Amazon pink river dolphin tour

Amazon pink river dolphin tour

Come and experience the magnificence of the Bolivian Amazon jungle and spot freshwater dolphins during our Amazon pink river dolphin tour!

The Amazon pink river dolphin (freshwater dolphin) or “Bolivian Bufeo” (Inia Boliviensis) has been declared Bolivia’s Natural Heritage. This fact is considered essential for the implementation of conservation of this endemic species of Bolivia.  in 2012 the Society for Marine Mammalogy. began considering the Bolivian Amazon pink river dolphin (Inia boliviensis) as a full species.

The Bolivian Amazon is an ecological paradise with over 2.000 species of plants, 46 species of mammals, 350 species of fish, 218 species of birds, 13 species of reptiles, 28 species of amphibians and 175 species of butterflies.

Ruta Verde offers you an Amazon pink river dolphin tour and walks in the Amazon jungle which will take you to the heart of Bolivia ‘s greatest wilderness area. In the beautiful and dynamic Amazon nature you can witness a great variety of animals. It will not be difficult to see crocodiles, capybaras (biggest rodent on earth), turtles and many birds like macaws (parabas), toucans, herons and hummingbirds. And although they can be shy, Amazon pink river dolphins (bufeos, Inia Boliviensis) spotting is almost guaranteed here. The fresh water pink river dolphins are the star attraction of this area. How much you’ll see of them – and whether they’ll jump out of the water, swim along and even stay for a while playing – depends on patience and a bit of luck. Anacondas and piranhas also inhabit this area. You can  also take a refreshing dive in the river.

Part of the trip Ruta Verde offers you are jungle walks, which lead to native Amazon communities where people still live in their traditional ways.

In the 16th century, the Spanish tried to find ‘ El Dorado ‘ in this area, a mystical city or country of unimaginable wealth.


START: Departure from Santa Cruz to Trinidad by comfortable night bus/airplane. In Trinidad the guide will pick you up from the bus terminal/airport.

Departure to ¨Puerto Ballivian. We will aboard a small ship with motor to begin the tour on the Ibare river. There are macaws, toucans and many other kind of birds and other animals all the way long in the water. It is very common to spot crocodriles, capybaras and river turtles at the river side enjoying the sun. We will also admire the big centenary “mapajo” tree, home of many “batos”.

We will navigate for about 2.5 hours until we get to the river mouth of the “Mamoré” (“Mother river”) where we will spot the star attraction of our tour: the¨bufeos¨ (Amazon pink river dolphin), swimming around our boat. You will be able not only to take pictures of the fresh water dolphins but also to swim with them if you want to take a dive in the river.

We continue the navigation straight to the Indian community ¨San Carlos¨ where we will have the chance to share some time with the native ¨moxeños¨ and learn a bit about their way of life and traditions. They are well known for their hospitality. Lunch with the community of San Carlos.

Return to ¨Puerto Ballivian. We will arrive around 17:00 when we will be transferred back to Trinidad .

Tour includes:

  • Transfer airport/bus terminal – Motor boat
  • Spanish speaking guide
  • Lunch with bottled water

What we recommend to take with you:

  • Insect repellent
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sun block
  • Hat against the sun
  • Binoculars
  • Trousers and shirt with long sleeves
  • Warm sweater
  • Bathing clothes

Watch a short amateur video of a croc in the Bolivian Amazon.

Watch a short amateur video of sweet or fresh water dolphins in the Bolivian Amazon.
Please contact us for more information or for making a reservation.

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