COMBO: Madidi and Pampas: Wabu and Dolphins - 5 Days 4 Nights
Madidi National Park boasts the largest number and variety of plant and animal species than any other preserve in South America.
Established in 1995 Madidi National Park, an area of over 18000 square kilometres, is one of the largest protected areas in the world. The park extends from the glacier-covered peaks of the high Andes Mountains to the tropical rainforests of the Tuichi River. Madidi is recognized as one of the planet's most biologically diverse regions.
PAMPAS is a vast are of wetlands and grass lands. Rurrenabarque is just 400 meters above sea level, the water runoff from the Andean Mountains, and the jungles migrates slowly towards the Atlantic Ocean some 5000 km away.
These wet lands are a haven for a large variety of animals. Anacondas plus their favourite food the largest living rodent the capybara. There are six different species of Crocodilian (more species than any other region in the world is home to), including the giant black caiman. There are turtles, all three species of anaconda, pink dolphins, capybaras, monkeys, giant ant-eaters, porcupines, toucans, blue and yellow macaws, and even jaguars have been sighted in this region.
We leave Rurrenabaque at 8:30 am. After an hour's boat trip we will visit a local community to learn a little of the way of life in the jungle. During the boat ride along the rivers Beni and Tuichi we can enjoy magnificent landscapes such as the Bala Canyon. When we arrive at our Eco-lodge, "Mashaquipe", you will be welcomed with a refreshing glass of fruit juice, will be shown your accommodation and we will have lunch. In the afternoon we will take a leisurely walk along trails specifically designed for watching animals such as monkeys and peccaries and for learning about the natural environment.
Breakfast will be at 7:30 am. After breakfast we will prepare for spending a night camping in the depths of the jungle. We will have to carry the essential equipment (sleeping bags, sleeping mats, mosquito nets) during a walk of about 4 hours to reach our camp," Arenalito", where we can prepare lunch and rest. At approximately 3:30 pm we will walk to the top of a mountain where we can see macaws, parrots and other birds. From there we can watch these colourful birds, enjoythe beautiful scenery of the rainforest and a stunning sunset. That night, if you want, we can take a short walk during which we have a great chance of spotting armadillos, snakes, monkeys, tapirs, nocturnal birds etc. Often at night you can hear the roar of the jaguar or puma.
We will get up at 5.00am to take a short walk near the camp where we can enjoy the sunrise and listen to noisy howler monkeys and a variety of birds welcoming the new day. After breakfast we will head for the River Tuichi where we will build a log raft (traditional transport of the Amazonian Indians) and go rafting for about 2 hours until we reach the eco-lodge. However we will also have the boat for security, our backpacks and for people who do not wish to participate in this activity. We will have lunch at the "Mashaquipe" eco-lodge and in the afternoon the group can participate in an activity of its choice.
We will get up at 6.00 am and have breakfast before returning to Rurrenabaque where we will arrive at about 8.30am. We will immediately leave for Santa Rosa. Along the way we will have great opportunities to see sloths, anteaters, birds, and other animals. Around midday we will take a boat trip of about 15 minutes to our eco-lodge, “The Turtles”. You will be shown your accommodation and we will have lunch. In the afternoon, after a rest, we will go along the River Yacuma by boat to look for and take pictures of caimen, capybara, turtles, many bird species and others. Before we return we may be able to swim with the beautiful pink river dolphins which live in this wonderful place. (This is dependent upon the season.)
We will get up early (5:00 am) to watch the sunrise and listen to the sounds of howler monkeys and birds which herald the awakening of the pampas. We will have breakfast and then go back out on the River Yacuma looking for a good place to walk and look for anacondas. With a little luck, we will find one. During our tour we will continue to see a variety of birds, capybara, caimen, turtles and other animals. Then after lunch we will take the car and return to Rurrenabaque where we will arrive at about 4:30 p.m.