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Rurrenabaque

Rurrenabaque is a delightful sleepy little town 430km north of La Paz set on the banks of the river Beni. Its position, at the end of the Tropical Andes and the beginning of the Amazonian plains ensures it has a warm climate all year round, and at only 229 metres above sea level it is a welcome change for travelers struggling with the altitude in La Paz. Since about 1992 this area has experienced a huge boom in eco-tourism and the number of visitors to 'Rurre' has greatly increased. Many of these visitors are from Israel, attracted by the true story of a fellow Israeli traveler, Yossi Ginsberg who went missing on an independent trip into the pampas, was discovered by a local guide and went on to publish his adventures.

The population of the town is about 15000 and the original inhabitants are made up of Mosetenes, Chimanes, Tacanas and Chamas (from the Amazon lowlands) and Quechua and Aymara peoples from the highlands. In some of the surrounding villages the language of Tacana is still in use. The name Rurrenabaque in this language means 'lagoon of ducks'.

Today tourism makes up around 75% of Rurre's economy with agriculture and commerce making up the rest. Tourists flock to the area because of the jungle and pampas tours that are on offer. Jungle tours take place in the Madidi National park, the Pilon Lajas Biosphere Reserve and the banks of the Beni river. The Pampas tours takes place along the river Beni and in the swampy lowlands. All Pampas tours are very similar; the trips last 2 nights and 3 days. Along the way travelers will see not only the stunning landscape of the river, but also a huge variety of wildlife including caimans, capybaras, alligators, anacondas, pink river dolphins, turtles and several species of monkeys and birds. Visitors have the option of piranha-fishing (you can eat yours if you catch any!), searching for anacondas and swimming with river dolphins as well as admiring all the other amazing wild-life. as well be sure to read more about the sustainable tourism at work in south-america/bolivia/bolivia-articles/authentic-rurrenabaque-sustainable-tourism-at-work

The jungle tours are rather more intense. They can last between two and fifteen days and give travelers the chance to trek through the beautiful landscape, admire the wild-life and learn some of the survival techniques of jungle tribes.

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Other places nearby Rurrenabaque: Trinidad, Guayaramerín, San Ignacio de Moxos, Magdalena, The Southwest, Salt Flats and Wine Regions, San Borja, Santa Ana del Yacuma , Parque Nacional Madidi, Riberalta and Cobija.







By Mia Douglas
I'm a student of Spanish and History at Newcastle and have spent the last 6 months in South America as part of my degree. I have one more year left...
29 Jun 2011

Best Hotels in Rurrenabaque

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 ...
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Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Mapajo Ecoturismo Indígena

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 ...
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Albergue Ecologico Chalalán

Chalalán 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 ...
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San Miguel del Bala Eco-Lodge

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Serere Lodge

Serere is a stunning private reserve located two hours by boat from Rurrenabaque. It’s being used by Bolivian conservationists as a base for saving rainforest to the north. Serere Lodge allows ...
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Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Hotel de lobo

Hotel de lobo (low budget) Although Hotel de Lobo is one of Rurrenabaque’s cheapest places to stay, it has an exquisite setting and very comfortable bedrooms. The building is made of beautiful ...
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Hotel Ambaibo

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Hostal Santa Ana

Hostal Santa Ana If you are looking for a great-value hostel in Rurrenabaque this one will not disappoint. All rooms are attractive, clean and comfortable and are centered around a large, leafy, ...
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Hostel Pahuici

Pahuici (low budget) Pahuici is ideal for adventured-out backpackers on a low budget. The basic but spacious bedrooms and shared bathrooms set around an airy yard should suffice if all you need is a ...
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Hostal Beni

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Mapajo Ecoturismo Indígena

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 ...
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Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Albergue Ecologico Chalalán

Chalalán 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 ...
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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 ...
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Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Hostal Santa Ana

Hostal Santa Ana If you are looking for a great-value hostel in Rurrenabaque this one will not disappoint. All rooms are attractive, clean and comfortable and are centered around a large, leafy, ...
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Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Hostel Pahuici

Pahuici (low budget) Pahuici is ideal for adventured-out backpackers on a low budget. The basic but spacious bedrooms and shared bathrooms set around an airy yard should suffice if all you need is a ...
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Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Hostal Beni

Hostal Beni is a welcome sight for any traveler returning from a jungle or pampas adventure. This hostel has clean, modern, colorfully decorated bedrooms (with TVs) set around an attractive ...
Hostel
Rurrenabaque, 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

Hotel de lobo

Hotel de lobo (low budget) Although Hotel de Lobo is one of Rurrenabaque’s cheapest places to stay, it has an exquisite setting and very comfortable bedrooms. The building is made of beautiful ...
Hostel
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Hostal Santa Ana

Hostal Santa Ana If you are looking for a great-value hostel in Rurrenabaque this one will not disappoint. All rooms are attractive, clean and comfortable and are centered around a large, leafy, ...
Hostel
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Hostel Pahuici

Pahuici (low budget) Pahuici is ideal for adventured-out backpackers on a low budget. The basic but spacious bedrooms and shared bathrooms set around an airy yard should suffice if all you need is a ...
Hostel
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Hostal Beni

Hostal Beni is a welcome sight for any traveler returning from a jungle or pampas adventure. This hostel has clean, modern, colorfully decorated bedrooms (with TVs) set around an attractive ...
Hostel
Rurrenabaque, 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

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

Mapajo Ecoturismo Indígena

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 Chalalán

Chalalán 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 de lobo

Hotel de lobo (low budget) Although Hotel de Lobo is one of Rurrenabaque’s cheapest places to stay, it has an exquisite setting and very comfortable bedrooms. The building is made of beautiful ...
Hostel
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

Hostal Santa Ana

Hostal Santa Ana If you are looking for a great-value hostel in Rurrenabaque this one will not disappoint. All rooms are attractive, clean and comfortable and are centered around a large, leafy, ...
Hostel
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Hostel Pahuici

Pahuici (low budget) Pahuici is ideal for adventured-out backpackers on a low budget. The basic but spacious bedrooms and shared bathrooms set around an airy yard should suffice if all you need is a ...
Hostel
Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Hostal Beni

Hostal Beni is a welcome sight for any traveler returning from a jungle or pampas adventure. This hostel has clean, modern, colorfully decorated bedrooms (with TVs) set around an attractive ...
Hostel
Rurrenabaque, 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

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

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

Mapajo Ecoturismo Indígena

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

Most Popular Restaurants in Rurrenabaque

Casa de campo

Casa de campo (mid-range)Ideal for malnourished travelers in search of some kind of healthy indulgence, this friendly cafe/restaurant has a large selection of tasty nutritional goodies. Delicious ...
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Casa de turista

There’s nothing authentically Bolivian about this restaurant, as the name suggests, but it is a great spot to visit if Mexican food tickles your fancy. Tasty pizza, burgers and ice-cold beers are ...
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Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Bamboo restaurant

This cosy spot is ideal for travelers squabbling over budget matters, as it offers a variety of international food, which is slightly pricier, as well as a traditional set lunch, which is great value ...
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Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Brosteria Charito

This restaurant is the perfect spot for travelers on a budget to sample a little local cuisine. Bolivian almuerzos (lunches) are fantastic value for money as they offer three courses for around US$2. ...
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Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Pension Anita

Pension Anita is a good spot for a local almuerzo. The starter is usually a noodle soup, the main some kind of meat with rice, and the dessert is fruit. It may not be the most delicious food you can ...
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Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Pizzeria Pastapizza

Despite the unimaginative title, this restaurant is a must for those travelers with a weakness for Italian food. The decor is cheery, the staff friendly and the portions generous. Not Rurre's ...
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Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
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