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The Amazon Basin

Bolivia's relatively untouched, sparsely-populated Amazon Basin, which includes the northeastern rainforest of the Beni and Pando departments, is a uniquely pristine area of jungle abounding with wildlife. Home to some of the planet’s highest biodiversity rates, you will likely be awed by the intense beauty as you canoe down
tributaries of the mighty Amazon River and wander through the steamy, bug-infested tangles of jungle. Intrepid travelers looking for a more off-the-beaten path Amazon experience will find the same vast array of wildlife and plant species as that in the Brazilian rainforest without much of the destruction caused by Brazil's slash-and-burn agricultural and logging methods. This is not true for all areas, however, as some Bolivians have increasingly adopted these same destructive practices, leading to more deforestation.


However, a growing ecotourism industry in the region has helped counter this trend. Some impressive eco-lodges have spurred up in the area such as Parque Nacional Madidi´s Chalalån, allowing travelers to visit this area in a more sustainable way, and the development of numerous national parks like the awe-inspiring Noel Kempff Mercado and Madidi make for a memorable exploration of some of the Amazon's most remote areas. Consisting of low jungle, swampland and dense rainforest, these parks protect the abundunt wildlife as well as the various indigenous groups such as the Yuracares, Chiriguanos, Chiquitanos and Garavos.


Despite its remoteness, the Amazon Basin is gradually becoming easier to access—some parts more than others—although travel is very much dependent upon the season (during the rainy season from mid-December through March, many roads and air strips are impassable). The closest entry point to the Amazon is Rurrenabaque (often referred to simply as “Rurre” by locals), Bolivia’s most visited Amazonian settlement, which has regular air and bus services from La Paz. The town itself is also a tourist hotspot, where people tend to stay longer than planned. It serves as a popular base from which to take river trips into other parts of the jungle and from where to take day hikes into the rainforest. Since most tourist services are close at hand in Rurrenabaque, this is a comfortable way to visit the Amazon. Keep in mind that to really see the flora and fauna of the Bolivian Amazon, you’ll want to allow at least three days, and make sure to bring plenty of insect repellant.


Although Rurrenabaque is the most popular starting point for jungle trips, you can also fly to one of the other towns in the Amazon Basin, which are served by flights from La Paz. These include Trinidad, Reyes, San Borja, Santa Ana de Yacuma, San JoaquĂ­n, Magdalena, GuayaremĂ­n and Riberalta. The latter three are also posts from where you can cross into Brazil.









29 Jun 2011

Best Tours of the Amazon

Anaconda tours

Anaconda tours Although this company has received some bad press in the past, recent traveler reports have been very positive. Guides are extremely friendly, enthusiastic and seemingly professional. ...
Tour Operator
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Fluvial Tours

Fluvial ToursThis company is the oldest tour operator in Rurre. Fluvial tours was set up by Tico Tudela (known to his friends as \"Negro\"), the guide who found the missing Israeli traveler in the ...
Tour Operator
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Turismo Moxos

Moxos tours specialize in trips that connect you with nature, which is right on your door step in Amazonian Trinidad. Tours range from day horseback riding trips and city tours, to multi-day tours ...
Tour Operator
Trinidad, Bolivia

Paraiso Travel

Paraiso Travel offer a wide range of tours and packages around Trinidad. They do a three day/two night camping trip that visits communities and estancias in the region, while seeing Amazon landscape ...
Tour Operator
Trinidad, Bolivia

Fremen Tours

Av. Cipriano Barace 332, Tel: 3-462-2276, www.andes-amazonia.com Bolivia-wide tour agency Fremen Tours specializes in trips aboard their ‘flotel’ the Reina de Enín. The riverboat journeys along ...
Tour Operator
Trinidad, Bolivia

Mogli Jungle Agency

143000Mogli Jungle agency offers unique expeditions deep into the jungle which focus on jungle trekking and survival experiences. Tours are from 3-25 days and are completely back-to-basics you make your ...
Tour Operator
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Enjoy the Best Hotels in the Amazon

Hotel Los Tucanes

Slightly more expensive than some of Rurrenabaque’s other hotels, Los Tucanes does not offer a lot more to its visitors; breakfast is the only thing that sets it apart from its rivals. However, all ...
Hotel
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

AguahĂ­ Hotel

A large open courtyard complete with gardens and swimming pool greets you as you enter AguahĂ­ Hotel. The communal areas are grand and spacious, although the rooms themselves feel a little worn and ...
Hotel
Trinidad, Bolivia

Hotel Jacaranda Suites

Hotel Jacaranda Suites has beautifully decorated rooms with solid wood beds and furniture and great mattresses. There are quarters with private balconies over-looking the pool at the back or ones ...
Hotel
Trinidad, Bolivia

Hotel Beni

The glass-fronted Hotel Beni has a pleasant open courtyard area at its entrance, where you can sit and chat to the two resident parrots. Rooms are simple but clean and come with cable TV. The ...
Hotel
Trinidad, Bolivia

Hotel Monte Verde

The Colonial style Hotel Monte Verde has singles, doubles and triples with A/C or fan. The rooms vary widely, from small and dark to spacious and bright – ask to see your room first. The beds ...
Hotel
Trinidad, Bolivia

Hotel Copacabana

The three-storey Hotel Copacabana has clean, bright rooms along long corridors filled with plants. The beds are decent and each room has a door out onto the balcony over-looking the street. There’s ...
Hotel
Trinidad, Bolivia

La Magdelena Ecolodge

For a more traditional ecolodge, try the Magdelena. Set on a ranch in the middle of the jungle, this lodge is owned by Butterfly adventure tours. Because of that, there are a ton of different ...
Hotel
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Mapajo Ecoturismo IndĂ­gena

Mapajo was wholly set up and operated by the indigenous communities on the Quiquibey River. Set on a beautiful bluff overlooking the river, the lodge offers a variety of attractions, including nature ...
Hotel
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Albergue Ecologico ChalalĂĄn

ChalalĂĄn is the only permanent settlement inside of Madidi National Park. This lodge is a delightful four or five hour boat ride into the park.  It was the first of the community based ...
Hotel
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

San Miguel del Bala Eco-Lodge

136941Recently named #1 in Specialty Lodging in Rurrenabaque, San Miguel del Bala, made up of 2 lodges (San Miguel del Bala and Caquiahuara), is your entry into the Bolivian Amazon. Fresh, organic, locally ...
Hotel
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Hotel Ambaibo

Hotel Amaibo This is one of the town’s only mid-range establishments. The swimming pool, private bathrooms and breakfast set it apart from Rurrenabaque’s more basic places to stay. A safe bet if ...
Hotel
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
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