Tour: Amboro National Park & Samaipata (3 days, from Santa Cruz)

As one of the most biodiverse regions on earth, the Amboró National Park is a wonderful destination not far from the city of Santa Cruz. In the middle of spectacular sandstone formations lies the small Refugio Volcanes, a natural paradise so secluded in the lush cloud forest that you can forget the world around you. In combination with the small idyllic town of Samaipata, and its pre-Inca world-heritage cult site "El Fuerte" - the largest hewn sandstone rock in South America - this tour is a wonderful alternative for an excursion to the area surrounding the economic boomtown of Santa Cruz in the lowlands of Bolivia.

Program

First day: Transfer to the Refugio Los Volcanes

In the morning, drive from Santa Cruz to the Amboró National Park. The park has 11 different ecological zones, just as many as Costa Rica has in total, which is reflected in the immense diversity of flora and fauna. With over 1,200 vertebrate species, including 840 bird species, the park is one of the most bird-rich areas in the world. It is also home to the rare spectacled bear, the jaguar, the puma, various types of monkeys, and a variety of other mammals, reptiles and lizards. The jungle lodge "Refugio Los Volcanes" is located on the southern edge of the Amboró, just an hour and a half away from the city of Santa Cruz. The 282 hectares of the lodge's conservation area lie in an impressive landscape surrounded by several hundred meters high red sandstone cliffs in the middle of a tropical mountain cloud forest. A paradise for ornithologists and nature lovers! In the afternoon, part on your first hike from the refuge, through the cloud forests of the park, with fantastic views over the steep rock formations. Overnight at Refugio Los Volcanes / Amboró National Park. (-/L/D)

Second day: Refugio Volcanes to Samaipata

After breakfast you start an extensive hike through the impressive landscape and have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in a natural pool fed by a waterfall. After lunch you leave Refugio Volcanes and drive to Samaipata through tropical forest, orchards and small settlements. The road forces itself through a narrow valley and steadily gains altitude. In "Las Cuevas", you marvel at several beautiful waterfalls and reach Samaipata in the evening. The small colonial town, idyllically situated in the soft green mountains, has attracted more and more foreign dropouts who find their new home here. Overnight in Samaipata. (B/L/-)

Third day: El Fuerte de Samaipata – Santa Cruz

Day 3: The Fort of Samaipata, return to Santa Cruz
In the morning your guide leads you to the pre-Inca UNESCO World Heritage Site of “El Fuerte” – a religious and administrative center of Pre-Columbian cultures. Later expanded by the Incas, it represents the easternmost extension of the Inca empire. A walk takes you through the complex with good views the largest hewn sandstone rock in South America. In the afternoon, visit the small archaeological museum in Samaipata, where you will learn from about other mysteries surrounding the pre-Columbian ruins before returning to Santa Cruz. (B/-/-) - END OF OUR SERVICES

Included in the package

- English-speaking guide to/from Santa Cruz
- Private transport to/from Santa Cruz
- 2x overnight stay in DBL room
- Meals according to program (B= breakfast; L= lunch; D= Dinner)
- Entrance fees

Reservation

Please do not hesitate to contact us for price requests, reservation, general question, and individual tour inquiries, at: contact(at)landmarktravelbolivia.com

Link

www.landmarktravelbolivia.com/amboro-nationalpark

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