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Classic Jungle – Indigenous Community Tour

Country: Bolivia
City: Rurrenabaque
Duration: 1 Day(s) - 0 Night(s)
Tour Category: Full Day Tours

Package Itinerary

Tour description
Take a one-day visit to an indigenous Tacana community at the gates of the Madidi National Park. You can choose 2 of the following activities during the tour. You leave Rurrenabaque at 08h30 in the morning and return to boat about 17h00 (return flexible).

1. Rurrenabaque – Selva (Jungle) - Rurrenabaque
Option 1: Visit of the community
You can visit the indigenous Tacana community where your guide will explain how the community is organized. You can visit the school, your guide’s home, learn how to weave, make a thatched roof and squeeze sugar cane and enjoy a sweet and refreshing drink (best served with some lemon). This visit will give you an insight in the daily life of the Tacana.

Option 2: Swimming
You can take a canoe a bit further upriver to the mouth of a stream that flows into the Rio Beni. From there your guide will lead you along the stream for a short 20-minute hike up to a waterfall that has a natural pool below where you can take a refreshing dip after your hike and relax in the soothing waters.

Option 3: Hunting techniques
Leaving from the lodge your guide will take you back in time as he takes you through the rainforest and shows you the ancient trapping methods of the Tacana. Learn how the Tacana outfoxed their prey with unique and interesting traps that helped them catch dinner. Your guide will show you how each trap works, as well as the medicinal plants the hunters would collect as they checked their traps.

Option 4: The canyon
You can go to the canyon and experience the cool and damp ecosystem. Explore a canyon 150m/492ft long canyon with all the wonderful creepy crawly things that dark damp places have to offer. This unique trek can be a short walk through the canyon to explore another world, or you can take a 3-hour trek from the lodge along the river, which eventually runs through the canyon as a grand exit to the river.

Option 5: The Pharmacy
You can walk with your guide through the forest the so called “pharmacy” to explore the wonders of medicinal plant life. Your guide will share his knowledge of the forest and the abundance of plant life that the Tacana have used for years to help with basic ailments such as stomach-aches and colds all the way to dealing with anaemia and other more serious conditions.

General Information

Highlights: Rurrenabaque jungle tours, Bolivian Amazon, indigenous Tacana community

Support Team: Specialised local bilingual Spanish/English speaking guide

Accommodation: N/A

Guaranteed departure: From 2 people

Group size: 2 to 8 people

Flights optional: Prices are only valid in certain economy class categories with the companies that serve Rurrenabaque. Therefore are the prices subject to changes depending on availability at the time of reservation.

Porterage: Personal equipment which you need for the day

Included in the price:
- Transport and transfers as outlined in the program
- Private tour with local bilingual Spanish/English speaking guide
- Meals as indicated the program

Not included in the price:
- Obligatory personal travel insurance
- Entrance fees to parks, sites and museums (allow for approx. 125 boliviano per person – this is an estimate and actual prices may vary)
- Meals not mentioned, drinks and tips
- Personal equipment
- National flights
- Local airport taxes (allow for approx. 15 bolivianos (Bolivianos - Bolivian national currency) per person per flight – this is an estimate and actual prices may vary)

Expenses during the tour:
- Entrance fees to the Madidi National Park 125 BOB
- Drinks, tips and all other personal expenses
- Meals not mentioned
- Accommodation not mentioned
- Local airport taxes (allow for approx. 15 bolivianos (Bolivianos - Bolivian national currency) per person per flight – this is an estimate and actual prices may vary)

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