Refugio Los Volcanes, Amboro National Park
Refugio Los Volcanes, Amboro National Park (South side)
The lodge Refugio Los Volcanes is located close to the southern part of Amboró National Park and is roughly a 2-hour drive from the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
Tucked away in a deep valley surrounded by the Volcanes mountain range, this place has a privileged location with spectacular views of sandstone rock cliffs and the subtropical forests which surround the Sanctuary. As a blessing, the always spring climate of the region allows the green vegetation of the valleys and mountain ranges to mix with the colors of the flowers.
The crystal clear waters of the Elvira river near the lodge form 3 waterfalls, at the foot of one of them there is a natural pond where it is possible to swim.
There are also 15 km well maintained trails offering opportunities to appreciate the flora and fauna. World renowned ornithologists such as Ridgeley, Tudor and others have visited Refugio Los Volcanes on several opportunities – their bird list register more than 200 species – and the local botanist Roberto Vasquez has identified more than 100 species of orchids and bromeliads.
Accommodation Refugio Los Volcanes
- Infrastructure: colonial style lodge, spacious lawn and lounging areas with a spectacular view for enjoying your favorite book.
- Capacity: 12 guests. Six double rooms each with private bath surrounded by lush natural surroundings and the cry of the wild.
- Meals: Combination of international, national and vegetarian dishes.
- Modern bathrooms and hot showers.
- Potable water and solar/hydro-powered electricity system.
- Small library, bar, and shop of essential supplies for the jungle explorer.
- Integral, environmentally friendly waste management.
- Capacity for small workshops and conferences.
- 4WD Jeep for transport within the Refugio
Activities Refugio Los Volcanes
- A trail system of 15 km that covers all the different habitat types.
- Exploring the forest with locals.
- Observing birds (over 200 species, see the Birdlist of Refugio Los Volcanes), monkeys, butterflies, frogs and many other fascinating critters.
- Enjoying beautiful orchids and bromeliads.
- Moon walks observing the jungle night life.
- Relaxing in hammocks.
- Refreshing baths in naturals pools formed by the waterfalls of the Elvira Creek.
- Hiking excursions with a Spanish speaking local who is part of the staff
- Private transport hotel – Refugio Volcanes – hotel
- Overnight stay in cabins with private bathroom
- Very tasty meals
What we recommend you to take with you:
- Insect repellent
- Comfortable hiking shoes
- Sun block
- Hat against the sun
- Trousers and shirt with long sleeves
- Warm sweater
- Bathing clothes
- Your passport and visa
Interested birders can also check the Birdlist of Refugio Los Volcanes.
We are members of Asociación Armonia, partner of Birdlife International in Bolivia, a global association that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.
´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 ... well basically I wouldn't make it! But I loved the peaceful walking mixed with the interesting notes on the flora and fauna that we could see. Our guide was so gorgeous; he was honest, genuine and knew everything that we could ever hope to know - the medicinal properties of the plants as well as the behavior of the animals that we could see. The waterfalls were amazing and the views stunning. The spider monkeys and the (ok I'm forgetting the name now.... ManoMono? I know that's wrong, but there was a brown monkey that we chased along a path and watched while he swung throu gh the trees and I can't remember which species he was...If you can figure out who I mean, please fill in the blanks!!!) were brilliant. I was so excited to see the animals in their natural habitat. The spider monkeys were shaking branches in the trees; our guide explained that it was to prove who was stronger to the other males in another tree. At night we sat quietly and waited until the nocturnal animals appeared. Our guide also explained the origins of the park and the inhabitants who live on the outskirts. The food was great. The insight into life in the jungle was simply amazing and a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone.´
´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 things that I did like the most with this agency is that they hire local guides for most of their trips (which helps a lot of people). So, from my personal experience, you should expect an well organized tour agency with the best prices and enjoy a wonderful trip in the Amboro park with a local guide, from who you will learn unforgettable things...The agency also speak Spanish, English and Dutch. I'm not working for anyone, I'm just leaving this comment because I think that this agency should be known by every traveler in Bolivia. Have a nice trip!´
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´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 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.
'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. Wild pigs crossed our path and we saw traces of the panther. We will not forget the quietness at night and the sounds of numerous birds. Many thanks and best wishes. Jan Tuit´
'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 Víspera. Nu weer terug in Sucre, waar het wel net zo warm, maar zeker de helft minder groen is. Groeten van, Alex en Ariana´
'Buenos días, 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. Atentamente, Juan Manuel Ribas'