Discover the diverse and exotic wildlife that the Pampas region of Bolivia has to offer
Navigate down the Yacuma river and learn to catch piranhas
Take a walk at night and discover the nocturnal animals as you explore the jungle
Discover the unique Yacuma River and its wildlife: This place is teeming with a stunning variety of animals that gather to cool themselves in the slow-moving Yacuma River. Along the riverbanks you may spot caimans, crocodiles, capybaras, anacondas, squirrels, and howler monkeys. Look out for the rare pink dolphins, as well as the hundreds of bird species that make their home amongst the dense trees in this region.
All year round except New Years Eve, New Years Day and Carnaval
2 days/1 night
Indigena Tours Office, Calle Avaroa Between Aniceto Arce and Pando, Rurrenabaque
Indigena Tours Office, Calle Avaroa Between Aniceto Arce and Pando, Rurrenabaque
The tour starts at 9:00am. We’ll first go by mini-bus on the road from Rurrenabaque to Santa Rosa del Yacuma (which is 100 km away from Rurrenabaque). Along the way, you will see herons, sloths, and other different species of fauna and flora that can be spotted in the humid pampas of the Bolivian Amazon.
Close to midday, we will stop for lunch in Santa Rosa. After lunch, we’ll hop onboard a motor boat and continue the trip for about 3 ½ hours down the Yacuma River (this river is 15 minutes away from the town of Santa Rosa). Be camera-ready, as you’ll catch sight of various reptiles and amphibians, such as turtles, alligators, frogs and lizards, which can be seen resting on the River Yacuma’s bank.
Some mammals, like the night monkey, howler monkey, spider monkey and capybara can also be observed. A wide variety of birds have made these surroundings their home, like hawks, hoatzin, jabiru, red and blue macaws, and toucans; other species like the marsh deer and eagles can sometimes be seen.
Following the boat trip, we’ll arrive to our Ecolodge at dusk. There’ll be delicious coffee, milk, herbal tea and other beverages available in our dining room. Once settled in, we’ll move to a viewing point where you will enjoy the amazing, colourful sunset of the Bolivian Amazon.
Back at the Ecolodge, the buffet dinner will be ready. Typical dinners include rice, lentils, pasta, salad, fresh vegetables, and bread. After dinner, you’ll visit the Yacuma River by boat. You’ll be on the hunt for alligators, and for this night tour you will need your trusty flashlight to spot the glinting eyes along the river banks. Some other nocturnal animals can also be seen.
The day starts with a scrumptious buffet breakfast at 7:00am. From there, we’ll depart by boat on a trip down the Yacuma River, and head towards a typical fishing spot. Today’s catch: piranhas. These predatory fish are abundant in the region, and have been a dietary staple of indigenous communities for generations. Our guides know the best spots to find piranhas, and will teach you traditional methods of catching them, using raw beef for bait. Most of them are returned to the river in our efforts to protect nature.
Later, we’ll look for eagles, toucans and sloths. You’ll see the lush, tropical vegetation (flowers and plants) such as orchids (like the one called “Reina Victoria”), bibosi and more.
After this experience, we’ll head back to the lodge to have our final lunch. Then, we’ll make our way back to Santa Rosa by boat. After 1 ½ hours, we’ll arrive to Santa Rosa to take a mini-bus to Rurrenabaque - our estimated arrival time back is 5:00pm.
Note: Minimum 2 passengers for this tour.
DAY 1: 08:30 - 08:45
Meeting point at Indigena Tours Office
DAY 1: 09:00
Depart Rurrenabaque by mini-bus to Santa Rosa. On the way, you will see the different fauna and flora of the Pampas
DAY 1: 12:00
Arrive to Santa Rosa for lunch
DAY 1: 13:00
Depart Santa Rosa by boat up the Yacuma River. You will be able to see alligators, turtles, frogs, monkeys and toucans
DAY 1: 16:30
Arrive to the Ecolodge where you will be spending the night
DAY 1: 17:30
Enjoy the spectacular sunset
DAY 1: 20:00
DAY 1: 21:00
Take a boat ride on the Yacuma River to look for alligators and other nocturnal animals
DAY 2: 07:00
DAY 2: 08:00
Leave on the Yacuma River for a fishing trip to catch piranhas
DAY 2: 10:00
Continue to look for sloths, toucans, eagles and macaws
DAY 2: 12:00
Arrive back to the Ecolodge for lunch
DAY 2: 13:00
Depart the Ecolodge by boat
DAY 2: 14:00
Arrive to Santa Rosa and depart by mini-bus to Rurrenabaque
DAY 2: 17:00
Arrive to Rurrenabaque
- English speaking tour guides
- A pair of rubber boots (largest size 45EUR, for bigger sizes please bring your hiking boots. In rainy season, always bring your hiking boots)
- Bottled mineral water (2nd and 3rd day)
- Medical Assistance
- Meals (veggie or meat)
- Transport in a mini-bus and motor boat
- Camping equipment (beds, sheets, blankets)
- Shared toilet and shower
- Entrance to the Santa Rosa Park (Bs 150)
- Transportation from La Paz-Rurrenabaque-La Paz
- First day breakfast and last day dinner (during the tour)
- Snacks and beverages
- Transfer from or to airport
- Clothing suitable for humid, tropical weather, for trekking through bushes and travelling by boat, canoe
- 4-6 pair of socks, 4 t-shirts, 2 pairs of shorts for walking
- 2-3 pairs of cotton pants/trousers (or other light material)
- 3 long sleeved cotton shirts (light colours for sun and mosquitoes)
- Hiking boots
- Sneakers/trainers (rubber shoes for boat trips) or flip flops
- Light windbreaker
- Bathing suit
- Hat or cap
- A bottle of water (only for 1st day)
- Rain coat or rain poncho (bring it with you for boat trips)
- Waterproof bags to protect equipment on boat rides
- Camera and film
- Flashlight w/batteries, one per person
- 1 small to medium backpack
- Towel and toilet paper
- Padlock (to lock the door of your room)
MINIMUM 2 PASSENGERS FOR THIS TOUR
CHILD (UP TO 3 YRS OLD)
In order to obtain this discount, the child must be up to 3 years of age on the date they are due to take the tour.
CHILD (UP TO 9 YRS OLD)
In order to obtain this discount, the child must be up to 9 years of age on the date they are due to take the tour.
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: Any changes to the tour date are free 2 days prior to the tour date, before 5:00 pm (Bolivia time). After this time, there is a 60% change fee.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel 3 days before the tour begins before 5:00 pm (Bolivia time) or earlier, a 15% administration fee will apply (+ the card fee). After this time, there is a 100% no shows 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!).
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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