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1. Posted by Jessxx (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Can anyone recommend any tour companies, preferably ones I can book online before I arrive in La Paz... I have heard horror stories about some of the poor quality tours, so any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers

2. Posted by Camo (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Hi Jessxx,
I did a fair bit of research into this as I am going to be there in October. I am going to go with Balatours check them out at balatours.com They were recommended by others on this forum and I have had email correspondance from them. They seem very helpful and professional. You have to do their tours ex Rurrenebaque - spelling could be a bit off there :) They go whenever you arrive as long as you can give a few days notice as far as I can gather.
Anyway, they're my choice. When do you plan on going?
Camo

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

i can highly recommend balatours, did them myself few months ago .. they were very professional, the food was excellent as was the accomodation ..and the tour guide very helpful ... i paid 125$ for 3 days tours ... that went out from rurrenabaque ...i stayed at the El Curichal hostel which cost 3$/night ..brand new hostel with nice rooms and a hamac area to hang around ...

4. Posted by Born2Trvl (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

On the same topic, does anyone know a cheap way of getting to Rurrenabaque from La Paz? Flights seem to cost around $120 return even though the tours can cost half the price.

5. Posted by Kitesh (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

I used to work in Rurrenabque. The best tour (ecologically) is Bala Tours. They also have a very flexible itinerary. Other than that, I got varied reports from Fluvial tours and Bolivia Mistic. By all accounts do NOT go on an Anaconda tour, Flecha tour or Amasonicas. They are generally over packed and handle animals terribly. Most tour agencies in Calle Sarganaga and Calle Santa Cruz book with these companies so make sure you ask who the jungle tour company is before, if you are using one of them.
Most decent tours should cost between 80 - 120 dollars for 3-4 days.

you can get to Rurre via bus, the best company is Flota Yungas (leaving from the Other bus terminal in La Paz, no the main one). That costs 60 Bolivianos and takes 20 hours. It`s okay but a bit scary, as it goes alonga road that is now more dangerous than the death road. Fun though.

Good luck

6. Posted by robmac5662 (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

I don´t know about anyone else´s experiences, but I just got back yesterday from a tour which was a group split between Fluvial and Amasonica, I had the best time, the guides, although ours didnt speak ennglish, were easy to understand, the location of the lodge was excellent, the food was good, and I had absolutely no problems with how they handled the animals, and I´m quite environmentally concious myself. However, it WAS dirty cheap (60 dollars for 3 days) so I´m not sure if they may have cut corners somewhere else. For my bit of advice, I would say it was easier and cheaper to book the tours in Rurrenabaque itself, as you can usually leave the next day, and even if you can´t, it´s no harm wandering around for a bit, as it´s such a lovely place, with a great climate

7. Posted by Born2Trvl (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

I ended up taking the bus to Rurrenabaque. 18 hours and, yes, the road was incredibly dangerous, one of the scariest I´ve been on, but still very cheap and it wasn´t too tiring (but watch your bags!). Went with Totai bus group, and they were pretty good, but don´t buy through an agency as they rip you off.

I did the Pampas tour with Fluvial. Very professional and good crack at the same time. The food was amazing as well. Highly recommend it. It cost a group of 4 of us $50 each for the usual 3 days/2 nights.

I´m dreading the bus back tomorrow!!:(