CATEGORY: SANTA CRUZ

PACKAGE: PANTANAL BOLIVIANO (BOLIVIAN PANTANAL)
Code: W.B.SRZ 9.5.
DURATION: 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

 

 

FIRST DAY:
SANTA CRUZ- PUERTO SUAREZ

Welcome at Puerto Suarez Airport and hotel transportation
Afternoon: Caceres Lagoon (*) Tour (About 3 hours) the visitor will see birds, aquatic plants and pantanero landscape.
Evening: return and dinner

(*) Puerto Suarez – a midsize city lies in the shore line of Caceres Lagoon that is approximately 80 sq. Km. This lagoon has an annual variation of up to 3 m in depth. Because of its unique characteristics, a deslizador – an agile seven-meter and almost flat aluminum boat equipped with an out of board engine that is the best means of transportation that allows the visitor get through the narrow channels in order to admire and enjoy incomparable views.
It is also wise to keep in mind that the tropical sun is very bright, so a hat and long sleeves are very useful. During the rainy season – November to February, excursions might not be possible due to the low water level, but the water level varies from year to year, so if you decide to come during these months, it is important you request information ahead of time.
The most important species that can be observed there include: Mammals: londra (Pteronura brasiliensis). Aquatic birds: maguari or blackberry heron ((Ardea cocoi), white heron (Egreta alba), little ox heron (Bubulcus ibis), tapacaré (Chauna torquata), eagle of the pampa (Busarellus nigricollis), snail eater (Rosthramus sociabilis), cormorán or duck crow (Phalacrocorax brasilianus), great seagull (Phaetusa simplex), gallareta (Jacana jacana), patillos (Dendrogygna spp.), jabirú or bato (Jabiru mycteria). Reptiles: sicurí (Eunectes notaeus), yacaré (Caiman yacare).
Vegetation: Ambaibo (Cecropia pachystachya), coco (Guazuma ulmifolia), Anonna sp., Crataeva tapia, Vitex cymosa. Aquatic Vegetación: tarope (Eichornia crassipes, E. azurea), salvinia (Salvinia spp.), victoria regia (Victoria amazonica), nenúfares.

 

SECOND DAY

BOLIVIAN PANTANAL
Breakfast
Motacusito Cave (Approximate duration: 3 hours)
The subterranean water has dug in the rock a 100-meter horizontal cave that is full of life. This cave is ornamented by numerous stalactites and stalagmites under formation. Within the cave different species of fish, insects, strange-looking spiders (amblipigios), reptiles and bats live.
The cave entrance is very narrow and the stroll through it becomes irregular and slippery, so we encourage that only fit and adventurous people get into it. In order to reach the farthest chamber – chamber of bats – one has to walk in water and its altitude diminishes down to 60 to 70 cm (24 to 28 in.)
To get to the cave, it is necessary to take a 15-Km.-ride on a 4 x 4 vehicle; then a 10-to-30-minute walk (according to the path´s condition due to the rain) that leads to the cave entrance. It is also necessary to point out that this place is full of mosquitoes, so insect repellent and long sleeves will make the stroll more comfortable. The sun is also very bright. There is a whole lot of water, so the visitors must be prepared to protect the skin and be ready to get wet.
The most important species that can be observed there include: Mammals: ururó monkey (Callicebus moloch), bats. Forest birds: Big tucano (Rhamphastos toco), aurora (Trogon curucui), burgo (Momotus momota), different kinds of parrots, parakeets and woodpeckers. Reptiles: peni (Tupinambis teguixin). Amphibians: frogs (B. granulosus, B. parecnemis), bull frog. Insects: (amblipigios), crickets.
Vegetation: Chiquitano Dry Forest: tasaá (Poeppigia procera), quitachiyú (Zizyphus oblongifolius), toborochi (Chorisia speciosa), jichituriqui (Aspidosperma sp.), curupau (Anadenanthera colubrina), pequí (Pseudobombax longiflorum), turino (Ximenia americana), mangaba
(Hancornia speciosa), pica-pica (Cnidoscolus sp.), picana (Cordia alliodora), mapabí (Pisonia zapallo), cuta (Phyllostylon rhamnoides) bibosi. (Ficus spp.), motacú (Schellea phallerata).

Ø "El Tumbador"  Woods (Approximate duration 3 hours).Stroll

At “El Tumbador” one can see innumerable species of birds, up to four species of monkeys, (arrowhead venom) frogs, tarantulas and a great variety of amphibians and reptiles. This tour goes through the forest, Caceres Lagoon shoreline, the dry woods and a little pass. Along the stroll, one can see some monkeys and form 40 to 60 bird species. Once back at the Ecologic Center, the visitor can see the laboratory that houses jaguar and caiman skulls, as well as poisonous snakes such as rattle and yope.
It is also important not to be exposed to the bright tropical sun as you walk. Long sleeves and insect repellent are very important tools to undergo this stroll because this area is full of mosquitoes. To make your visit more beneficial, binoculars, cameras and the like will certainly help.
The most important species that can be observed there include: Mammals: ururó monkey (Callicebus moloch), manechi or black howling monkey (Alouatta caraya), tití (Callithrix argentata). Aquatic birds: maguarí or blackberry heron (Ardea cocoi), white heron (Egreta alba), little ox heron (Bubulcus ibis), tapacaré (Chauna torquata), eagle of the pampa (Busarellus nigricollis), snail eater (Rosthramus sociabilis), cormorán or duck crow (Phalacrocorax brasilianus), great seagull (Phaetusa simplex). Forest birds: great tucano (Rhamphastos toco), aurora (Trogon curucui), burgo (Momotus momota), different kinds of parrots, parakeets and woodpeckers. Reptiles: peni (Tupinambis teguixin).
Vegetación: Chiquitano Dry Forest: tasaá (Poeppigia procera), quitachiyú (Zizyphus oblongifolius), toborochi (Chorisia speciosa), jichituriqui (Aspidosperma sp.), curupau (Anadenanthera colubrina), pequí (Pseudobombax longiflorum), turino (Ximenia americana), mangaba (Hancornia speciosa), pica-pica (Cnidoscolus sp.), picana (Cordia alliodora), mapabí (Pisonia zapallo), cuta (Phyllostylon rhamnoides) bibosi. (Ficus spp.) Gallery forest: Ambaibo (Cecropia pachystachya), coco (Guazuma ulmifolia), Anonna sp., Crataeva tapia, Vitex cymosa. Vegetación acuática: tarope (Eichornia crassipes, E. azurea), salvinia (Salvinia spp.), victoria regia (Victoria amazonica), nenúfares.

 

THIRD DAY
BOLIVIAN PANTANAL
Breakfast

Ø Paraguay River (Approximate duration 10 hours)

The best way to get into the Pantanal is by water. The river is a natural waterway to take the visitor to the most beautiful places of this flooded area. As the tour goes along the river, its inhabitants start to show up: yacares, iguanas, jabirus, herons, and if you are lucky even giant otters.
The tour is on deslizador – an agile seven-meter and almost flat aluminum boat equipped with an out of board engine – and it takes the visitor through Tamengo channel and Paraguay river to a river side hotel (90 km (51 mi) away of Puerto Suarez) where you can have fresh cooked fish and typical food. In the late afternoon one gets back to Tamarinero Port.
Both vegetation and fauna that can be observed are almost the same as the previous day, but this time in more quantity.

FOURTH DAY
PANTANAL - SANTA CRUZ
Breakfast
Transportation to airport at a previously agreed time

END OF OUR SERVICES

Tour Fare includes:

  • Accommodation for three nights at a hotel of your choice
  • Complete Meals (beverages are not included)
  • Arrival and departure transportation
  • Motacusito tour (3 hours)
  • El Tumbador Woods tour (3 hours)
  • Caceres Lagoon tour  (3 hours)
  • A day long tour of Paraguay river

Tour Fare DOES NOT include:

  • Beverages (exclusively sold by the lodge)
  • Tips