Amboro Park La Chonta
Chonta is a Palm that grows in the tropical part of Amboro park."La Chonta" is also the name of stream that runs just before the park ranger´s Camp Site. Read More......
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Chonta is a Palm that grows in the tropical part of Amboro park."La Chonta" is also the name of stream that runs just before the park ranger´s Camp Site. And it is the name of this zone in this part of Amboro National Park. To get into the trails of La Chonta we have to cross the Red Line (it is trail that divides the communities of the central part of the park).
.This official entrance is located about 135 Kms. from the city of Santa Cruz. 100 of these 135 Kms. are paved and the rest is a dirt road.
Once past Surutu River we are in the ANMI (Integrally Managed Natural Area) of Amboro National Park
The ANMI is almost entirely populated by inhabitants from the Bolivian highlands. Like all the communities round Amboro park, these people appear to be very impoverished; however, in reality almost each family owns a minimum of 50 hectares of land within the ANMI, 50 or more head of cattle, a home or hut within the ANMI, and one or two brick homes in either a small town, in a larger city that is a few kilometers from the park, or in Santa Cruz.
Also this area in recent years a tree called Teca (Tectona grandis Linn F.) is cultivated
At about 400 mts. from the the main path and near by the park ranger´s camp, some wooden rustic cabins were built.
Inside the red line there is path in a circuit with a viewpoint with a nice view of inside the park. Also is possible, if the time is available, to get down to Saguayo river to get into the water.
In Chonta is hard to get a to waterfall or natural swiming pool if the visitor goes for 2 days or less. But the Saguayo River is close by
Tours to Amboro National Park through La Chonta Entrance.
It is possible to visit this part of Amboro North Side in one full day or more days. Please see the details below for trips to the Amazon of Amboro park
Amboro Park Tours - Itineraries - North Side
From The City of Santa Cruz
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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.
when 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, USA and Japan
There, will be waiting for us the rest of the team that will make this trip possible.
Amboro park tours 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.
When the trips o tours are only for one day the entrance to Amboro park usually has to be La Chonta, Because it is a bit closer than the others.
(In some cases it is also possible to visit a different entrance point.)
From the meeting point with the rest of the team, we will begin the another part of this trip in a 4x4 vehicle on a dirt or asphalt roads. 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 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.
The first part of the park is where people can live. And under normal conditions, after crossing the border and driving for one hour or so, is possible to get to the limit known as "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.
The trekking may start near the Red Line of before. During this part of tour is possible to see some mammals or birds.
Amboro park has more bird species than The coustry of Costa Rica.
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 day to La Chona do not include visits to waterfalls or natural pools in the forest, but the trails have a very nice view point and it possible to enjoy the Amazonia in a virgin forest
The main trekking is in a trail towards Saguayo river crossing a nice virgen forest area. It is possible bring children to this place and sometimes they are who ask more questions ask about the inmense variety of Amazon life
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
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 possibility exist. If we are "lucky" we may see more the one specie of monkey and may be we can encounter a sloth
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.
After this wonderful and unforgettable experience, we walk back to where we left the vehicle, returning the same way we came and then continue to the city of Santa Cruz where we will leave you at your hotel.
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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
What To Bring ?
(DO NOT BRINGS THINGS YOU MAY DO NOT NEED)
1 Day 0 Nights
- A Cap or a Hat ( No to be used under the trees or branches)
- Sun Glasses
- A Warm Sweater
- 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
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.
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