Caracoles Ecolodge Pampas Tour
Caracoles Ecolodge Pampas Tour
The Caracoles ecolodge is located near Rurrenabaque, in the Beni department. Rurrenabaque is located at 229 meters above sea-level, 400 kms north of the city of La Paz. It is one of the gateways to the Bolivian Amazon that is characterized by its humid and warm climate.
How to get to Rurrenabaque:
There are daily flights to Rurrenabaque from La Paz, Santa Cruz and Trinidad with the airlines Amaszonas and TAM.
There are daily buses to Rurrenabaque from La Paz (18 hours), Trinidad (14 hours and only in the dry season) and Guayaramerín (18 hours).
To get to the Caracoles Lodge in the Reservation of the Pampas of the River Yacuma we use a jeep 4×4.
The Municipal Protected Area « Pampas del Yacuma, was created by the Municipality of Santa Rosa del Yacuma, Beni, Bolivia, in 2007 with the objective of protecting and maintaining species that are of exceptional value, threatened and/or endemic to these ecosystems, such as the Blue-throated Macaw (Ara glaucogularis), Bolivian Titi (Callicebus modestus) and Beni Titi (C. olallae), among others. Caracoles Ecolodge is located on the Yacuma river side, surrounded by savannas and forests.
3 days / 2 nights
- Boat navigation and hikes
- Wildlife observation
- Night tours
DAY 1 – At 9:00 o’clock a.m. we drive from Rurrenabaque in a Jeep 4×4 to the area of the pampas. After three hours we arrive at the Caracoles Lodge that is located inside the Municipal Reservation of the River Yacuma. At the Caracoles Lodge we have lunch and we have time to rest in hammocks. In the afternoon, we make a trip in a boat to observe the wild fauna that is relatively easy to observe from the boat. In the dry season it is feasible to assure that we can see caimans, anacondas, turtles, capibaras, pink river dolphins, different species of monkeys and countless species of birds. During the rainy season it is more difficult to find caimans, anacondas and capibaras.
DAY 2 – In the morning we walk for about 3-4 hours on the pampas to look for anacondas and alligators. We return to our housing to have lunch and to relax for a while. In the afternoon, we navigate on the river Yacuma to swim with the pink dolphins. After dinner, we do another walk to observe the eyes caimans as well as other night animals.
DAY 3 – In the morning, we navigate on the river Yacuma to a place where one can see many monkeys. After the lunch we return in the Jeep to Rurrenabaque where we arrive approximately at 5:00 o’clock p.m.
Program 4 Days / 3 Nights
The first two days are similar to the program of three days and two nights.
DAY 3 – In the morning, we navigate on the river Yacuma to a place where one can see many monkeys. After lunch we can choose to walk in the savanna to observe birds and monkeys.
DAY 4 – After breakfast we can go horse riding, the typical way of transport in the region. We have the possibility to see different species of birds and monkeys. After lunch we return in Jeep 4×4 to Rurrenabaque where we arrive approximately at 5:00 o’clock p.m.
Keep in mind that the programs may change due to special circumstances like bad weather conditions. Contact us to book a trip or to get further details on the programs.
Another -more upmarket- lodge in Madidi National Park is the slightly more expensive Chalalan Lodge.
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'I spent 4 days in Amboro in April with Ruta Verde's excellent, knowledgeable local guide. The trip was well organised and the lowland rainforest considerably different from the cloud forest seen in the higher areas of the park. A four day trip allowed me to explore some of the more remote areas off the beaten track that would be virtually impossible to find without a guide.
'Buenos Dias Gijs; The Amboro trek definitely met my expectations. It was incredible, in large part due to the epertise of the guide. He really is a great guide. I don't know from first-hand experience, but I strongly suspect that he is one of the best guides in the business. He is very patient, calm and observant. I'm a fair bird-watcher, etc. but I don't think I once spotted a bird or monkey before the guide did! --- and his sure-footed waltz up the stream boulders is a joy to watch.We stayed four nights at the Rio Macuñucu cave and did day-hikes. We saw green-cheeked parakeets (like my Tikka!), lots of Mitred parakeets (red head) and we often saw the Military Macaws who nest in the cliffs. We saw two types of monkey, lots of other kinds of birds, lots of trees and vines; went swimming, great hiking, and the food was great.Overall, I loved the trip and would (might?) do it again.
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