower (no hot water)
• Solar powered lights and fan, desk, radio communication system,
portable USB battery packs, and binoculars
• Private terrace with lounge chairs and hammock

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SOCIAL TENT

The camp has a social tent with seating area, dining area, and outdoor terrace, ideal for sunbathing, bonfires, bush dinners, and relaxing on quiet afternoons. The social tent includes:
• Playing cards and board games including Backgammon, Rummikub, Cards Against Humanity, and Scrabble
• Marshall speakers and endless playlists with relaxing music and our favorite classics
• Indoor and outdoor dining tables
• Hammocks
• Collection of books on Colombian wildlife, birds, and culture
• Telescope for stargazing

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WEATHER
A humid, tropical climate is typical in Los Llanos, with temperatures ranging from a low of 21 ̊C (70 ̊F) in the evenings, to a high of 34 ̊C (93 ̊F) during the dry months of February and March.
DECEMBER – JANUARY • Expect dry weather with green landscapes, a concentration of animals around watering holes, migratory birds, anaconda sightings, and births of giant anteaters. Average precipitation: December 40mm, January 11mm.
FEBRUARY – MARCH • Expect dry weather with arid landscapes, the highest concentration of animals around watering holes, migratory birds, anaconda sightings, births of giant anteaters, and easy access to remote areas. Average precipitation: February 30mm, March 57mm.
APRIL – NOVEMBER • Expect rainy weather with lush green landscapes, decreased accessibility to remote areas, births of pumas and howler monkeys, giant otter sightings, and the presence of Garceros, a concentration of hundreds of herons nesting together. Average precipitation: April 189mm, May 237mm, June 321mm, July 258mm, August 245mm, September 205mm, October 208mm, November 104mm.

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GASTRONOMY
The camp’s chef uses local ingredients and traditional cooking methods to prepare delicious and beautifully presented dishes. The majority of products are sourced from neighboring farms and villages.

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For every meal, the chef proposes a set-menu consisting of 3 courses based on seasonal products and guests’ dietary restrictions and preferences.

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SAFETY
Highlighted in The Guardian “Top 40 Destinations” for 2019, Los Llanos is starting to garner attention from tourists around the globe after more than a half-century of conflict. Our guests’ comfort and security is of the utmost importance to us at all times. The exclusive properties we represent are in regions viewed as friendly for tourism, and equally as safe as Cartagena, the Coffee Region, Bogota, Medellin, and other main tourist destinations according to the United Kingdom Foreign Travel Advice, and France Diplomatie. However, as with any destination, we recommend travelers consult with their local government agencies for updated advisories before traveling internationally.

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SUSTAINABILITY
• The camp offers lights and limited electric supply powered by solar panels, in an effort to minimize environmental impact within the reserve
• The water is sourced from a deep well and distributed throughout the camp using gravity.
• To reduce the use of plastic bottles, we provide our guests with refillable glass bottles with water treated with Natura filters (also used in hotels like Four Seasons Bogota and Sofitel Santa Clara). Guests also have the option to purchase sealed water bottles (glass).
• Refillable Loto del Sur amenities are used in every tent to minimize the disposal of individual plastic bottles.
• Corocora Camp has an onsite recycling program and organic waste is composted to use in the herb and vegetable gardens.
• Guests are encouraged to reuse towels and linens; however, it is possible to request a change of towel and sheets at no extra cost.

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GETTING THERE
From Bogota: Guests can take daily flights to Yopal (45 minutes)
via leading airlines of Colombia (Avianca, LATAM, and EasyFly).
From Yopal:
• Drive 2 hours on paved roads to the reserve and continue 45 minutes off-road to the camp.
• Take a 25-minute flight on a helicopter (12 pax).
Our team is happy to help coordinate ground transfers and private charter planes to/from major cities including Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin, Santa Marta, and Armenia.

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OPTION 1: LLANERO PHOTO EXPEDITION
ALL-INCLUDED • 3 NIGHTS / 4 DAYS

DAY 1
Airport Transfer (English) • Arrive at Yopal airport where an English-speaking host and a driver will be waiting to drive you to Corocora Camp. Please note that travel time is 2 hours on paved roads and approximately 45 minutes inside the reserve on unpaved roads.
Nature Walk • Explore the reserve in search of local fauna including deer, capybaras, howler monkeys, and giant anteaters, or partake in one of the camp’s included experiences: Bird watching, canoeing, or artisanal fishing.

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DAY 2
Llanero Traditions • Spend the early morning hours with llanero cowboys experiencing their traditions: Barefoot horseback riding, herding and corralling cattle, using a lasso, and singing to call and ease cattle. Witness why llanero chants were declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Recommended 5:30am – 10:00am when llaneros do their daily activities.
4×4 Expedition • On-board a 4×4 or tractor, explore more remote areas of the reserve. The expedition combines driving and walking to view more wildlife and explore inaccessible areas such as gallery forests. Please note that the type of vehicle will be adapted depending on the weather and road conditions.

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DAY 3
Riding with Llaneros (Half Day) • Spend the morning or afternoon riding with a local llanero cowboy and an English-speaking naturalist guide. Experience the essence of the llanero riding culture and explore the most inaccessible and natural parts of the reserve. Recommended 5:30am – 10:00am and 3:00pm – 6:00pm, when the sun and heat are low, and the animals are more active.
Parrando Llanero – Music (1 hour) • Conclude the day with a traditional parrando, which consists of a bonfire dinner and live music: Harp, guitars, and maracas. Llanero songs recount stories of adventure, love, nature, and traditions.

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DAY 4
Conservation Program • Learn about the conservation initiatives such as visiting the camera traps to do maintenance and acquire recent footage and learn about the tracking systems.
Airport Transfer • Transfer to Yopal airport with an English-speaking Host and a driver.

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INCLUSIONS
• All experiences listed in the program (might vary depending on the season)
• All chef-prepared meals, natural fruit juices, tea, and coffee
• Filtered water (refillable glass water bottles with Natura filters)
• Personal English-speaking naturalist guide with the scientific knowledge of wildlife,
bird watching, and conservation (8 hours per day)
• Personal llanero guide specialized in local culture and horses, with an empirical
understanding of nature and wildlife (8 hours per day)
• Rubber boots and rubber poncho for excursions
• Full access to a 9,000-hectare private reserve

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EXCLUSIONS
• $50 USD conservation fee per person per reservation
• Air transfers
• Bottled water, soft drinks, beers, house wines, cocktails, and selected house spirits
• Tips, laundry service, telephone calls, and internet access

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OPTION 2: NATURE EXPERIENCES AT THE CAMP
INCLUDED WITH A BASIC STAY

NATURE WALKS • Explore the reserve in search of local fauna including deer, capybaras, howler monkeys, and giant anteaters. If you’re very lucky, you might spot an anaconda, a jaguar, or a puma! Recommended 5:30am – 10:00am and 3:00pm – 6:00pm, when the sun and heat are low, and the animals are more active.

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BIRDWATCHING • Explore the reserve in search of the primary species of the region, such as scarlet ibis, great-horned owl, Orinoco goose, Rufous-tailed jacamar, wire-tailed manikin, hoatzin, roseate spoonbill and the jabiru.

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CANOEING • On-board a curiara, a traditional canoe, silently explore the creeks to catch better sightings of animals and birds without disturbing them. Available for day- time and night-time in the green season from May to December.

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ARTISANAL FISHING • Alongside a local Llanero learn how to fish caribes, also know as piranhas, a fascinating fish species, and a local delicacy in Los Llanos.

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CONSERVATION PROGRAM • Learn about the conservation initiatives such as visiting the camera traps to do maintenance and acquire recent footage and learn about the tracking systems used to study wildlife.

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RIDING WITH LLANEROS (HALF DAY) • Spend the morning or afternoon riding with a local llanero cowboy and an English-speaking naturalist guide. Experience the essence of the llanero riding culture and explore the most inaccessible and natural parts of the reserve. Recommended 5:30am – 10:00am and 3:00pm – 6:00pm, when the sun and heat are low, and the animals are more active.
Includes: Horses, Llanero guide, English-speaking naturalist guide, Hydration, Snacks, Helmet, Rain poncho.
Duration: Up to 6 hours availability.

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LLANERO TRADITIONS • Spend the early morning hours with llanero cowboys experiencing their traditions: barefoot horseback riding, herding and corralling cattle, using a lasso, and singing to call and ease cattle. Witness why llanero chants were declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Recommended 5:30am – 10:00am when llaneros do their daily activities
Includes: Horses, Llaneros, Hydration.
Duration: Up to 4 hours

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EPIC LLANERO TRADITIONS • Alongside a group of 15 llaneros, gather and herd a large group of over 200 cattle, and learn the llaneros traditions: barefoot horseback riding, corralling cattle, using a lasso, and singing to call and ease cattle. Witness why llanero chants were declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Recommended 5:30am – 10:00am when llaneros do their daily activities.
Includes: Horses, Llaneros, Hydration, Back-up vehicle.
Duration: Up to 6 hours.

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EXTRA: CULTURE & TRADITION EXPERIENCE INCLUDED PAX

PARRANDO LLANERO – MUSIC (1 HOUR) • Conclude the day with a traditional parrando, which consists of a bonfire dinner and live music: harp, guitars, and maracas. Llanero songs recount stories of adventure, love, nature, and traditions.
Includes: Live music performed by local llaneros, Transportation (please note the musicians have to travel 1.5 hours to the camp).
Duration: 1 hour.

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PARRANDO LLANERO – MUSIC & DANCING (1-2 HOURS) • Conclude the day with a traditional parrando, which consists of a bonfire dinner and live music: harp, guitars, and maracas. Llanero songs recount stories of adventure, love, nature, and traditions. Along with the music, locals dance the joropo, a fascinating dance the consists of rapid foot-stomping and many twirls.
Includes: Live music performed by local llaneros, Transportation (Please note the musicians have to travel 1.5 hours to the camp).
Duration: 1 hour.

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RIVER EXPEDITION & TRADITIONS AT A LOCAL RANCH • Drive to the small town of San Luis de Palenque, a traditional town of Los Llanos, and onboard a boat navigate 1 hour down El Pauto river surrounded by lush gallery forests. Along the way spot plenty of birds, monkeys, and other wildlife, and experience the life of fishermen and locals who live along these waterways. Arrive at the ranch of a local llanero, and learn about their ancient traditions and handcrafts, visit their cacao trees, learn to make artisanal chocolate, and enjoy the day in a different ecosystem of Los Llanos. Boats are available in May – November when the river is high and driving (2h) is available in December – April.
Includes: Ground transportation, Traditional lunch, Local
llanero Host, Hydration, Snacks.

Duration: 9 hours (including each way 1-hour driving and 1 hour
by boat in May – November, and 2 hours driving in December –
April).

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EXTRA: MOTORIZED EXPERIENCES EXPERIENCE INCLUDED PAX 4×4 EXPEDITION (HALF DAY)
• On-board a 4×4 or tractor, explore more remote areas of the reserve. The expedition combines driving and walking to view more wildlife and explore inaccessible areas such as gallery forests. Please note that the type of vehicle will be adapted depending on the weather and road conditions.
Includes: Vehicle, Rain poncho, Hydration, Llanero guide, English-speaking naturalist guide.
Duration: Up to 6 hours availability. Recommended start time: 5:00am – 6:00am or 3:00pm – 4:00pm.

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HELICOPTER EXPEDITION
• Onboard a Bell 412 helicopter, fly 35 minutes to a private reserve deep in Los Llanos. The reserve is conformed by humble llanero families who are committed to conservation and preserving the delicate ecosystem they live in. The reserve consists of a large lake and wetlands with forests of moriche palm trees, which the explorer Alexander von Humboldt once called “the tree of life” due to its importance in the balance and survival of this ecosystem. Spend the day exploring the reserve horseback riding, walking or canoeing, and enjoy a traditional lunch with a local llanero family. Return flight 35 minutes to arrive at Corocora Camp in time for sundowners.
Important: In case of a delay or cancellation due to weather, the flight can be postponed subject to availability of the helicopter.

Includes: Helicopter, Horseback riding, Canoeing, English- speaking Guide, Local llanero Host, Traditional lunch, Hydration, Snacks.
Duration: 9 hours (including 35 minutes flying each way).

Recommended departure time: 7:00am. Please note the helicopter has capacity for up to 12 passengers and is the only helicopter that is readily available in the area. The helicopter has to be landed at Yopal Airport by 5:30pm, therefore guests
will arriving back at the camp by latest 5:00pm

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EXTRA: AIRPORT TRANSFERS EXPERIENCE INCLUDED PAX AIRPORT TRANSFER 4X4 (Spanish) • Transfer with a Spanish-speaking driver. Please note that Includes: 4×4 SUV (3 pax + driver), Hydration, Snacks travel time is 2 hours on paved roads and approximately 45 minutes inside the reserve on
unpaved roads.

EXTRA:  AIRPORT TRANSFER 4X4 (English) • Transfer with a Spanish-speaking driver and an English- Includes: 4×4 SUV (2 pax + driver + English-speaking host), 3 speaking Host. Please note that travel time is 2 hours on paved roads, and approximately 45 Hydration, Snacks. minutes inside the reserve on unpaved roads.

AIRPORT TRANSFER SUV (English) • Transfer with a Spanish-speaking driver and an English- Includes 4×4 High-End SUV (3 pax + driver + English-speaking 3 speaking Host. Please note that travel time is 2 hours on paved roads and approximately 45 host), Hydration, Snacks minutes inside the reserve on unpaved roads.

HELICOPTER TRANSFER • Transfer onboard a Bell 412 helicopter with capacity for 12 Includes: Flight, Transfer from the landing zone to Camp. 10 passengers. The flight is 20-30 minutes, plus a 20-minute drive at the camp. Please note this is the only readily available helicopter in the region.

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IMPORTANT!
• Visitors to remote areas such should be prepared for unexpected changes and events, and should arrive with a flexible attitude and an adventurous spirit!
• IMPORTANT! We recommend guests take Vitamin B at least 10-14 days prior to arrival and use DEET-based repellent to minimize mosquito, tick, and chigger bites.
• We are located in a natural reserve where one can find mosquitoes, spiders, snakes, and other critters. The camp’s grounds and services have been designed to maximize guest safety and comfort with natural solutions. A perimeter of tobacco leaves is used to steer away snakes, citronella is used to minimize mosquitoes, and fumigation and daily sweeps are conducted to mitigate other risks.
• We highly recommend to pack hats, light quick-drying field pants and shirts to stay cool and comfortable during activities. We provide guests with rubber boots and rain ponchos. A packing check-list is sent to guests prior to arrival.

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