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December 27, 2010

Bolivia Backpacker Birding

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Bolivia Backpacker Birding

Electricity is 220V, 50Hz. Two-pin round plugs. Try the Yungas Region. Get a boat ride down Rio Mamore from Puerto Villaroel to Guayamerin or Rio Beni.
Cochabamba – stay at Hostal Mexico or Residencial Familiar.
Rurrenabaque – Stay at La Perla Andina or El Curichal Hostal.
Mecapaca
Coroica Road – La Cumbre
Choquetanga Valley near Pongo.
Cotapata Trail.
Apa Apa Reserve, Chulumani.
Takesi Trek
Lake Titicaca

Bolivia Wildlife Reserves

P.N. Amboro. The village Buena Vista is 2 hours north-west of Santa Cruz. Get permit in town.
Beni Biological Station Reserve – Savannah birds
PN Pilon-Lajas
Reserva Nacional de Fauna Ulla Ulla Biosphere Reserve
Noel Kempff Mercado National Park There are 2 entrances with tourism facilities: Flor de Oro on the North side and Los Fierros on the South side.

Madidi National Park
Entry B$95. The Chalalan Lodge is run by indigenous people. You can go on boat trips on the River Tuichi – www.chalalan.com – 4 days is around $300.

Carrasco National Park
Hire a guide from Kawsay Wasi from local communities of Bateon, San Mateo Alto, El Palmar, etc. ( www.kawsaywasi.com )
15 minutes from the town of Villa Tunari.

La Paz – Residencial Belzur, Residencial Imperial, Hostal Austria.
Coroica – Hostal de la Torre.
Chulumani – Hostal Dion, Country House.
Sorata – Residencial Sorata, Hotel Santa Lucia.
Copacabana – Hostal Emperador.
Uyuni – Andina Eduardo Avaroa reserve – stay at Hotel Avenida, Hostal Marith.
Santa Cruz – Backpackers Santa Cruz Hostel, Alojiemento Santa Barbara.

Birding Bolivia Resources
Bird Bolivia Site
Birders Guide to Bolivia

Birding Sites in Bolivia

To get used to the altitude, only ascend ~1000 feet per day. Watch alcohol consumption, eat healthily. Budget ~= $15-25, $1 ~= 6-8 BOB.
Get a Yellow Fever Vaccination. Ecologies include the altiplano, Chaco, Amazon Basin

National Parks of Bolivia
Amboro – near Santa Cruz, stay at Residencial Nadia.
Apolobamba
Cotapata – in the Yungas, between La Paz and Coroica.
Madidi – has 1100 bird species!
Noel Kempff Mercado – in Santa Cruz dept.
Pilon Lajas Biosphere Reserve
Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa
Sajama
Torotoro
Tunari – near Cochabamba.

La Paz – SECRET GARDEN Backpackers Oasis, Loki La Paz

Parque Nacional Madidi

Bolivia Budget Accommodation

Santa Cruz – Hostal Cactus, Hostal Maya, Hostal Ambar Backpackers
Coroica – Residencial Coroica, Hostal Kory.
Chulumani – Alojamiento Daniel, Country Guesthouse.
Sorata – Residencial Sorata, Hostal Las Piedras.

The Southwest
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Tarija – Alojomiento El Hogar, Residencia el Rosario.
Villazon – Residencia Martinez, Residencia el Cortijo. Border town to Argentina.
Sucre – Casa de Huespedes San Marcos, Alojamiento el Turisto.

SouthEast
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Santa Cruz
El Fuerte – Residencial Chelo, Residencial Kim.

Amazon Basin
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Rurrenabaque – access to PN Madidi, must take guide.
Trinidad – Hotel Paulista, Hostal Sirari.

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  1. Addendum: May 2016.

    A$1 = 5 BoB. may 2016.

    Potosi.
    Casa de Huespedes La Vicuña – $15.

    Sucre.
    Learn Spanish. http://wikitravel.org/en/Sucre
    CASA RESIDENCIAL MAYA INN B&B, $10-15.

    Comment by admin — May 23, 2016 @ 2:00 am

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