The Bolivian Amazon is in the far north-east of the country bordering Brazil. The rainforest is filled with rich vegetation and wildlife, contains areas of savanna and swamp as well as jungle, and is home to many indigenous peoples. Large rivers flow from the mountains and eventually empty into the Amazon River, and trips generally include both river cruises and walking trails.
Reasons to visit the Amazon include:
There are 2 seasons: rainy (summer), from October to April, and dry (winter) from May to September. The Amazon is best visited in the dry season, despite the weather being cooler, as walking trails are drier and less slippery, more wildlife can be seen by the rivers and there are fewer mosquitos. Of course you do have to bear in mind that in a rainforest it rains in the dry season too! In the rainy season it is not unknown for visits to be disrupted due to heavy rainfalls.
A community owned and run lodge in the heart of Madidi National Park, offering guided walks and canoe trips in the Amazon.
La Isla de los Tucanes is a quiet stopover enroute to or from the Amazon, with an outdoor pool, pleasant gardens and homely guest cottages.
Time: Bolivia GMT -4 hours
approximately 21.5 hours (no direct flights from the UK)
Language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Visas – not required for British nationals for stays of up to 90 days
Yellow Fever vaccine should be given to travellers 9 months of age and upwards if travelling to areas below 2,300m east of the Andes Mountains. These areas include the whole departments of Beni, Pando and Santa Cruz, and parts of the Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz and Tarija departments. No other vaccinations are compulsory.