Orinoquia is known for its beautiful landscape. Being in Colombia's geographical east, it is known in the country as 'the east plains of Colombia'.
There are many rivers in the area; however all eventually lead into the very prominent Orinoco River from which the region actually gets its name from. The river stretches over 340,000 square miles and also marks the border between Colombia and Venezuela.
The Orinoquia Region covers about 230.000Km2, equivalent to 22% of the area of the country. It is divided into four departments: Arauca, Casanare, Meta and Vichada and their respective capital cities: Arauca, Yopal, Villavicencio and Puerto Carreño.
The regions economical wealth comes mainly from livestock and agriculture, however since finding oil in the area, one can expect that there will be some change soon. Orinoquia also features many great mountain ranges which make for good hikes and amazing views. As there is a lack of buildings, Orinoquia is known for its charming susnsets, so if you are in the area make sure you stay out till late.
The area provides a warm climate all year round; naturally it is home to many exotic animals and plants which thrive in this isolated environment.
Orinoquia is a great region if you want see an unspoilt Colombia; this region promotes a simpler way of life. Far from the suffocating cities this is the perfect place to visit if you want to discover a more traditional way of life in Colombia. Here you may find cowboys on horseback, farmers feeding their cattle and even villagers catching fish in the rich rivers.
All photos by: Luis Gomez