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Kaa Iya Tours - National Park

It is located in the southern region of the Department of Santa Cruz, in the Cordillera and Chiquitos Province. The Municipalities involved are Charagua, San José de Chiquitos and Pailón.

It is  border with the Republic of Paraguay....Read More......

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Eco-Tourism - Kaa Iya   Tours

 Kaa Iya Tours

Formal tourism was non-existent, despite the vast expansion and great potential offered by this park.

Eco-tourism In kaa Iya National park is now beginning to grow.. This is in a  good big way for conservation because it  add a great value to the park as a natural reserve.  Read More.......

Two Days One Night Itineray - Kaa Iya Tours

From the City of Santa Cruz - Kaa Iya Tours

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

Kaa Iya Tours

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

kaa Iya National Park 

Kaa Iya National Park

It is located in the southern region of the Department of Santa

Cruz, in the Cordillera and Chiquitos Province. The Municipalities

involved are Charagua, San José de Chiquitos and Pailón.

It is  border with the Republic of Paraguay.

Kaa Iya National Park was declared by DS 24122  Date 21  09-1995

Management Category

National Park and Integrated Management Natural Area

Date added

September 21, 1995

Geographical coordinates

60 ° 07'00'' -62 ° 24'54'' West Longitude

17 º 53'42'' -20 ° 15'00'' south latitude

Extension 3,441,115 ha (34,411 km2).

NATURAL PHYSICAL ASPECTS

Climate

The weather is warm, typical of arid and semi-arid regions with large fluctuations of 

temperature during the year due to the influence of cold winds from the South. Thetemperature

annual average is 26 º C. 

The rainfall ranges from 1,000 mm in the NorthEast part to less than 400 mm in the west.

Altitudinal range and physiography

The altitude varies between 200 and 400 meters. The area occupies most of the extensive

physiographic region known as the Gran Chaco or Chaco Plain, characterized for being flat

Hydrography

The hydrography is defined by Parapetí river basin.

Fauna

The fauna present in the area is representative of the Chaqueña plains region, with 350 registered species, 89 species of snakes, 301 species of birds, 65 species of small mammals and 59 species of large mammals. Foremost among these are the Chacoan Peccary, known locally as tagua or quilimero pig, a common species in Chaco, armadillos (Tolypeutes matacus and Chlamyphorus retusus), common in the region, the Chacoan Mara and Conover's Tuco-tuco. The jaguar, puma, ocelot and maned wolf can also be found.

Flora

880 species of vascular plants and 28 species of spore plants (plants without flowers) have been registered in the National Park, as well as an estimated 1500 species of higher plants. Some examples which stand out are the red quebracho (Schinopsis lorentzii), black soto (Schinopsis cornuta), black guayacán (Izozogia nelly), cuchi (Myracrodruon urundeuva), purple guayacán (Bulnesia sarmientoi), soto de arenales (Schinopsis corneta), and cupesí (Prosopis chilensis).

Characteristics of the area

It is principally known for containing the largest tropical wooded area in the world. It also contains an incredible range of animal species, most notably the last remaining large felidae and more than 100 other distinct species of mammal

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The presence of guanacos has been confirmed in the sand-dunes in the south-east of the Natural Area. The white-lipped peccary, armadillo, giant armadillo, silvery marmoset, black howler monkey, pampas deer, bare-faced Curassow, crowned eagle and black-and-white Hawk-eagle can also be found here.

Other important species are the floss silk tree (Chorisia speciosa), Iberá-Bira (Caesalpinia paraguariensis), mistol (Ziziphus mistol), other species such as Bougainvillea praecox, Acacia feddeana, Aspidosperma pyrifolium, wax palm (Copernicia alba) and palma saó (Trithrinax schizophylla).

Area: 3,441,115  hectares (34,411.15 km²)

Altitude: between 100 and 839 meters above sea level.

Rainfall: 1,400 to 400 mm annually.

Hydrology: The principal river is the Parapetí, among many others.

Coordinates: Latitude 17º42’30’’ - 20º02’30" S, Longitude 60º03’30’’ – 62º31’30’’ W

Kaa Iya National park at  Wikipedia

Eco-Tourism in Kaa Iya National Park

Eco-Tourism sooner or later it was going to be a reality in Kaa Iya National... The sooner the better because all national park o natural reserves have enormous threats. 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.

Some trips are offered to Tucavaca entrance. Here  the opportunities to observe mammals can be higher than in others parts of  Bolivia or South America.

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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

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