Internationally known for its high mountain ranges and Andean landscapes, Bolivia is actually one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world, hosting an incredible variety of different eco-systems and treasuring some of the most beautiful and unexplored regions of the Amazonian rain forest. In the pre-Amazonian region are the pampas, a vast area of tropical wetlands which provides a haven for a great variety of animals and an astonishing escape for adventurous travelers.
The Madidi National Park, in the heart of the Bolivian Amazon, is one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world, with its 5 different levels of ecosystems that range from the Andes mountains in the Apolobamba area to the savannas of the Amazon basin. With its giant trees, secret wildlife, and countless types of medicinal plants, the Madidi jungle make an incredible adventure for nature lovers.
While on the edge of the Amazon, the pampas feature slighter vegetation than the jungle, allowing more space to spot animals. It is thus the perfect destination for travelers looking to observe the wildlife in its natural habitat: visitors will be able to spot anacondas, capybaras, monkeys, caimans, pink dolphins and countless species of tropical birds such as toucans and macaws.
At a low altitude, this region enjoys mostly warm weather all year round, with some drops in temperature during the nights. The area goes through two seasons: the wet or flooded season (from December to April, although it can vary depending on the years) and the dry one (from May to November). The rainy season is slightly cooler than the dry one: in this season the level of the waters raises and the terrain becomes muddier. Although the humidity levels and high presence of mosquitoes make for more challenging conditions, during the flooded season the vegetation is slightly more abundant and the landscape becomes more colourful. On the other hand, in the dry season, paths become easily accessible, allowing visitors to walk around different areas.
As first-hand explorers and travelers committed to promote sustainable tourism, we at Altitude have designed a package that offers the best to our visitors while respecting both the environment and the local communities. Recognizing the challenges posed by the weather and geographic conditions, we prioritize your comfort and security to ensure the most of your enjoyment. Placing you in the heart of a natural paradise, this four-day combined tour will provide you with a travel and life experience beyond compare.
The first day starts at 8:30am in Rurrenabaque: depending on your requests, we can pick you up from the airport or directly from your accommodation in Rurrenabaque town. After a short ride to our office, we will take a 3-hour boat trip up the Beni and Tuichi Rivers to the Madidi National Park. We will arrive at our eco-lodge around noon: here we will be welcomed with a refreshing glass of fruit juice and will be able to take a short rest in our accommodation before lunch.
In the afternoon we will walk along a trail, where we will see a variety of plants and learn about their many uses. Here we will also be able to observe many insects and birds, and with some luck also monkeys and peccaries. We will then return to our accommodation to rest for the night.
After breakfast, we will take a walk to the Cliff of the Macaws, one of the best places in Madidi National Park to watch macaws, parrots and other birds. The walk is moderately challenging and on the way we will observe giant trees and learn more about their uses. Once at the Cliff, we will also enjoy the breath-taking view of the Amazon Basin and its many rivers.
Afterwards we will go to the Tuichi River, where we will build a log raft (traditional transport of the Amazonian Indians) and go downstream for about 2 hours until we reach the eco-lodge*. At the eco-lodge, we will have lunch and have some time to rest. In the afternoon, you can either rest or choose an activity -such as learning how to make traditional handicrafts or fishing along the river.
* We also count with a motorboat for security, to carry our backpacks and for any traveler not wishing to participate in this activity.
We will wake up early to have breakfast before returning to Rurrenabaque, where we will take our transportation to the beautiful village of Santa Rosa. The ride lasts around 3 hours and goes through some fascinating rural areas where you will be able to spot sloths, anteaters and birds. From Santa Rosa we will then take a short boat ride (15 minutes) to our eco-lodge, “The Turtles”, where we will be welcomed with a delicious lunch. We will be assigned our cabins and have some time to rest.
In the afternoon, we will head to the River Yacuma, where we will, look out for toucans, caimans and capybaras. Depending of the time of the year (usually possible only during the rainy season), we might be able to find the perfect spot for a playful swim with the pink dolphins! In the evening we will return to the eco-lodge for dinner and take a night boat trip to observe caimans and other nocturnal animals.
We will get up early (approx. 5am) to watch the sunrise and listen to the sounds of howler monkeys and birds which herald the awakening of the pampas. After breakfast, we will look for a good place to walk and spot anacondas. During the day we will continue to see a variety of birds, capybara, turtles and other animals. After lunch we will finally return to Rurrenabaque, where we will arrive at about 4:30 p.m.
Please Note: This programme may change depending on weather conditions.
Price: $us 292
This activity includes the following:
- Transfer from the Rurrenabaque airport/ accommodation
- Transportation by land and boat
- Qualified local tour guides
- 3-nights accommodation (traditional cabins with shared or private bathroom, no hot water)
- Meals throughout the tour (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners)
- Rain poncho and rubber boots (depending on the weather)
This activity does NOT include the following:
- Entrance fees to the protected areas (150bs for the jungle and 150bs for the pampas)
- Transportation La Paz / Rurrenabaque (can be arranged)
- Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
- Extras not mentioned in the Programme
We advise you to bring the following:
- Insect repellent