The San Miguel del Bala community opens its doors to you to offer you a window to their way of life, also allowing you to see how this tourism project has positively affected the community. Aside from traditional life of the jungle, you'll be able to observe the plants and wildlife of Madidi National Park, one of the most richly diverse tropical rainforests in the world.
In the morning we'll meet at the agreed-upon meeting point and time and head together towards the port where a motorboat will be waiting to take us up the river to the village 45 minutes away. Upon our arrival at the simple eco-lodge where we will spend our first night, we'll enjoy a welcoming drink of fruits of the season, we'll have time to accommodate ourselves in our private cabins. Afterwards, we'll head into the jungle with our guide, who will teach us the ancient trapping techniques of the Tacana. Then it will be time for a tasty lunch prepared back at the lodge by local cooks.
After lunch, we'll explore the village, visiting sites in the community such as the guide's home and the school. We'll participate in the construction of the thatched roofing which tops the homes in the village, and learn how to squeeze sugar cane for a juice.
In the morning we'll awaken to the singing of tropical birds and start the day by enjoying a replenishing breakfast riverside. After breakfast, we embark in our boat for Madidi National Park, along first the River Beni and then the River Tuichi. During the 90 minute river trip you'll have the opportunity to observe a variety of wildlife drawn to the riverside, as well as the cayman alligators.. At the eco-lodge in Madidi National Park we'll accommodate ourselves in our rooms and freshen up before meeting with the guide to choose the jungle trails which you wish to explore. Among others, we'll keep our eyes peeled for colorful butterflies and tropical birds, bright frogs and snakes, and monkeys. There will also be the opportunity to go on an evening hike so that we can observe the nocturnal wildlife that brings life to the nights of the tropical rainforest.
Our final day in Madidi National Park we'll have the morning to further explore the jungle. After lunch back at the eco-lodge and a rest during the midday heat, we'll embark along the Tuichi River anew. Along the way we'll observe the bright macaws nesting along riverside cliffs. In the afternoon we'll arrive back in the town of Rurrenabaque.
*Vegetarian options available; please request at the time of reserving.
*This tour begins and ends in Rurrenabaque, but we can arrange for your transport from and/or to La Paz by flight or bus at an additional cost if you so desire.
*Long-sleeved shirts and long pants in a lighweight fabric, alongwith insect repellent, will help protect you from insect-bourne diseases such as yellow fever and dengue.