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1. Posted by kalimero (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

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Anyone been to any amazon tours from Bolivia ? if so what kind of prices and which tour company did you use ?

i was told Rurrenabaque was a good starting point just wandering what kind of prices to expect ....


2. Posted by Rurre (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hi Carol,

Rurrenabaque has lots of tour companies offering both tours to the Amazon jungle and to the pampas area nearby. All basically offer the same tours and charge about the same prices.

I have lived in Rurre for many years and I can highly recommend Bala Tours on Calle Santa Cruz ( I have never gone into their webpage but I presume it has all the information you need.

They have very comfortable "ecologically" built lodges and offer a variety of tours. The jungle tours take you into the Madidi National Park. They cost about 40-60US$/day, depending on the number of people in the tour, this includes everything apart from the entry fee into the Park, which is 10US$ at the moment. Generally the tours are 3 days 2 nights but you can go for one day or up to 9 days if you like.

The tours to the pampas tend to be the same price but you need go for a minimum of 3 days as it is a long drive from Rurre. Many people enjoy these trips more as there is more chance of seeing animals - monkeys, caiman, river dolphins, etc.

Hope this helps

3. Posted by kalimero (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

thank you for your reply ..we should arrive in rurrenabaque on sunday morning and we will look up balatour ..another person has recommended as well ...thanx, carol

4. Posted by kalimero (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

thank you once again, did balatour and was really good ...especially after hearing some stories about other tours companies with drunken guides and not very eco friendly ...

had a great time ... carol

5. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 9y

could you post how much you paid and what you got so we can get an up to date idea.

many thanks.

Also any advice on how you got there (route) with time/cost would be great.

6. Posted by kalimero (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

sorry for the delay ...

i used balatour company as a few people recommended it along the way ...took the bus there from La Paz, nice 18 hrs bus ride with no toilets and two shorts break, the first one for 5 min after 6 hrs on the road and the 2nd when the bus broke down so we had 30 min in order to fix it and we also got stuck in the mud and we all had to get out all that is part of the adventure but i had the window seat and too many times we got very close to the edge as they took the death road to shorten the trip.... humm, on the return we took the flight as my travelling partner at 1.92 M didnt fancy taking the bus ride from hell once again and i must admit i was glad too ....

now we first left rurrenabaque on a jeep for about 3 hrs and then we got to the nice camp ... everything was great, the food especially .. the guide was professional compare to the other stories i heard from other company (guide getting drunk) and mistreating the animals ... we didnt see any anacondas but that was fine ..we swam with pink dolphins, pirahna fishing, basically looked out for wildlife ..saw lots of birds ...and one snake ...

the whole thing cost 125$ for 3 days everything included and like i said we ate pretty well especially the 2nd day ... i know many other company were cheaper but werent as ecological friendly ....


7. Posted by cheekyvee (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

Hi Carol,

I am also thinking of doing one of the Bala Tours. Did you do the pampas or the jungle tour? Do you think I would have to pre-book for Nov/Dec?

Also, you mentioned the bus journey from hell took 18hrs. Where did your journey start and end? The reason I ask is because looking at the map the distance from La Paz to Rurrenabaque looks less than 300miles? Thanks for the advice!

8. Posted by kalimero (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

I did the pampas tours as you see more wildlife there but we did consider taking both tours but chose not too in the end. .. we took the bus from La Paz to Rurrenabaque, althought it seems a short distance in the map, it takes quite a long time and luckily for us it only took 18 hrs sometimes i was told, it could take up to three days if the weather was bad or the bus broke down. It didnt happened to me at all in Bolivia, so i was lucky... there is not many paved road in bolivia i said, its all part of the adventure .. one piece of advice, always carry your toilet paper with you anywhere in Bolivia ....

Not sure if you should book ahead as i went in winter time ... i'm not one to book stuff ahead of time just because i change my mind a lot and never sure of the exact time i'll be somewhere. you don't want to be obligated to skip some stuff just cuz you have a tour booked .... but like i said, i was there in winter time so i didn't need to book ahead.

I would also recommend the The Curichal Guesthouse in Rurrenabaque, was awesome and only cost like 25 bolivianos a night (3$/night) and it had a nice place with hamacs ..really cool as the weather is hot there ....

enjoy bolivia, i really had a good time there, my favourite country in South America .....


9. Posted by cheekyvee (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

Thanks for your quick response. We'll factor the journey time into our itinerary and we'll be sure to check out the accommodation tip.