Blogs from Rurrenabaque, Beni Department, Bolivia, South America


Welcome To The Jungle: Adventures In The Pampus (08/07/2018 - 10/07/2018) In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight... Okay, so there are no lions in this jungle... but there are caymen and pink dolphins, amongst other jungle critters. Yes, you read that correctly.. pink dolphins. I hadn't heard of them either until this trip. To get to the Bolivian jungle, you need to get to Rurrenabaque. From La Paz, it´s a horrendously bumpy but cheap night bus, or an expensive 35 minute flight. I opted for the former, and unluckily had the seat right at the back so it didn´t recline (boo, no sleep for me). Once at Rurrenabaque in the early hours (6am) - you have time to choose your agency and choose between the Amazon or the Pampus tour, before they ... read more
My Dinner
Squirrel monkeys
Leisurely Sailing

Op een hoogte van meer dan 4200 begint net buiten La Paz een weg die 'de gevaarlijkste weg van de wereld' is gedoopt. Tot de aanleg van de nieuwe autoweg verdwenen er jaarlijks meerdere voertuigen in het drie kilometer diepe dal. Dat geeft de weg zijn naam: The Death Road. Gehuld in een ijzige mist staat deze weg slechts beperkt zicht toe aan de reizigers. Op sommige plaatsen is de richel amper twee meter breed, en dat terwijl er nog steeds auto's en vrachtauto's overheen gaan. Ik vraag me af welk soort onderwereld er aan het einde van de daling voor mij te wachten staat? Is de death road daadwerkelijk een highway to hell? Doemt dadelijk Magere Hein op uit de mist of vaart Anubis me naar het laatste oordeel? Niets is minder waar: aan het ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Beni Department » Rurrenabaque April 15th 2017

David here... We got to airport with plenty of time to spare for our flight north from La Paz to Rurrenabaque. The traffic in La Paz was really bad but we had given ourselves enough time. We breezed through check-in, thanks to our printed boarding passes, so decided to grab a snack of chicken tenders to share from a Tropical Chicken place (surprisingly good) before going through to the gates. The flight was delayed by 30 minutes but it wasn't too long until we were seated on the plane and in the air. We were only flying for about 40 minutes, time enough for a lovely coffee with condensed milk. We came to land among the most stunning and green scenery we've ever seen. The airport at Rurrenabaque was tiny, so much so that we were ... read more
Our cabin at Bala
Pampas Tour
Black howler monkey

Hello!! It´s my turn! Shin and I agreed that I would write the fourth blog of our trip to round up what we´ve been up to in the first month to any of my fans, I mean friends and family who aren´t up to date with Shin´s blog. I´ll also bring you up to speed with what we´ve been up to since Shin last wrote, which includes me edging one year closer to my retirement from unemployed life by reaching the grand old age of 26. I´ll keep things conventional by starting at the beginning, which was many moons ago in the far off land of Argentina, and more specifically the country´s capital city; Buenos Aires. After a tense wait in Rome to see whether we had missed our thirteen hour connecting flight we arrived completely ... read more
Iguazu Falls
Salar de Uyuni

South America » Bolivia » Beni Department » Rurrenabaque April 16th 2015

The amount of life in the jungle is overwhelming. Where the salt flats and highlands of Bolivia have very little life for kilometers around, the jungle has large amounts of life in every square meter. What a display of the beauty of this planet! Layer upon layer of plants, with animals interleaving with the foliage at every level. Decomposing leaves on the floor, with ants and bugs crawling around. Fungi recycling the fallen trees and leaves. A bit higher some shrubs, bushes and small trees. Birds hopping from branch to branch looking around for insects and fruits. Larger trees with the occasional dead leaf falling down to add to the compost heap. The animals at these layers are harder to see, as they are so far away. Tucans, monkeys swinging between the trees. And above it ... read more
Tarantula on our night walk
The lake at the lodge

South America » Bolivia » Beni Department » Rurrenabaque November 22nd 2014

Marjorie a constaté que de nombreux enfants pauvres et mal nourris trainent dans les rues de la ville. En général, ils mandient, volent, vident les poubelles pour avoir un peu à manger et dorment dans les rues. Ces enfants viennent d'une communauté amazonienne, Eyiyoquibo de l'ethnie Esse Ejja, située non loin de Rurre le long du fleuve. Marjorie a donc décidé de leur venir en aide en leur proposant un toit, des activités ludiques et éducatives, des cours de préventions sur l'hygiène, la santé, la sécurité, ... Aujourd'hui, un projet est en route pour aider davantage cette communauté. Une association sous le nom d'Echoi Eki est entrain de voir le jour (existe déjà sous la loi 1901). Des bénévoles ont souhaité s'y joindre. Nous avons rencontré Mathieu, qui a monté ce projet avec Marjorie, ainsi que ... read more
Communaute Eyiyoquibo
Un peu de créativité !
La musique, langage universel

South America » Bolivia » Beni Department » Rurrenabaque November 20th 2014

16 novembre 2014 - Jour 30 On est finalement bien arrivés hier soir à Rurrenabaque. Le vol fut rapide, tout juste 30 minutes, et pourtant à l'atterrissage on a eu l'impression d'avoir changé de pays, voire de continent. Il fait hyper chaud, on est au milieu de la végétation avec des palmiers et des plantes exotiques, tout le monde se déplace en 2 roues, on se croirait aux Caraïbes ou en Asie mais pas en Bolivie! On se dépêche de rejoindre notre hôtel pour mettre les tongs et aller visiter le village en commençant par le bord de la rivière. On se sent dans une ambiance totalement balnéaire. Ce matin, départ à 9h pour notre excursion de 5 jours "selva y pampa". On a choisi la version longue car on n'arrivait pas à se décider entre ... read more
Vue du ciel
Sur le rio Beni

South America » Bolivia » Beni Department » Rurrenabaque November 20th 2014

Cela fait 4 jours que nous sommes arrivés à Rurrenabaque, au sud de l'Amazonie. Il s'agit d'une ville moyenne, longée par le Rio Beni, qui accueille de nombreux touristes toute l'année. Il y a de très nombreuses agences ici qui organisent des tours dans la jungle ou la pampa, ou d'autres activités touristiques. La vie ici n'a pas grand chose en commun avec La Paz, à commencer par le climat. Nous sommes bien plus proches du niveau de la mer, on respire bien, il fait chaud en permanence. L'air y est également beaucoup moins pollué. En ville, presque tout le monde se déplace en moto, même lorsqu'il s'agit des taxis. Le seul hic, c'est que nous arrivons avec les premières pluies. Il ne pleut pas tout le temps, mais lorsque c'est le cas il vaut mieux ... read more
Aeropuerto de Rurrenabaque
Jolie cadre pour les randos
Max la menace

South America » Bolivia » Beni Department » Rurrenabaque September 27th 2014

Just back from an energy boosting six days out in a little town at the edge of the vast Amazonian rainforest known as Rurrenabaque. Truth be told I was glad to see their back of La Paz for a while especially since someone had managed to basically food poison me the day before we flew out. I was queasy enough on the way to the airport Monday but once we got into the building the smells and heat were two much... Scrambling to find a bathroom, I couldn't wait any longer. Shouldering an old Bolivian woman out of the way.. BLLUUGGHH!!! Nearest bin I could find! Unfortunately this proved to be the trend for the next 24 hours as an ice cream was the only thing I managed to keep down in that time. Thankfully the ... read more
Swimming with Dolphins
Andrew and friend

South America » Bolivia » Beni Department » Rurrenabaque August 20th 2014

Our Arrival The bus from La Paz dropped us outside the Flota Yunguena offices in Rurrenabaque at 5:40am. We sat around until it got light then headed into town. To get into town (with the office behind you) turn left and walk up the road until the end by the naval base. Turn right down Arce and the main area of town is from that street and up to the left. Where We Stayed Hostal Los Tucanes - Bs. 80 for a twin room with shared bathroom. This was the first place we encountered when we were heading into town that was open that early in the morning. It is on Arce and the corner of Bolivar. Breakfast of some bread and jam and coffee was included. Showers were really hot but wasn't toilet paper in ... read more
Boating down the river
Accomodation with Flecha Tours
Expensive sunset beer

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