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Published: July 25th 2010
Freezing at the pampas!
When we booked the flights to Rurrenabaque we were looking forward to a week in nice and warm climate. Therefore we left all our warm clothes in La Paz and brought a minimum of stuff. After the exciting flight with a 19 seat plane, we arrived in Rurre to cloudy and cold conditions in the evening. We booked a two days trip to the pampas the next day and hoped it would clear up until then. The next morning was the same. Cloudy, cold and raining. We didn´t do much else than freezing for two days, so I would say this trip was a bit wasted for me since I was at The pampas
two years ago in nice and warm weather!
On the way back to Rurre the road was really slippery and we did a 180 and a 360 with the jeep!
Not much to tell about from the pampas as you understand. I didn´t take a singel picture for two days, but you can watch the ones I took two years ago in the link above...
If you are planning a pampas trip by the way, Dolphins Travel and Indigena Tour is
supposed to be better than others when it comes to how they treat the animals.
Fluvial Tours don´t have the best reputation, but they are still in Lonely Planet...
Serere National Park
After the pampas we were not really ready for the highlight of the trip: A three days visit to Serere National Park with the highly recommended company Madidi Travel
. But after checking the weatherforecast we decided to go anyway, just one day delayed.
And that was a good choice! The weather cleared up and we actually got three nice days in the jungle warming up again : ) Serere National Park
Serere National Park is outside the more famous "big brother" Madidi National Park
. The park is privately owned by madidi travel and was established to open up for tourism after the people behind had been working with conservation in the area for decades. Rosa Maria Ruiz is the main person behind and she's been working in the area for a long while. The company is a non-profit organization and the money paid by tourists goes to pay the native people who work at the lodges or in the park, and a lot goes to the conservation work.
The park is well maintained and specially developed to make the tourists feel like their having a great jungle experience without destroying the wildlife or fauna.
We did different walks and some canoeing at the lakes. It's quit tricky thoug to see much of the animal life when you are walking as a group in the jungle. But we did see some interesting animals and birds besides the catfish some of us caught from the canoe. It was also a macaw that had "moved in" at the lodge, and he was willingly posing for the camera now and then.
Madidi Travel did a good job and I will highly recommend the company as many others have done before me. But another good (if not even better) option is to do a trip with Chalalan
. They got some help from Rosa Maria Ruiz to start up, and it's a truly ecological community project which actually are situated inside the Madidi National Park.
This trip really did a good finish for my travels for this time! Now I just have two days in La Paz with some organizing before I'm starting on my way home : (
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