Los Carbones Community/ Buenavista/ Santa Cruz/ Amboró Park

Lowlands, Nature

La Chonta in a Project created by peasant families from Los Carbones community that look up for the development through community tourism. Hosts offer walks over Saguayo River, with the change to swim in its natural pools and discover the primary forest by walking in the path “Los Helechos” which facilitates interpretation and environmental education. In the tropical part of National Park Amboró known for its extraordinary biological richness, is La Chonta community project that invites tourists to know the mysteries of exuberance and primary forest through environmental interpretation paths where walking among the giant ferns, butterflies and other insects of extraordinary size. You will feel the size of an ant! Hosts will have booked a stay full of games and fun, where hospitality is the most important, after your arrival in La Chonta you can take a stroll by  Saguayo River and have the opportunity to swim in the natural pools; discover the primary forest in the walk along the path “Los Helechos” which facilitates the interpretation and environmental education, there will also enjoy the unique landscape of the park from the top of the Mirador, also will see a variety of primates through the walk by Marimonos path. In the mornings, you will enjoy watching a variety of birds in Serere pond, and in the evenings will have the opportunity to hike hopefully allow you to see various forest animals.

Share the daily activities from the community: preparing dishes and performing crafts with elements that nature provides.

Characteristics:

1

Route:

Ecotourism.

Guide:

Spanish speaker.

Difficulty:

Depends on the package.

Comfort:

Regular.

Packages:

Discovering Nature at Parque Amboró - 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Starts: Cochabamba or Santa Cruz
  • Ends: Cochabamba or Santa Cruz

Day 1
At 08:00 a.m. we leave Santa Cruz and head to Buena Vista (a 2 hours ride) where we have a short coffee break at that coffee-growing village. Then we continue our trip to River Surutú where we take our ecological transport to La Chonta hostel. Accommodation and break before lunch that will be prepared by community-based ladies. In the afternoon we go for a walk to River Saguayo along a path where you can watch local fauna and flora, especially birds and mammals. You can also enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystalline waters of natural pools. Return to the hostel and after dinner we spend the night at the La Chonta hostel.

Day 2
Early in the morning we have a short walk for a bird-watch near to Lagunita del Serere, a swampy area that captivates local animals. We return to the hostel for breakfast. Then we pick up our walking along the Sendero Helechos (Fern Path) where our guide will explain about the endemic flora of that primary wood. We go back to La Chonta and head to Buena Vista in order to take our transport to return to Santa Cruz or Cochabamba.

Advice
We recommend our visitors to take fresh clothing with long sleeves, insect repellent and a small rucksack for personal belongings.

Discovering Nature at Parque Amboró - 3 DAYS/2 NIGHT
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Starts: Cochabamba or Santa Cruz
  • Ends: Cochabamba or Santa Cruz

Day 1 At 08:00 a.m. we leave Santa Cruz and head to Buena Vista (a 2 hours ride) where we have a short coffee break at that coffee-growing village. Then we continue our trip to River Surutú where we take our ecological transport to La Chonta hostel. Accommodation and break before lunch that will be prepared by community-based ladies. In the afternoon we go for a walk to River Saguayo along a path where you can watch local fauna and flora, especially birds and mammals. You can also enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystalline waters of natural pools. Return to the hostel, dinner, we spend the night at the La Chonta hostel.

Day 2 Early in the morning we have a short walk for a bird-watch near to Lagunita del Serere, a swampy area that captivates local animals. We return to the hostel for breakfast. Then we pick up our walking along the Sendero Helechos (Fern Path) where our guide will explain about the endemic flora of that primary wood. We go back to the hostel for lunch and in the afternoon you can make your choice among several activity options: daily community activities, cooking of typical dishes, making of some characteristic local handicraft or others. Dinner, accommodation at the hostel, however if you still wish to go for a night walk we can go and watch the footprints of nocturnal animals that live in the Park.

Day 3 After breakfast we go for a last walk along Sendero Marimonos (Spider Monkey Path). After that, we return to La Chonta and head to Buena Vista where we take our transport to go back to Santa Cruz or Cochabamba. Advice We recommend our visitors to take fresh clothing with long sleeves, an insect repellent and a small rucksack for personal belongings.

KAWSAY WASI AND LA CHONTA TROPICS - 5 days/4 nights
  • Difficulty: Average
  • Confort: Good
  • Starts: Santa Cruz
  • Ends: Cochabamba

Day 1  Kawsay Wasi
We leave Cochabamba in the morning at 08:30 and head to the Tropics. After lunch in Villa Tunari town we visit Carrasco National Park, located at a 20 minutes ride from Villa Tunari. There the Kawsay Wasi community guides will lead us along a path that reaches the bat and enigmatic oilbird caves, nocturnal birds that are endemic in the park. Then we’ll enjoy the River San Rafael‘s crystalline water. After that, we return to Villa Tunari for dinner and accommodation.

Day 2  Parque Machia
Early in the morning we head to the rock cocks-of-the-walk, after breakfast we visit “Parque Machia” that is a shelter for ill-treated wild animals – spider, capuchin and squirrel monkeys, badgers, jochis, pumas, bears, sloths, parrots. You certainly will have the chance to watch a wide range of monkeys and parrots. At 12:00 o’clock we have lunch in Villa Tunari and leave to Buena Vista where we spend the night.

Day 3  La Chonta
During the morning we have a short coffee break in that coffee-growing village. Then we continue our trip to River Surutú where we take our ecological transportation to La Chonta hostel for accommodation. Free morning, lunch prepared by the local village women. During the afternoon we go for a walk to River Saguayo along a path where we enjoy the local fauna and flora, especially birds and mammals. You can have a refreshing swim in the crystalline water natural pools. After that we go back to the hostel, after dinner accommodation at La Chonta hostel.

Day 4  Sendero Helechos (Fern Path)
Early in the morning we go for a bird-watch walk near Lagunita del Serere, a swampy area that captivates local animals. We go back to the hostel for breakfast and afterwards we head for another walk along the Fern Path where our guide explains us about the endemic flora of that primary forest.  We return to the hostel for lunch and during the afternoon we can make our choice among several options: daily village activities, typical meal cooking, making of some characteristic local handicraft or others. Dinner and accommodation at the hostel and if you like we can still go for another night walk in order to watch the footprints of nocturnal animals that live in the Park.

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