Blogs from Rurrenabaque, Beni Department, Bolivia, South America - page 6


South America » Bolivia » Beni Department » Rurrenabaque April 16th 2011

Just before embarking on our amazon journey we received news that mum had completed her last chemo and had been given the all clear. With this wonderful news and so happy her struggle was finally over with, we were at last able to relax a little bit on our travels and more importantly have an amazing 2 week cruise to look forward to in June!! We had a big drink for you mum (don't worry about that)!! Here's to family and good health. We took a very nail biting taxi journey to the airport where Perdy was nearly crushed 4 times between the central reservation and a bus. But somehow, we made it without a scratch on us. Just when we thought that things couldn’t possibly get any worse and all our horror travel stories were ... read more
Tin can Plane
View from the plane
Tiny cabin

If you are incredibly scared of spiders, where on planet earth would you be least likely to go? INTO THE JUNGLE!! The Amazon Jungle however is one of the world most bio-diverse areas, represents over half of the planets remaining rainforests and therefore is kinda hard to skip. The Amazon basin covers 7 million km2 (1.7 billion acres), and about half of Bolivia’s land mass, so we decided to head north into the jungle. Rurrenabaque is a rural town at the base of the Amazon and the access point for all adventures into the rainforest or pampas. To get there from La Paz we had the option of taking a bus that we had heard could take anywhere from 30 hours to THREE DAYS, or take a flight for 45 minutes…so of course we flew! It ... read more
The runway
Cocktail by the pool
Monkey on the boat

South America » Bolivia » Beni Department » Rurrenabaque February 23rd 2011

Chers lecteurs, chères lectrices, Nous interrompons notre programmation régulière afin de vous partager des nouvelles en direct de Rurrenabaque, dans la zone nord du pays. Nous apprenons à l'instant que, suite à des pluies torrentielles (rappelons que nous sommes dans la saison des pluies), les eaux de la rivière Béni qui rejoint l'Amazone, ont décuplés jusqu'à inonder à plusieurs niveaux, les rues du petit village de Rurrenabaque. Outre les rues, ce sont des maisons qui voient leur plancher recouvert d'eau, forçant certains habitants à déménager temporairement leurs biens. C'est en revenant d'une excursion de trois jours dans la pampa, qu'Isabelle Lajoie, une Québécoise en visite dans la région, nous apprend que déjà, le niveau de la rivière avait visiblement monté. Puis aux petites heure du matin de la nuit du 21 février, mademoiselle Lajoie dit s'être ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Beni Department » Rurrenabaque February 9th 2011

Well we had a day to fool around in La Paz before our flight to Rurrenabaque, so Amy elected to go for a hike and returned with a sprained ankle and a big grin. It was apparently a very challenging hike, but she rocked it. I spent the day wandering around the Black Market, browsing llama fetuses in the witches market, buying some gifts, exchanging books and generally exploring the City. I also had an incredible steak for lunch! The next morning we jumped on our flight down into the Amazon basin. We heard that the Bolivian Amazon is the most untouched part of the entire jungle, so we figured we would have a great time. We dropped off our gear at a hostel, and went out in the intense humidity to track down one of ... read more
Amy in Rurre
Sign to Vancouver in Rurrenabaque
Bananas by the river

South America » Bolivia » Beni Department » Rurrenabaque February 1st 2011

In rainy season Rurrenabaque can take upwards of 22 hours on a bus from La Paz, this seemed like one bus journey too far so we decided that we would splash out and fly. After shopping around we found that TAM was the cheapest carrier. I had never heard of them but the agent assured us they were perfectly safe - the only difference being they flew from the military airport as opposed to the commercial one. We arrived at a dark terminal the first thing to hit us was the smell which was akin to a farmyard- our eyes adjusted to the light, to see a platoon of soldiers lying about - there were no civilians. At this point we saw a sign and realised that TAM stands for Military Air Transport. After 20 minutes ... read more
Tom{s favourite
never smile at a crocodile
an absolutley huge stork

South America » Bolivia » Beni Department » Rurrenabaque January 18th 2011

Since James was doing the 6088m ice climb, I decided that this wasn´t really my cup of tea and headed off to Rurrenabaque to do a jungle pampas tour. After catching the collectivo (Bolivian minibus) to the airport, I boarded the plane to Rurrenabaque - the 16 seater that had a direct view of the cockpit and propellers! Might as well go in at the deep end for my first solo flight! Luckily for me the flight was only 45 minutes long and we only hit turbulence at the end, when alarms started going off in the cockpit. Upon arrival at the small town, I found myself a hostel recommended in the guide book and was shown to my (very basic) room. Since it was only midday and my tour was not due to start until ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Beni Department » Rurrenabaque January 17th 2011

Nice little town - really just a stop on the way to the Bolivian jungle or pampas. Great city. Shame we didn't have much time to explore but checked out some markets (chose not to buy any llama foetuses). The view of the city on the way in is awesome and the mountain backdrop just beautiful.... read more

South America » Bolivia » Beni Department » Rurrenabaque January 14th 2011

If you fly with TAM do not go to the main airport. You need to be a the military airport, if you do check in at the main terminal go outside and find the minibus that will take you across the tarmac. Quick, easy flight to Rurrembaque to find our 4x4 jeep was in fact a decrepit Toyota Minivan with no openable windows in the back but once on the river, at camp, swimming or trudging through the pampas this was a great adventure.... read more

South America » Bolivia » Beni Department » Rurrenabaque November 16th 2010

My second jungle trip, a 2 day walking tour through Amazon proper ignited my senses like nothing I have ever experienced before. So here follows: A SENSORY JUNGLE EXPERIENCE. The sweet bite of the juice from the tiny mangoes that fell from the trees with a plonk. The sun beating relentlessly down on the beacks of our necks, our scalps and our thighs as we sit in the boat. The occasional cool splash of river water on your cheek as the boat rocks. The welcome sahde dappling your face as you enter the tree line. The sighs of relief and the stagnant heat that makes you flop as you enter that perfect little pituresque clearing with wooden lodges. The sting of sun in your eyes as you look up to the canopy, trying to see the ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Beni Department » Rurrenabaque November 9th 2010

Well that's a tiny plane. Really tiny. Minute. Can that thing really fly? About 12 people aboard the miniscule plane to Rurrenabaque in the Bolivian Amazon. About 12 people having a minor panic attack every time the plane bumped, jiggled or dropped. What's that beeping? I really don't like being able to see in the cock pit. That beeping is still going! Oh god. Oh god. Oh god. But then we are there, touching down smoothly at Rurrenabaque "airport" and it seems like we've all been a little silly really. The "airport" is really just one room of a house and we sit on some plastic seats in the sweltering oppressive heat and wait for our bags. Everyone is already shiny with sweat and flopping considerably, but one Swiss girl and I are loving it. Heat ... read more

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