Bolivia's biodiverse Amazon
Explore Bolivia's steamy Amazon rainforest staying in a remote jungle lodge, or take a short trip to the wetlands of the pampas.
Amazon or pampas?
The Bolivian Amazon is not as well-known as Brazil's Amazon but it really is an incredible rainforest experience.
Bolivia's pampas is nothing like the Argentinian pampas. It is a wetland region on the edge of the Amazon basin, and its lack of the lush dense trees you find in the Amazon makes wildlife-viewing easier here than in the Amazon itself.
We'd recommend visiting the Amazon for a more authentic and less busy rainforest experience. A 3-5 night stay at a jungle lodge will be a memorable few days. However, if you have less time and a lower budget, you will see more wildlife in less time by visiting the pampas.
Bolivia's Amazon rainforest
A stay at a jungle lodge in the Amazon is an incredible experience. Based at a lodge such as Chalalan EcoLodge you can explore with guides see some of the prolific birdlife here as well as trying to spot the larger mammals and other wildlife. Caiman, spider monkeys, pink river dolphins, tapirs, capybara . . .
The jungle treks can be quite physically demanding, hot and humid, so make sure you have good footwear and proper hiking clothing.
You will learn about biodiversity, medicinal plants, survival in the jungle, fishing and you’ll get a genuine experience of the Bolivian Amazon.
Bolivia's Pampas wetlands
Pampas tours are the easiest way to see Amazonian wildlife. You should get to see a good variety of wildlife which includes squirrel monkeys, capybaras and alligators alongside prolific birdlife to include blue kingfishers, egrets, herons, roseate spoonbills and more. This area is perhaps not the verdant jungle experience you might be expecting, though the silver lining is that this does make the wildlife easier to spot and you’ll experience the river, usually by motorised canoe.
When to go
The best time to visit is the dry season from (April)/May to October (November). You’ll find more wildlife attracted to the river and the added bonus of fewer mosquitos.
We can tailor your Amazon trip to suit your budget. Many of our partners plough the profits back into conservation work in the area, so your hard-earned money goes towards worthy projects and keeping this important biodiverse region for generations to come.