Top Reasons To Visit Villavicencio

Astounding mountain scenery and some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan areas of Colombia are some of the top reasons to visit Villavicencio.  Located 2-4 hours away from Bogota, Villavicencio (or Villavo as locas fondly call it) is the gateway to the Los Llanos plains.  It’s also the capital of the Meta department.

And while Villavicencio is virtually devoid of 5-star hotels for a comfortable stay, the top reasons to visit Villavicencio will suffice to compensate on this lack of accommodations:


Los Llanos.  A visit to this vast tropical grassland plain is one of the top reasons to visit Villavicencio.  Situated at the east of Andes in Colombia and Venezuela, these flooded grasslands are rich in flora and fauna.  As a matter of fact, the Los Llanos plains is home to more than 1000 species of Colombian wildlife, including the Venezuelan spectacled cayman, and a wide variety of birds such as herons, storks, egrets and spoonbills.

Peace, quiet and nature.  But Los Llanos is not the only attraction in Villavicencio.  There’s the Parque de los Fundadores, with its wide and green open spaces, and the Bioparque Los Ocarros, a zoo 3 km. from the city which exhibits Colombian wildlife including crocodiles.

Food.  While Villavicencio is no place to look for gourmet finds and a glass of wine, the food here is certainly a must-try.  One of the most popular ways food is prepared in Villavicencio is through roasting or cooking food around an open-fire, similar to barbecues.

One of the best places to go for a roasted meat fest is the Asadero El Amarradero del Mico, which is located 2 km. northeast of the city, on the road to Restrepo.

Nightlife.  For something as peaceful and rustic as Villavicencio, you’d be surprised that it has one of the most exciting nightlife in Colombia.  Los Capachos, one of the biggest night clubs in Colombia rests in the heart of this quaint little town.  Checking out this night club is the most perfect way to cap your visit to Villavicencio.


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