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Rurrenabaque: The Bolivian Amazon

Overview

Madidi National Park, in the upper Amazon River basin in Bolivia, boasts one of the richest biodiversity’s on earth, including over 1,250 bird species and 200 reptile species as well as endemic plant and mammal species. This three day tour gives you a great introduction to the jungle, staying at the San Miguel del Bala and Caquiahuara Eco-lodges, built from sustainable rainforest materials, following traditional local designs. The lodges make a wonderful base from which to explore the area and interact with the local communities. 

Trip Code: BOTSRUR

Location: Rurrenabaque, Madidi National Park - Bolivia

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

This morning we depart early by boat from Rurrenabaque, along the Beni River to San Miguel del Bala community, a small indigenous community in the Bolivian Amazon rainforest. The boat trip takes around 45 minutes. We walk through the Tacana Indian community, coming in direct contact with the local people and learning about their daily lives and activities. In the afternoon after lunch, we walk through the jungle and gain an appreciation of the old Tacana methods used to capture wild animals. We then stroll around the spectacular 150 metre long San Miguel del Bala Canyon.

We return to the lodge by boat.

San Miguel del Bala Community & Canyon

We depart by boat, navigating along the Beni River for 2 ½ hours to reach Madidi National Park, located in the upper Amazon River Basin. Established in 1995, Madidi National Park is part of one of the largest protected areas in the world and one of the planet's most biologically diverse regions.

After lunch, we walk deep into the Madidi National Park searching for wild animals such as monkeys, reptiles, capybaras and countless species of birds. Over 1,250 bird species can be found in the park.

We take a night walk to spot caimans on the riverbank and try to see nocturnal animals such as night monkeys, tapirs, deer and armadillos.

Navigate along Beni & Tuichi Rivers to ''Caquiahua

We depart early this morning, before breakfast, to observe the beautiful macaws in their natural habitat. A short boat ride and a 20-minute walk through the jungle brings us to the "Parabal". This 30 metre high rock wall is home to nesting red and blue parrots. A climb to the top of "Parabal" offers a unique view of Madidi National Park.

After breakfast we head out by boat on the Tuichi River for a spot of fishing.

After lunch, we return by boat to Rurrenabaque. The boat trip takes around 1 ½ hours.

Parabal - Fishing - Rurrenabaque
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Important Information

  • • Services and meals included as stated on the itinerary 
    • English speaking guide.
    • Include all the entrances fee and contributions.
    • Private Services
    • Accommodation as mentioned in the program.

     

    NOT INCLUDED:
    • Anything not listed in the program.
    • Air Tickets.
    • Tips.
    • Airport taxes
     

     

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request

  • Flights to and from Rurrenebaque are NOT included.

    Please also note that these flights are often delayed/canceled in the wet season.

     

  • Season and availability.

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

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Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.