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Reserva de la Biosfera y Territorio Indígena Pilón Lajas - National Park - Bolivia

In 1977, this area, 50 kilometres west of San Borja and east of the Río Beni, was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The 400,000 hectare park was officially created in 1992, as both a Biosphere Reserve and Indigenous Communal Land.

The park has a great variety of ecosystems including cloud forest, sub-Andean rainforest, swamp and edaphic savannas. Over 600 species of flora are found here; almost 500 bird species; a distinctive variety of palms, including motacú, jatata and ivory palms; and 755 animal species, including jaguar, giant otter and spectacled bear.

A number of enthic groups live in the park, including the Chimán, Mosetén and Tacana, who fish, hunt and harvest the jatata palm.

The park can be entered from Rurrenabaque, as part of a tour to Mapajo ecolodge (tourism office at Calle Comercio near Calle Santa Cruz, Tel: 3-892-2317). The ‘one day for the communities’ program is also ran here, where visitors can see sustainable development programs taking place in the park and interact with the native communities. The project in ran by TES (Turismo Ecológico Social) and can be booked through the Tourist Information and most tour agencies. The cost is $25 per person, of which 30% goes directly to the communities.

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Here are other activities in and around The Amazon Basin that may be of interest: Reserva de la Biosfera y Territorio Indígena Pilón Lajas and Reserva de la Biosfera – Estación Biologíca del Beni.

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