On Day 1, travel by car through the lowlands of the Bolivian Amazon up to Santa Rosa. Observe a large variety of reptiles and amphibians, lagartos, turtles, birds, and monkeys as you glide along the slow-flowing Yacuma River to reach your nature lodge. Watch a colourful sunset and take a night canoe tour after dinner to look out for alligators whose eyes shine at night. On Day 2, canoe through the Pampas searching for eagles, toucans and sloths. Try your luck at catch-and-release piranha fishing. Then make your way back to Santa Rosa and then return to Rurrenabaque where you'll spend your last night.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1 - Depart Rurrenabaque for the Amazon (L/D)
Start your adventure at 8:45 AM from Rurrenabaque. We will travel from Rurrenabaque to Santa Rosa. During the trip you will be able to see heron families, sloths and a lot of flora and fauna in the steaming lowlands of the Bolivian Amazon. At 12:00 PM, lunch will be served in Santa Rosa. Then you will board a motorized dugout canoe in Santa Rosa and cruise the Yacuma River during about 3 ½ hours. You will be able to observe a large variety of reptiles and amphibians, lagartos, turtles, alligators, toads, lizards. Mammals like night monkey, red howler, brown capuchin, black spider monkeys, capybaras, storks, kingfishers, falcons, hawks and eagles can also be found.
We arrive at our Eco-Lodge at dusk. Upon arrival, check in while coffee and herbal teas are served. Then we will go to observe a superb sunset of the Bolivian Amazon. A buffet dinner will be served upon return. Typical dinners include rice, lentils, pasta, salads, fresh vegetables, and bread. After dinner, we will discover the Pampas at night on a canoe trip, in search of alligators whose eyes shine at night (bring a flashlight). We can also appreciate some other nocturnal animals.
Day 2 - Activities in the Amazon & Return to Rurrenabaque (B/L)
At 7:00 AM, enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast before leaving at 8:00 AM for a canoe ride on the Yacuma River for a fishing trip. We will try our luck at sport fishing; catching carnivorous piranhas among other varieties of Amazon fish (most of which we will release back into the river--please note that this activity is seasonal and subject to change). Later we search for eagles, toucans and sloths. We can observe the lush tropical vegetation (flowers and plants) such as orchids (like the one called “Reina Victoria”), bibosis and more.
Then, we head back to the lodge for a buffet lunch that will be served before our departure back to Santa Rosa. After a 1 ½ hour boat ride along the Yacuma River, a car will bring us back to the town of Rurrenabaque, arriving at approximately 5:00 PM (depending on the conditions of the highway). Tonight we will sleep in a Hostel in Rurrenabaque, so you can enjoy a last evening with your new friends.
Day 3 - End of Trip (B)
You will check out of your hostel today and move on to your next adventure. We hope to see you again soon!
- Wildlife viewing is subject to climatic conditions and the wild nature of the animals. We cannot guarantee wildlife viewing while you are in the Amazon since it depends on the animals. During wet season chances of seeing animals greatly reduces as the river is high and animals tend to spread out among the pampas.
- This day to day itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to climatic and river conditions.
- Bring enough cash with you before getting to Rurrenabaque since ATMs in Rurrenabaque are not reliable.
- MAKE SURE to bring enough Bolivianos with you, as many places along the way do not accept US dollars.
- Accommodations are quite basic, so we advise bringing along a sleeping bag for that extra level of comfort.
- RECOMMENDATION ON WHAT TO BRING: Clothing suitable for humid/tropical weather & for trekking through bushes & traveling by canoe, Long sleeved cotton shirts (for sun and mosquitoes), Shorts & Cotton pants, Hiking boots, Sneakers (rubber shoes for boat trips), Light windbreaker, Bathing suit, Hat or cap, Camera, Pocket knife, Sun glasses, Flashlight with batteries, Binoculars, Backpack, Towel, Insect Repellent (90-100% DEET), Vitamin “B” to repel mosquitoes, Copy of vaccination record for yellow fever and tetanus (Malaria is not present), Imodium or other over the counter diarrhea medicine.