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Bolivia: The Bolivian Amazon

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Most people know about the country’s Andean bowler hats and llamas but a third of Bolivia lies within the Amazon basin, albeit 1,000km from the river itself. Cut off from the highlands for centuries the frontier-feel settlements, savannah, swamps and rainforest have more in common physically and culturally with its neighbour, Brazil. Remote, scarcely populated and rarely visited it’s a region for real adventurers with some of the most bio-diverse rainforest on the planet.

It’s little known that the region has been the theatre for huge chapters of human drama, the vestiges of which remain. Wild tribes – fabled to have founded a sophisticated civilisation - repelled the conquistadores only to be subdued by Jesuit missionaries; later the rubber boom brought immense riches and sophisticated towns. Nowadays abandoned missions, railways, mansions and mills lie alongside vast cattle ranches; the cocaine business brought new prosperity for a few and now eco-tourism has spurred a revival. 

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Our insider tips for The Bolivian Amazon


Stuart Whittington

Exploring the astonishing Madidi National Park, a protected area of diverse landscapes and ecosystems, ranging from 500-5,500m in altitude, from the Andes down to the rainforest. Flora and fauna here lives undisturbed: the staggering statistics (over 700 species of mammal, more than 1,100 of bird, 5,000 of flowering plants) are only surpassed by the thrill of spotting a jaguar or anaconda.


Isabelle Mazille

Rising early to enjoy the symphonic dawn chorus of birds, backed by the thunderous growl of howler monkeys, on the shores of Lake Chalalán, Madidi.  

Ben Line

Ben Line

Cooling down with a sunset beer at a pavement bar in the attractive riverside town of Rurrenabaque. This lively frontier-feel town prospered from the rubber, timber and Brazil nut booms but is now an excellent base for visitors to the nearby rainforest and indian reserves.


Natalie Paiva

Wildlife-spotting on the banks of River Yacuma in the Pampas de Yacuma: Bolivia’s answer to the Brazilian Pantanal. Cattle ranches share the savannah grasslands, swamps and lagoons with a riotous wildlife:  over-flown by toucans and macaws, black caimans laze on the beaches, while roseate spoonbills and giant storks paddle in waters where pink freshwater dolphins play.

What our experts say

The Bolivian Amazon region is still mostly only visited by adventurous backpackers, so few remote are the lodges accepting visitors. But this is not a bad thing: although loggers are now encroaching illegally on some of the pristine rainforest, it is still pretty much undisturbed as you venture further in, with an excellent chance of spotting wildlife on guided explorations. I'm off there in June 2015, so watch this space for an update..

Claire Milner

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