Blogs from Amboro National Park, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia, South America


Cette semaine à l’association, nous avons participé à un atelier sur la commercialisation avec la CIOEC. Paul et moi avons pu présenter notre projet d’AMAP aux responsables des communautés paysannes qui avaient fait le déplacement. Notre proposition a été plutôt bien accueillie, et les gens de l’association étaient contents de notre prestation à l’oral. Bref, que du positif ! Et puis ce week-end, la toussaint (le 2 Novembre ici) tombait un dimanche, alors les boliviens ont refait le coup du « on va dire qu’en fait ça tombe lundi » pour avoir leur jour férié. Nous ça nous arrange, comme on n’a pas beaucoup le temps de voyager, on en a profité pour partir trois jours en expédition dans le parc naturel d’Amboro. Vendredi soir, on prend donc le bus de nuit pour Santa Cruz, notre ... read more

We took a 12 hour bus ride on one of the famous Argeninian buses from cafayate to the border of bolivia where we waited for about 2 hours in the que to cross the border once over the border we hailed a cab and went to the bank where we met a Norwegian girl, Camilla and a New Zealand guy, Scott who agreed to share the 2 hour cab drive with us in which ride we climbed approximately 1800m to reach an altitude of 3000 metres. We knew that the altitude hadn't effected us because upon arrival in the little town of tupiza we were famished and grabbed a delicious burger with bacon on it ( first time in South America I found bacon). John and I treated ourselves to a hotel with a pool and ... read more

Dneska rano se odehral takovy maly zazrak - nas pruvodce rekl, ze se potkame v 7 a skutecne tam i byl na minutu presne!!! jeste jsme meli maly problem s domaci, ktera chtela zaplatit - asi ji doslo, ze psi lejna se nam moc nelibily a asi budeme delat problemy. Rekli jsme ji, ze zaplatime az se vratime. Nasedli jsme do dzipu a asi hodinu se prokousavali dzungli, brodili asi 4 ricky. Pak uz jen sama dzungle, my v ni, nechani na pospas hmyzu a zveri. Vsude zeleno, dusno a spousta letajiciho hmyzu ci ceho. Videli jsme nejake ptaky, tarantule, stovky motylu, stopy tapiru, jelena, pumy a krik opic. Mravenci jsou vsudypritomni a jakmile se na chvili zastavite, uz po vas lezou jako po strome nebo se podivate pod nohy a vidite mravenci dalnici primo pod ... read more
koka je dobra/ coca is good
velke koreny-mala lama/big roots-small lama
zla palma/angry palm

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Amboro NP
Amboro NP
Amboro NP

Wheather was not really much better today, but whatever! I wanted to see cloud forest and spend some energy! Luckily, a hardy troupe of 2 british, 1 american and 1 israeli, as well as even more hardy Carmelo the guide wanted to be out and about in the cloud forest as well, so off we went. And it was soo worth it! As if to reward as for being the only tourists (well, we all prefer "travellers", don't we?) venturing out into the Amboro National Park, it didn't really rain all day - but it really was cloudy. Luckily, we took the cloud forest tour and not the panoramic hillside walk. I will just add some pictures and let them speak for themselves: it was a fantastic day between - or under - giant ferns (truly ... read more
cloud forest
cloud forest
...and that´s a small fern...

So as said, finding tours, and making a plan was a bit of a mission. But in the end, all falls in place, of course, and by now I think we know we managed to do a couple of different things, which most people don´t even bother looking into. The eastern part of Bolivia is relatively unexplored by big hoards of backpackers and tourists (apart from the death train from the Brazilian border maybe). First up, 3 day guided hike thrugh the northern end of Amboro National Park. Courtesy of a Dutch tour operator in Santa Cruz Ruta Verde we were picked up by one of those crazy taxi drivers, who at a cut-throat rate raced us to Buena Vista. There, we met our friendly local guide, Jullian, whose wife had prepared a little breakfast for ... read more
Some of many bright butterflies!
Rene with Julian at his "2nd house", having lunch day 1
Rain day 1, all good for the waterfalls !

In August of 2006 my friend and I did a trip to Park Amboro. We can recommend this to everybody! We visited the north side of the park. We booked our trip at the Dutch tour agency Ruta Verde in Santa Cruz. They were very helpfull and the trip was well organised. The north side of Amboro is pure jungle, 100% tropical rainforest, exactly what we wanted and even more beautiful than we expected. We saw plenty of monkeys (3 different species!), an animal named jochi?, beautiul butterflies, thick rainforest trees and we visited numerous waterfalls. Pictures will follow soon! :-) So long, Emiel... read more

So finaly left LaPaz and headed west for Santa Cruz which was to be my base for the Jungle Trip.... There were 2 options from here one Being Noel Kempth Park that ive mentioned previous and the other Amborro National Park... Now i didn't realise how expensive and exclusive the Noel Park would be so i had to go on the Amborro one but as i was keen to get the best experience i found a small eco tour group to go with and it was really good!!!! Read On!!! So got me trip, a 3 day 2 night one with only 2 other people and the guide, now this was good for 2 reasons!! firstly the less people the more quiet you can be and secondly they were an Argentian couple (Alan 57, Betrise 50, ... read more
Jungle - Amborro National Park
Pretty Petals...

two-days and a night...we totally booked, Amboro, on a spur of the moment with a local tour operator in the historic center which I guess is a good thing. We were instructed to wear longsleeves and light coloured clothing and make sure to take bug repellant! We hired a tent and a few other essentials and decided even if the mosquitos ate us alive they wouldn't ruin our fun and it was LOTS of fun. Little did we know that the mosquitos would be the least of our worries but that the ants would be the ones to attack, stealth style, during the night while we slept... Early morning rise, reminded the owner of Hotel Italia that we'd be leaving very early in the morning, um, so she wouldn't think we spent the entire day in ... read more
ooh, la la
the plant used to make fine white hats
track of a Puma

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