A full day to experience the Bolivian Jungle and the diversity it has to offer
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Explore the incredible Madidi National Park and its unparalleled biodiversity
A day in the tropical rainforest. Madidi is one of the richest sites in the world for biodiversity: To date, 1,875 species of vascular plants, 1,370 vertebrate species, 156 mammal species and 867 bird species have been registered here. No trip to Bolivia would be complete without a trip to Madidi!
All year round
Bala Tours Office, Calle Santa Cruz between Comercio & Avaroa, Rurrenabaque
Bala Tours Office, Calle Santa Cruz between Comercio & Avaroa, Rurrenabaque
Your day will begin at 9:00am, when we leave Rurrenabaque and travel by boat through the Beni River. Our destination is the Madidi National Park , celebrated as one of the most biodiverse reserves on the planet.
After a 3-hour boat trip, we’ll reach Tacuaral, our housing that is located beside the River Tuichi. Upon arrival, you can rest a little and have a drink. We’ll then continue our trip by boat to a salt bearing site. Here, you can observe parrots and macaws (a variety of parrot native to South America). Check out the amazing views from the lookout spot, and snap some photos of the parrots and macaws that gather to eat the loamy and salty earth.
Lunch will take place back at our lodge, and there’ll be time for a rest in the hammocks. From there, we’ll go on a forest walk, and learn from our guide about the medicinal uses of some of the thousands of species of plants that exist in the forest. You’ll also have the possibility to observe animals - for example, different species of monkeys, deer, wild pigs (peccaries), capybaras and birds. We’ll return by boat to Rurrenabaque, where we’ll arrive at approximately at 5:30pm.
08:30 - 08:45
Meeting point at Bala Tours Office
Depart Rurrenabaque on a boat through the Beni River
Arrive to Tacuaral Lodge to have a quick snack
Continue up the river to a lookout to see parrots and macaws
Return to Tacuaral for lunch
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.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel before 5:00 pm (La Paz time) 4 days before the tour begins or earlier, a 10% administration fee will apply (+ the card fee). After this time, there is a 100% no show or cancellation fee.
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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 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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