The capital of the department of Casanare is the city of Yopal, a place which was founded on February 22nd 1915, and which is an indigenous word referring to the heart of a particular tree. Yopal is steeped in history as it was here that the forces loyal to the independence movement pursued and expelled Spanish forces from what is now Colombia in the 19th century. 

The region of Los Llanos Orientales (Eastern Plains) consists of savannahs covered with flooded grasslands, lush forests and wild rivers that derive from the vast Orinoco basin. The 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 in 2017, llaneros’ work songs are a means of vocal communication sung a cappella style on the themes of herding, horses, adventures, and love.

Corocora Camp is located in El Encanto de Guanapalo, a 9,000-hectare private reserve in the region of Los Llanos, also known as Orinoquia. This private reserve is home to a diversity of wildlife including deer, capybaras, jaguars, pumas, howler monkeys, giant anteaters, pygmy 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. 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.

On the other hand, just 180km from Yopal is the vast private reservation of Hato la Aurora which is Colombia´s answer to a safari. Spreading over 17,000ha the reservation includes the towns of Ariporo and Hato Corozal. On the lands of Hato La Aurora there is an abundance of animals including, jaguars, chigüiros, white-tailed deers, capybaras and anteaters, as well as birds such as the scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber) and burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia). If you are very lucky, sometimes you can witness the release of an anaconda into the wild. On this reservation, there are approximately 390 species of birds and it is truly a wildlife paradise in Colombia.