3 Days / 2 Nights

Pampas: This fascinating landscape, close to Rurrenabaque, is domain of the Yacuma River, which meanders through dense riverside Amazonian forests and streams, connecting small lakes, swamps, wetlands, and grasslands. The region is famous among nature lovers for its high diversity and abundance of major wildlife. Its open, expansive vegetation allows you to closely observe capybaras, pink river dolphins, monkeys (including black howler, squirrel and brown capuchin monkeys), anacondas, caimans and rheas in their habitat: a compelling experience!


Day 1: Rurrenabaque / Pampas
Depart from Rurrenabaque in 4WD at 9:00 and arrive at Caracol Lodge on the Yacuma River about half-past Noon. After lunch, explore the river by dugout canoe to sight pink dolphins, monkeys, capybaras, turtles and great birdlife, including raptors, storks, herons, egrets, toucans, small parrots and macaws. Return to the lodge. (L,D)
Day 2: Pampas
After breakfast, explore more of the Yacuma by canoe. We will make a landing and search on foot in the savannah to locate and observe an Anaconda, the world's largest snake. Return to the lodge for lunch and an opportunity to see pink dolphins, turtles, and capybaras. An afternoon tour provides you opportunities see rheas, anteaters, and monkeys. Optional night boat ride allows you to watch nocturnal life, such as caimans. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Pampas / Rurrenabaque
Enjoy breakfast and last chance to see additional wildlife before lunch. Return to Rurrenabaque: arrive about 5:00 pm. (B,L)
Departures: All year
2011 Rates per person: Prices available upon request.
Tour includes: Caracoles Lodge 3d/2n, accommodation, meals, local guide (basic english) and transport from/to Rurrenabaque.
Not included: Rurrenabaque accommodation and meals, alcoholic drinks, sodas, insurance, airport taxes, Pampas entrance fee and personal expenses.
What to take:
- backpack or dufflebag
- small day pack
- long-sleeved shirts, preferably cotton (to protect yourself from mosquitoes and the sun)
- long cotton pants shorts
- T-shirts sweater or fleece/polartec (to be prepared for a cold front)
- windbreaker/rain poncho
- pair of hiking boots
- pair of sneakers
- pair of sandals or Tevas (river crossings, casual wear around the lodge)
- swimsuit
- socks
- underwear
- sleepwear
- casual clothes for Rurrenabaque
- waterproof folding sun hat with brim
Other items:
- binoculars, best 8x or 10x
- camera film (ASA 50, 100 and 200 are recommended)
- sun block
- mosquito repellent (30% DEET -100% DEET could be too much for your skin)
- flashlight sunglasses
- pocket knife
- a bandanna
- plastic bags (for your camera in the boat and for dirty clothes)
- a photocopy of your passport
- water bottle
- cigarette lighter (even if you don't smoke it will come in handy - candles, etc.)
- bottle of aspirin and any other medications and vitamins you normally use
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