Alligator, Pampas del Yacuma, Amazonia, Bolivia

Bolivian Amazon

Bolivia is home to a vast sprawl of Amazon forests dotted with wetland savannahs that blanket over two-thirds of the country and encompass a raucous level of biodiversity. 

For most Rurrenabaque, or ‘Rurre’ as it is affectionately referred to, marks the gateway into the rainforest with riverboats regularly embarking on wilderness adventures along the beautiful Río Beni or to the pampas that lie northeast via Rio Yacuma, famous for a population of pink river dolphins. 

One of the most important conservation areas in the Bolivian Amazon is Madidi National Park. Stretching from the snow-peaked Apolobamba Andes to the steamy tropical lowlands, Madidi National Park is a remarkable habitat to a plethora of birds such as macaws and hummingbirds, a healthy population of primates including pygmy marmosets, reptiles such as the anaconda, black caiman and alligators, and some of the world’s big cats including the ocelot, jaguar and puma.

The Bolivian Amazon hosts a startling array of wildlife in a mostly unspoiled setting that is less trampled than areas extending into some neighbouring South American countries. Discover secrets of the rainforest's medicinal legacy and learn how tourism is having a positive effect on its conservation. 

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