Bolivia: An Amazon Adventure
*Prices are based on a 1 or 2 passengers scenario ( private experience )
*Prices are not valid during Blackout dates: Christmas, New Year, Carnaval, Copa America, Rock in Rio, Easter, Worker ́s day, Holidays, Long Weekends.
6 days of an unforgettable Amazonian adventure
Visiting 1 country: Bolivia
An epic adventure through Bolivia and it’s Amazon Rain-forest… Could you be any more excited?! We’ll arrange a time to collect you from your accommodation and transfer you to La Paz airport to catch your flight to Rurrenabaque. One you’ve touched down, we’ll also be there for you, greeting you and walking you to your hotel for the evening. Better get a good night’s sleep, as this is going to be an interesting couple of days.
Day 01: La Paz – Rurrenabaque
Welcome to the first day of an epic adventure to the Bolivian part of the Amazon Rainforest… could you be any more excited?! We’ll arrange pick up and transfer you to La Paz airport for your flight to Rurrenabaque. One you’ve touched down, we’ll also be greeting you and walking you to your hotel for the evening. Better get a good night’s sleep, as this is going to be an interesting couple of days.
Day 02: Rurrenabaque – Mashaquipe
Our journey will start at 8.30am. We will go by boat by the rivers Beni and Tuichi, enjoying the amazing landscape, until we arrive to our Eco Albergue “Mashaquipe, around 12pm where we will have lunch.
In the afternoon, we will begin our walk in the jungle which is the ideal spot to observe giant trees, medicinal plants and if we are lucky wild boars, turtles and birds. After dinner, we will take you for a night walk in the Albergue surroundings where you will be able to observe and listen to nature.
Day 03: Mashaquipe
In the morning we start a walk to the “Arroyo Seco” trail. The trek will last approximately 4 hours and your local guide will share with you interesting facts about our indigenous culture, traditional medicine and nature. You will most likely be able to observe wild pigs, capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, howler monkeys and a variety of bird species.
After lunch, we will take you by boat, over the Tuichi River, to visit an indigenous family. Our hosts will share their customs and traditions and offer us a delicious sugar cane juice.
On our way back to the Albergue we can spend some relaxing time at a small lagoon, in the middle of the jungle.
Day 04: Madidi National Park – Rurrenabaque
Wake up early in the morning for you will witness and listen to the noisy concert of the howler monkeys during the first hours of the day and to a variety of birds singing as if they were welcoming a new day in the jungle.
After breakfast we will then head by boat to “Farallon de las Parabas” where you will be able to observe beautiful macaws and other species of parrots.
Build your own raft
If you so wish, we can teach you to build your own fluvial transport –rustic rafting-: the transport Amazonian indigenous used to travel in the river back in the days. After 2 hours of navigation through an incredible scenery and wildlife we will arrive at Albergue “Mashaquipe” (there will be a boat for the people who don’t want to get involved in this activity). Return to Rurrenabaque around 4pm and transfer to the airport to catch the flight back to La Paz
Day 05: La Paz
Option 1: City Alive (commencing 09:00 or 14:00)
You choose a start time and we’ll be there to whisk you away to the neighboring city of El Alto, a vibrant, diverse city that has an affinity with Aymara culture… so you can expect pan flute bands – but the real deal, not like the tribute acts you see all over the World!
the World’s highest urban cable car
Upon arrival we first meet an “amautas” or as we call them a fortune teller, where you can ask them what your future holds in store, that is, if you’re comfortable tempting fate! Whether or not the stars are aligning for you in the future, for now we’re going to touch the sky by riding the World’s highest urban cable car to gain exceptional panoramic views of El Alto, seeing this spirited city in a new light, but the iconic Andes are on the horizon providing exceptional views of this immense mountain range. Observing the houses and neighborhoods from high up and the all conquering Andes provides a refreshing perspective on the lives of the locals and how they maximize their cityscape within immense nature.
Coming down from that particular highpoint we head straight to “Buenos Aires”, and much like its Argentinean namesake the area is a thriving, popular hub for commerce and markets where you can view upclose the daily lives of the Bolivians. Wandering around the markets you’ll see bountiful local produce that’ll make excellent souvenirs, and what’s more the street food is exceptional so take in all those arousing smells and fill your belly with a variety of delicious grub.
Jumping back onto the cable car we’ll head to the south zone of El Alto, a part of the city known for its stunning architecture and winding streets. The aim here is to ‘invade’ the local houses as we strive to get under the skin of the city, and what better way than to wander aimlessly and befriend the streets around you? Well, there is one way we believe can rival a good walk; food! Yes, we know you’re probably full from the street market yummies, but it is essential you try the local delicacy ‘sandwich de chola’, a delicious blend of pork, spices, carrots, onions, lemons and garlic finely entrapped in an enormous bread roll. The sandwich has a connection to the local culture as its name originates from the fact that women prepared the tasty treats, and the style of skirt they wore during this process was named “chola”. So not only are you chomping down on a delicious sandwich, but on the rich local heritage too.
Shortly after we will head back to the hotel.
If option one doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, we’ve prepared an alternative way to spend your final day in Bolivia.
Option 2: Chacaltaya
Today we get out of the city and embrace nature. At 09:00 we’ll collect you from the hotel and drive out into nature on a panoramic road that is punctuated with shimmering lakes and brightly colored lagoons that create vivid visual effects from melting snow descending from the mountain peaks. If you’re not the greatest fan of heights, stop yourself, as the road is narrow and winds up being 200 metres up, with nothing but a sheer drop only a few feet away.
The Andean Range of Bolivia
Completing our ascent, you’ll see it has been all worth it. At an astronomical 5300 meters above sea level, you’ll observe the Royal Andean Range of Bolivia, including Chacaltaya Mountain, formerly a glacier that became Bolivia’s first and only ski resort. Unfortunately global warming has impacted massively on the area and the glacier slowly melted and disappeared, leaving you with an opportunity to reflect on the human impact on nature. On a brighter note, there are plentiful stunning vistas to be seen, with the peaks of Illimani, Mururata, and Huayna Potosí clearly visible, whilst down below the celestial Lake Titicaca glimmers like a jewel.
The way back
As we conclude today’s intriguing excursion, you can reflect on an exhilarating ascent, and some of the most phenomenal natural sights on the face of our planet that’ll leave a lasting imprint on your mind and soul.
We descend the viewing refuge and make our way back to the hotel.
Day 06: La Paz
As you prepare to leave the utterly wonderful Bolivia, we will discuss and arrange a time that suits you best to transfer you to La Paz airport.
IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL, INTO THE WILD: ACTIVE/NATURE
Less than 1 week
- Discovering the antique hunting methods of the Tacanas
- Walks and hikes through the Amazon jungle
- Boat trips through different Amazonian rivers
- Watching beautiful guacamayos (parrots) along the cliffs of the Tuichi river
- Getting your fortune read by the “Amautas” (Aymara fortune teller) at the city of El Alto
- Going on the highest urban cable car in the world for a panoramic view of the Andes Range
- 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.
What’s not included
- 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 Assistance
We aim to select a combination of good quality hotels, hostels and guesthouses (where you actually stay will depend on your trip) that reflects the character of the local area.
The accommodations included in this trip are:
- 1 night in Rurrenabaque at Hostal Maya or similar, standard room
- 2 nights in Eco-lodge Mashaquipe, standard room (B,L,D)
- 2 nights in La Paz at Hotel Rosario or similar, standard room (B)
- Black Out dates: Christmas, New Year, Carnaval (4 & 5 March), Easter, Worker´s day (1st of May), Holidays, Long Weekends.
- Hotels are categorized according to Bolivian standards that may not be the same as the international ones.
- Try to avoid Rain Season: November to April