JUNGLE TOUR 3 DAYS AND 2 NIGHTS
We depart at 7:30 am from the Berraco del Madidi office in Rurrenabaque. Traveling by motor boat on the Beni and Tuichi Rivers, we enter into the Bolivian Amazon's Madidi National Park, one of the most biologically diversity regions in the world. Along the Tuichi river we will see the caimans sunning themselves on the banks and macaws flying through the treetops. After 4 hours of scenic travel, we stop for a picnic lunch on the river bank. Continuing on our journey, we arrive at the EcoCamp Berraco del Madidi in the early afternoon.
Once at the camp, each guest is assigned their private traditional Quechua Tacana hut surrounded by rainforest. Each hut is fully equipped with a tent, bed, clean sheets, towels, blankets, a hammock, table, and chairs. Our rustic camp is ideal for total immersion in the Amazon and as we have not cleared the surrounding trees, there is a great chance of spotting wildlife – including tapirs and peccaries – right from the comfort of your hammock!
After a snack in the dining room, we take a short hike on the Salitral and Mapajo Trail to learn about different species of plants and animals found in the primary rainforest. Primary forest refers to untouched, pristine forest that exists in its original condition. This forest has been relatively unaffected by human activities and contains the oldest trees. These giants trees, like the Mapajo and Ceiba, create a full canopy, allowing very little light to penetrate to the jungle floor. Primary rainforest has the most diverse and numerous species of wildlife of any type of forest in the world.
Following the dinner buffet, our guides lead a night hike along the Real Palma Trail. There is no better place to immerse yourself in the sounds of the rainforest and discover nocturnal insects and animals like tarantulas, frogs, and Kinkajou screaming monkeys
After breakfast buffet, we will set out on the Playon Trail to learn about medicinal plants and the wide variety of exotic birds inhabiting the area. Along the trail, we may also encounter howler monkeys, poisonous snakes, and other rainforest species. This trail leads to the nature viewing platform, where we can wait for the hordes of wild jungle pigs that frequent the nutrient-rich clay lick below. Perched right above the action, the platform provides great photo opportunities for our guests.
After lunch and siesta, the guids lead a traditional fishing trip down to the Tuichi River. Using local fishing tools and techniques, guests are taught the helicopter-like casting method to reel in the huge fish that inhabit these waters. Giant piranha (Pacu) and catfish are among the most numerous. Our fishing excursions are catch and release only to ensure the sustainability of our enterprise.
For dinner our cook prepares a traditional dinner of fish steamed in bamboo. After sundown, the local guides share popular rainforest legends, passed down through their families over hundreds of years.
The breakfast buffet is followed by a short morning walk through the Taitetu Trail. This trail is the best for observing birds and gathering seeds for making local crafts. After returning to the EcoCamp, the guide helps guests carve, polish and fashion these seeds into artisanal jewelry like rings and necklaces. After lunch, we depart for the 4 hour boat ride back to Rurrenabaque. Depending on our guests’ flight reservations, the departure time is flexible.
Please note that all programs are customizable to the interests of our guests. In addition, weather conditions and other unpredictable constraints may impact the final itinerary.