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River Dolphin Route




A four-day journey around the remote Ibare Mamore National Park in eastern Bolivia. By boat along Amazon tributaries where curious pink river dolphins – bufeos – appear suddenly alongside spouting water from their blow-holes. Bufeos were given special governmental protection in 2012 and guides explain the region’s conservation programme. Trek from the riverbank to spot birds among the cacao, banana and yucca trees, fish at a nearby lagoon and camp along the shore with a local community. Visit the nearby pampas habitat that teems with over 85 bird species including the striking Paraba Roja. Wind up at the sleepy Amazon town of Trinidad to learn about the mysterious Moxos people that lived there thousands of years earlier.

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A four-day journey around the remote Ibare Mamore national park in eastern Bolivia. By boat along Amazon tributaries where curious pink river dolphins – bufeos – appear suddenly alongside spouting water from their blow-holes.  Bufeos were given special governmental protection last year and guides explain the region’s conservation programme. Trek from the riverbank to spot birds among the cacao, banana and yucca trees, fish at a nearby lagoon and camp along the river shores with a local community. Visit the nearby pampas habitat that teams with over 85 bird species including the striking Blue-throated macaw. Wind up at the sleepy Amazon town of Trinidad to learn about the mysterious Moxos people that lived there thousands of years earlier.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: LA PAZ- TRINIDAD AMAZON
    One-hour flight to Trinidad, transfer to hotel 5km from the centre of town. Time to relax by hotel poolside and watch the sun set by the adjacent lagoon.
  • Day 2: MAMORE RIVER
    Early breakfast and transfer 8km to the town of Puerto Ballivian, the gateway to the protected Ibare Momore National Park. Begin three-hour motorboat trip along the Ibare river towards the confluence of the great rivers Mamore and Madre de Dios. Along the shores spot huge Mapajo trees, where the Batos birds make their nests. Batos are the tallest flying birds in South America, standing up to 6ft tall. A short riverbank walk before continuing by boat to observe birds such as Garza, Manguari and Martin Pesador, as well as caiman and river turtles. At the mouth of mighty Mamore river, the most likely place to spot bufeo along the route. On to the community of San Carlos for lunch and to discover how people live by the remote banks, before setting up the overnight campsite (optional). A mid-afternoon walk into the jungle to Los Achaicharuces lagoon for birdwatching and an option to go fishing. A fireside dinner sharing tales with the Saldaña family followed by a night walk to observe alligator-like caiman.
  • Day 3: CHUCHINI
    Early start to reach the Chuchini wildlife reserve for a full day exploring this pampas landscape by 4X4 and on foot. Chuchini is a refuge where rescued animals are rehabilitated and eventually returned to the wild. The pampas is excellent for wildlife-spotting with pecari, monkeys, parrots, macaws, cranes, native to the area. Chuchini is also excellent for spotting dozens of species of birds, butterflies and orchids. Overnight at the Chuchini Lodge.
  • Day 4: HACIENDA CUTAL
    Leaving Chuchini Lodge, with a day dedicated to birdwatching, with at least 85 species to spot including the Paraba Baraba Azul, which lives very close to your Hacienda Cutal accommodation.
  • Day 5: CUTAL - TRINIDAD
    After lunch depart back to Trinidad, the sleepy capital of Bolivia’s Beni department. Visit the Kenneth Lee Museum to discover the Moxos civilisation that inhabited the region several thousand years ago and contructed immense systems of terraces and channels to irrigate their land. Also visit the Museo Ictícola, which exhibits over 400 species of Amazonian fish.
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