• First Orinoco Students Think Tank meeting

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    First Orinoco Students Think Tank meeting

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  • Projects in process

    Projects

    Projects in process

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  • The Orinoquia y Amazonia in figures

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    The Orinoquia y Amazonia in figures

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  • Radio program

    “Desafío Orinoquia” the radio program of CEO

    An open forum for the opinion and analysis of the great current issues of the Colombian plain. He directs, Carlos Montenegro, director of the Center for Orinoquia Studies at the Universidad de los Andes.

    Lines:

    • Rural development and productivity

    • Education

    • Governance

    • Health

  • Projects

    Results

    Desde su creación, el CEO ha desarrollado proyectos que han significado un importante avance para los departamentos de la región de la Orinoquia en diferentes líneas: Ecosistemas y paisajes - Conservación de la vida silvestre, de los recursos naturales y servicios ambientales - Desarrollo rural, productivo, resposable y competitivo - Gobernabilidad, educación y salud como pilares del desarrollo.

  • News

    First visit to the Puerto Zábalo and Los Monos indigenous reserves in Caquetá

    The first visit paid by a university, in this case Universidad de los Andes through the CEO, to this reservation began on Saturday April 1st with the support of the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), a US NGO dedicated to the conservation of Tropical Rainforests in South America.

  • “Desafío Orinoquia” the radio program of CEO
  • Results
  • First visit to the Puerto Zábalo and Los Monos indigenous reserves in Caquetá

Sta RosaliaA three-and-a-half-hour flight from Bogota, and we were in the surprising town of Santa Rosalíain, covering 3.937 km2 of the Vichada department with a population of 6 thousand inhabitants. It was as difficult to take in its majestic landscapes, as it was to come to terms with the vastness and beauty of the Colombian high plains.

Sta RosaliaA three-and-a-half-hour flight from Bogota, and we were in the surprising town of Santa Rosalíain, covering 3.937 km2 of the Vichada department with a population of 6 thousand inhabitants. It was as difficult to take in its majestic landscapes, as it was to come to terms with the vastness and beauty of the Colombian high plains.

A trip whose only purpose was to get to know Santa Rosalía, the idiosyncrasies of its inhabitants, its media, the lifestyle, and foster new work alliances that help see the CEO as a management tool for project building, based on the interests and needs of its inhabitants.

We got to Santa Rosalía by air from Bogotá. On our first day, we walked through its tiny unpaved streets—with a temperature range of between 36 and 39oC and its equally warm and friendly community—and learned about the new projects in the region implemented to promote an ordered and sustainable growth.

The municipality has an important dynamic of food provisioning. Food and cleaning products only arrive on Wednesday nights so people like “mona” or don Pedro, owners of the most popular restaurants, have to order what they need on Sundays.

Sta Rosalia2For visitors like us, it was a surprise to ask for eggs and be told that there weren’t any, but that the truck would arrive the next day with provisions: “Tomorrow, you can come for breakfast.”

During our stay in Santa Rosalía, we met the different community leaders such as don Rafael Becerra, owner of the most traditional hotel, Morichal de Oriente, who knows the town’s entire history and progress. We also met the oldest traders, the “La Cordialidad” bakery and corner store owner don Jaime and the grocery store owner don Gustavo. What they said about the economic shift in Santa Rosalía is great; they affirmed that the town is in its best moment ever.

On the other hand, in terms of cultural topics, the town is progressing in giant steps. The cultural director assures that even though they don’t yet have the resources to take part in national events, they have managed to participate in the regional ones very successfully.

What needs to be done in Rosalía? Everything! Was the quick and conclusive answer of the mayor Alexis Benito Castro, who invited us to his office to tell us about the strengths, programs and the actions undertaken in the municipality.

There are three ways to get to and leave Santa Rosalía.

• By Air: a small plane flies between Villavicencio airport and Santa Rosalía
• By land: Villavicencio – Santa Rosalía – Puerto Carreño – Santa Rosalía – La Trinidad Casanare. We recommend that you travel this route only in the summer months; in the winter, it can be complicated due to rain.
• By river: This is the route we chose to travel back to Bogotá. The trip to Orocué, Casanare, is an hour and a half long with a half-hour stop for breakfast.

From Orocué, we left for Puerto Gaitán. In three and a half hours we got to the Manacacias River, which indicated our arrival to the Puerto Gaitán municipality in Meta.

Curious fact: Santa Rosalía, borders in the north with the Meta River and the Bocas del Pauto hamlet (Casanare); in the east with the La Primavera municipality (Vichada); in the west with the Meta department, and in the south with the Tomo River and the Cumaribo municipality (Vichada).

But our expedition through Orinoquia was not over yet, so we toured Puerto Gaitán and then set out on a three-hour bus journey to Villavicencio. From there, after a brief tour, we continued on our trip to Bogotá.

  • Veracruz project in Santa Rosalia and La Primavera – Vichada

    Veracruz project in Santa Rosalia and La Primavera – Vichada

  • A successful first book fair in Yopal

    A successful first book fair in Yopal

  • Committed to education in Casanare

    Committed to education in Casanare

  • Documentation Center

    Documentation Center

  • Carlos Montenegro, our director

    Carlos Montenegro, our director

¿Where we develop projects?

Arauca, Casanare, Guainía, Guaviare, Meta, Vaupés y Vichada.

Projects focused on:

Government, education, health and rural and productive development.