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Jan 22, 2013 - Week 17 - La Paz, Rurrenabaque (Bolivia)

We left Samaipata and took a three hour taxi ride into the nearest town, Santa Cruz, where we had to waste a couple of hours before our night bus to La Paz. Santa Cruz is a big hot modern city, not the kind of place you’d choose to visit. The bus trip was actually one of our best as we had a cama (lazy boy seats with leg rests) although unlike on Argentine and Chilean buses you don’t get served food and you have to wait until the scheduled loo stops to use the bathroom. After 17 hours we arrived into La Paz, 2 hours behind schedule and...

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Nov 9, 2012 - Rurrenabaque

Nous voilà arrivés à Rurrenabaque. Les bus boliviens n'ont plus rien à voir avec tous les bus que l'on avait expérimenté depuis le début du voyage tant au niveau du prix que du confort. Ici, il n'y a plus de toilette, il faut attendre que le bus s'arrête et lorsque nous sommes au milieu de nulle part cela peut aller très long. Nous avons voyagé 10h sans arrêt. De plus, il n'y a pas d'étiquettes collées sur les bagages pour reconnaître son sac mais ils écrivent directement au stylo indélébile sur le sac, c'est plus simple non ? Nous nous...

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Jul 15, 2010 - The wild outdoors

The tour started in the morning with four hours in jeeps to get to the river. The roads were horrible and the seats in the jeep even worse. The seat was a long bench seat on each side of the jeep. Feet tangled in the middle. We finally arrive after the long trip and are piled into the long slender boats with plastic lawn chair like seats in rows of two. Our group was all young travelers and we all seemed to get along great. There were eight of us. Four germans two canadians and a Dutch. The canadians were the entertainers of the group. Once...

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Jul 14, 2010 - Rurrenabaque

 I arrive to the airport worried the plane may be cancelled due to weather. All the planes the previous day were cancelled.  I get into the terminal into the gate and finally into the plane. The plane is tiny only one row of seatsndown eAch side of the plane maybe a total of twenty seats. The two piolots are in the front easily visible to the passengers. I can see out the front window. The piolots mess around for a bit then tell us the starting gear is broken and they need to fix it then we can get back on. We all go back to the gate and...

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May 8, 2010 - JOURNAL # 4 Best of Bolivia

5 Reasons why to carry a roll of Toilet Paper around with you in BOLIVIA: 1) Toilet paper is a luxury in Bolivia and will not be found in any toilets 2) Because the food is so good, you´ll be eating lots of it and will need to go more than usual.... 3) Because the food can be dodgy and you´ll be eating lots of it, you will need to go more than usual... 4) Like everything else in Bolivia, it s VERY CHEAP 5) You may want to toss it in frustation of the continuous overpricing for ´¨gringos¨¨ and the bargaining required on everything from bus...

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Apr 15, 2010 - Roughing it in the Amazon basin

Rurrenabaque and rainforestThe trip started off with one member less as Ferret decided to leave a day early and venture on a 18 hour bus trip through the mountains, which in hindsight may have been a safer bet! The flight into Rurrenabaque is an interesting one, Seano or myself couldn't fit our legs into the seats provided although we did manage to see a pilots perspective on landing one of these small aircraft on a dirt runway that is the same length as most Sandton driveways! Watching through the pilots windscreen is more than eventful,...

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Aug 27, 2009 - Bolivia: Rurrenabaque

We spent 3 days on the pampas of the Bolivian Amazon, cruising the Rio Yacuma, a tributary of the Amazon. We hunted (unsuccessfully) for anaconda, fished for pirahna (caught one red pirahna, two catfish and many river sardines) and swam with pink river dolphins. We saw toucans, storks, herons, a sloth, hundreds of caimans, the capibara (world's largest rodent), and lots of monkeys. Our canoe was invaded by about 12 tiny monkeys as they liberated us from our oranges. The highlight was swimming in the muddy brown water with 8 wild river...

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Aug 23, 2009 - La Paz

yes back in La Paz again. Just relaxing and taking it easy(well I´ve been doing this for some time but just in different locations with different things to keep me occupied. Did shopping, toured, went to the witches market, the marketo negro which translates the black market and got some bargains like this great leather jacket made from the finest Bolivian leather. Went to my favourite vegetarian restaurant and had lunch there. Met some Australians from Brisbane, had some converstations with people i´ve met before, watched a DVD with the...

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Aug 20, 2009 - Chalalan

Chalalan is an organisation run by the local Indigenous community of the Amazon region. The workers run and manage the program from cleaning to management. They are trained in ecotourism and have committment, compassion and dedication to conserve the Amazon and teach people about it. They know the Amazon really well as they grew up in the rainforest. The work they have done since they started in 1995 has saved a lot of destruction of the forest and natural habitat from extinction. The wildlife is increasing in numbers after many of the...

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Aug 18, 2009 - Pampas Amazon Basin

I had the most fantastic time in the Amazon in Bolivia. The trips are part of the ecotoursim Bolivia has established. The companies I toured with have great ethics and d do their utmost to conserve the enviroment and have enviromentally sustainble tourism. The workers are from the local communities who know the area well. They are trained and educated well in delivering a top service to tourist. They are very knowledgeable about the vegetation, wildlife and conservation of the forest. The first tour was the Pampas which is the swamplands....

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Jul 18, 2009 - Bolivia: Amazon Basin

With only one day´s delay we made it to Rurrenabaque, entrance to the Amazon Basin, on the tinest plan we have ever flown on, with one row of seats down each side. The flight only took half an hour, flying very close to the Andes before coming down on a grassy runway. Once there, we checked in with Chalalan, the lodge we were staying at and headed to our hotel. We were due to leave the next day, but Chris woke up so ill he couldn´t get out of bed, we think a reaction to the malaria tablets. The lodge were very understanding and let us put...

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Aug 3, 2008 - BOLIVIA - Rurrerenbaque Pampas Tour

Rurrenabaque – Pampas Background. Rurre is ideally placed due to being between lush jungle and extensive wetlands. We decided to fly rather than chance to 20 hr bus ride on wet jungle roads. It proved to be good decision. The town serves as a hub for both pampas and jungle tours and 24-hour drinking holes for local unemployed loggers (who now do have access to the protected park Madidi). Highlights. • Excellent pampas tour with Bala. Including a great bilingual guide called Norman! • A veritable smorgasbord of animals in their natural...

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