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Kaa Iya National Park

Eco-Tourism in Kaa Iya National Park

About 10 years ago Kaa Iya tours was almost nonexistent, but  sooner or later  it was going to be a reality. The sooner the better because all national park o natural reserves have enormous threats specially in Bolivia. Those years it was not easy to convince people in charge of the park  to open their minds to this need..But conservationists people with a wide view in Amboro Tours made it  happen.

Due to some park administration ''delays'', nowadays it is hard to keep up the work.  And maybe it  is a reason because some tour operator have quit tours to this destination.. Amboro Tours have not seen any mining on the routes inside kaa Iya

Our Kaa Iya Tours are trips to different entrances in this unique national park. Most of the tours used to be to ''Tucavaca'' entrance but due to some necessary changes in our itineraries now we have other options to visit the park.  

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Standard Itineraries:
- 2 Days 1 Night
-3 Days 2 Nights

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Two Days One Night Itineray - Kaa Iya Tours

From the City of Santa Cruz 

2 Days 1 Night

1st Day -  Kaa Iya Tours

At 08:00 we start the trip towards Tucavaca in Kaa Iya national park. The Tucavaca camp in Kaa Iya park is located approximately at 362 kms from the city of Santa Cruz.

Please may sure you take with your original passport or your country´s I.D.  if your country is a member of the MERCOSUR agreement. 

Please take with you the small sheet  of paper that the control people give you when you enter Bolivia

The road to Tucavaca is asphalted until the population of San Jose de Chiquitos, which is about 265 km from Santa Cruz and the rest of the 362 kms is on a off road.

After leaving the city of Santa Cruz by car you can see large areas of crops mostly soybean and sunflower.

This area is known as the Eastern Lowlands of Santa Cruz. The ground in this area is suitable for agriculture.

After about 2 hours driving you can appreciate from the highway, during a good part of this first journey, the Mennonite colonies exist in large numbers on both sides of the road.

The Mennonites are an ethnic group that is dedicated to to agriculture and they came and still are coming to Santa Cruz from different countries such as Canada, Mexico and Paraguay.

Among these groups of people there are colonies of Mennonites with the most stringent internal rules. They do not allow their members to use electricity. Either they are not allow to use tractors with pneumatic. So they have to be replaced the pneumatic by iron rims adapted by themselves.

There are also Mennonites colonies with internal rules much more flexible but they all live in exclusive communities for Mennonites

During this journey, you can see on the road a variety of wild mammals lifeless beaten by cars. The type of animal more frequently seen dead on the highway are foxes, ant eaters, (Tamandua tetadractyla) armadillos, monkeys and even some times a tigrillo (Leopardus wiedii). Besides domestic ones

It is estimated to arrive at the first part of the journey which is San Jose de Chiquitos at approximately 11:00 hours.

San Jose de Chiquitos´ church has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO as part of the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos.

The Jesuits arrived in the area of "Chiquitania" (a term imposed by the Jesuits) on December 31, 1691.

San Jose de Chiquitos was founded in 1696. In 1767 the Jesuits were expelled and taken prisoner by soldiers under the command of the Spanish crown.

After San Jose de Chiquitos we still have to drive to Tucavaca. Three hours or 97 kilometers more down on off road. Almost all this road appears to be stable throughout the year, although in some parts the land is prone to erosion and other parts may become muddy with rain

During the first 15 minutes this road goes by the city´s park “Santa Cruz La Vieja”. And then it is uphill for a while.

In some high points of the road you can see the green of the forest environment and the “Chiquitano” forest with a panoramic view of the town of San Jose de Chiquitos.

After 3 hours of driving on up down hills and some flat parts all surrounded  by a green low forest typical of this part of Santa Cruz.

During this drive we have some chances of watching some wildlife.

As we approached Kaa Iya park and we start to cross the protection gates, and it is when the possibilities for wildlife viewing are greater.

From the first locked gate to Tucabaca Park Rangers site is about 20 minutes going in a low pace. On this road also there are possibilities to watch some mammals

From the first locked gate to Tucabaca Park Rangers site is about 20 minutes going in a low pace. On this road also there are possibilities to watch some mammals

We estimate to reach, the Camp of Tucavaca in Kaa Iya park, at about 16:00 hours

Once in the camp of the park ranger´s we have to give them the entry permission that we brought from Santa Cruz.

After arrival we are accommodated in shelters built  by the community with the support from an NGO. Or we can set up  the tents some where near the park rangers base.

Later we  start walking or we go by car to the road that runs parallel to the pipeline. 

This is some places where you have more opportunities to see the jaguar and others big mammals especially during the warm days, since they like  places where the wind flows more easily and cools the hot atmosphere of this part of the Chaco forest.

Some mammals like to lick the mud  where the water from a rain gather in some places on the road parallel to the pipeline

During the walk or drive it may get dark so it  is necessary to take a good flashlight and insect protection.

Although we recommend you to try to use more clothes protections rather than odour repellents.

Dinner and overnight would be close to the park ranger´s place. Or somewhere in the forest of the park

2nd Day - Kaa Iya Tours

Very early in the morning we bound for the city of Santa Cruz.

Breakfast would be before or after starting the trip

Getting out of the park boundaries  we still have big chances of watching a  Jaguar, Tapires or deers.

 It Is estimated to be back in the city of Santa Cruz at 18:00 hours.

Once we return to the city to leave it in your hotel

End of our services. thanks

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Three Days  Two Nights - Kaa Iya Tours

From the City of Santa Cruz - Kaa Iya Tours

3 Days 2 Nights - Kaa Iya Tours

1st Day  - Kaa Iya Tours

At 08:00 we start the trip towards Tucavaca in Kaa Iya national park. The Tucavaca camp in Kaa Iya park is located approximately at 362 kms from the city of Santa Cruz.

The road to Tucavaca is asphalted until the population of San Jose de Chiquitos, which is about 265 km from Santa Cruz and the rest of the 362 kms is on a off road.

After leaving the city of Santa Cruz by car you can see large areas of crops mostly soybean and sunflower.

This area is known as the Eastern Lowlands of Santa Cruz. The ground in this area is suitable for agriculture.

After about 2 hours driving you can appreciate from the highway, during a good part of this first journey, the Mennonite colonies exist in large numbers on both sides of the road.

The Mennonites are an ethnic group that is dedicated to to agriculture and they came and still are coming to Santa Cruz from different countries such as Canada, Mexico and Paraguay.

Among these groups of people there are colonies of Mennonites with the most stringent internal rules. They do not allow their members to use electricity. Either they are not allow to use tractors with pneumatic. So they have to be replaced the pneumatic by iron rims adapted by themselves.

There are also Mennonites colonies with internal rules much more flexible but they all live in exclusive communities for Mennonites

During this journey, you can see on the road a variety of wild mammals lifeless beaten by cars. The type of animal more frequently seen dead on the highway are foxes, ant eaters, (Tamandua tetadractyla) armadillos, monkeys and even some times a tigrillo (Leopardus wiedii). Besides domestic ones

It is estimated to arrive at the first part of the journey which is San Jose de Chiquitos at approximately 11:00 hours.

San Jose de Chiquitos´ church has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO as part of the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos.

The Jesuits arrived in the area of "Chiquitania" (a term imposed by the Jesuits) on December 31, 1691.

San Jose de Chiquitos was founded in 1696. In 1767 the Jesuits were expelled and taken prisoner by soldiers under the command of the Spanish crown

.After 3 hours of driving on up down hills and some flat parts all surronded  by a green low forest typical of this part of Santa Cruz.

During this drive we have some chances of watching some wildlife

As we approached Kaa Iya park and we start to cross the protection gates, and it is when the possibilities for wildlife viewing are greater.

From the first locked gate to Tucabaca Park Rangers site is about 20 minute going in a low pace. On this road also there are possibilities to watch some mammals

We estimate to reach the Camp of Tucavaca in Kaa Iya park at about 16:00 hours.

Once in the camp of the park ranger´s we have to give them the entry permission that we broght

from Santa Cruz

After arrival we are accommodated in shelters built  by the community with the support from an NGO. Or we can set up  the tents some where near the park rangers base.

Later we  start walking or we go by car to the road that runs parallel to the pipeline. 

This is some places where you have more opportunities to see the jaguar and others big mammals especially during the warm days, since they like  places where the wind flows more easily and cools the hot atmosphere of this part of the Chaco forest.

Some mammals like to lick the mud  where the water from a rain gather in some places on the road parallel to the pipeline

During the walk or drive it may get dark so it  is necessary to take a good flashlight and insect protection.

Although we recommend you to try to use more clothes protections rather than odour repellents.

Dinner and overnight would be close to the park ranger´s place. Or somewhere in the forest of the park

2nd Day - Kaa Iya Tours

We will try to start very early in the vehicle, this will depend on the activities we had the night before. If it possible we will start driving before sunrise, this in order to have a better chances of observing mammals

The destinations will be one of the pipeline’s pumping stations on the only existing road which runs parallels to it. On the way we will have great opportunities to see plenty of wildlife, but never guarantee the observation of any animal.

Also is possible go have a short trekking  through the virgin forest. 

The walk  to a little  lake called "Laguna Santa Lucia" may takes about 20 minutes to get there. In dry season the lake may get dried

Lunch will be at sometime during the tour in the forest or on the road

It is estimated to return to Tucavaca at the end of the day.

We may have some walks in the last hours of the afternoon or evening hours.

Dinner and overnight in Tucavaca

3ird Day - Kaa Iya Tours

Very early in the morning we bound for the city of Santa Cruz.

Breakfast would be before or after starting the trip

Getting out of the park boundaries  we still have big chances of watching a  Jaguar, Tapires or deers. 

It Is estimated to be back in the city of Santa Cruz at 17:00 hours.

Once we return to the city to leave it in your hotel

End of our services. thanks

Kaa Iya Tours

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What To Bring..?

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.

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Kaa Iya National Park Tours Reviews On Tripadvisor

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“Ask around about the mining situation in Kaa Iya before you go!”

This is not a review about the park itself, because we didnt go! So I am not telling the palce is poor to visit, just it probalby would be at this moment (May 2017)!

But I am posting this so people would know to be careful before paying loads of money to go there. 

So we really whanted to go to Kaa Iya this May (2017) and we went asking around for the trips in Santa Cruz. Only one plaze was really honest with us and they said its not good at the moment. Reason for this was, what they said, that Bolivian government has given 1 year pass to multiple mining companys to mine inside of the parks territory! I was sad and dissapointed to hear that. What a careless and sensless thing to do..

It usually is a perfect palce to see wildlife because its water limits.. animals gather arount water sources and are easy to spot. But because of Bolivian goverments greediness and mining companys in the park at the moment the animals are gone to hide. 

They are having meetings about the problem, but just for your own sake, ask around before you belive a random guyde saying its ok.. They just might want your money and thats it. 

We were lucky to meet a person willing to be honest about the situation.. 

Good luck to everyone!

And I really hope Bolivian goverment is geting back to its senses fast and starts prioritizing preserving important natural habitats and areas again..

Visited May 2017

Kaa Iya Tours

“Enjoyed our 3 day tour here!”

We did a 3 day tour with Nick's Adventures and had a great time! Saw a young jaguar, tapir, jaguarundi, fake coral snake, tortoises, tarantulas, nightjars, owl, caracaras, armadillo, titi monkeys, marmosets. You really have to keep your eyes open at all times in order to spot wildlife. The drives are long and the road is bumpy but the joy of spotting an animal is all worth it! The day can get very very hot so make sure you are wearing sunscreen and a hat. And repellent as there are tiny, black biting flies like no see ums that bite like crazy and the bites are very itchy. Drink lots of water :-)

Visited October 2016

“A Great Experience”

Me and my friend went to Kaa iya National park for a tour of 3 days . It was a great tour. Everything was on time. We saw a lot of wildlife and the food very good.

If anyone wants to know about the prices for these tour. We paid usd 400 per person..We booked with a Amboro Tours...

Visited June 2016

Raw. Real. Rustic. REALLY AMAZING”

Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Jaguar- 6 of them.

Tapir-6 of them

Oscelotte -4 of them. 

And much more-The absolute best wildlife experience. Thanks Nik.

Visited May 2016

“Cool, but only for nature fans and adventurers, forget comfort.”

Reviewed 30 January 2016

You can see a lot of mammals here and big cats like Jaguars.

In 4 days we saw more then 100 species of different birds.

Camp out at the most basic conditions only but amazing experience. The guide makes the difference.

Visited November 2015

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