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Madidi Park: San Miguel del Bala Ecolodge

The tourist town of Rurrenabaque is located in the foothills of the Andes and the endless plains of the tropical forest. It is considered as the entrance gate to the Bolivian Amazon. From Rurrenabaque, you can ride by motorboats along the Amazonian rivers up to Madidi National Park where you will find the eco-lodges of the Tacana ethnic community of San Miguel. Madidi is one of the parks with more biodiversity in flora and fauna as well as in ecological floors, declared by the National Geographic magazine as one of the areas with most biodiverse on the planet and one of the 20 places with major tourist attractions at world level.

Other optional visits:

- Programs to observe birds inside Madidi Park
- Visit the San Miguel Community of Tacana ethnical origin.
- Your visit to Madidi can be combined with a visit to the Pampas of Santa Rosa of Yacuma, Bolivia’s largest municipal protected area. Pampas of Yacuma River are located in a region of high biodiversity of the Amazon jungle and savannah of Beni. It houses a myriad of endangered and endemic species, being the most representative is the River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) or pink dolphin.

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Day 1: RURRENABAQUE – SAN MIGUEL DEL BALA

We pick you up from your hotel and then we walk up to the port of the village to get on a motor canoe to begin our journey through the Amazon rivers. This time we sail along Beni River for 45 minutes toward Eco Hostel San Miguel del Bala in the buffer area of Madidi National Park.

After checking in in your cabin, your local guide will accompany you through the jungle to learn about ancient hunting methods of the Tacana (indigenous ethnicity of the area). In the afternoon, you will visit the Canyon of San Miguel, a 3-hour walk from the eco-lodge. The Canyon has a cold and wet ecosystem with an extension of 150 meters in length. This area houses unique species of frogs, nests of hummingbirds and bats. Later, we return to the lodge on the motor canoe. Enjoy your dinner and get ready to relax the rest of the night in your cabin or in the hammock.

Day 2: SAN MIGUEL DEL BALA – MADIDI PARK

After breakfast, we start our trip to Madidi National Park (3 to 4 hours) along Beni River. This is a trip to the interior of the wonderful Madidi Park and by Tuichi River, a more intimate body of water, we will be able to have a better view of animals and birds.

We arrive in Albergue Caquiahuara, inside the impressive Madidi, where there are seven paths leading to beautiful places far from the cabins at different levels and distances according to the preference of the visitors. In the evening, we will enjoy a short hike that will provide you a totally different experience. The Amazon jungle becomes an endless concert in homage to the magnificent nature in a remarkable state of conservation.

Day 3: PARQUE MADIDI – RURRENABAQUE

We descend through the Amazon rivers that are witnesses of our great adventure. On the way back to Rurrenabaque, we will stop to take a short walk to the mountain to see the beautiful endemic macaws of the park that make their nests on the cliffs along the Tuichi River. We arrive in Rurrenabaque to go to the airport.

- Check on its operation in the rainy season (November-April).
- The tour starts and ends in your hotel in Rurrenabaque.
- Accommodation takes place in local lodges in order to keep harmony with the ecosystem. Basic services are included, though they can be limited sometimes. Hot water is not available.
- The schedule can be tailored to specific requirements such as observing birds, amphibious or other species of flora and fauna.
- The entrance ticket for Madidi National Park costs 150 Bs (around 22 USD) that you must pay before entering the park.
- We suggest that you travel to Rurrenabaque one day before the beginning of the tour.
- Daily departures
- The program does not include the following: transportation to and from Rurrenabaque, accommodation in Rurrenabaque, entrance ticket for Madidi National Park, non-specified food, beverages in restaurants and hotels, additional expenses, travel insurance, tips, non-specified services.

Rurrenabaque, known as ‘the Touristic Pearl of Beni’, is located in the intersection of the Beni River, the foothills of the Andes and the endless plains of the tropical forest. It is known for being the gateway to the Bolivian Amazon. It is located in the middle of the jungle and is the ideal place to start an adventure to biodiversity, exuberant landscapes and native cultures, turning this region into something special. Rurrenabaque is located in the department of Beni, in the vicinity of the Madidi National Park. It has a population of about 10.000 inhabitants.

Its landscapes are unique and its cuisine is exclusive. It is considered the third most visited tourist destination of Bolivia, after Lake Titicaca (La Paz) and the Uyuni Salt Flat (Potosi).

Rurrenabaque becomes worldwide famous in the early 80's when Israeli Yossi Ghinsberg, a traveler who got lost in the Beni jungle for 20 days and managed to survive by eating fruit and snake meat and had to be careful of the threats of jaguars. After being rescued by the Beni hunter Abelardo Tico Tudela, Ghinsberg wrote his experience in a book entitled ‘Jungle’ or also known as ‘Back from the Tuichi’, that sold over a million copies around the world and this year was translated into Spanish.

One of its main attractions is La Pampa, which is located in the municipalities of Reyes and Santa Rosa. You can also visit the jungle of the Madidi National Park and the protected area of Pilon Lajas.

The Madidi National Park is characterized by having one of the parks with more biodiversity in flora and fauna as well as in ecological floors from the snowline up to the Amazonian plains housing community ethnic groups in its territory. It was declared by the National Geographic magazine as one of the areas with most biodiversity on the planet and one of the 20 places with major tourist attractions at world level. Due to its enormous environmental quality, it generates significant economic benefits to the region because of conservation and ecotourism. The great diversity of habitats determines the presence of an abundant variety of species of plants; 4,838 species of vascular plants were registered, but it is estimated that the total flora reaches 5,000 species. The fauna of the park has similar patterns of diversity; there are 1,370 species of vertebrates. It is estimated that future studies will reveal the presence of 600 more species.

With an area of 616,453 hectares, Pampas of Yacuma River is located in the largest municipal protected are in Bolivia and perhaps the whole world, according to specialists. Originally conceived as an area of 15,000 hectares, ‘Pampas of Yacuma River’ is located in a region of high biodiversity in the Amazonian jungle and the savannah of the department of Beni. Still considered as a threatened ecosystem, it houses a myriad of endangered and endemic species such as blue-beard macaws, two species of monkeys (Callicebus modestus and Callicebus olallae), marsh deers, giant armadillo, river dolphin (Inia geoffrensis), river turtle, anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), and Jaguar (Panthera onca).

There are three ways to get to Rurrenabaque. By land, you must travel 20 hours by bus departing from La Paz, the bus takes the La Paz-Caranavi-Yucumo-Rurrenabaque route (460 km). The other way is to take a 50-minute flight from La Paz to Rurrenabaque, airlines flying to Rurrenabaque are Amaszonas and TAM Militar. There is another option which is to take the famous 4 day boat tour to Rurrenabaque, an extreme experience that starts from Coroico (hours far from La Paz) and takes you by boat though the Yungas rivers towards the amazing Bolivian Amazon.

Prices

  • 2 - 10 passengers
  • All included
  • Private double room
    / Rustic cabin
  • Shared transportation
  • Bilingual guide (Eng-Sp)
  • 2 lunches, 2 dinner, 2 break.
  • No tickets
  • Transfer to airport in SIC
  • $ 255 per person
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* Prices in American dollars