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 Amboro National Park

The land adjacent to Cerro Amboro  were officially declared a protected area on  the 23rd December  1973. But it was not until August 1984 that was legally given the status of National park (ANP)  and received some protection from immigrants  campesinos,  hunters and logging companies. 

In october 1991 the park triangular area of 400.000 acres was enlarged to 1.500.000 acres by Supreme Decree.  In october 1995 Amboro National Park was reduced to  1.000.000 acres when  its peripheral third was downgraded to an integrated management  zone. .....Read More.....

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North Side  /  South Side

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The tours  conducted  to Amboro National park are divided in two zones; North Side and South Side

North side;  Entrances   Mataracu, La Chonta,  Macuñucu, La Chonta

South Side; Refugio Volcanes and Laguna Volcan Eco-Resort. ....Read More......

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- 2 Days 1 Night 
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Refugio Los Volcanes 
2 Days 1 Night 

Refugio Los Volcanes And Samaipata
2 Dias 1 Noche (Combination)

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Amboro park Tours

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Amboro Park Tours - Itineraries - North Side

From The City of Santa Cruz

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1 Days 0 Night  North side Amboro Park 

At 8 A.M. we pass by your hotel to pick you up and start traveling in a vehicle to a small town near to Amboro Park. 

The first part of the driving is approximately 100 or 120 km. On the way we pass several small towns in one of these smalls towns is the meeting point to change to a 4x4 vehicle.

Amboro park on the North side has more than one entry point. The main are; Mataracu, La Chonta, Macuñucu, Saguayo , Ichilo and Palillos

Some official entry points are more complicated than others. But all are located within 150 km from Santa Cruz city. 

According to the conditions of access, the request of the visitor and the time available, Amboro Tours will predetermined the entry point

What the visitor are looking to see and experience is always the most important and we will try to please them, according to the real possibilities of the moment.

From the meeting point with the rest of the team, we will begin the other part of this trip on a dirt road. This second part of the trip in a 4x4 will last about 40 minutes or 1 1/2 hours depending on how far is possible to get into Amboro National Park

In dry season starting in March or April through November the 4x4 vehicle gets all the way to the Red Line. During the raining season it could change.

Usually the first river to cross is Surutu or Yapacani. In some parts These rivers are  the border of Amboro park 

Red Line is an opened path.

The red line or Linea Roja separates the communities from the central part of the park. Once inside the Linea Roja is prohibited human settlements and / or any activity or means that harm the nature.

The exact point where the vehicle arrives will depend on road conditions at the time of the trip, which may vary due the season or to weather and other last minute factors

.This park is where hundreds of streams and rivers start. Also It works as a magnet to attract rains for Amboro park and  its area of influence

During this tour we will be assisted by a guide who will explain about the lush vegetation and wildlife of the park. Visitor questions about this environment are welcome

The tours for one day or two days to some parts of Amboro sometimes does  not include visits to waterfalls or natural pools in the forest, but during the trekking is possible to live a great experience in the Amazon with a real rain forest  that contains a immense variety of living beings.

To experience this very special environment we need to be with the utmost silence and peace of mind possible so we can have our main´s senses alerts such as the Sound, Smell and Sight.

Despite the one-day trip to the Amboro park is short, taking into account the time needed to arrive and leave the park. In a one day you can get a good overview of what this natural reserve

After this wonderful and unforgettable visit to Amboro National Park, we walk back to where we left the vehicle. and then continue to the city of Santa Cruz where we will leave you at your hotel.

End of our services. Thanks.

Please Read The Terms and Conditions of our Services.

we have created this Amboro park tours and we are  the only original source of this Itinerary

Amboró Tours also offers longer tours to this destination.

Adverse climatology conditions or social unrest can change the original itinerary.

Remember that this itinerary can vary or not be fulfilled in its entirety by climate factors and/or the conditions of the ways and rivers or water streams.

Likewise, remember that this tour can become an adventure where mishaps can happen, which is why it is necessary to have an exploring and adventurous spirit

2 Days 1 Night  North side

Amboro park Tours

Amboro Park tours -  Itineraries - North Side 

From The City of Santa Cruz

2 Days 1 Night

1th Day

At 07:30 or 8 A.M. we pass by your hotel to pick you up and start traveling in a vehicle to a small town near to Amboro Park. This trip is on a paved road with direction Southwest  from the city of Santa Cruz.

The first part of  driving is of approximately 100 or 120 km. On the way we pass several small towns.

The first is Warnes just 23 kilometers from Santa Cruz. This town is known for the number of industries within its limits  including Viru Viru, the most important airport of Bolivia 

The next population on our way is Montero. It is the biggest city near to Santa Cruz.

On the sides of the highway we can see sugar plantation

Montero has the largest Sugar Industry in Bolivia. Known as "El Ingenio Guabira".

Continuing our route we reach Portachuelo a small town  known to be inhabited by mostly native people of the region and its good looking  women. Also this population is known to produced exquisite pork sausages and local bread 

Sometimes, on the way the vehicle that is transporting us needs to stop to refill Gas. In Bolivia the gas is a lot cheaper than the gasoline or diesel, but the tank has no much capacity. Everyone needs to get off the vehicle for this operation. It is good opportunity to use the toilets

Once back on the highway Far on the left side horizon,  we can we can appreciate de mountains of Amboro National park nature reserve of over half a million hectares,  Amazon jungle, which act as a magnet to attract rain.

Once we arrive to the place where we can pick up the local guide, we can make a short stop for a cup of  coffee (Not included in the package) which come from local coffee plantations and its quality  is recognized in Europe, US and Japon

There, will be waiting for us the rest of the team that will make this trip possible.

Amboro park on the North side has five main entry points. These are; Mataracu, La Chonta, Macuñucu,Saguayo and Ichilo.

Some official entry points are more complicated than others. But all are located at about the same distance from the city of Santa Cruz. The closer would be Saguayo and La Chonta the farther is Ichilo.

According to the conditions of access, the request of the visitor and the time available, Amboro Tours will predetermined the entry point

What the visitor are looking to see and experience is always the most important and we will try to please them, According to the real possibilities of the moment.

From the meeting point with the rest of the team, we will begin the another part of this trip in a 4x4 vehicle on dirt or asphalt roads. This second part of the trip in a 4x4 or on a cart will last about 40 minutes or 1 1/2 hours depending on how far is possible to get in the 4x4 and which entry point we are driving to.

In dry season starting in March or April through November the 4x4 vehicle gets all the way to the Red Line. During the raining season it could change.

Usually the first river to cross is Surutu. Which is the border of the park.

After crossing the river we start going throgh the communities of Amboro park

This part or the park is know as  (ANMI Aerea Natural de Manejo Integrados) We may need 1 or 2 hours to get through this area and to reach the Red Line

The Red Line is an open path with  machetes, in parts it is visible to the naked eye.

The red line or Linea Roja, separates the communities from the central part of the park. And is prohibited human settlements and / or any activity or means that harm the nature.

The exact point where the vehicle arrives will depend on road conditions at the time of the trip, which may vary due the season or to weather and other last minute factors.

Usually the road for vehicles ends near the rangers´camp or close to the "Red Line."

The 4x4 or the  cart  sometimes  does not cross all the rivers on the way to the jungle. In this case we have to cross the others rivers walking or in a canoe

When this happens  we may have to walk about 6 kms to get to the camping site in the jungle.

The camp of the rangers is next to the "Red Line" and / or where the jungle begins. From here the trail penetrates more inside, into the virgin forest.

These trails generally go through natural pools of crystalline water, large and small waterfalls, streams and other beautiful and interesting places in the Bolivian Amazon.

In the natural pools visitors can swim.

On the first day the trekking in the trails to the pools, streams or waterfall may last 1, 2 or 4 hours. This will depend on which trail you take once you get to the camping site. And of course on the arrival time.

Once in the camiping site, if the visitor´s group prefers short walks  it is also possible.

During this tour we will be assisted by a guide who will explain about the lush vegetation and wildlife of the park. Visitor´s  questions about this environment are welcome.

Despite the two-days trips to Amboro park is still short, taking into account the time needed to arrive and leave, it is possible to get an more easy overview of what this natural reserve.

Although it is clear that Amboro Tours do not guarantee at any time, the observation of any trace or the sighting of any animal, the possibilities exist. If we are "lucky" we may see more the one specie of monkey or even a jaguar.

To experience this very special environment we need to be with the utmost silence and peace of mind possible so we can have our main´s senses alerts such as the Sound, Smell and Sight.

At night before or after dinner we will also have the opportunity (optional) for a short expedition to try observe  some wildlife activity. Please remember this to the guide.

In case of absence of sanitary facilities, ask the guide to dig a hole for you.

Overnight in the park

2nd Day

The idea is to start the day early and enjoy the sounds of the jungle and the fresh air or the Amazonia .In the early hours of the morning is when there is more activity of birds and animals

Breakfast time is to be accorded the night before with the guide.

After breakfast there is the option of a 4 or 5 hour long hike, having lunch on the way.

There are usually predetermined paths in the forest where it is sometimes possible to walk in a long and great circuit that includes, waterfalls , natural pools and viewpoints of inside the park. To admire the impenetrable greenery which seems never to end

Where there are no hiking trails sometimes we use the streams. The type of hikes are usually within the red line. And almost always vary depending on the entry point we have chosen to enter . As this is a standard itinerary we do not specify with precision the trails.

As mentioned before. In two-day trips is not guaranteed the observation of any animal, because they usually have no interest in been seen by humans.

Except for occasions when some animals are in heat, or in a bad mood as it is shown sometimes by the spider monkeys. And also in the November is easy to tarantulas walking on the open path

Two days is not a long time in this place for a visitor that appreciate it or do not have trouble getting so close in contact with nature, which may also involve, ticks, mosquitoes and other insects. This depends on the place you go and the time of the year.

The encounter with the vehicle to take us back is usually the scheduled for 15:00 or 16:00 hours. The guide will let you know the time.

We walk out to where we left the vehicle to return the on same way we came and then continue to the city of Santa Cruz where we will leave at the door of his hotel.

End of our services. Thanks.

Please Read The Terms and Conditions of our Services

we have created this Amboro park tours and we are  the only original source of this Itinerary

Amboró Tours also offers longer tours to this destination.

Adverse climatology conditions or social unrest can change the original itinerary.

Remember that this itinerary can vary or not be fulfilled in its entirety by climate factors and/or the conditions of the ways and rivers or water streams.

Likewise, remember that this tour can become an adventure where mishaps can happen, which is why it is necessary to have an exploring and adventurous spirit.

3 Days 2 Nights - North Side

Amboro park Tours

Amboro Park tours -  Itineraries - North Side 

From The City of Santa Cruz

3 Days 2 Nights

1th Day

At 07:30 or 8 A.M. we pass by your hotel to pick you up and start traveling in a vehicle to a small town near to Amboro Park. This trip is on a paved road with direction Southwest  from the city of Santa Cruz.

The first part of  driving is of approximately 100 or 120 km. On the way we pass several small towns.

The first is Warnes just 23 kilometers from Santa Cruz. This town is known for the number of industries within its limits  including Viru Viru, the most important airport of Bolivia 

The next population on our way is Montero. It is the biggest city near to Santa Cruz.

On the sides of the highway we can see sugar plantation

Montero has the largest Sugar Industry in Bolivia. Known as "El Ingenio Guabira".

Continuing our route we reach Portachuelo a small town  known to be inhabited by mostly native people of the region and its good looking  women. Also this population is known to produced exquisite pork sausages and local bread 

Sometimes, on the way the vehicle that is transporting us needs to stop to refill Gas. In Bolivia the gas is a lot cheaper than the gasoline or diesel, but the tank has no much capacity. Everyone needs to get off the vehicle for this operation. It is good opportunity to use the toilets

Once back on the highway Far on the left side horizon,  we can we can appreciate de mountains of Amboro National park nature reserve of over half a million hectares,  Amazon jungle, which act as a magnet to attract rain.

Once we arrive to the place where we can pick up the local guide, we can make a short stop for a cup of  coffee (Not included in the package) which come from local coffee plantations and its quality  is recognized in Europe, US and Japon

There, will be waiting for us the rest of the team that will make this trip possible.

Amboro park on the North side has five main entry points. These are; Mataracu, La Chonta, Macuñucu,Saguayo and Ichilo.

Some official entry points are more complicated than others. But all are located at about the same distance from the city of Santa Cruz. The closer would be Saguayo and La Chonta the farther is Ichilo.

According to the conditions of access, the request of the visitor and the time available, Amboro Tours will predetermined the entry point

What the visitor are looking to see and experience is always the most important and we will try to please them, According to the real possibilities of the moment.

From the meeting point with the rest of the team, we will begin the another part of this trip in a 4x4 vehicle on dirt or asphalt roads. This second part of the trip in a 4x4 or on a cart will last about 40 minutes or 1 1/2 hours depending on how far is possible to get in the 4x4 and which entry point we are driving to.

In dry season starting in March or April through November the 4x4 vehicle gets all the way to the Red Line. During the raining season it could change.

Usually the first river to cross is Surutu. Which is the border of the park.

After crossing the river we start going throgh the communities of Amboro park

This part or the park is know as  (ANMI Aerea Natural de Manejo Integrados) We may need 1 or 2 hours to get through this area and to reach the Red Line

The Red Line is an open path with  machetes, in parts it is visible to the naked eye.

The red line or Linea Roja, separates the communities from the central part of the park. And is prohibited human settlements and / or any activity or means that harm the nature.

The exact point where the vehicle arrives will depend on road conditions at the time of the trip, which may vary due the season or to weather and other last minute factors.

Usually the road for vehicles ends near the rangers´camp or close to the "Red Line."

The 4x4 or the  cart  sometimes  does not cross all the rivers on the way to the jungle. In this case we have to cross the others rivers walking or in a canoe

When this happens  we may have to walk about 6 kms to get to the camping site in the jungle.

The camp of the rangers is next to the "Red Line" and / or where the jungle begins. From here the trail penetrates more inside, into the virgin forest.

These trails generally go through natural pools of crystalline water, large and small waterfalls, streams and other beautiful and interesting places in the Bolivian Amazon.

In the natural pools visitors can swim.

On the first day the trekking in the trails to the pools, streams or waterfall may last 1, 2 or 4 hours. This will depend on which trail you take once you get to the camping site. And of course on the arrival time.

Once in the camiping site, if the visitor´s group prefers short walks  it is also possible.

During this tour we will be assisted by a guide who will explain about the lush vegetation and wildlife of the park. Visitor´s  questions about this environment are welcome.

Despite the two-days trips to Amboro park is still short, taking into account the time needed to arrive and leave, it is possible to get an more easy overview of what this natural reserve.

Although it is clear that Amboro Tours do not guarantee at any time, the observation of any trace or the sighting of any animal, the possibilities exist. If we are "lucky" we may see more the one specie of monkey or even a jaguar.

To experience this very special environment we need to be with the utmost silence and peace of mind possible so we can have our main´s senses alerts such as the Sound, Smell and Sight.

In case of absence of sanitary facilities, ask the guide to dig a hole for you.

Overnight in the park

2nd Day

The idea is to start the day early and enjoy the sounds of the jungle and the fresh air or the Amazonia .In the early hours of the morning is when there is more activity of birds and animals.

Amboro park has more bird species than the country of costa Rica

Breakfast time is to be accorded the night before with the guide.

After breakfast there is the option of a 4 or 5 hour long hike, having lunch on the way.

What you do this second and last day of this tour will be based on what we have done the day before. And the place where we have stayed overnight the night before and of course on the weather.

There are usually predetermined paths in the forest where it is sometimes possible to walk in a long and great circuit toward a view point very inside the park 

There is a circuit to a waterfall , natural pools and viewpoints of the surrounding jungle. To admire the impenetrable greenery which seems never to end.

Also there is a circuit to a waterfall , natural pools and viewpoints of the surrounding jungle. To admire the impenetrable greenery which seems never to end.

Where there are no hiking trails we use the streams. The type of hikes are usually within the red line. And almost always vary depending on the entry point we have chosen to enter . As this is a standard itinerary we do not specify with precision the trails.

As mentioned before. In two-day or three days trips is not guaranteed the observation of any animal, because they usually have no interest in been seen by humans and they are very camouflaged

.Except for occasions when some animals are in heat, or in a bad mood as it is shown sometimes by the spider monkeys. And also in the November is easy to tarantulas walking on the open path

At night before or after dinner we will also have the opportunity (optional) for a short expedition to try observe some wild life activity. Please remember this to the guide.

Overnight in the park

3rd Day

After breakfast, If you used any tent we must undo it. Making sure to pick up all the tent´s sticks. This last day we may also have the changes to visit new places.

Although this will depend on how far we are from the reach of vehicle, or where we slept the last night, and on the weather conditions.

During all the hikes the guide will try to identify the sound of the jungle. Helping you to interpret the Amazon.

He also will talk to you about the foot prints of some mammals that you or he may find along the path.

On this third day we may visit another waterfall called "La Pedregosa

In orde to visit this place you need to be in a good physical conditions total trekking time. About 4 hours.

Although we do longer trips, three days maybe is enough in this place for a visitor that appreciate it or do not have trouble getting so close in contact with nature, which may also involve, ticks, mosquitoes and other insects. This depends on the place you go and the time of the year.

After this wonderful and unforgettable experience, we will walk back to the place where we left our vehicle in order to return to the city of Santa Cruz, where we will leave you at the entrance of your hotel.

The encounter with the vehicle to take us back is usually the scheduled for 15:00 or 16:00 hours. The guide will let you know the time.

We walk out to where we left the vehicle to return the on same way we came and then continue to the city of Santa Cruz where we will leave at the door of his hotel.

End of our services. Thanks.

Please Read The Terms and Conditions of our Services

we have created this Amboro park tours and we are  the only original source of this Itinerary

Amboró Tours also offers Shorter or longer tours to this destination.

Adverse climatology conditions or social unrest can change the original itinerary.

Remember that this itinerary can vary or not be fulfilled in its entirety by climate factors and/or the conditions of the ways and rivers or water streams.

Likewise, remember that this tour can become an adventure where mishaps can happen, which is why it is necessary to have an exploring and adventurous spirit.

Remember that nothing should be removed from the park (plants or seeds)

Amboro park - Videos

Flowers of Amboro National Park from Jmarcos Velasco S. on Vimeo.



Very Inside Amboro National park from Jmarcos Velasco S. on Vimeo.

Mapa - Amboro park 



View Mataracu in a larger map

What To Bring ?

                                        (DO NOT BRINGS THINGS YOU MAY DO NOT NEED)

  1 Day 0 Nights  

- Sunscreen

- A Cap or a Hat  ( No to be used under the trees or branches)

- Sun Glasses

- A Warm Sweater

- Raincoat

- Swimsuit ( You may not have time to use it in one day tours)

- Insect Repellents

- Long-sleeved shirt- PantsLight colors 

(Mosquitoes are especially attracted by dark colors)

- Passport (Original) Or identifications documents valid in Bolivia

- Plastic bags  to protect whatever you do not want to get wet

- Trekking Shoes or others proper Shoes.

- Bring your own medication for your personal needs

- Personal items you may need

- Extra food, cookies or sweets of your choice

                      2 or more days – (Besides the items for 1 Day)

Overnight in Tents; Big Back pack, Tent/s, Sleeping Mat, Sleeping Bag, Purification Tablets (for water) 

- Mosquito Net for your head (It´s in case you don´t want repellent on your face)

- Toilet paper, Towel and others.  Chargers, batteries

- A pair of Sandals and/or light Shoes to walk in streams or rivers

- A hand torch Hand & head lamp with enough batteries

- Enough cloth. And a pair of trousers. It should become shorts and dry fast.

It may rain and cloth may get wet with water

Recommendations

Recommendations

1. Follow the guide's instructions 

2. Do not explore on your own 

3. Do not touch any insect or reptile

4. Protect things you want to keep dry by putting them in plastic bags. 

5. Do not litter. Including cigarette butts

6. Be careful about SLIPPING and falling, when crossing the rivers and streams or by the natural swimming pools 

7. Do not jump from place to place 

8. Do not smoke or light Candles inside the tents. 

9. Do not lift any rocks or logs 

10. Do not litter

11. In the natural places where you take a bath do not use shampoo or soap

Tropical Diseases.- To minimize the risk of  malaria, or a  tropical disease we 

Strongly recommend the use of long sleeved shirts and pants. During both day and night, and the use of repellents.

Positive Thinking.- When travelling in Bolivia, particularly to remote areas, 

keep in mind that you are travelling in sparsely populated areas where few people go. 

We suggest you a positive mental approach to relax, keep an open mind

Deodorant.-  Try not to bring to  the forest strong odor substances Keep In Mind: The changing weather can affect your future plans

- It is prohibited to hunt or capture any animal species or extract plants

- You have to carry your camping gear and water. And you may have to help the guide With 1 or 3 kilos.  Unless you have paid for a porter.

- Likewise, remember that this tour can become an adventure where mishaps can happen, which is why it is necessary to have an exploring and adventurous spirit.

Amboro National Park - Description

Amboro park Tours

The land adjacent to Cerro Amboro  were officially declared a protected area on  the 23rd December  1973. But it was not until August 1984 that was legally given the status of National park (ANP)  and received some protection from immigrants  campesinos,  hunters and logging companies. 

In october 1991 the park triangular area of 400.000 acres was enlarged to 1.500.000 acres by Supreme Decree.  In october 1995 Amboro National Park was reduced to  1.000.000 acres when  its peripheral third was downgraded to an integrated management  zone. Leer mas.....

Geographical  Location

Today,  Amboro  is an irregular rectangle lying between 17  Degrees 15´ and 18 Degrees 10´ South y 63 Degrees 29´ and  64 Degrees  46´ West.  It is bounded in the East  by the river Surutu and in the West  by the river Ichilo/San Mateo. The northern border runs through the lowlands close to the foothills of he Andean  mountains. The southern border crosses these mountains in an irregular line from the Quebrada Surutu in the east, to Siberia in the west. To the north,  east and south of the park shares a common  border with Carrasco National park (Deparment of Chochabamba) 

In effect  the Amboro Protected Area and Carrasco National Park enclose most of the unoccupied uplands (3 million acres) lying between the southern and northern highways which connect the cities of Santa Cruz and Cochabamba.

Climate

The park lies near enough to the equator to be little  affected by day length (one hour´s  difference),  south to experience marked  seasonal changes, and cold southern winds (Surazos) that blow from Argentina at almost any time of the year. Visitors to Amboro would well advised to bear this in mind.

The warm wet austral summer commences at the end of October but it is not until the end of December that the rains gather pace and render  the visitor´s itinerary.  To the northern  low lands less infallible, specially during the warmest months  January  and February when they reach their peak 

he austral winter set in by the end of May, when the winds (that have up to now been mainly warm humid ones from the north) change to the south, and blow with increasing strength until the end of August.  During this period the park has a distinctly temperature climate interrupted by violent thunderstorms on a few occasions when warm fronts make their way down the north

Spring arrives in the mid-September, and means temperatures begin to rise once more but with generally clear skies overhead.  September and October are the driest month of the year

Topographic Profile

The topography of Amboro National Park Protected Area is sharply divided into two parts by the abrupt emergence of the Andean mountains from the relatively flat lowlands to the Noth and the East

Vegetation 

With in Amboro´s vast jungle many different types of vegetation can be found, from the humid tropical forest to the low lands to the  cactus desert of the  valleys Mesotermicos and cloud forest of the temperate zone;  and within  each zone there is an almost infinite  number  of habitats both for plants and animals.  As the mountains fall away to the east  some of the vegetational  zones described  become much reduced  or are missing altogether

The humid tropical forest of the lowands is characterized  by the presence of valuable hardwoods  like mahogany  (Switenia macrophylla) and Verdolago  (Terminalia spp.) Well known softwood  like fig (Ficus spp.)  and Ochoó  (Hura crepitans),  and a variety of palms among of Motacu (Scheelea  princeps) is widely use as thatching material.  Where it remains  intact and humid the trees support  many species  of orchids,  epiphytic ferns  and the ubiquitous bromeliads ( Tillandsia spp.)  Rising out the lowlands tropical forest curbs some way up the Andean foothills in the manner of an ill-fitting carpet, and by way of the river gorges thrust deep fingers into the very  heart of the park

Where the humid carpet ends  (at about 700 m) the tropical vegetation gives away to the sub-tropical forest which form a wide band  (700 – 2.200m) around northern and eastern  slopes  of the Andes.  Because it is well drain the lower tropical forest is slightly drier than may be expected.-

Amboro National Park contains valuable hardwoods such as Nogal  (Juglans boliviana), Thickets  of Aliso (Myrsine sp.), palms belonging  to genera Iriartea, Euterpe and wetter upper subtropical  is characterized  by large pine trees  (Podocarpus  spp.,  Prumnopitys exigua)  alder (Alnus ocuminata) Chuequea bamboo, and giant tree ferns  (Cyathea herzogii., Alsophia  spp., Dicksonia sellowiana)

Above lies the true cloud forest (2.200 – 2.700 m) of the temperature high lands, where Podocarpus  trees are still prevalent, together  with  many  other more temperate genera  (Weinmnia, Miconia, Prunus), In the area of Siberia the humid cloud forest is still  fairly  extensive  and struggles over the watershed to  establish itself on the upper levels of the  south facing slopes.

In the highest part ( 2.700 -  3.100m) in the south western corner of Amboro, the cloud forest peters out to be replaced  by puna grasslands  with island of stuned trees representative  of true  elfin forest.  Here the most characteristic  species  are Yaruma (Hesperomeles lanuginosa),  sotillo ( Weinmannia  sp.),  and specier of Miconia and Clusia 

The puna falls away to a range of rounded hills  (2,200 – 2,500 m) which represents the upper slopes of the southern valleys.  Being some what dried this hills are mostly coverd by sparse grassland  and tola (Boaccharis sp.,) scrub, seasonal bogs and pools are to be found.  In recent time  the area has been  settled and much of it come under cultivation

Descending from the upper slopes the flora changes dramatically.  With now much drier conditions, semi deciduous trees  (Schinopsis, Aspidosperma, Tipuana) and cacti are foud clinging to the  steep hillsides.  Even though it is here that the most noticeable of all the majestic species of Neocardenasia,  it is on the arid floors of the valleys that these strange  “tree”  are really at home.

Fauna

The mammals of Amboro National Park together with the wide variety of plants  life is a rich assembly of animals and insects. In the tropical forest of the lowlands and the Andean foothills Jaguar, Puma, Ocelot, Margay, Jaguarundi, six species of monkeys ( of which the Red Howler and the Black Spider are the more noticeable) Giant Ant Eater, Tamandua, Three Toed Sloth, armadillos, Grison, Tayra, River Otter, Bush Dogs, Crabeating fox, Brasilian Tapir, both white lipped, and collared peccary , Red Brocket Deer, and many small mammals, can be found. Incluiding the first bolivian record for the Water Opossum (Chironectes minimus).  And along the rivers and fields of the flood plain, the Maned Wolf has been seen.

With an increase of altitude most of the monkeys, tapirs, pigs, and jaguars, drop out to give away to species such as the Spectacled Bear and Andean Cat, (Felis jacobita), but Night Monkeys,Rriver Otters, and the ubiquitouas Puma, Tayra, and Crab-eating fox can still be found in the highest altitude.

Human Settlement

The first human settlement were probably Chiriguano and Yucare Indians in the lowland and offshoots from the great Collasuyo tribes in the valleys; But it was only with the arrival of the Spanish at the end of the sixteenth  century tht settle agriculture was practised.  Even so the wildeness around  Amboro  remained untouched and has only been affected by human activity  on any scale during the last fity years. Bolivia has witness a relentless movement of people from the mountains to the lower-lying land of the east during the last few decades,  and since 1980 the periphery of the park has come under heavy pressure from spontaneous colonist seeking to scape of the effects of unemployment  and inhospitable conditions of their altiplano homeland.

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Eco-Tourism In Amboro  Park Tours

North Side; The Norh Side Has more than one official entrances these are;  Macuñucu, La Chonta, Saguayo, Mataracu, and Ichilo. Amboro Tours goes to the best destination in this side.  The visits in the norh side are conduted inside the red line of the park

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La Chonta Entrance has some Rustic Cabins with Bathroom for the visitors

South Side; It is also possible to combine in one tour the South Side of Amboro ( Refugio Volcanes) with Samaipata ( Museum, Fuerte and / or Giant Ferns ). This can be done leaving the south side of Amboro after breakfast or after lunch. This would  depend on the places you want to visit near by Samaipata and on the number of days available. 

Amboro park Tours; In  South Side before the Red Line there is a Lodge known as Refugio Volcanes and a Five Stars Eco-Resort called Laguna Volcan

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