Madidi Park and Rurrenabaque
The small city of Rurrenabaque is the starting point for a trip to the Amazonian pampas and the jungle of Bolivia. This little city, perched between the surrounding jungle and the River Beni, is one of the loveliest of the Bolivian lowland villages. The rainforest and pampas are abundant in wildlife and many visitors come to see anacondas, capybaras (the world’s largest rodent), monkeys, turtles, macaws, caimans, piranhas, and even to swim with the pink dolphins. The tapir and armadillo are difficult to spot, living often deep in the impenetrable tangle of the jungle, but there is plenty of bird life to be seen and heard. The jungle and pampas are also home to many species of insects and spiders, including an unfortunate abundance of mosquitoes. Best time to visit this area is from May to November (dry season).