Where to Go
- Carrasco National Park
- Machía park for the rehabilitation of wild animals
- Amboró National Park
- Villa Tunari and Buena Vista
What to See
- Rain forest wildlife and flora.
- Exuberant vegetation.
- “Guacharos” or oilbirds and different species of bats.
- Waterfalls, natural pools and more.
What to Do
- Jungle trekking
- Swimming in natural pools
Route & Tour Duration
The trip is by road from Cochabamba or Santa Cruz. Minimum tour time: 2 day. Best suggested tour time: 3 days.
From Cochabamba you can connect visits to Toro Toro Park, Incallajta, share with Andean Artisans and from Santa Cruz with Chiquitania, Noel Kempff Park and Samaipata. When finishing your tour in this cities you can connect to international Flights.
Sajama, Trekking and Coloured Chullpas - 4 days / 3 night
- Starts: La Paz (or Oruro)
- Ends: La Paz (or Oruro)
At 08:30 a.m. we pick you up at your hotel in La Paz and head to the centre of Parque Nacional Sajama: the Tomarapi community hostel where you will find all modern comfort and talented community-based cooks and guides. After lunch we have a walk along Huaña Khota lagoon in order to watch the vicuñas and we venture to wander in the proximity of the geysers. Late in the afternoon we go for a bathe in the enjoyable Manasaya hot springs. Dinner and accommodation in Tomarapi.
After second day’s breakfast, we go for a walk into the queñua woods, the trees that grow at the highest altitude in the world. We slowly climb to the Tomarapi high mountain camp located on the snow-covered mountain slope at a 5,000 meters altitude. From there you will enjoy a panoramic view on Parque Nacional Sajama. There we have lunch. In the afternoon on our way back we take a break at some pre-Inca ruins. We reach the hostel at 5:00 p.m. Dinner and accommodation at the Tomarapi hostel. If we are lucky we will view some local fauna species such as puma, vizcacha, suri (Andean ostrich).
The third day we leave the Park early in the morning and head to Macaya village that is the entrance of Río Lauca route. There we have lunch. After that our local guide takes us for a visit to the archaeological area where you will watch the Coloured Chullpas, pre-Inca XII-century tombs. Then we walk to the lagoon where you can view the three species of flamingos that live there. About the middle of the afternoon we return to Tomarapi for dinner and accommodation.
The fourth day morning we have a walk through the bofedales (swamps) where the community-based families breed llamas and alpacas. After lunch we say goodbye to Tomarapi and return to La Paz. On our way back we stop in Curahuara de Carangas and visit its colonial church, known as the Altiplano “Sistin Chapel”. We reach La Paz around 06.00 pm. End of our round trip services.
We recommend our visitors to take warm clothing, walking shoes, a hat, sun-block cream and a sleeping bag.
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.
Villa Amboró - 3 DAYS/2 NIGHT
Day 1 Santa Cruz – Villa Amboró
Depart in the morning from the Santa Cruz city, headed to the town of Buena Vista (2h) where we make a short stop for a coffee tasting. We will return to the journey to the Rio Surutú to the hostel Villa Amboró Community. We accommodate and rest a while before lunch. In the afternoon, a walk in the “Sendero Maravilla”, this path shows the different forest species that allow interpretation of the nature of a rainforest; you can see the traces of different species of mammals, hear the birds singing and observe the variety of butterfly species that inhabit the place. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 Villa Amboró
After breakfast we will walk the path Tatucitos, with 1,400 mts. away, we can identify more than 80 species of trees properly marked with their scientific and common names for easy interpretation, and a large variety of orchids that adorn the path with their colors and sizes. Hopefully you will see some species of small mammals that inhabit the area, although these are characterized as evasive and avoid the presence of man so that traces of them can be spotted during the ride Tatucitos and give you an idea of the diversity there mammal. We can take a refreshing dip in its two pools with views on an impressive waterfall of 50 meters high from which falls a beautiful stream of water increasing the natural beauty of the place.
Day 3 Villa Amboró – Santa Cruz
We will make our final tour of the trails close to the lodge and depart for the town of Buena Vista, after lunch we will find the vehicle that will take us back to the city of Santa Cruz and Cochabamba.
Advice: Bring light clothing and long sleeves, insect repellent and a small backpack for your personal belongings.
- Guided Activities
- Tickets to the attractions
- Memories or souvenirs
- Alcoholic beverages
Discovering Nature at Parque Amboró - 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT
- Difficulty: Easy
- Starts: Cochabamba or Santa Cruz
- Ends: Cochabamba or Santa Cruz
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.
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.
We recommend our visitors to take fresh clothing with long sleeves, insect repellent and a small rucksack for personal belongings.
COCHABAMBA TROPICS - 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT - $75
- Difficulty: Regular
- Confort: Good
- Starts: Cochabamba
- Ends: Cochabamba
Day 1 Kawsay Wasi
We leave Cochabamba at 08:30 a.m. and head to the Tropics. After lunch in Villa Tunari, we visit Parque Nacional Carrasco, located at a 20 minutes ride from Villa Tunari. There Kawsay Wasi community guides will take you on a path leading to the bat and enigmatic oilbird caves. Those nocturnal birds are endemic in the Park. After that you can go for a dip in the crystalline river San Rafael water before returning to Villa Tunari for dinner.
As to the second day you can make your choice between two options: Day 2 Option 1: After a tropical breakfast, we take a rafting and navigate on river Espíritu Santo. After lunch in Villa Tunari, we return to Cochabamba, arrival around 5:00 p.m. Option 2: After a tropical breakfast, visit of Parque “Machia” , an animal shelter for ill-treated wild animals such as spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, badgers, jochis, pumas, bears, sloths, several kinds of parrots. You can be quite sure that you will view many monkeys and parrots. Lunch at your hotel at 12:00, and, after that, departure to Cochabamba, arrival around 5:00 p.m. Advices We recommend you to take fresh clothing, comfortable shoes, repellent, sunglasses and a sun-block cream.