|La Paz - Rurrenabaque - Madidi National Park - Pampas
(11 days, 10 nights)
Day 1: La Paz
Arrival in La Paz, reception and transfer to the 4* El Rey Hotel.
Day 2: La Paz
After breakfast, a city tour of La Paz. With its own unique topography containing few flat areas and protected by its eternal guardian, the snow peak of Ilimani (6402m), La Paz houses the seat of government of Bolivia. A visit to the Plaza Murillo (with its presidential palace, national congress and metropolitan cathedral),
its famous witches market and a choice of fine museums. With many interesting museums to visit, choose between the National Museum of Art, The Ethnographic and Folklore Museum and The Museo Tambo Quirquincho (old fashioned dresses and silverware amongst others). On Calle Jaen, a beautiful colonial street, there are four museums which may all be visited one after another. These are: The Precious Metals Museum, The Casa de Murillo, The Litoral Boliviano or Military Museum and the Juan de Vargas Museum; there is even a Coca museum.
A visit will also be made to the Valley of the Moon before returning to your hotel.
Day 3: La Paz - Rurrenabaque
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Rurrenabaque, located on the banks of the Beni River. Transfer to Hotel Safari. After lunch, visit to the town or just relax. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Safari.
Day 4: Rurrenabaque - Chalalan
After breakfast, we head towards Chalalan Lodge in motorized canoes, which is approximately five hours up the Tuichi river. Along the way you will have an excellent opportunity to spot for wildlife on the river and the surrounding rainforest. It is home to many bird species. The journey will take you through Bullet Canyon before arriving at the trailhead on Tuichi river and Chalalan Lodge. A half-hour hike through the forest with a local guide on the trail will introduce you to the
rainforest and bring you to Chalalan lodge. Lunch upon arrival. In the afternoon, travel by canoe on Chalalan Lagoon and perhaps hike on one of the numerous trails. Dinner before a night excursion in search of nocturnal animals. Overnight at Chalalan Lodge.
Day 5: Chalalan - Rayamayo – Chalalan
After breakfast, embark on an early morning hike along the Silbador trail. Head towards the Rayamayo River to view the birds and other wildlife. Continue on the Mutun and Anta trails that will lead you back to the lodge in time for lunch. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the beauty of Madidi. Canoe trips on the lagoon are always an option for bird watching. Dinner and a night excursion. Overnight in Chalalan.
Day 6: Chalalan - Eslabon River – Chalalan
After breakfast, we hike the Paraba Trail bordering Laguna Chalalan. We traverse the rainforest in search of nesting macaws in the tall palm trees. After exploring the rainforest, we cross the Rayamayo River and join the Marimono trail to the Eslabon River. After lunch, hike on a seldom-used trail towards the foothills of the Eslabon Mountain range. We should see families of Marimonos (spider monkeys) that live in the area as well as other mammals and birds. Return to Chalalan Lodge for dinner
and a night outing. Overnight in Chalalan.
Day 7: Chalalan - Rurrenabaque
Late morning departure back to Rurrenabaque. Overnight in Hotel Safari.
Day 8: Rurrenabaque - Pampas
Departure from Rurrenabaque by 4x4 jeep, driving northeast for approximately 3½ hours to Caracol Lodge near the Yacuma River. After lunch, boarding of the dugout canoes on the Yacuma River and travel upriver looking for dolphins, monkeys, capybara, turtles and a great variety of bird life. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Possibly a night hike in search of caiman and anaconda.
Day 9: Pampas
Morning hike to search for anaconda and other wildlife including pink dolphins and capybara. Lunch followed by a short walk to look for rheas, anteaters and monkeys. Possibly a nighttime boat trip to observe caiman and other nocturnal wildlife.
Day 10: Pampas - Rurrenabaque
Morning wildlife viewing. Return to Rurrenabaque, arriving in the late afternoon. Overnight in Hotel Safari.
Day 11: Rurrenabaque - La Paz
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to La Paz and onward for your flight home.
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