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ESSENTIAL RURRENABAQUE — 4 days/3 nights

Pampas and Wetlands North of Rurrenabaque

 

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+ Rurrenabaque
+ Pampas del Yacuma Wildlife Reserve
+ 3 Nights at Riverside Campsite

Rurrenabaque is a small and colorful Amazonian town on the far eastern spur of the Andes. From there you may want to travel north to the flat grassy savannahs of “Pampas del Yacuma” where wildlife abounds.

The Pampas of the Yacuma River are vast wetlands harbouring a great diversity of wildlife. The reserve area is protected by law. Here you will search small rivers and wetlands for wildlife including monkeys, pink river dolphins, caimans and many, many birds of course. So have your camera charged and ready!

This trip is not for the faint-hearted! The tour starts with a long drive to the Yacuma river and then by dugout canoe. Reaching the 'pampas' is an adventure in itself and worth the effort, for you will be rewarded with stunning vistas and a wide array of tropical wildlife.

The 'pampas' is not a real jungle experience, but these are among the last well-conserved Amazonian savannahs, as virtually all others have been altered by ranching or agriculture. The better wildlife-spotting opportunities here attract many travelers.

Depending on the activities and options chosen each day the scenery varies and wildlife viewing opportunities are different but always stunning. Guaranteed!

If you are looking for a tropical experience, Essential Rurrenabaque will enable you to explore some of the best nature and wildlife hotspots in Bolivia combined with breathtaking landscapes around the lively Amazonian town of Rurrenabaque. You will spend three nights at jungle lodges/campsites deep in the savannahs of Pampas del Yacuma.

This trip is for adventurous travelers and photographers who are prepared for hot, humid and sometimes rainy weather.

WHERE?

• RURRENABAQUE - West of Trinidad although access is easier from La Paz, in the Upper Amazon Basin and on the foothills of the Andes, this lively tropical town of around 7,000 inhabitants, is a starting point for great rainforest and wildlife expeditions. Climate is hot and humid all year round.

• PAMPAS DEL YACUMA - The Pampas tour is the best chance for seeing animals, travelling by 4WD from Rurrenabaque, and then by dugout canoe and on foot along the Yacuma river and grasslands. Endless sightings of caimans, capybaras, amazon river dolphins and turtles, monkeys..., and of course great assorted riverbirds: from big white storks to small bright blue kingfisher, raptors, herons, egrets, toucans, small parrots and macaws... As soon as your boat sets off, it is like wandering into the best zoo in the world! The sheer numbers and closeness of all these amazing animals is overwhelming. Great photo opportunities.

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WHAT?

Nature Observation - Wildlife Viewing - Rainforest Hikes - Cultural Excursions - Community Projects - Photography

Pampas AND Jungle? A longer stay enables you to combine several tours—e.g. Pampas Reserve + Madidi National Park.

WHEN?

Year-Round Departures (depart virtually any day of the week).

May - October is dry season.

+ Rurrenabaque
+ Pampas del Yacuma Wildlife Reserve
+ 3 Nights at Riverside Campsite

Day 1 - Drive from Rurrenabaque to Yacuma River (count 3+ hours driving time depending on weather conditions). Begin your exploration of the area at Pampas del Yacuma Wildlife Reserve. The riverside camp is in a peaceful setting amongst the trees with plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities. Accommodation is in wooden huts on stilts and you’ll wake up to the raucous sounds of howler monkeys. A generator provides power until 10pm so you can enjoy cold drinks while lounging in a hammock and watching the sunset over the river... [LD]

Days 2 & 3 - Wake up early to the sounds of the Amazon and take breakfast at the lodge. In-depth exploration of the Yacuma River and its surroundings by canoe and on foot for great wildlife viewing: several species of monkeys, turtles and pink river dolphins, rheas, anteaters, capybaras, caimans and even anacondas... Amazonian birdlife includes raptors, storks, herons, egrets, toucans, small parrots and macaws. Go piranha fishing... Most of the action is on the river banks and we guarantee many great sightings and unique photo opportunities. [BLD]

Day 4 - Travel back to "Rurre" and free time to relax after your trip (ask your guide for optional activities) if time enables; Transfer to airport. [B]

Bolivia Short Trip #6 - Essential Rurrenabaque

Meals Included: Breakfast [B], Lunch [L], Dinner [D]

Depart any day! Custom dates and prices available.
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We also arrange bus and train tickets (from $25, included in our Budget Tour Packages), flights (from $95, included in our Private Expeditions), additional nights in hotels in Rurre, etc. Ask us for a quote.

Regular airlines offer daily flights from La Paz to Rurre. Book your flights to&from Rurrenabaque through Fremen Tours — count $95 OW depending on airlines and schedules (included in our Private Expeditions, not included in our Budget Tour Packages). Due to the limited capacity of the aircrafts, tickets sell very quickly and we strongly recommend to reserve your seat well in advance.

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