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Panorama of the Orinoco River which runs from Venezuela to Vichada, Colombia

Top Reasons To Visit Vichada

Despite the presence of the guerrilla forces in this department, there are still top reasons to visit Vichada, for the bravest travelers. Bordered by other Colombian departments such as Arauca, Casanare and Guainia, great tourist spots and sights abound in and around the department of Vichada.

Panorama of the Orinoco River which runs from Venezuela to Vichada, Colombia

Panorama of the Orinoco River which runs from Venezuela to Vichada, Colombia

Here are some of the top reasons to visit Vichada and discover its natural beauty:

Reason #1:  Puerto Carreño.  The lush vegetation and breathtaking views of Puerto Carreño, Vichada’s capital, is one of the top reasons to visit Vichada.  Located close to the Orinoco River, the waters in Puerto Carreño are a great place to go fishing.

In addition, Vichada is also home to an indigenous community, where some of the best crafts, textiles and local delicacies are sold.

Reason #2:  Raudal de Maypures.  Found in the El Tuparro National Natural Park, the Raudal de Maypures is a sight to behold.  Discovered about 200 years ago by German explorer Humbolt, the rapids created by the Orinico and the Tuparro river is a combination of rapids, waterfalls, oddly beautiful rock formations including the “Balancing Rock” and lush vegetation surrounding the waters.

No wonder it’s called the “Eighth wonder of the world”.

Reason # 3:  Gaviotas.  Other developing cities and villages should follow the example set by this ecovillage in the savannahs of Vichada.  Founded in 1971, Paolo Lugari and his group of engineers attempted to search for ways to create a mode of sustainable living in one of the harshest locations in Colombia.

Among its numerous inventions produced are the water pump seesaw and the sunflower windmill.

Reason # 4: Parque National El Tuparro.  the El Tuparro National Natural Park is a must-see destination for three reasons:  1. the Maipures rapids as mentioned above; 2. It is home to a wide variety of local flora and fauna; and 3.  The sandy beaches of the Orinoco River.