Madidi National Park – Jungle and Pampas

Bolivia’s Amazon Basin is one of the world’s largest intact wilderness areas. The rainforests, swamps and wetland savannas, through which vast rivers flow, combined with many picturesque villages make for an enchanting journey. The sheer abundance of wildlife, including mischievous monkeys, alligators, macaws and the elusive anaconda, makes this an unforgettable experience, not to be missed.

Zig Zag only employs licensed guides, who are trained to respect the environment and ecosystem. Because guides are often from the jungle and pampas they demonstrate an innate talent for spotting wildlife and possess an impressive repertoire of entertaining stories about animal behaviors, local history and culture.

Jungle and Pampas trips can be undertaken separately or combined as a single package.  We are flexible and will customize trips to suit you.

JUNGLE TOUR

Program 5 Days / 4 Nights
Available throughout the year

Day 1: La Paz – Rurrenabaque:

(55 minutes Flight) We will arrange a transfer for you from your hostel in La Paz to El Alto airport and then from Rurrenabaque airport you will have to take the local bus to the operator office where you will fill up the forms to enter the Madidi National Park and receive information about your trip to the Ecolodge. You will stay in a hotel in the very center of the town so you can relax and get acclimatized to Rurrenabaque.

Day 2: Rurrenabaque – Jungle:

We leave Rurrenabaque at 09:00 a.m. and travel upstream the Beni River for about 3 ½ hours to our Lodge “El Tacuaral”, situated inside the Madidi National Park at the shore of the Tuichi River. Here lunch will be served and you have time to relax in a hammock. In the afternoon we explore some of the forest trails surrounding the lodge, where we have the chance to encounter some wildlife like different species of monkeys, deer, peccaries, capybaras and birds. After dinner we go with our flashlights on a guided walk to appreciate the sounds of the rainforest and to observe the nocturnal wildlife. (B.L.D.)

Day 3: Jungle:

In the morning we visit the sector called caquiawara, whit a large stock of parrots and macaw clay lick inside the Madidi National Park. From an observation platform that affords an excellent view and photo opportunities, of parrots and macaws that are arriving to eat the clay. Then we return to our lodge to have lunch. In the afternoon, we go fishing on the Tuichi River or on a lake in the rainforest. Species that exist in this area include surubí pintado, pacú blanco, mamuri, surubí atigrado, and sábalo. Alternatively we can also swim in the Tuichi River or hike again in the rainforest. (B.L.D.)

Day 4: Jungle – Rurrenabaque:

We will take a hike in the morning, where our guide demonstrates us the uses of some of the thousands of plant species, including the forest’s natural remedies for colds, fever, cuts and other ailments; then when we are back to the lodge we make some handicrafts with the seeds we collected during our hike in the rainforest. After it we have lunch and some time to relax before we return by boat to Rurrenabaque, where we arrive about 18:00 p.m. (B.L.)

Day 5: Rurrenabaque – La Paz:

Return flight to La Paz.

Included:

  •     2 Nights Hotel in Rurrenabaque
  •     2 Nights Ecolodge in Pampas
  •     Conformable boats
  •     4 breakfast, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  •     Guided expeditions with native and bilingual guide
  •     Mineral water.
  •     El Alto Airport Transfer out

Not Included

  •     Beverages and alcoholic drinks
  •     Air tickets // airport taxes
  •     El Alto Airport Transfer in
  •     Rurrenabaque Airport transfers
  •     Entrance fee to Madidi National Park (Bs.125 per person)
  •     Other not mentioned
  •     Tips


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TACUARALES LODGE

JUNGLE

The world of nature-here for you come and live out new and unforgettable experiences TACUARAL ECO-LODGE, lies on the banks of the TUICHI RIVER and opens the doors to one of the world most extraordinary tour circuits.

At the end all these exciting adventures, our TACUARAL ECO-LODGE awaits you for well-deserved rest the peace and tranquilly of the forest.

It´s comfortable cabins can house up to 20 people and there is restaurant service with the best traditional food in the region: guaranteed to make your stay in Bolivia and experience you won´t want to miss.

  •     Built ecologically with material from the area
  •     Double, triple and multiple room
  •     Shared Bathrooms
  •     Restaurant and adapted kitchen
  •     Filtered and boiled water
  •     Illumination with solar panels
  •     Reliable personal

PAMPAS TOURS

Program 3 days / 2 nights
Available throughout the year

Day 1: La Paz – Rurrenabaque:

(55 minutes Flight) we will arrange a transfer for you from your hostel in La Paz to El Alto airport and then from Rurrenabaque airport you will have to take the local bus to the operator office where you will get the whole information about your trip to the Ecolodge. You will stay in a hotel in the very center of the town so you can relax and get acclimatized to Rurrenabaque.

Day 2: Rurrenabaque – Pampas:

Departure from Rurrenabaque by 4×4 jeeps at 09:00am to drive northeast for approximately 3 ½ hours to Caracol Lodge near the Yacuma River. Lunch, and in the afternoon you will board dugout canoes on the Yacuma River  and travel up the river looking for dolphins, monkeys, capybaras, turtles and a great variety of bird life from hawks to herons and macaws. Return to the lodge and dinner. (L.D).

Day 3: Pampas:

After breakfast you will get into your dugout canoe again and travel on Yacuma River to find a place to start walking into the savannahs to look for the world’s largest snake “the anaconda”. If you are lucky, you will find one to observe it closely. In your return to the lodge for lunch, maybe you can observe more pink dolphins, turtles and capybaras. After a short walk to see rheas, anteaters and monkeys; it is optional to take a night boat ride to observe alligators and other nightlife.  (B.L.D).

Day 4: Pampas – Rurrenabaque:

Breakfast and on your last day you have a chance to see wildlife before your return to Rurrenabaque. Arrival in Rurrenabaque at 18:00 p.m  (B.L.).

Day 5: Rurrenabaque – La Paz:

Return flight to La Paz.

Included:

  •     2 Nights accommodation in Rurrenabaque
  •     2 Nihgts accommodation in Pampas
  •     4WD Transport and conformable boats
  •     4 breakfast, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  •     Guided expeditions with native and bilingual guide
  •     Mineral water.
  •     El Alto Airport Transfer out

Not Included

  •     Beverages and alcoholic drinks
  •     El Alto Airport Transfer in
  •     Rurrenabaque Airport transfer
  •     Air tickets // airport taxes
  •     Entrance fee Pampas (Bs.150 per person)
  •     Other not mentioned
  •     Tips


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CARACOLES ECO-LODGE

PAMPAS

The best place to come in close contact with nature in the Pampas, is CARACOLES ECO-LODGE on the banks of the YACUMA RIVER streams and wetlands are world full of sedutive attractions for adventure tourism.
At the end of each day in the Pampas the CARACOLES ECO-LODGE awaits you with confortable cabins that can house up to 26 people. The lodge is equipped with all the necessities to make your stay special and unforgettable.

  •     Built ecologically with material from the area
  •     Double, triple and multiple room
  •     Shared Bathrooms
  •     Restaurant and adapted kitchen
  •     Filtered and boiled water
  •     Illumination with solar panels
  •     Reliable personal


Stuff to bring (Pampas And Jungle):


Essentials

  •     Long sleeved cotton tops
  •     Long cotton pants
  •     Shorts
  •     T-Shirt
  •     Sweater or fleece
  •     Windbreaker
  •     Hiking Boots
  •     Sandals/flip-flops
  •     Underwear/Sleepwear
  •     Casual clothes for Rurrenabaque
  •     High factor sun block
  •     Insect repellant (high deet content)
  •     Flashlight/headlamp
  •     Sunglasses
  •     Photocopy of passport
  •     Water bottle/Nalgeen

Optional

  •     Binoculars
  •     Trainers/Sneakers
  •     Cap
  •     Camera
  •     Pocketknife
  •     Plastic bag
  •     Lighter
  •     Swim wear
  •     Mosquito net
  •     Ecological shampoo/soap

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