Los Llanos (South America)

Llanos [ ʝanos ] or [ ʎanos ] are wide plains in northern South America, through which the river Orinoco flows. They are home to the Llaneros.

The Llanos are made

  • The Colombian departments of Arauca, Casanare, Vichada, Guainía, Meta, Guaviare and Vaupés
  • The Venezuelan states of Apure, Barinas, Portuguesa, Cojedes, Guárico, Anzoategui and Monagas.

The Llanos are characterized by flat, embossed almost only by grasslands areas. The economy consists almost primarily of livestock and from the production of oil in the region of Arauca, Casanare, Anzoategui, Apure and Monagas.

The inhabitants of this region are referred to as Llaneros. The Llaneros may well be compared with cowboys from North America or the gauchos of Argentina, since they are known for their horsemanship and hospitality. Their focus, the Joropo, is popular both in Colombia and in Venezuela and can also be danced.