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Immersion in the impressive Amazonian basin in Bolivia

The Amazon basin, occupies two thirds of the entire Bolivian territory. Still unknown, this immense region offers one of the most impressive natural spectacles of Bolivia. We start our tour with Amboró National Park. Nature reserve located between 280 and 3200 meters of altitude, it is the habitat of a multitude of species of birds as well as innumerable mammals like the jaguar or the bear with glasses through a great variety of monkeys. Its flora is also full of surprise with its giant ferns or monkey cactus ... We continue our journey with the missions of the Chiquitanía, founded by the Jesuits in the late seventeenth century; they are considered as true jewels of Baroque architecture. We continue our journey a little further north, crossing huge "estancias" before embarking on the river Mamoré where a cruise on the "Reina de Enin," awaits us. Imagine waking up with the sound of parrots and monkeys. Look out the window and see at dawn the pink dolphins swim between the caimans and the piranhas. In short, this tour is for lovers of beauty in all its splendor and diversity.

12 Days

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PROGRAMME DAY TO DAY

DAY
1

Santa Cruz

Your guide and a private driver will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel.
Transfer in the morning to the Güembé Park, 15 minutes from Santa Cruz. This 24 hectares paradise is a mix of tropical forest, lagoons and crystal clear water, and also keeps one of the biggest "butterflies house" in the World and a orchids collection.
Guided visit (in english) of the buildings (butterflies house, butterflies reproduction laboratory, orchids temple, termites castle...) then free time, to enjoy a swim, a kayak tours or a hike along marked tracks in the nature.
Night at the Armonia hotel***.

DAY
2

Santa Cruz - Samaipata

Departure from the hotel at 8:30 a.m. to go to the Inca fortress of Samaipata by private vehicle. Beautiful area between the Amazon and the Andes where we can see the remains of the most isolated Inca fortress of the empire, built to control the invasion of the Guaranis Indians.

Visit of the site. Lunch and dinner included.

Night in bungalows.

DAY
3

Samaipata - Amboro Park

Departure at 8:30 a.m. to go to the Amboro Park´s forest, where we can observe a few species of giant ferns only found in Bolivia (Dicksonia Sellowiana and Alsophila Incana) as well as many wild orchids species. Hike before the return to Samaipata.

Cold lunch included. Dinner included.

Night at the volcanos´ shelter.

DAY
4

Amboro Park - Santa Cruz

We enjoy a delicious tropical breakfast in the morning before heading out on the heights of the shelter to enjoy a panoramic view of the park Amboro. With a little luck we will have the opportunity to observe some typical bird species of the region.
Back to the shelter to enjoy a deserved swim in the natural pools nearby.
Then transfer by car to Bermejo after lunch.
Back to Santa Cruz in the late afternoon.
Cold lunch included.
Night at the Armonia hotel***.

DAY
5

Santa Cruz - Concepción

Departure from the hotel at 08:30am for a journey by private vehicle, with a first stop in San Javier (3 hours on sealed road). This first jesuit mission was founded in 1691 and also hosted the first music school and a violins fabrication workshop.
After lunch we will drive to Concepcion 70 km further to the East (1h30), with a stop the "piedras de Paquio" site a geological formation with balanced rocks.
Free time for the rest of the day.
Night at the Gran Hotel Concepción****.

DAY
6

Concepción - San Ignacio

Visit in the morning of the church and the Missions museum which was the birthplace of the General Hugo Branzer (dictator then Bolivia president in the 70s and 90s). Original handwritten scores which were played in the missiones are exhibited in the museum. They were conserved thanks to the indians who kept these documents and transmitted them after the jesuits were expelled from the Spain Kingdom in 1767.
Lunch in Concepcion then trip to San Ignacio (3h30 on dirt track). The church which was destroyed in 1948 was totally rebuilt in 2001.
Night at hotel La Mision*****.

DAY
7

San Ignacio - San Jose de Chiquitos

Early departure to San Miguel and San Rafael. The opulence of these missions contrasts with the quietness of this forgotten villages. We will continue to Santa Ana which missions was destroyed by the indians after the jesuits had left.
After lunch we will follow a long track through all the mennonite country until San José de Chiquitos. The low lights of the end of the day are a pleasure for the photograph lovers.
Night at hotel Villa Chiquitana****

DAY
8

San Jose de Chiquitos - Santa Cruz

The village of San José at the base of the Turubo mount is founded a few kilometers from the original site of Santa Cruz. The city was quickly displaced to become the metropole as it is now known.
Visit of the missionary site in the morning. This site contrasts with the rest of the circuit as the lack of big trees in the area implied that the building were made with stones.
We will then head West following the railway of the "Oriente" linking Santa Cruz with Brazil. After crossing the bridge over the Rio Grande (same bridge than the train!) we will join the sealed road leading to Santa Cruz (5 hours drive from San José on road).
Night at the Armonia hotel***.

DAY
9

Santa Cruz - Trinidad - - Flotel

Your guide and a private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport.
Domestic flight Santa Cruz - Trinidad.
Arrival in Trinidad before midday, pick up and transfer (with private vehicle and then by private motor barge) to the Mamore River (or the Rio Ibarré River from January to June). Board on the Flotel then visit of the Yuracaré Community's at the Mamoré River.

DAY
10

Flotel -

DAY
11

Flotel -

The activities on the program may vary depending on the location of the boat the day you embark.
The cruse days are interrupted by excursions by boat, on foot or on horse back to the surrounding areas.
Included in the daily program, amongst other things:
Discovery of animal life
- Dozens of bird species: toucans, parrots, tapacares, king fishers, marabous, herons and other wader birds…
- Bufeos (pink dolphins) amongst which we can swim, fresh water turtles, pacus, piranhas...
- Caimans and anacondas
- Monkeys (howling, whistling, chichilos…)
- Capihuaras (the biggest rodent in the world), tapirs and tamanoirs…
Discovery of the flora
Victoria Regia (giant water lily), palm trees of all sorts, tropical wood, cacao, medicinal plants still being used by the local inhabitant …
Meetings with the community of indigenous people, visit of the estancias in the nearby areas, excursion to archaeological sites from the Moxo civilization…
All the meals on board are included (cold drinks during the excursions).

DAY
12

Trinidad - - Santa Cruz - Flotel

Domestic flight Trinidad - Santa Cruz.
Your guide and a private driver will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel.
Departure from the Flotel in a private motor barge (times of each one´s planning). Then transfer by private vehicle to the Trinidad airport.
Return flight Trinidad – La Paz or Santa Cruz (1h30 / schedule vary depending on the day of the flight).
Night at the Armonia hotel***.