BOLIVIA – LA PAZ & AMAZON
Southamerica wild life
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Medium Group
La Paz, seat of government and political-administrative capital of Bolivia, is the most indigenous and at the same time the most cosmopolitan city in the country. People from all regions come together as well as immigrants from other parts of the world, and there are diverse cultural conceptions and ethnic expressions that give her the unique physiognomy that distinguishes her. Its geographical and urban configuration allows the newcomer to easily orient himself in the city and feel permanently challenged by the changing facets that, from its different angles, it offers. La Paz at night is a wonderful sight, because it resembles the sky full of stars.
The Amazon forest is developed around the Amazon River and its watershed. High temperatures favor the development of a dense and lush vegetation, evergreen. The title of the lungs of the planet that holds the Amazon is not metaphorical as it maintains a climate balance: income and output of CO2 and O2 are balanced. Environmental scientists agree that the loss of biodiversity is a result of the destruction of the forest, which is evidenced by the appearance of the area in Caqueta a jungle forest system in which soils were used on an ongoing "land preta" thanks to its progressive and fertilizer so that you will avoid migration.
- All services, transfers and excursions detailed in the itinerary, in regular / private services as it is specified;
- 6 nights accommodation as its described in the itinerary in the mentioned hotels or in similar, according to availability at the moment of the booking request;
- International or domestic flights;
- Meals and services not mentioned in the itinerary;
- Entrance fees;
- Early check in/Late check-out at hotels;
- Optional tours;
- Any kind of insurances;
- Travel Assitence.
LA PAZ - RURRENABAQUE
At appropriate hour we will pick you up to your hotel to transfer to the Airport. Flight La Paz – Rurrenabaque (not included). At arrival we will be waiting to welcome you and transfer walking to your hotel. Free time in Rurrenabaque. Overnight in Rurrenabaque, standard room
RURRENABAQUE - SAN MIGUEL DEL BALA
We will pick you up from your hotel and we will go by walk to the port where we will get on board of a motor boat. We will begin a 45 minutes trip by the Amazon rivers, mainly Beni River which leads us to the San Miguel del Bala Ecolodge located in the attenuation zone of the Madidi National Park. Once you are installed in your cabin, your local guide will take you into the jungle and show you the antique hunting methods of the Tacanas (indigenous ethnic group of the zone). In the afternoon we will visit San Miguel Canyon, it is a 3 hour walk far from the Ecolodge, the Canyon offers a cold and humid environment; it measures approximately 150 meters large, there we can also find some small unique frogs, hummingbirds and bat species. Return to Ecolodge in a motor boat and get ready to enjoy your dinner and the remaining evening. Overnight in Ecolodge del Bala, standard room (B)
SAN MIGUEL DEL BALA – MADIDI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we go back to the boat to begin our trip in the Beni River towards Madidi National Park (3 to 4 hour trip), it is a trip inside the marvelous Madidi Park, after some trip time we will enter through the Tuicihi river, a smaller river, which gives us the chance to observe closely mammals and birds of the park. Arrival to the Caquiahuara lodge inside the great Madidi Park, there are seven trails to hike by many beautiful places away from the cabins and each one has different hiking levels and distances, according to the visitor preference. At night we will have a quick walk to see the Amazon jungle from a whole new perspective, jungle becomes a never-ending show to pay tribute to the wonderful nature which is still in a great conservation status. Overnight in Ecolodge Caquihuara, standard room (B)
MADIDI NATIONAL PARK - RURRENABAQUE
We begin going down by the Amazon rivers which have been accomplices of our best adventures. On our way back to Rurrenabaque, we will make a quick stop to take a walk to a hill from where you will be able to see the beautiful guacamayos (parrots) endemic specie which prepares its nests on the cliffs all along the Tuichi river. Arrival to Rurrenabaque to get your flight back to La Paz. Flight Rurrenabaque – La Paz (not included). At arrive we will be waiting to welcome you and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in La Paz, standard room (B)
Breakfast. OPTION 1: CITY ALIVE At 09:00 (or at 14:00) we will pick you up from your hotel and we get on the road to the city of El Alto, Bolivia´s youngest city well-known over the world by the great influence received from the aymara culture. There we will find the “amautas” (aymara fortune teller) and we will have the chance to ask them about our future. Now it is time to continue our trip very close to the sky, in the highest urban cable car of the world, we depart from the panoramic station, which allows us to know this beautiful city from a whole new perspective; we enjoy the wonderful view of the Andes Range and a city whose houses and streets “hang” from the mountains, we will “invade” many neighborhood´s homes to observe how the “paceños” live from the perspective that the cabins give us the chance. We arrive to the popular zone called “Buenos Aires”, because of the official name of its crowded main street, this is one of the zones where the commerce gathers, we will walk by looking at the traditional street commerce until we arrive to a traditional market where we will get to know the traditional products of the region and their use in the diverse Bolivian popular gastronomy. Return to the cable car station, where we continue crossing the city towards the south zone, on our way we will see streets and alleys, which lead into twisting avenues and beautiful landscapes. Now it is time to “invade” the houses from the residential areas of the city, which offers us the Royal Range as our landscape background. We end our tour enjoying a traditional paceño´s snack, the “sandwich de chola”, which is called this way because it was originally prepared by women dressed with polleras (skirts) called “cholas”. Return to hotel. OPTION 2: CHACALTAYA At 09:00 you will be picked up from your hotel, the trip starts going up, by a very scenarist and panoramic road, seeing beautiful lakes and lagoons of many and different colors formed by the snowed mountain melting. The road to the base of the 200-meter (660 ft) drop is reached by a narrow road, also built in the 1930s. Ascending by car to the refuge at 5300 m.o.s.l. a place from where we will enjoy a wonderful view of the Real Andean Range of Bolivia and with a just unique panorama, which you will just never forget. Chacaltaya (5421 masl) mountain in Real Andean Range located about 30 kilometers (19 mi) from La Paz city, near to Huayna Potosi mountain. The glacier on Chacaltaya served as Bolivia's only ski resort. It was the world's highest lift-served ski area, the northernmost ski area in South America as well as the world's closest to the equatorial line. Its snow disappeared, the meltdown was caused by global warming and natural variation in the local climate around Chacaltaya, but its weather is cold. The view is an incomparable panorama of the Real Andean Range as they are Illimani, Mururata, Huayna Potosí and others; you can appreciate the Lake Titicaca in the distance. Overnight in La Paz, standard room (Snack, L)
LA PAZ DEPARTURE
At appropriate hour, we will pick you up to your hotel and transfer to the Airport.