by Thomas Buechler - 2 years, 2 months ago
The region around Villavicencio was controlled by the Jesuits like other places in South America up to 1767 when they were expulsed by King Charles III. Of Spain. New settlers arrived and started agriculture and cattle farming.
When you arrive from Bogota trough a few tunnels (among them Buenavista, Colombia’s longest tunnel) and along a curvy road, you have to descend from 2,625 to 423 meters, and the climate is changing accordingly. It becomes hot and dry with an average yearly 27 degrees Celsius where rice, bananas and corn are being cultivated. It’s a ideal place to purchase leather products or cowboy hats. In the city itself the Parque Principal and the Parque Infantil with very old trees are the places to go, and in between them on the right side going uphill is also a perfect restaurant to relax.
Villavicencio can be used to visit Los Llanos, the fertile plains which have become Colombia’s cowboy country.