Get to experience a night excursion and discover the nocturnal creatures
Enjoy the sunrise and great landscapes, and get ready for another day of adventure!
Have the opportunity to spot capybaras and fish for piranhas
Discover the beauty that surrounds the Yacuma River, taking in the view and everything it has to offer. On this 3-day tour, you’ll take a walk on the wild side and get the chance to observe the different wildlife that inhabit these parts, such as sloths, monkeys, alligators and a wide variety of birds.
All year round
3 days/2 nights
Rurrenabaque hotel and hostel pickup
Rurrenabaque hotel and hostel drop-off
You’ll start the trip at 8.30am, leaving Rurrenabaque in a comfortable mini-bus with A/C and heading to Santa Rosa. This early morning departure will give you a higher possibility of spotting sloths, anteaters, birds, and other animals during the journey.
At around noon, we will hop on board a boat, which will take us on a 15-minute trip to our eco-lodge, “The Turtles”. Here you will be welcomed by our staff, and an ice-cold glass of fresh juice. After this, you will be taken to your eco-cabin, where you can take some time to freshen up, kick back and relax. Once settled in, a delicious lunch will follow.
At about 2:00pm, it’ll be time for a boat trip in search of the Pink Dolphins. Keep your eyes open and binoculars ready, as you will see different types of birds, turtles, alligators, etc. 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. Be ready to jump into the water and swim about with these gentle creatures.
We will awaken at the first light of day to the delightful surrounding sounds of nature, welcoming us with its early morning presence. After stocking up on energy with a good breakfast, we will then take the boat along the River Yacuma in search of the squirrel monkey, howler monkey, cappuccino monkey, and a variety of birds.
We will return to the eco-lodge for a delicious lunch, especially prepared by our staff. Be ready to dig into some local dishes and try some of the fresh fruit grown here. Some free time is given to rest, either in your room or in our outdoor hammocks, after which we will head out to another place. Here you can spot capybaras on the banks of the river, and try your hand at fishing for the famed, sharp-toothed piranhas.
After eating dinner, we will take a small walk around the lodge, where our guide with an expert eye will lead us in search of the unseen, nocturnal animals. There’ll be an evening boat trip to spot the sparkling, red eyes of the alligators getting ready for their evening hunt in the shallow waters.
At 5:30am, nature’s early morning alarm will go off as we get up to watch the sunrise, and listen to the sounds of daybreak: the cries of monkeys and birdsong reverberating all throughout the jungle.
After breakfast, we will take a walk in the pampas to look for the impressive - and often misunderstood - anaconda, although catching sight of this shy creature will depend greatly on the season. The anaconda can grow several metres long, and likes to curl up and hide among the tall grass.
After exploring the pampas, we will return to the lodge for our final lunch and to say our goodbyes to the staff, after which we will take the boat back to Rurrenabaque, where we will arrive at about 4:00pm.
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 the 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: 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: 14:00
Learn how to fish for Piranhas on the Yacuma River
DAY 2: 19:00
DAY 2: 20:00
Take a guided walk or boat ride to see the nocturnal wildlife
DAY 3: 05:30
Take a boat trip to see the spectacular sunrise
DAY 3: 07:30
DAY 3: 08:30
Take a guided walk through the Pampas and look for Anacondas (depending on the season)
DAY 3: 12:00
DAY 3: 13:30
Depart Turtles Lodge by boat to Santa Rosa del Yacuma
DAY 3: 14:00
Arrive to Santa Rosa del Yacuma and depart by mini-bus to Rurrenabaque
DAY 3: 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.
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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.
When is high/low season in Pampas?
The high season runs from June to September, and the low season from October to May.
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