Amboro National Park is an ecological masterpiece of almost half a million hectares, located approximately 150 km north west of the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Park Amboro lies in a unique geographical position at the confluence of 3 distinct ecosystems: the Amazon basin, the northern Chaco and the Andes (nowhere else in the world do three such vast environments converge). Amboro National Park contains over 800 bird species, more than the USA and Canada together!
In the 1960s and the beginning of the 1970s, the region of what today is called National Park Amboro, was not a protected area yet. There were many big industrial companies working in the forest, doing lodging and mining activities. In 1973, the park was initially established as a natural reserve called the Reserva de Vida Silvestre German Bush. In 1984 the area officially became a national park, protecting 180.000 HA. This was extended to 637.600 HA in 1991.
Because of its unique geographical location Amboró National Park hosts an incredible variety of flora and fauna. Both highland and lowland animal and plant species can be found in the park. The park also hosts many trees valued for their fine wood such as Mara and various species of palm trees. A huge variety of bromeliads, orchids and forests of giant ferns makes this park very special. Amboró Park is also the home of the jaguar, the rare spectacled bear and other mammal species native to the Amazon.
Perhaps most impressive is the huge number of birds that inhabit the area, one of the the greatest concentrations of bird species per km 2 in the world.
The conservation of Amboró National Park is of scientific interest and vital to humanity, considering that it is one of the richest and most diverse regions in the world with unique flora and fauna. The North side of the park is the most humid area and can be described as tropical rain forest or jungle. In this part, beautiful waterfalls and natural swimming holes with crystalline water can be found.
The tour starts in Santa Cruz at 6.30 am in the morning, when a vehicle will bring you to Buena Vista town. In Buena Vista our guide will be waiting for you in the Centre of Interpretation of the Amboro National Park. In this Centre our guide will tell you some interesting facts about the park and show you the trail you are about to walk.
After this visit, a vehicle will take you in about 1.5 hours near the entrance to the Park, at this point your hike through this tropical paradise will begin. During this initial walk -while crossing various rivers and streams- you can already see monkeys, toucans, squirrels and other wild.
During the hike through the park, the guide will explain you all about the footprints and the surrounding flora and fauna. You will see beautiful waterfalls and pristine natural swimming pools, plants & trees and animals. As the park lies on the edge of the Andes, the Chaco and the Amazon, you will find species of these three ecosystems in the park.
The longer you stay in the park, the further you can enter which will increase your chances of meeting more Amazonian wildlife, visiting more different waterfalls and a lookout point with a fantastic view of the park.
Optional at extra costs: Porter who assists the guide and helps carrying camping gear.
What we recommend to take with you:
´The tour that we went on was wonderful. My sister and I were on a very tight time schedule and arrived in Santa Cruz with NO idea who to go on a tour with. But needing to organize one for the next day. We met the owners of Ruta Verde and were sold! It was so simple to organize; everything was just so easy and uncomplicated. I was originally worried that the trekking would be difficult and that ...'
´I've done a Bolivia trip (with my lonely planet) for two months. I've been, in 2 months, with A LOT of different tour agencies. Ruta Verde Tour Agency was definitely my favorite. Everything was perfectly organized (which is not that common in Bolivia !) and very sympatic. I took the Amboro park tour for couple of days and I can assure you that it was the best days of my travel. One of the ...'
´What to say about Amboro National Park, the words amazing, beautiful, spectacular, awesome all to come to mind but these superlatives aren't enough, you need to touch it, feel it, hear it, taste it to get the true Amboró experience with Ruta Verde and after you do you never forget it, its fantastic!!! Thanks a million for the experience.´
'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 ...'
'My wife Uschi Janssen and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Parque Amboro (2-4 September 2010). Our guide Julian was most helpful and really made an effort to show us the diversity of wildlife. We were lucky to see small monkeys and a lot of different birds including all kinds of parrots and tukans. Do?a Roci prepared nice meals at the caba?a which, while very basic, is a pleasant place to be. ...'
'Hallo Gijs, even een mailtje om te laten weten dat we erg genoten hebben van de Refugio Los Volcanes. Alles was echt super goed geregeld. Van het vervoer van en naar de Refugio, de wandelingen met de nodige uitleg over de omgeving en ook het eten was heerlijk! We hebben nog een kleine week in Samaipata doorgebracht waar we hebben gerelaxed bij Marga en Pieter op hun kleine landgoedje La ...'
Domingo regresamos de este maravilloso viaje por tierras bolivianas.
Todo estuvo organizado a la perfección y los guías eran muy profesionales y conocían el lugar a la perfección.
Le agradezco su colaboración y recomendaré Ruta Verde a todos mis amigos que deseen viajar a Bolivia.
Juan Manuel Ribas'