Bolivia's Amazon Tour
Bolivia’s Amazon Basin tour is by far one of the most exhilarating and unforgettable travel tips you can do in the country. The entire area is a pristine example of nature at it’s finest and one that has been left untouched by man. Getting there is actually quite easy as there are numerous companies with whom you can book a small flight and other travel arrangements.
We first took a small plane from La Paz to just outside the Amazon river basin. The journey was surprisingly comfortable, despite travelling on the smallest plane I’ve ever been in. After a few hours we arrived and made our way to the river’s edge where we boarded a small kayak that would take us to our log cabin. This trip was incredible! We saw so many animals including different types of monkeys, birds and fish. When we reached the log cabin we were somewhat startled by the presence of an alligator literally a few feet from the edge of the cabin platform. It was a great chance to get up close to an alligator and we were further surprised that our guide decided to feed it chicken pieces! It snapped at them and devoured them quickly. There was no need to be too concerned though since the log cabin was situated a few feet above the water meaning the alligator could never get up onto it, unless it learned to climb small ladders.
Later that night after a delicious dinner cooked over a small fire, we got back on the kayak and went searching for cayman. I have to say; this little journey was at some points completely terrifying. With the various sounds of the jungle – from wild boars fighting each other, the croaking of frogs and insects, monkeys howling, and all in near pitch black, we were quite scared. We managed to find a few cayman but they only stayed visible for a few seconds, as the light from our torches would scare them away. Once it had become fully dark the only way to distinguish the cayman was from the glow in their eyes. The journey was filled with numerous games including ones in which our guide asked us to guess the animal that was making the sound – which was surprisingly difficult!
On the second day we woke up bright and early with the sunrise to find that we were going on a little trip in the kayak again. This time we would be searching for more wildlife and would be catching our own lunch! Lunch today, was none other than piranha! We were given small hooks attached to a piece of string and told to use them like a fishing rod. The bait was stuck to the hook and thrown into the water. After a minute or so the Piranha in the area began to appear. When the string had become taut we quickly pulled it out to get our catch of the day! I had a bit of difficulty catching some at first, but eventually managed to catch one. This day too we also went on the hunt for anacondas. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to find one but we saw plenty of other creatures along the way which more than made up for it.
How to get there: I was lucky enough to be staying in a hostel that had its own travel information area and so we booked our flight and accommodation quite easily for the 3 days we would be there.
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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 04:46
posted by Charles2
Each flight would cost you around 100 USD. A tour day with just basic needs is around 40 USD. If you want more luxury, you pay more per day obviously. So if you start from La Paz with a plane and return, prices for 3 day tours start from 300 USD.Report
[quote name="gary"]How much did the trip cost? I´m in Bolivia next couple of weeks and thinking of ´doing´ Amazon basin...[/quote]
Monday, 26 November 2012 13:55
posted by gary
How much did the trip cost? I´m in Bolivia next couple of weeks and thinking of ´doing´ Amazon basin...Report
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