Old Cattle Roads of Almeidas

Orinoquia Colombia: (IT-COL07)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/colombia_old_cattle_roads_of_almeidas.aspx

Introduction
Orinoquia Colombia
The old cattle road of Almeidas – Royal Roads, Tropical forest and oriental plains of Colombia.

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride, so nights are spent in different locations.

Description
On this ride, you will sleep in rural hotels or farmhouses where you will always find a clean bed and bathroom (private everywhere except in Sabanalarga). In Sabanalarga, you will sleep at a farm  in hammocks, just the way the llaneros do. This is an authentic experience not to be missed!
We suggest you bring your swimsuit as there are swimming pools at the following accommodations: Macheta, Chivor and Monterrey.
Wi-Fi is available at accommodations in Bogotá and Monterrey.
Laundry can be done in Bogotá for a small fee. 

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Hotel in Bogotá
Night 2: Hotel in Macheta
Night 3: Hotel in Chivor
Night 4: Hotel in Sabanalarga
Night 5: Hotel in Monterrey
Night 6: Hotel in Yopal
Night 7: Hotel in Bogotá

Room Occupancy
We only charge a single supplement fee for solo riders who want to have their own room.


Meals
All meals are included in this trip except for the meals in Bogotá.
You will be served home-style Colombian food. Lunches are usually picnic style while dinners are taken in restaurants.

Breakfasts include eggs, bread, "arepas" (kind of corn cake) coffee, tea, chocolate, milk and fruit or juices of tropical fruits, in which Colombia has a wide variety and availability throughout the year (Pineapple, Papaya, Melon, Soursop, Feijoa. Mango, Grapefruit, Passion fruit, Lulo, etc).
For lunch we carry Sandwiches, accompanied by potato chips, various drinks (soda, beer, water) and brownies or cookies for dessert.
For dinner depending on the place it is possible to have at least two menu options normally including beef or chicken with potatoes, salad and fruit.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to vegetarians with prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Experience
This trip caters to strong intermediate riders and above as it includes several long days on horseback.
Overall, guest should come with a positive attitude and ability to listen to the guide’s instructions.

Horses
Our horses are the result of a careful selection for more than 25 years, and all of them have some Colombian Criollo in their blood. Our horses have a heart marked on their left forearm. This symbol has been used on cattle and horses in family haciendas for more than 150 years.
For our trails, we like to use angloarabians crossed with Colombian Criollos as they are particularly suited for multi-day excursions and long distance rides.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival in Bogotá
Transfer Airport / Hotel. Check into hotel and overnight.
Meals included: none
Overnight at Hotel in Bogotá


Day 2: Bogotá - Macheta
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Macheta


Day 3: Macheta - Chivor
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Chivor


Day 4: Chivor - Sabanalarga
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Sabanalarga


Day 5: Sabanalarga - Monterrey
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Monterrey


Day 6: Monterrey
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Monterrey


Day 7: Monterrey - Bogota
Return to Bogota and accommodation in a comfortable hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Hotel in Bogotá


Day 8: Departure
End of this great adventure.
Meals included: Breakfast

** Also available in extended version 9 days / 8 nights / 4 days of horseback riding / 1 day Emerald Tour / 1 day of cattle work in Llanos. -- please inquire


Rates and Dates for Old Cattle Roads of Almeidas

Rates include:

Accommodations, Most meals, 4 days riding, 1 day in cattle ranch, Taxes & Transfers
Saddlebag provided

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20208-day trip, AP (February)$2665
  • B
    20208-day trip, AP (December)$3100

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 Description
2020 Single supplement - please inquire
2020 Non-rider rate - please inquire
2020 Transfers from/to Bogotá included

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 02/22 - 02/29 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (February) 2 /12 Expired
B 2020 12/12 - 12/19 8d / 7n 8-day trip, AP (December) 2 /12 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Meals on first and last day at the hotel in Bogotá, Alcoholic drinks & Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Bogotá
Airport: Bogotá
Transfer: Bogotá

Climate:
                                                Bogotá area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

68

68

68

67

67

66

65

66

66

67

67

67

Average Low Temperature (°F)

43

45

47

49

49

48

47

46

46

47

47

45

Average High Temperature (°C)

20

20

20

20

19

19

18

19

19

19

19

20

Average Low Temperature (°C)

6

7

8

9

9

9

8

8

8

8

8

7

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

3

6

9

11

12

9

7

7

8

11

10

7

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The average daily temperature is hot and relative humidity is above 75%. The rainy season is between April and November, and the summer or dry season is from December to March.

It is recommended to wear comfortable clothes, long-sleeved shirts, long, fresh and easy to dry pants, hat, boots or shoes to tie, sunscreen and repellent that’s environmentally friendly, sunglasses and if you want  equestrian gloves.

What To Bring:
Attire: 
  • Hat of wide wing. 
  • Raincoat. 
  • 2 baggy pants. 
  • 2 shirts (long sleeves). 
  • 3 to 6 pairs of socks.
  • 2 t-shirts. 
  • Footwear: 1 – 2 pairs of sporting shoes. Do not wear very wide shoes to avoid trouble putting your feet in the stirrups. Riding boots are recommended.
  • Breeches. If you want to wear jeans or similar we recommend to use chaps if you have them or long underwear to avoid bruises. 
  • Gloves to avoid sunburn and bruises.
Personal equipment:
  • Particular medications. 
  • Flashlight and batteries. 
  • Sunglasses. Eyedrops (for people sensitive or allergic to the dust). 
  • Sunblock factor (30 minimum, desirable 50), moisturizer, lip balm, creams to heal bruising.
  • Elements for personal hygiene (medium towel, soap, toothbrush, wet wipes, etc.). 
  • Camera with good or rechargeable batteries.