Fully experience the Bolivian Jungle with a local guide to help throughout the tour
Take a boat up Beni River to visit communities of the Madidi National Park
Explore deep into the rainforest and get to know the different species of timber plants
Discover the best of the rainforest on this 4-day Jungle tour! Madidi National Park, located in the northeast of the La Paz department, is among the most biodiverse places on Earth. To date, 1,875 species of vascular plants, 1,370 vertebrate species, 156 mammal species and 867 bird species have been registered here… Take a walk on the wild side!
All year round
Bala Tours Office, Calle Santa Cruz between Comercio & Avaroa, Rurrenabaque
Bala Tours Office, Calle Santa Cruz between Comercio & Avaroa, Rurrenabaque
This exciting tour begins at 9:00am, when you’ll hop on board a boat, and voyage along the Beni River to the Madidi National Park - one of the most biodiverse reserves on the planet. This boat ride will last about 3 hours, and you’ll end up at Tacuaral - the place of your accommodation – which is found beside the Tuichi River.
There’ll be time for lunch and to rest in hammocks. In the afternoon, you’ll go with our guide for a walk in the forest, where you’ll have the chance of spotting wild animals - different species of monkeys, deer, wild pigs (peccaries), capybaras or birds. After dinner, there’ll be another wildlife watching opportunity, as we’ll head out on a night walk, looking for nocturnal creatures and listening to the sounds of the forest.
Following breakfast, you’ll visit Caquiawara - a natural salt bearing spot - where parrots and macaws can be observed. There’s a lookout point, from where you’ll get a spectacular view, and have a good chance of photographing the parrots and macaws that gather here to eat the loamy and salty earth.
We’ll make our way back to the accommodation for lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll go to fish in the Tuichi River, or in a lagoon in the forest (depending on the season). The fish in this part which are more popular with tourists are: surubí, black-spotted catfish, white pacú, mamuri, striped surubí and sábalo. If you fancy it, why not take a refreshing dip in the Tuichi River, or go for a forest walk. Later, dinner will be served.
Today, there’ll be an early morning jungle hike to learn about different species of timber plants. You’ll also discover the medicinal purposes of various plant species. After we have collected palm seeds from the forest, we’ll return to the lodge, where you’ll make rings and other crafts using these natural materials. In the afternoon, you’ll have some free time! Take a refreshing swim in the Tuichi River, or hike to visit a small pond, and feel at one with nature.
Following an early breakfast, we’ll take a boat up Beni River to visit the different communities that are living in the Madidi National Park. Observe the everyday lives of these people, and meet the indigenous Moseten community. Enjoy the daily activities that people do to survive in the rainforest. Back at the lodge, you’ll have lunch, and then return to Rurrenabaque - enjoy the spectacular sunset on the way. Arrival will be at 5:00pm approx.
DAY 1: 08:30 - 08:45
Meeting point at Bala Tours Office
DAY 1: 09:00
Depart Rurrenabaque on a boat along the Beni River
DAY 1: 12:00
Arrive to Tacuaral, where you will be spending the night
DAY 1: 12:30
DAY 1: 13:00
Free time, rest in a hammock
DAY 1: 15:00
Guided walk through the forest to see some wild animals
DAY 1: 19:00
DAY 1: 20:00
Guided night walk to see the nocturnal animals
DAY 2: 07:30
DAY 2: 08:30
Visit Caquiawara, from a lookout you will be able to see parrots and macaws
DAY 2: 11:00
Return to Tacuaral
DAY 2: 12:00
DAY 2: 13:30
Visit the Tuichi River to learn how to fish (or, depending on the season, a lagoon in the forest)
DAY 2: 14:30
Take a swim in the Tuichi River, or go for a walk in the forest
DAY 2: 19:00
DAY 3: 07:30
DAY 3: 08:30
A guided tour of the forest - see how thousands of plant species are used for medicinal purposes
DAY 3: 10:30
Return to Tacuaral to make some crafts with the seeds collected during the walk
DAY 3: 12:00
DAY 3: 13:00
Free time: Take a swim in the Tuichi River, or hike through the forest to a small pond and see the different wildlife
DAY 3: 19:00
DAY 4: 07:30
DAY 4: 08:30
A boat trip up Beni River to visit the local community of Mosoten. See how they use the forest to live
DAY 4: 11:00
Return to Tacuaral
DAY 4: 12:00
DAY 4: 14:00
DAY 4: 17:00
Arrive to Rurrenabaque
- Accommodation in housing or tarp according to the itinerary
- Transport according to the itinerary
- Mineral water, juice and meals during your stay in the accommodation
- Trips with native and bilingual guides
- Entrance to the protected area (200 Bs per person)
- Alcoholic and soda water drinks
- Accommodation in Rurrenabaque
- Aeroplane tickets
- Sleeping bag
- Insect repellent
- Comfortable hiking shoes
- Long sleeved shirt (made of cotton)
- Sleeping mat
CHILD (UP TO 11 YRS OLD)
In order to obtain this discount, the child must be up to 11 years of age on the date they are due to take the tour.
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: It is FREE to change the tour date before 5:00 pm (La Paz time) 4 days before the tour begins.
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How does the wet season affect Rurrenabaque and tours?
These tours run year-round, and in general rain does not stop tours from going. The exception is when there has been very heavy, sustained rainfall, and the Rurrenabaque area becomes flooded (the pampas, the jungle floor, the local roads and even the town itself). This is not common but has happened in recent years, and you just have to check the local news prior to departure times, or ask us for the latest info. The main issues caused during wet season for Rurrenabaque are delays to the flights between La Paz – Rurre, and Rurre - La Paz, which can regularly be affected due to weather. We advise flying out the day before your tour, and flying back in the early morning the day after you tour, in order to give yourself some time in case of delays. Also, if there is something you have to be back for, such as an international flight, we recommended having one more buffer day beforehand, just to make sure. Delays of a whole day are also possible. We recommend Amaszonas Airline to travel to Rurrenabaque. Most people fly to Rurrenabaque, but there is also a bus service that takes about 18 hours during dry season. During the wet season, the journey can take as much as 40 hours, as the road is washed away, blocked by landslides, and becomes a river of mud. We strongly recommend against trying to take this bus during the wet season (we don't really recommend it during the dry season either!).
What is the difference between a Pampas Tour and a Jungle Tour in the Bolivian Amazon?
All Pampas Tours take place off of the Yacuma River, a wetland Savannah within the Amazon basin. There is a higher chance of seeing more wildlife with this tour option, as there is less vegetation in the Pampas region. Activities include swimming with pink dolphins, piranha fishing, exploring in a motor canoe, and spotting caiman and squirrel monkeys. On the other hand, the Jungle Tours all take place in the Madidi National Park. It is right in the middle of the Bolivian Amazon, and is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world, with millions of plant and animal species. With this tour, it is more of a challenge to see a variety of wildlife due to the very dense vegetation, but with a bit of patience it is possible to find caimans, amphibians, nocturnal birds, fish-eating bats, and if lucky, jaguars.
Which is the best season to visit the Bolivian Jungle and Pampas?
The climate is mostly tropical all year round, and therefore it is possible to visit during any season. However, the best time is in the dry season, from the beginning of April to the end of October.
Is there malaria in Rurrenabaque and in the areas where pampas and jungle tours take place?
Whilst it is feasible that malaria could exist in Rurrenabaque, the pampas, and the jungle areas nearby because there are plenty of mosquitoes, there have not been any reported instances of malaria. We do not consider it necessary to take malaria tablets for our tours, but if you wish to do so then you should bring them with you, as you might not be able to get the brand you want in Bolivia. There is also the possibility of Dengue Fever and Yellow Fever, so you must protect yourself from insect bites as much as possible. You should bring a good insect repellent with you, as there are not many good options available to purchase in Bolivia.
What are the essentials to bring to the tour?
One backpack, sturdy duffel bag, or easily managed suitcase, a daypack, sturdy shoes or hiking boots comfortable enough for walking, sandals or shoes you don't mind getting wet, a money belt or pouch (leave your wallet at home - they make easy targets for pickpockets in the city), personal medications, a camera, film, and a waterproof case, and clothing. Generally, the Amazon is quite hot, but during the evenings if it rains it can cool down quite a bit. Fast drying clothes that can be layered work best. Don’t forget anti-bacterial soap, wipes, or gel such as Purell, sunblock of at least SPF 15 (the tropical sun is strong), insect repellent with DEET (diethyl-meta-toluamide), anti-itch cream for insects bites, a flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries, a toothbrush, toothpaste, toiletries, etc, sunglasses, a swiss army style knife, a sun/rain hat, plastic bags (zip lock bags and a larger trash bag), a water bottle, a small padlock to lock your bag shut, a travel alarm clock, and a first aid kid.
I want to be really safe. Which things should I put in my own first aid kit?
A first aid kit could include: Pepto-Bismol for mild diarrhoea, throat lozenges, motion sickness medication, sunburn salve such as aloe vera gel, aspirin or other painkillers, antibiotics for travellers’ diarrhoea (TD), antacid tablets, band-aids/plasters/bandages, ACE bandage, mole skin for blisters/blister plasters.
What clothes should I bring to the tour?
You should bring: A light, water-resistant jacket that will keep you warm on a cool evening or during a sudden downpour, yet which can be stuffed away or worn loosely on a warm day, a cheap rain poncho (the lodges have ponchos, but it's best to be prepared!), a fleece or wool sweater, two pair of shorts and/or swimming trunks, a bathing suit, one to two pairs of pants (one that can be worn to a nice restaurant or club, and another rugged pair for hiking in the rainforest), one long-sleeved shirt or blouse (a long-sleeved cotton shirt is great for the jungle), and 2 to 3 short-sleeved shirts, cotton socks, and underwear.
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