On this 4 Day Jungle Tour, lose yourself in the breathtaking Bolivian Amazon
Visit the San Miguel del Bala Community and spend time with the locals
Experience a magnificent view of Madidi National Park as well as a beautiful sunset
Fully immerse yourself in the Bolivian jungle with this exciting 4-day tour. No trip to Bolivia would be complete without a trip to the Madidi National Park, one of the most ecologically diverse places on the planet. See the exotic wildlife, visit a local community, and try your hand at constructing a log raft, the traditional transport of indigenous Amazonian people.
All year round
4 days/3 nights
Rurrenabaque hotel and hostel pickup
Rurrenabaque hotel and hostel drop-off
The day starts at 8:30am, when we depart from Rurrenabaque. After an hour’s boat journey, we will visit a local community to discover more about their way of life, and to share a little bit with the local people. Then we will continue our journey, enjoying beautiful scenery such as the Bala Canyon.
Upon arriving at our eco-lodge, "Mashaquipe", you will be welcomed with a refreshing glass of fruit juice, check out your accommodation, and then have lunch. In the afternoon, we will visit the bamboo forest - a good place for seeing animals, such as peccaries, turtles, and others. You may also be surprised by the giant trees that grow in the rainforest. On our return to the eco-lodge, we will have dinner and then rest.
A noisy concert of howler monkeys and a variety of birds will welcome the new day. After a good breakfast, you will learn a little of our culture by making various crafts, such as rings and fans, and be shown how to use traditional bows etc.
In the afternoon, we will take our camping equipment (mosquito net, mattress, sleeping bag) to spend our first night in the depths of the jungle. It will take about 5 hours of leisurely walking, during which we will see various birds, including toucans, macaws and guans, as well as howler monkeys, spider monkeys and a variety of higher plants. After dinner at the campsite, we can take a short night walk and look for nocturnal species.
Breakfast will be at 7:30am. Then we will do a circuit around the "Patujusal" campsite in search of spider monkeys, and to continue appreciating the surprising array of biodiversity, including plants and insects. We will go back to the camp for lunch. In the afternoon, we will go to our camp named "Arenalito". Before arriving, we will see - from the top of a mountain - spectacular macaws and parrots, a magnificent view of Madidi National Park, and a beautiful sunset. We will then have dinner and rest at the campsite.
Different sounds of birds and monkeys greet the new day. We will have breakfast at about 8:00am, collect our belongings, and then go to the River Tuichi. Here, we will build a log raft (the traditional transport of indigenous Amazonian people), and go rafting for about 2 hours. However, we will also have the boat for security, for our backpacks and for people who do not wish to participate in this activity. We will have lunch at the "Mashaquipe" eco-lodge, and later return to Rurrenabaque, where we will arrive at about 4:00pm.
DAY 1: 07:45 - 08:15
Pickup from hotels and hostels
DAY 1: 08:30
Leave Rurrenabaque by boat up the Beni and Tuichi Rivers
DAY 1: 09:30
Arrive to San Miguel del Bala community and spend time with the locals
DAY 1: 10:30
Depart the local community
DAY 1: 12:00
Arrive to Mashaquipe Ecolodge
DAY 1: 12:30
DAY 1: 13:30
Free time to relax
DAY 1: 14:30
Take a guided walk through the jungle to learn about the different uses of plants for medicinal purposes
DAY 1: 19:30
DAY 2: 07:30
DAY 2: 09:00
Learn a little of the culture by making various crafts, such as rings and fans, and be shown how to use traditional bows
DAY 2: 12:30
DAY 2: 13:30
Free time to relax
DAY 2: 14:30
Trek to the campsite where you will be spending the night, and see the different wildlife on the way
DAY 2: 19:30
Dinner at the campsite
DAY 2: 20:30
Take a guided walk through the jungle to see the nocturnal animals
DAY 3: 07:30
DAY 3: 09:00
Take a guided walk through the Mashaquipe trails
DAY 3: 12:30
DAY 3: 13:30
Free time to relax
DAY 3: 14:30
Trek to the second campsite where you will be spending the night, and see the different wildlife on the way
DAY 3: 19:30
DAY 4: 08:00
DAY 4: 09:00
Make your way to the Tuichi River (with all your belongings) to build a traditional raft
DAY 4: 12:00
Arrive to Mashaquipe Ecolodge
DAY 4: 12:30
DAY 4: 13:30
Free time to relax and to pack bags for the return trip
DAY 4: 14:00
Depart the lodge by boat
DAY 4: 16:00
Arrive back to Rurrenabaque
- Hotel/hostel transfer
- Transportation by boat from Rurrenabaque to Mashaquipe Ecolodge within Madidi National Park
- Accommodation in traditional style cabins
- All meals (regular & vegetarian) while at the Ecolodge
- Mineral water during your stay at the Ecolodge
- Bilingual local guide (English & Spanish), an expert in rainforest appreciation
- Guided activities through the Jungle (Madidi National Park) - we have a 30 km trails system
- Rubber boots will be provided during your stay at the Ecolodge, we only have rubber boots until size 44
- Airline/land tickets between La Paz – Rurrenabaque - La Paz
- Entry fee to the Madidi National Park 200 Bs
- Accommodation and meals in Rurrenabaque
- Carbonated and alcoholic beverages
- Other services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Photographic or film camera
- Humidity resistant binoculars
- Cotton pants/trousers
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Boots and sneakers/trainers
- A coat
- A cotton shirt
- A flashlight and batteries
- Insect repellent
- Sun glasses
- A hat
- A rain poncho
- A small backpack for day walks
- A bathing suit and towels
High Season: June - September
Low Season: October - May
CHILD (UP TO 2 YRS OLD)
In order to obtain this discount, the child must be up to 2 years of age on the date they are due to take the tour.
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) 6 days before the tour begins.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel before 5:00 pm (La Paz time) 3 days before the tour begins or earlier, a 35% administration fee will apply. After this time, there is a 100% no show or cancellation fee.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel this tour or make any changes.
I can’t find my accommodation listed in the operator’s pick up locations as I make my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed, this covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals etc. Select an alternative close by, and be ready there for pick-up at the time on your booking confirmation.
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.
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!).
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 kid?
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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