Hato La Aurora Natural Reserve
Our journey takes us from Yopal to one of Casanare’s most traditional hatos, La
Aurora, in the northeast of the department. The “Colombian Safari” at La Aurora Natural Reserve, Colombia’s biggest private natural reserve includes various activities to observe the Orinoco region’s wildlife and sceneries:
• Jeep & Horse Riding Safaris
• Boat Tours & Fishing
• Hikes & Bird-watching
Hato La Aurora is a 17,000 hectares ranch encompassing the natural reserve of about 10,000 hectares and Juan Solito Ecolodge, a rustic eco hotel to cater for visitors of the reserve. It’s a deep-into-the-wild, raw and earthy experience – getting close to the region’s culture, nature and exploring its essence!
The reserve is part of the ‘jaguar corridor’, a genetic corridor across 18 countries providing travel pathways for felines. La Aurora is home to about 42,000 capybaras, about 2500 deer and plenty of other mammals such as anteaters and monkeys and over 350 species of birds. This is also the place to go to see anacondas in the wild with a probability of 70-90%.
Possible wildlife sightings:
Burrowing owls, giant anteater, southern tamandua (small anteater), capybaras, white-tailed deer, maikongs, armadillos, jaguar, ocelot, puma, tyra, anaconda, various species of ibis such as scarlet ibises and buff-necked ibises, species of herons including whistling herons and night herons, various hawks such as savanna hawks, kites, falcons, parakeets, parrots, macaws, swallows, flycatchers including fork-tailed flycatchers, yellow-crowned parrots, various woodpeckers and wood creepers, jabirus, various hummingbirds, agoutis, spectacled caimans, red-footed tortoises, hoatzins, horned screamers, turtles, iguanas, Orinoco geese, roseate spoonbills and more.