Nuevos Horizontes Communities, Rurrenabaque / Beni

Amazon, Culture, Nature

Trips for appreciate communitarian efforts to reach sustainable development. This tour is the ideal complement to traditional touristic activities that offer in Rurrenabaque, where we invite you to walk in the jungle in an area of plentiful biodiversity, whose protection is possible thanks to communities action. During the day you will visit the communities of: Nuevo Horizontes where the craftswoman association “Tres Palmas”, will welcome you with arms wide open, and show you how to convert fibers of different palm leaves into colorful handcrafted objects.

In Playa Ancha you will see how communities have implemented different agroforesty systems of fish farming and livestock; with the objective to optimize the use of lands and extend the diversity of ecologic products. And finally in New Esperanza the Woman Association “El Progreso” will teach the convert process that offers wild fruits of the jungle to convert in exotic liqueurs, jams and others.  If your stay lasts for 2 or 3 additional days, we propose you to visit the indigenous T’simane community that will pass on part of their ancestral wisdom about the local fauna and flora.

Characteristics:

1

Route:

Live culture, Ecotourism.

Guide:

Spanish speaker.

Difficulty:

Depends on the package.

Comfort:

Depends on the package.

Packages:

one day for the communitys - 1 DAY
  • Difficulty: Regular
  • Confort: Good
  • Starts: Rurrenabaque
  • Ends: Rurrenabaque

Programme
We invite you to go for a walk across the forest where you will find an abundant biodiversity whose protection is possible thanks to the village community actions. We will explain you our initiative to protect the environment as a whole while walking through this natural area that isn’t benefitted by any kind of support by public institutions but whose conservation is achieved through the communities own efforts and supported by tourism. During the day we will show you, among others, the sustainable use of timber and medicinal plants. We will share our knowledge and exchange experiences as regards sustainable use of the forest and natural sites.

At first we visit Nuevos Horizontes village where the “Tres palmas” craftswomen association will receive you with open arms and show you how to transform fibre from different kinds of palm-tree leaves into beautiful hats, fans and a wide range of multi-coloured objects that offers you a new opportunity to learn and experience sustainable development.

In Nueva Esperanza, at “El Progreso” Women’s Association, who are from lowlands cultural origin, ecological fruit is transformed in an ecological way into wine, jam and nectar that contain plenty of nutrients. You will be able to try exotic products from the Reserva Pilón Lajas.

In Playa Ancha you will visit Don Eusebio’s family who is from Quechua origin, and you will get acquainted with the way they implemented different agro-forestry, reforestation, pisciculture and cattle-breeding systems in order to optimize the use of soil and widen the diversity of ecological products.

Advice
We recommend you to take fresh clothing, comfortable shoes, repellent, sunglasses and sun-block cream.

Three days for the communitys
  • Difficulty: Regular
  • Confort: Rustic
  • Starts: Rurrenabaque
  • Ends: Rurrenabaque

Programme
We invite you to go for a walk across the forest in an area enjoying an abundant biodiversity whose protection is possible thanks to the village community actions. We will explain you our initiative to protect the environment as a whole whose conservation is achieved through the communities own efforts and supported by tourism.

Day 1
During the first day we will show you, among others, the sustainable use of timber and medicinal plants. We will share our knowledge and exchange experiences as regards sustainable use of the forest and natural sites. We will camp that night.

Day 2
On the second day we will visit the indigenous T’simane community who are excellent experts as to the deep forest. They will transmit part of their ancestral wisdom about local fauna and flora. Through this exploration round trip you will learn how to survive in the forest. Once more we camp that night.

Day 3
On the third day we visit Nuevos Horizontes village where we meet craftswomen from different cultural origin, most of them coming from the lowlands. They will teach you how to transform raw materials into wonderful hats, small boxes and all kinds of handicrafts. After that we head to Playa Ancha where you will meet Don Eusebio, who is from Quechua origin, and you will get acquainted with the way he implemented different agro-forestry, reforestation, pisciculture and cattle-breeding systems in order to optimize the use of soil and widen the diversity of ecological products. We finally go to El Chocolatal where local women transform wild fruit into exotic wine, jam nectar and other totally natural products.

Advice
We recommend you to take fresh clothing, comfortable shoes, repellent, sunglasses and sun-block cream.

Bolivian Amazon - 4 DAYS /3 Nights
  • Difficulty: Average
  • Comfort: Good
  • Starts: La Paz
  • Ends: La Paz

Day 1
The first day morning we pick you up at your hotel in La Paz and take you to El Alto airport in order to take a flight to Rurrenabaque (40mn) Amazon town, along that flight you will enjoy an amazing view on the Cordillera Real mountain range. In the afternoon guides of TES – Turismo Ecológico Social or Social Ecological Tourism – will take you to the Nuevos Horizontes village, where the craftswomen association will show you the whole Jipi Japa (palm) manufacturing process. After that we go back to Rurrenabaque where we have dinner together with the TES guide, followed by accommodation in a comfortable hotel.

Day 2
The second day we travel by boat to Chalalán on river Beni and later get to Madidi on river Tuichi watching the fauna and the Bolivian Amazon spectacular landscape. That outward trip takes 5 to 6 hours. In the afternoon we go for a short walk along the Paraba path where your guide will show you building plants, useful timber, palms and traditional and sustainable use of the natural resources. After dinner we suggest a short nocturnal (1 to 2 hours) canoe trip in order to watch amphibians, night birds, fishing bats and alligators that are easily sighted because of the amazing glittering of their eyes.

Day 3
The third day morning we will walk through the primary forest watching and learning about the close forest and the wildlife. After lunch we’ll have a nap on the hammocks or a swim in Lake Chalalán. In the afternoon we invite you to another walk to learn about medicine plants and other forest resources. After that we go back to the hostel by boat and have a traditional “dunucuabi” dinner.  Later we propose a short nocturnal walk along the Paraba or Silbador path. Back in the hostel you can join the traditional Quechua – Tacana night show with music and local dances performed by the San José de Uchupiamonas village community.

Day 4
Buffet-type breakfast at the hostel dining-room and after that a short walk to the Chalalán port to board a boat for your return trip to Rurrenabaque. This return trip by boat takes 3 hours. During the trip we recommend you to pay attention to the Bolivian Amazon fauna. Back in Rurrenabaque we’ll take you to the airport. At the El Alto airport, a driver will be waiting for you to transfer you to your La Paz hotel.

Advices
We recommend our visitors to carry light clothing, an insect repellent and a small
rucksack for personal belongings.

Meeting Bolivian Amazon Communities - 4 days/3 nights
  • Difficulty: Average
  • Confort: Good
  • Starts: Rurrenabaque
  • Ends: Rurrenabaque

Programme
At your arrival at Rurrenabaque airport, a TES (Turismo Ecológico Social – Social Ecological Tourism) guide will pick you up and take you to your hotel. After lunch starts the visit to several TES village communities, there you will be able to take part in the initiatives that people from those village communities set up in order to benefit local economy and environment. In those communities you will watch the Bolivian Amazon actualities: the encounter between migrant highlanders and indigenous native lowlanders. After that visit you return to Rurrenabaque where you have dinner together with your TES guide enjoying the delicious local fish dishes, followed by accommodation in a first class Rurrenabaque hotel.

After second day breakfast, we take a boat and head to Mapajo village. Along that enjoyable trip we cross River Beni, river Bala until river Quiquibey located within the Pilón Lajas Biosphere Reserve. We get there at noon and after accommodation we have lunch at the village community hostel. After lunch we will be guided along the Mapajo path and we will be allowed to make some handicrafts with forest products.  At the end of the afternoon, there is a traditional dinner followed by a cultural night show made up of music, story-telling and dancing together with the villagers.

After third day breakfast, we visit the River Quiquibey inhabitants. We have lunch on the “Laguna Memé” shore. After lunch we go for another walk along the “Paraba parrot path” and at night we go for a nocturnal walk in order to watch the fauna near to the river.

After fourth day breakfast we say goodbye to our hosts and head to the river to board a traditional canoe that will take us to Rurrenabaque. Transfer to the Rurrenabaque airport to take a flight to La Paz.

Advices
We recommend our visitors to take fresh clothing, insect repellent and a small rucksack for your personal belongings.

 

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