Rurrenabaque, Bolivia – La Selva

After the Pampas we spent one night in Rurrenabaque and then, the next morning, left towards the Jungle, once again in a boat. We drove along the big Beni river and then into the smaller Tuichi river, where at some point we had to get out and walk a bit because otherwise the boat couldn’t have passed. This was once again due to the dry season that we are in now.

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After another infamous three hours in the boat and a short walk we arrived in our jungle camp:

After lunch we set out on a jungle walk, and of course there was time to play Tarzan again. This time the setting was even more fitting:

Many had warned us that you wouldn’t see as many animal in the jungle as in the pampas, but we were quite happy with the amount of animal sightings we had. Of course here they do not come as “ready presented”, as in the pampas but our guide did a very good job at locating animals mainly by hearing them and then pointing them out for us. And if no animals were around there was more than enough fauna to explore, from coloring plants over medicinal uses to garlic trees (their barc can be used very similarly to normal garlic and has nearly the same taste/smell).

A termite highway crossing our path (sometimes we walked on existing paths, others the guide used his machety to get us through the jungle):

A nightwalk after dinner showed us some very different animals/insects from the ones we had seen during the day. And also at night the jungle-feeling seemed to be more intensive, everything seemed to be moving around us and there were a thousand different noises and we had no idea what could be observing us out of the pitch-black dark two meters to our left and right.

On the morning walk we sumbled across large herds of monekys (mainly yellow and cappucino monkeys).

And the guide had one more trick up his sleeve, fresh and pure water that you can drink directly out of the liane. This special kind of wook has man straw-like pores which are full of water. Ths water easily runs out if the wood is cut on both ends:

The food was always good and plenty, as well in the jungle as in the pampas. We did both trips with Fluvial Tours and were quite happy with them. Only the groups could have benn 2-3 people smaller, we forgot to ask before (our groups were 7 in the jungle and 9 in the pampas).

Just before we were about to leave, the pigs came into our camp searching for food and happily took over the leftover vegetables and fruits.

And of course in the next morning before we had to take our plane back to La Paz, there had to be another parade directly in front of our room…

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