Discover the exotic wildlife in the Pampas as you navigate on the Yacuma River
English-speaking staff with more than 10 years experience in ecotourism in Bolivia
Have the opportunity to search for some incredible nocturnal animals at night
Experience the natural wonder of the lush forests, as this tour takes you into and through the Pampas region of Bolivia. See the different varieties of fauna and flora that surround these parts in just 2 days, as well as the wild, wandering animals that have made the banks of this river their home.
All year round
2 days/1 night
Rurrenabaque hotel and hostel pickup
Rurrenabaque hotel and hostel drop-off
You’ll begin the trip by departing from Rurrenabaque at 8.30am to Santa Rosa, travelling in a comfortable mini-bus with A/C. Leaving early in the morning will give you a better chance at seeing sloths, anteaters, birds, and other animals along the way.
At around midday, we will take a boat to our eco-lodge, “The Turtles” (a 15-minute journey), where an ice-cold glass of fresh juice will welcome you. After this, you will be shown to your eco-cabin, and once settled in, a hearty lunch will follow. At around 2:00pm, we will take our first excursion out to see the Pink Dolphins. The Pink River Dolphin is an endangered animal that is unique to the Amazon river, allowing for a playful swim with visitors that come to see it. These fun-loving creatures will sometimes nudge you as you swim with them, letting you know they are enjoying your company. Keep your eyes open and binoculars out, as you will see different types of birds, turtles, alligators, etc.
Returning back, you will be treated to a well-deserved dinner. We will then go on a night trip, either by boat, or by foot and walk around the lodge, in search of the more hidden, nocturnal animals.
You’ll wake up early to the beautiful sounds of nature bidding you a ‘good morning’, as the first light of the sun breaks through the trees. Strapping on your walking shoes, an invigorating hike will allow us to take in the early morning sights and sounds.
Upon returning from your walk, a delicious breakfast awaits you. After breakfast, you will take the boat along the banks of the River Yacuma, and scour the trees in search of the elusive and playful primates: squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, and cappuccino monkeys, as well as the wide variety of birds that live here. At around 1:00pm we will be returning to Rurrenabaque.
DAY 1: 07:45 - 08:15
Hotel and hostel pickup
DAY 1: 08:30
Depart Rurrenabaque by mini-bus to Santa Rosa del Yacuma
DAY 1: 11:30
Arrive to Santa Rosa del Yacuma and take a boat ride to Turtles Lodge
DAY 1: 12:00
Arrive to Turtles Lodge where you will be staying the night
DAY 1: 12:30
DAY 1: 13:30
Free time to relax
DAY 1: 14:00
Take a boat trip up Yacuma River and swim with the Pink Dolphins
DAY 1: 19:30
DAY 1: 20:30
Take a guided walk or boat ride to see the nocturnal wildlife
DAY 2: 05:30
Take a boat trip to see the spectacular sunrise
DAY 2: 07:30
DAY 2: 08:30
Another boat ride up the river to see the various types of monkeys and birds
DAY 2: 12:00
DAY 2: 13:00
Depart Turtles Lodge by boat to Santa Rosa del Yacuma
DAY 2: 13:30
Arrive to Santa Rosa del Yacuma and depart by mini-bus to Rurrenabaque
DAY 2: 16:00
Arrive to Rurrenabaque
- Hotel and hostel transfer
- Transportation by mini-bus to “The Turtles Lodge” in the Pampas
- Accommodation in traditional style cabins
- All meals (including vegetarian options) 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 Pampas (we have a trail system of over 30 km)
- Rubber boots will be provided during your stay at the Ecolodge (we only have rubber boots up to size 44)
- Airline/land tickets between La Paz – Rurrenabaque - La Paz
- Entry fee to the Pampas 150 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: Any changes to the tour date need to be done before 5:00 pm (La Paz time) 6 days before the tour begins.
NO SHOW & 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 (+ the card fee). After this time, there is a 100% no show cancellation fee.
You must email email@example.com (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to 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 accommodations listed. This list 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. If you cannot find your hotel on the list, please select an alternative pick up location close by, and be ready for pick-up at the time shown 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 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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