Most pampa-tours are heading to río Yacuma in the district Santa rosa. We took the "Eco-tours" (25USD/person/day in 10/2002) and were really excited, our guide (Akim or may be Joachim) made his best to show us everything possible, including climbing trees and lianas in order to show us howler monkeys, we saw of course lots of aligators, pink...more
A great 3 days tour into the pampa, to watch loads of animals (crocodiles, monkeys, anacondas, cobras, piranhas, cat-fishes, birds, pink dolphins...) and great sunrise and sunset... You have to do it (even if it's only to feed the mandatory mosquitoes).We had choosen Amazonica Travel (15 USD per day, but it was crisis over there), and it was really...more
Hard : you will throw out your lungs to get on the top of the hill (you will see the white cross from below). But, you will attend a great scenery, with a huge part of tropical landscape (green trees). Begin climbing at 17.00 in order to attend the sunset - then get down quickly (though carefully) : the mosquitoes will attack you after 18.00...Dur...more
The place is large, the food is great, the welcome is excellent... Though, we have to admit that the owner is not that flexible (the drinks are twice the price in the other places of the city)...L'endroit est grand, la bouffe est bonne, l'accueil est bon... Toutefois, on doit admettre que le proprio n'est pas tres flexible sur le prix de ses...more
In a large patio, you will be welcomed by the south-american 50's music....Then, enjoy your meal...Dans un grand patio, vous serez accueillis par de la musique sud-americaine des annees 50...Apres, bon appetit... The speciality of the restaurant : the Surubi with garlic ... 20 bolivianos (2.5 USD) : you will never forget it..La specialite de la...more
You can't miss the place (it's written Internet in big letters, even if there is no Internet for the moment) and you can't miss the food... The pastas with garlic are simply delicious, and the juices are really great... All this is really cheap, of course...Vous pouvez pas louper l'enseigne (c'est ecrit Internet en grosses lettres, meme s'il n'y a...more
Great place to drink and play pool : furthermore, you can choose the music you want !!!
Not that cheap, though...
Super endroit pour boire et jouer au billard : en plus, vous pouvez choisir votre musique !
Pas donne, toutefois...
Dress Code: Gringo pampa clothes...
Fringues de gringos dans la pampa...
I decided to do the cheap way and hitch hiked to Rurrenabaque from La Paz. It was real fun, though i must say it was also very dangerous. It took us a bus ride to the first village outside la paz, then we stopped the first truck on our way to rurrenabaque with my friend. you can read the full story on my blog...more
In the pampa, they don't make a difference between the local guy and the gringo... They bite !!! We saw frightening backs, legs or arms of travelers, with loads of red bites...So, I will give you three good pieces of advice :- never lie on a hammock in the pampa (they bite through the hammock)- never accept to sleep under a mosquito net with holes...more
We deduced that in fact the "Eco" does not stand for ecological but for Economic....Our jungle guides were useless, they didn't know which way we were supposed to be going, they lead us round in circles for a while, they had no hesitation cutting down trees in the national parl (on the last day they cut down 6 LARGE balsa trees to make a raft -...more
At the end of each day, our guides would make a clearing and pitch camp. This consisted of a mosquito net each(very necessary), Tarp for the roof and foam mattress with blanket to lie on for a bed. It was very humid and a sheet was often more than enough to sleep under.more
It begins to rain in december and the months of january and february are definitely not worth it, as the pampa will be only water and you won't be able to see any animal.
I would definitely suggest you begin by la Selva before going to the Pampa, where you will see many more animals whereas the jungle is more dedicated to learn about the ancestral medicinal use of trees and plants.
To discover the jungle you can choose to go for a 2-day trip or a 20-day expedition! Depends on what you´re looking for... If you´re a beguinner, go for a 3-day trip!
Fondest memory: I loved discovered the jungle and its medicinal trees with a guide born and raised in this environment, as I loved seing and respecting animals of the Pampa.
Many of these animals are disappearing, because disturbed by the unceasing ballet of motorised boats, or simply because Human Beings touch them (snakes die from moskitos repellant that get through their skin)... So please, choose a tour operator that respect this precious environment, or they will go further to find a new Rurre. Most of the agencies are ranked and appreciated according many criterias (including respect shown to nature) by tourists : consult the ranking at the tourist office, ask agencies if you´ll be able to put anacondas or cobras around your neck or cut trees... And once on the road, ask your boat driver to turn the engine off and get the paddles out!