Community Tourism: Isiboro Secure National Park (5 days, from Cochabamba)
“Dual tourism” is a concept of community tourism established in two indigenous Yurakaré communities surrounded by the tropical rainforest of the Indigenous Territory of the Isiboro Sécure National Park. The concept developed by the DELPIA foundation (Foundation for the Local Development of the Indigenous People of the Amazonia) is based on the principals of a both-side benefit where both, tourist and host benefit in an equal manners. Tourism Associations have been formed within the communities, consisting of approximately 10 families in every community, being skilled to host, to attend and to guide visitors. The communities offer accommodation in traditional cabins, provide camping equipment and canoes for the transport along the river. The project makes it possible for the tourist to get a close insight in the indigenous life and their world.
In the morning we leave Cochabamba with the local bus to San Gabriel where we have lunch in a local restaurant before we take private transport to get to the Isiboro River. From the end of the road we will have to walk for a while until we get to the river where we will meet our local guide that takes us to along the river by canoe. In the evening we will arrive in the community where the children will come to pick us up and bring us to our host family. We will stay the night in the traditional cabin which has been constructed for the visitors.
Second to Fourth Day
The next days we spent discovering the local way of life and the surrounding nature with your host family. Besides exchanging thoughts and cultural experiences you take part in different daily life activities. We go fishing with the family, cook together, manufacture handicrafts, go harvesting local bananas, manioc, rice or the famous coca, play with the kids on the river… There are so many options to spend the time together with the local people and we don’t run out of ideas! The bravest ones have the opportunity to go for a walk for several days through the jungle to try a real approach with its elements.
The last day we will join a last activity in the morning before having lunch and saying goodbye to our host family and to the other community members. Once again we cross the river to get back to the road where a transport is waiting to bring us to San Gabriel where we take the bus back to Cochabamba arriving there after midnight.
Included in the package
- Public transport from Cochabamba to the Isiboro River and return
- Transport in canoe from the harbour to the community and return
- Accommodation in tent or traditional cabin
- Full board (starts with dinner the first evening and ends with lunch the last day)
- Guide (Spanish speaking)
- Optional: Tour guide English/German speaking (On request)
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