Jungle Lodges In BoliviaPosted on: 23 October 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
Bolivia is one of the most remote countries in the world and has plenty of jungle secrets waiting to be explored.
Bolivia is a geographically diverse country in the heart of South America. It is surrounded by Brazil to the north-east, Peru to the north-west, Chile to the south-west and Argentina and Paraguay to the south. It shares with Peru control of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake at 3,805m above sea level.
Sometimes referred to as the Tibet of the Americas, Bolivia is one of the most "remote" countries in the western hemisphere; except for the navigable Paraguay River stretching to the distant Atlantic, Bolivia and Paraguay are the only two landlocked nations in the Americas. It is also the most indigenous country in the Americas, with 60% of its population being of pure Native American ancestry.
Go South Adventures (http://www.go-south-adventures.com/bolivia-bolivian-amazon-adventure.htm) offer reasonable Amazon adventures through the heart of Bolivia.
Start by travelling up the Tuichi River to visit Chalalan Ecolodge, located in the heart of Madidi National Park. Daily guided hikes will help you understand rainforest ecology and learn about the medicinal uses of jungle flora by indigenous people.
From Chalalan you are transferred to the Pampas region. The Pampas is a seasonal flood plain that has a unique concentration of animals. This, combined with less vegetation, creates a perfect opportunity for exceptional wildlife viewing. Here you will see giant caimans, capybaras, monkeys and with luck, the elusive pink river dolphins.
How To Get There
Flying to Bolivia's mile-high El Alto Airport at La Paz from the UK is a lengthy exercise. There are no direct flights to Bolivia: most travellers fly into another South American country, preferably Argentina, Brazil or Peru, and make connections on the local carriers which serve the busy La Paz and Santa Cruz route.
A popular route is to fly British Airways (www.ba.com) to Miami and then take an American Airlines (www.aa.com) or Aerosur (www.aerosur.com) flight to Santa Cruz. Stopovers in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo are also popular.
You can check out the cheapest flights to Bolivia online at http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/flights/Bolivia/
Have you been on a jungle adventure? Have you visited Bolivia before? Do you have any handy travel tips to pass on?
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