MADIDI NATIONAL PARK – BOLIVIA
(P3) TARECHE PROGRAM
3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS
Day 1: Rurrenabaque – Madidi National Park (Bolivian Amazon)
08:30: Departure by motorboat from Rurrenabaque to the Madidi National Park. The trip up the Beni and Tuichirivers takes 3 hours and is a great opportunity to spot wildlife and admire the impressive landscape of the Amazon, such as the famous Bala Canyon.
12:30: Arrival to Madidi Jungle Ecolodge and accommodation in our traditional-style cabins.
13:00: Lunch and time to relax in the hammocks.
15:00: After lunch we set out for a 3-hour guided hike along the Tareche Trail. This is an opportunity to observe a variety of bird species, mainly macaws and parrots, and to appreciate the surrounding tropical rainforest. You may spot different animals such as the white-lipped peccary, the brown capuchin monkey and the red howler monkey. After hiking along the Aguapolo riverbank, we return to the ecolodge by the Wabu Trail.
19:30: Dinner at the ecolodge. After eating, you will have the opportunity to go on a short night hike to experience the nocturnal wildlife. During the walk you will be able to see amphibians and insects, such as the tarantula. You can take in the jungle symphony produced by uncountable varieties of wildlife.
Day 2: Madidi National Park (Bolivian Amazon)
07:30: Breakfast at the ecolodge. After breakfast, we set out on a 3-4hour guided hike along the Biwa Trail, where black spider monkeys are often encountered. Along this trail you will stop at the natural Madidi scenic viewpoint for a panoramic view of the rainforest canopy. Return to the ecolodge along the Tareche Trail.
12:30: Lunch and an opportunity to relax in the hammocks.
15:00: We will go on a 3-hour guided walk via the Mapajo and Almendrillo Trails. Along these trails, you’ll appreciate the Giant Kapok Tree, Almendrillo Tree and the Strangler Fig Tree. Your guide will provide an in-depth explanation of the diverse species of plants used for medicinal purposes. It is a great opportunity to learn about the Amazon ecosystems while observing the pristine environment and different wildlife species. Return to the ecolodge along the Dati Trail.
19:30: Sample a traditional dinner of Dunucuabi (catfish wrapped in leaves) at the lodge and enjoy free time.
Day 3: Madidi National Park (Bolivian Amazon) – Rurrenabaque - La Paz
07:30: Breakfast at the ecolodge. Then we will take a boat upstream along the Tuichi river to the Serere Trail. A hike via the jungle floodplain to the Piraña lagoon offers a chance to see yellow squirrel monkeys before stopping to fish for piranha. After fishing, we will stop at a large, recently discovered, salt lick to learn more about the animal behavior. Return to the lodge by boat.
12:30: Lunch followed by free time before returning to Rurrenabaque.
14:00: Return to Rurrenabaque by boat. On the way back, you will have an option to visit Caquiahuara to see red and green macaws and other species of parrot. Bird sighting can be done anytime of year but is more frequent from May to November. The return trip takes only 2 hours.
16:00: Arrival in Rurrenabaque. Transfer to your hotel or the airport.
NB: Please note this program is flexible and we are happy to discuss any special requirements with you. Tubing can be organized or substituted for a different activity if required.