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Them, you and us.
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The Zambrano family have grouped their hatos to constitute a vast natural reserve. You will visit it with a friendly local guide.
Ideal for travelers who want to observe lots of animals and plan a horseback riding trip near Yopal.
Tom & AdrixTomplanmytrip's writers
We have been traveling to Colombia since 2015. We explored Los Llanos for 15 days to find the best experiences.
Are these experiences a good fit for you?
Find out why!
Visiting an hato is an excellent way to observe the wildlife and learn about the exciting culture of Los Llanos. Some of these hatos are 4-6 hours away from Yopal on roads that are in poor condition. Others are small, and you must visit different places with a local agency. The reserve of the Zambrano family is only 1h30 from Yopal and consists of 3 hatos that you can easily visit by horse or jeep. Everything is quickly organized on-site. This is the easiest (and one of the cheapest) llanera experience to organize from Yopal.
- Which animals can you observe, and in which season?
- Is it possible to enjoy Los Llanos in 3 days?
- Do you have to break the bank to plan a Colombian Safari?
- Is there an hato near Yopal?
- Do you need to speak Spanish?
- Where can you plan a multi-day horseback riding trip?
- How can you contact them?
- Do you want to visit several hatos?
Why do we love the Zambrano family’s nature reserve
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Lots of animals
There are a lot of animals on this reserve. In addition to being a famous site for birds, you will eat next to deer, capybaras, and caimans. The other more discreet animals will be seen on your safari trips.
The reserve is only 1h30 from Yopal. The Zambrano family can arrange private transportation for you. It’s ideal if you have little time to enjoy Los Llanos.
The 3 hatos offer many activities that are done on-site: safari, fishing, birdwatching, horseback riding, and cultural experiences. Everything is easily and quickly organized.
Access to the reserve is easy, and the activities are adapted to all ages. Here, everyone can have fun – children and seniors alike!
Because of the high transportation costs, organizing a safari in Los Llanos is often expensive. Since the Zambrano’s Reserve is close to Yopal, you can enjoy a stay in Los Llanos at a very affordable price!
Carlos speaks English, and you can ask for an English translator (at an extra cost). You don’t need to speak Spanish.
All 3 hatos of the Zambrano family have a different atmosphere ( design, kitchen, surroundings). However, they all have one thing in common: surprisingly comfortable rooms! You’ll sleep well.
Private local guides
A local guide who knows the llanera culture perfectly will accompany you throughout your stay. It’s a private tour!
Zambrano’s reserve’s offers
Use our online form to say what you like and plan your experience with the Zambrano family. Carlos, a member of the family, will confirm prices, date departures, and availability.
4-day horseback riding
The ideal experience to put you in the boots of a llanero. You will explore the reserve on horseback with your private guide to observe as many animals as possible. Each night you will sleep in a new hato, enjoying the advantages of each place (different landscapes and atmosphere). In addition to the many horseback rides, you can go fishing, canoe up rivers, and discover the llanera culture. Not to mention the many well-deserved naps in a hammock under the trees.
2, 3 or 4-day plan
There are other options if you don’t want to spend 4 days on horseback. The Zambrano Family offers 2, 3, or 4-day plans to enjoy all the activities at the same hato. Depending on your plan, you’ll fish, go on several safaris (by jeep, on foot, or on horseback), take a canoe trip, participate in a cooking and craft workshop, and go bird watching.
Don’t want to spend the night in the nature reserve? You can plan a day trip from Yopal or San Luis de Palenque. It’s up to you if you prefer to observe the animals on foot or on horseback. I’m not a fan of this option since you will miss the two best moments of the day (sunrise & sunset)
Prices change depending on the number of travelers, the length of stay, and the type of experiences chosen.
Here is a rough price list to give you an idea of the budget needed. The Zambrano family will confirm the prices and availabilities once they have spoken with you.
- Day trip: 175,000 to 300,000 COP per person
- 2-day Stay: From 665,000 COP per person (if 2 people).
- 3-day Stay: From 1,640,000 COP per person (if 2 people).
- 4-day Stay: From 1,820,000 COP per person (if 2 people).
- 4-day horseback riding trip: From 1,715,000 COP per person (if 2 people).
Residents in Colombia must add the cost of VAT (19%). Foreigners are exempted.
Everything once you’re inside the nature reserve.
- Emergency assistance insurance.
- Certified guides.
- Local guides.
Private transportation (700,000 COP round trip from Yopal), Bilingual guides (+ 322,000 COP/day), tips, and beers aren’t included.
Reserve your spot in advance
The hatos have only a few rooms and are quickly fully booked, especially during the high season (when there are the most animals to see).
First come, first served.
Don’t procrastinate and contact the Zambrano Family 😉
⭐Hato's reviews ⭐
I'm not the only one to love the Zambrano's reserve
We’ve been traveling to this spot every 2 months or so since last year. Why?? Kids love this experience so much. No TV, electronics, video games, just pure, healthy, and amazing nature. My son loves the morning routine: milk the cows, ride a horse in the savana, walk in the forest with the dogs. At the afternoons we visit the “Garcero” the place where the Herons, so you can see the corocoras ( orange type of birds), big, small, white, black... any type of herons you can imagine. You can spot a lot of deeres, chiguiros, babillas ( king of small crocodiles), wild horses taking a bath.... everything is amazing. I have no words to describe the beauty of this spectacular place. you have plenty of time to relax in a “chinchorro” ( very fresh type of hamaca) bring the book you prefer, taste delicious local food, and delight yourself with the most amazing sunsets!!
It is a magical place. We can easily call it a paradise. We could see a lot of animals in their natural habit. The staff is amazing. Unique experience, highly recommendable!
Only 3 steps
1 - Fill out our online form
Click on the “contact” button to access our interactive online form. This allows our partner to understand your needs.
2 - Chill out
Our partner will contact you within 24 hours to organize your experience.
3 - Confirm your booking
Once you are satisfied, our partner will send you a payment link to make a deposit and confirm your reservation.
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