Corocora Camp, in the Llanos Orientales region of Colombia, is an exclusive tented camp set inside a private reserve in the wetlands of Los Llanos. An eco-region famous for its strong cowboy culture as well as its rich wildlife, its remote grasslands have long been a largely unknown destination due to the inaccessibility and lack of lodging options…until now.
Corocora Camp is operated by Galavanta*, and Georgina visited last year and found it to be somewhere exciting and unique. It offers experiences that will thrill even the most worldly travellers.
The camp is located in a 9,000-hectare private reserve, 2.5 hours by car from Yopal (there are 5-10 daily flights to Yopal from Bogota). The private reserve is perfect for the discerning, eco-conscious traveller due to its HUGE diversity of wildlife including deer, capybaras, jaguars, pumas, howler monkeys, giant anteaters, pygmy anteaters, anacondas, caimans, piranhas, and over 200 bird species.
The camp is comprised of four sleeping tents with king or twin beds, premium mattresses and linens, en-suite bathroom with flushing lavatories and running shower and a private deck. Unsurpassed views of the savannah and large hammocks suspended in trees all allow for ultimate relaxation and a real feeling of immersion in nature. The social tent is at the centre of the camp, where guests gather for sundowners, meals, and nightcaps around the bonfir
Although the tents are African-made, artisans from rural communities and indigenous tribes throughout Colombia custom-make everything - from natural fibre carpets to intricate baskets, cotton blankets, clay bowls, woven napkins, and hand-painted teapots.
The camp’s chef uses local ingredients and traditional cooking methods to prepare beautifully presented dishes. As every outstanding meal needs to be paired with a good drink, the bar is nicely stocked with 20-year old Colombian rums, single-malt scotches, premium gins and vodkas, and a carefully curated variety of wines.
The Ancient Llanero Culture
The reserve continues to operate as a cattle ranch run by Llaneros, one of the last authentic cowboy cultures in the Americas. Guests can pass the morning with the Llaneros, barefoot riding, herding cattle, learning to use a leather lasso and singing the work chants used to sooth cattle. Finish the day the Llanero way with a traditional parrando; a bonfire dinner with live harp, guitar music and the traditional joropo dance.
Living The ‘Wild’ Life
Corocora Camp offers a wealth of wildlife experiences including walking, horseback riding or 4x4 driving in search of capybaras, jaguars, pumas, howler monkeys, giant anteaters, pygmy anteaters, anacondas, caiman and piranhas to name just a few. For the more adventurous, helicopter expeditions to more remote and inaccessible reserves, offer the opportunity to see pink river dolphins in their natural habitat or rare ecosystems such as the endangered moriche palm forests.
Hosted by expert birding guides, 'twitchers' can enjoy specialised birding programmes and the chance to see over 200 species; while photography enthusiasts can learn new techniques alongside a professional wildlife photographer.
Conservation and Sustainability
Corocora Camp is proud to be the first high-end tourism project in Los Llanos, providing high-value for the communities, minimizing environmental impact and generating funds for conservation projects. Guests can get involved by participating in reforestation projects, visiting neighbouring community projects and helping fund wildlife tagging research projects to help track and study animals’ movements and habits.
The camp is designed to minimize environmental impact. Lights and appliances are powered with solar panels, water is sourced from a deep well, organic waste is composted and glass bottles are recycled.
The Nitty Gritty
Rates start at $490 USD per person, per night including all meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, a personal English-speaking naturalist guide and a local Llanero guide offering private localised experiences such as bush walks and birdwatching. All guests pay a conservation fee of $50 USD per person, per reservation. The minimum stay is 2 nights; the ideal stay is 3 nights.
Dry season (December to March) is characterized by arid landscapes and a higher concentration of wildlife. Temperatures range from 21o to 34oC.
Wet season (April to November) offers lush green landscapes and cooler days. Although there are patches of rain, guests can still enjoy all the activities during their stay.
Getting there Guests fly to Yopal El Alcaravan Airport (5-10 commercial flights daily from Bogota), and then drive 2 hours on paved roads to the reserve, with 30-minute off-roading inside the reserve. There is also an option to take a 20-minute helicopter transfer.
*Although this is a project by Galavanta, Corocora Camp is operated and commercialized separately, and as such we are happy to work with other reputable Colombian DMCs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request the full rate sheet, activities portfolio and detailed fact sheet.