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Noel Kempff National Park is a spectacular biological reserve of 1.5 million hectares located in the northeastern corner of Bolivia, in the Department of Santa Cruz. Due to its unique bio-geographical location and the rich and extraordinary diversity of species and habitats found in the park, Noel Kempff attained status as a World Heritage Site in 2000. Read More........

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The tours or trips to visit  main attractions in Noel Kempf National Park are  divided in two zones..North and South.

                                                                   Standard Noel Kempf Tours

- North Side; By Air   
- South Side;  By Air - By Land                   
                             Lodge; R. Huanchaca

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 South Side - Noel Kempf Tours

The main destinations are Caparu Plateau and Chaplin Lake. Chaplin Lake is a new destination in the park.

The only group turists that got to this place was in August 2015..

The visitors to Noel Kempf Park are  really few due to the conditions of access and to the budget needed.

Most roads or trails,  paths have disappeared  in las 5 year or so.

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Lodge Refugio H. Caparu Plateau  
- 4 Days 3 Nights   
Refugio Huanchaca -  Laguna Chaplin  
- 7 Days 6 Nights 
Florida Community - Los Fierros Caparu Plateau      
- 4 Day 3 Nights    

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Los Fierros- Caparu Plateau  
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 Florida Los-Fierros- Caparu Plateau
- 9 Days 8 Nights 

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Standard  Itinerary  By Air Transp.
 4 Days 3 Nights - Refugio H.
Meseta Caparu Plateau 
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Excursion from Santa Cruz City

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4 Days 3 Nights 

1st Day

At 08:00 a.m., we will pick you up from your hotel or residence in order to take you to a private airfield or to small airport where we will board a single-engine airplane, which will fly us to the Southern side of the Noel Kempf Mercado Park.

It is advisable to make use of the hygienic installations before boarding the airplane.

At the beginning of the two-hour flight, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the view of the city of Santa Cruz from the air, and after the first 40 minutes, we will be able to notice the devastation caused by the agriculture on the Northeastern areas, mostly for the plantations of soy and sunflower.

After the first hour of flight, we will be above the town of Concepción, which is part of the Jesuitical Missions of the Chiquitania.

In  30 more minutes of flight, we will notice how the exuberant green mantle becomes denser.

We will be landing inside Noel Kempf Mercado National park at “Refugio Huanchaca”   after approximately 2 hours of flight. 

After a short relaxing  at Refugio Huancha time we get ready to departure in a vehicle towards Caparu plateau.

The point that we plan to go on a vehicle is about 27 Kilometers  away from Refugio Hanchaca lodge. At this point is where the road get into the forest  and we should continue on foot.

Once start the trip by land leaving Refugio, The first 5 kilometers  crosses a part of forest.  And then for about 22 kilometers  it goes on a land of pampas.

These pampas get overflowed on raining seasons. But during dry season the pampas very dried and   easily may get on fire

The heat in this area is very high and the temperature gets to 43 centigrades grades or more

In dry season during any trips it is necessary to carry enough water.  Because it may be hard to find it down the road,

On the pampas there are a lot of chance of spotting some mammals like;  giant ant eaters, deer,  jaguars and  others. 

Once we get to the end of the road in las pampas we should start hiking. This first hike should be done for about 10 kms or to the first or second stream with water.

Once in the right place we set up the tent 

During this walk there are some parts with big chances of watching some mammals like Giant Armadillo

Close by this camping site and after a walk at night of about 30 minutes we may find  glowing termites during the months of October or November.

During some months of the year the activity of moths is very annoying

Overnight in the forest in tents

2nd Day

From this point it  takes approximately 2 hours to hike to  the base of the plateau

During this hike, we need to have our senses alert in order to listen to, smell or see interesting particularities of this jungle. 

We also need to pay attention to the gradual change from forest of high trees to very low vegetation.

the visitors must beware of the thorns and tips of the branches in many sections of the paths within the park.

Once we reach the base of the plateau, if it is hot or still it is not evening we should not be in this place  longer than thirty minutes.

The ideal time to arrive at this place known as “Las Lajas” is in the dusk, because during the day and with the presence of people, very annoying bees (especially for the eyes) begin to arrive at the place. 

But this time we are only resting in Las Lajas for about 20 minutes

Depending on the time of arrival to Las Lajas and on the conditions that we are, we will climb the plateau on this day or we will leave it for the following day early in the morning.

After the rest we proceed on our hiking to caparuch  plateau

The ascent to the plateau is a rustic footpath in zigzag, steep and almost without any vegetation to cover us from the sun, which is why the conditions of the ascent can be unfriendly,

Especially if there is not enough wind and the sun is strong. In any case, it is necessary to be in good physical condition for this part of the trip,

But as we climb the view of the forest of the park becomes wider and the immense “Chaplin” lake can be seen amidst the exuberant vegetation. 

Likewise, depending on the time of ascent, we will have the opportunity to see the Blue-and-Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna) sometimes flying at a lower height from us.

Once on top of the plateau, we will have a hike of about one hour in order to appreciate the view of the waved green landscape

spotted with virgin forest, water streams and palm trees.

If we are lucky enough, we will be able to see deer, or even the macaws nesting in palms that are about 30 minutes away from the edge of the plateau.

Hiking to others edges of the plateau caparucú, nearby we can appreciate different views of green forest around us

You can program a longer visit to the plateau, because after one hour and a half hiking on top of the plateau is possible to get the a part of the plateau  covered with a beautiful  jungle and to a place where Amboro Tours used to set up the tents next to a nice stream 

In this place is possible to see monkeys and others mammals.

From this point, that used to be or still is the camping site on top of the plateau. It was possible to do some trekking in the pampas for about 40 minute to a beautiful natural pool.

on the way to this pool we will see a burned motorcycle 

and a short distance away we also can see parts of a small crashed airplane.

Both the motorcycle and the airplane used to belong to a drug factory installed in forest nearby where still is possible to see   some remains of it.

A well-known bolivian conservationists named Noel Kempf Mercado was killed in the airfield of one of these factories on top of Caparuch plateau when his small plane landed with a team of nature researchers. It happened  the 5th of September of 1986. 

Besides of Noel kempf Mercado also were killed at the same time,  Juan Cochamanidis, Franklin Parada Auclos. Vicente Castelló, a Spaniard scientist, was the only survivor.

Getting back on our itinerary. And because this program does not include more days and after about one or one hour and a half on top of caparuch,  we should return  by the same footpath. On the way down hill we must take care of loosen stones.

We arrive at Las Lajas This is a camping spot next to a small stream. It located in the bottom of the Plateau

Overnight in Las Lajas

3rd Day

Early in the morning breakfast. Then we should keep hiking to the place where we left the vehicle to  return to Refugio Huanchaca

The hiking distance of today to the vehicle is approximately 12 or 15 kilometers. 

We should be arriving to Refugio Huanchaca at end of the day 

Dinner and overnight in Refugio Huanchaca

 4th Day

Early in the morning we can take a boat ride on Paragua river to try to see some birds, yacares and giant river otters

After  lunch we have to fly back to  the City of Santa Cruz.

Once we arrive in the city  a vehicle will  take you to your hotel

Thanks

End of our services Noel Kempf Tours

Please Read The Terms and Conditions of our Services

Amboró Tours is the only original source of this Itinerary

Amboró Tours also offers longer tours to this destination.

Adverse climatologic 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.

Also is our duty to inform you that during the Dry Season parts of the Plateau get on fire. The fire could expand kilometers according to the wind. This fire usually that not penetrates more that a few meters the jungle on the Plateau.

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.

Be prepared to protect yourself against the sun (sun lotion, sunglasses, hat or cap, long-sleeved shirt, long trousers and others) and rain (impermeable clothes).

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

“Take only photographs and leave only footprints”

7 Days 6 Nights - By AirLaguna Chaplin Lake 
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7 Days 6 Nights

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From Santa Cruz City

By Air Transport

1st Day

At 08:00 a.m., we will pick you up from your hotel or residence in order to take you to a private airfield or to small airport where we will board a single-engine airplane, which will fly us to the Southern side of the Noel Kempff Mercado Park.

It is advisable to make use of the hygienic installations before boarding the airplane.

Excursion in to Noel Kempf Mercado National park – South Side – Laguna Chaplin Lake


At the beginning of the two-hour flight, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the view of the city of Santa Cruz from the air, and after the first 40 minutes, we will be able to notice the devastation caused by the agriculture on the Northeastern areas, mostly for the plantations of soy and sunflower.

After the first hour of flight, we will be above the town of Concepción, which is part of the Jesuitical Missions of the Chiquitania.

After other 30 minutes of flight, we will notice how the exuberant green mantle becomes denser.

We will be landing at “Refugio Huanchaca”   after approximately 2 hours of flight.

Once we arrive at Refugio H.  We plan to have lunch to continue this adventure on the ground to Chaplin Lake.

After a some time to get things ready time we get ready to departure in a vehicle towards Los Fierros.  Which is an old abandoned cabins site. Los Fierros is located about 37 kilometers form Refugio and 33 kilometers to Laguna Chaplin.

The first 5 kilometers  the road crosses a part of forest  And then for about 29 kilometers it goes on a land of pampas.

These pampas get overflowed on raining seasons. But during dry season are very dried and   easily may get on fire

The heat in this area is very high and the temperature gets to 43 centigrade grades

In dry season during  the trips It necessary to carry enough water.  Because it may be hard to find it in long distances

After 29 kilometers the road leave las pampas behind  to enter  the jungle for about 3 kilometers   to  pass by Los Fierros

In these last 3 kilometers is possible to find many logs blocking the road.   And also there is an old bridge in not too good conditions.

Due to these reasons  it may be a better idea to leave the vehicle 3 away from Los Fierros

We are supposed   to arrive to Los Fierros at the end of the day

At Los Fierros and in many places during this excursion  it is possible to find thousands of bees

Also the small ants can be a big problem. We recommend you to take some diesel with you to keep the ants away.

2nd Day

After breakfast we start the hiking in the jungle towards Laguna Chaplin Lake.

Chaplin lake is located about 33 kilometers from Los Fierros. 

The first day we plan to hike for about 15 kilometers to a water point.

Keep in mind that the sources of water in this area are only two.

Overnight in tents in somewhere in the jungle towards Chaplin.

3rd

After breakfast we have to continue on our way to Chaplin lake.

The remaining distance is about 18 kilometers.

Once we arrive to Chaplin we set up the tents in a good place

Overnight in Laguna Chaplin 

4th Day

On this day we have to enjoy all the possibilities of being in this paradise.

One of the main activities would  be to try to  see  the most of the wild life.

Overnight in Chaplin Lake in tents

5th Day

After breakfast we should start our way back to Los Fierros .

The hiking back is on the same trail

Overnight  somewhere in the jungle,

6th Day

After breakfast we keep hiking back

We are supposed to arrive to Los Fierros about noon.

From Los Fierros we should return to Refugio  Huanchaca

Overnight in the lodge

7th Day

After breakfast we  may have some boat rides on Paragua river

After  lunch we have to fly back to  the City of Santa Cruz.

Once we arrive in the city  a vehicle will  take you to your hotel

Thanks

End of our services Noel Kempf Tours

Please Read The Terms and Conditions of our Services

Amboró Tours is the only original source of this Itinerary

Amboró Tours also offers longer tours to this destination.

Adverse climatologic 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.

Also is our duty to inform you that during the Dry Season parts of the Plateau get on fire. The fire could expand kilometers according to the wind. This fire usually that not penetrates more that a few meters the jungle on the Plateau.

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.

Be prepared to protect yourself against the sun (sun lotion, sunglasses, hat or cap, long-sleeved shirt, long trousers and others) and rain (impermeable clothes).

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

“Take only photographs and leave only footprints”

4 Days 3 Nights- Florida-Los Fierros-Caparu Plateau
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Los Fierros Airplane Transportation to Florida Airfield

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Four Days Three Nights

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park - Southern Side

From the city of Santa Cruz

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4 Days 3 Nights

1st Day

At 08:00 a.m., we will pick you up from your hotel or residence in order to take you to a small airplane runway where we will board a small single-engine airplane, which will fly us to the Southern side of the Noel Kempff Mercado Park. It is advisable to make use of the hygienic installations before boarding the airplane.

We will land at “Los Fierros” or at Florida runway after approximately 2 hours of flight. It will depend mainly on the conditions of the airfield of Los Fierros

At the beginning of the two-hour flight, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the view of the city of Santa Cruz from the air, and after the first 40 minutes, we will be able to notice the devastation caused by the agriculture on the Northeastern areas, mostly for the plantations of soy and sunflower.

After the first 30 minutes of flight, we will be above the town of Concepción, which is part of the Jesuitical Missions of the Chiquitania.

After other 30 minutes of flight, we will notice how the exuberant green mantle becomes denser, and after 60 minutes, we will be above the virgin jungle of the park.

Once we are above the park, we will head towards the “El Encanto” (The Enchantment) waterfall, over which we will fly in order to take photographs of it from different angles in order to obtain better pictures; then we will fly at a lower altitude over the prairies of the impressive landscape of the “Meseta” (Plateau) . This is about 7 minutes before landing.

After landing, either in Los Fierros or in Florida, a 4x4 vehicle will be waiting for us by the landing strip, along with the driver and/or the Tour-Coordinator in order to proceed with this excursion. After lunch we will continue this adventure on the ground.

If we land in the run way of Los Fierros we will continue on the vehicle directly to El Encanato waterfall or to Caparu plateau. It will depend on the weather and/or other access conditions and also on the available time on that day.

If we have had to land in the run way of the community of Florida, then we have to go through the park ranger site to register our names and then we have to cross the Paragua river on a flat boat and drive about 2 hours or more (it depends on the conditions of the path) in order to reach Los Fierros.

Florida is a nice village surrounded by the forest and by an oxbow lake  of  Paragua River. It has nearly 20 families or less because the population is decreasing due to the immigration of the youth people to San Ignacio or to Santa Cruz.

From Los Fierros, if we decide to visit the “El Encanto” cascade first, the next campsite is about 35 Kilometers (21.7 Miles) away, it is approximately two hours by vehicle from the “Los Fierros” cabins or run way. We might be able to arrive with the vehicle to this campsite known as El Encanto Camp, or we might have to walk a few (10) Kilometers in order to arrive at this point. The exact distance we might have to walk is unknown. It is depending on the conditions of the road, bridges and/or fallen trees in the way. Anyways, if the path is in optimum conditions, the vehicle will only be able to arrive at the El Encanto Camp, which is 5 Kilometers (3 Miles) away from the cascade.

During the trip, either by vehicle or hiking the trails, we must keep our ears in alert in order to listen to the sounds of the forest and have more possibilities of observing the wildlife, like Macaws, monkeys or larger mammals such as the Tapir, and if we are very lucky we may even see a Jaguar.

Once we are in El Encanto Camp, we can continue our walk to the waterfall on this first day, or we may have to do this on the next day, this will depend on the available time for this part of the excursion.

We will spend the night at the El Encanto Camp or at Los Fierros, depending on the road and bridges conditions as said before.

2nd Day

Wherever we have slept the night before, we will arise very early in the morning to have breakfast. If we had already visited the cascade on the previous day, we will head directly to the “Caparú” plateau. Again the vehicle will go as far as possible, and this depends one more time on the conditions of the bridges and the trees fallen in the way, although it is usually possible to drive until the end of the vehicle´s road, and in this case we will only walk for two hours until the base of the plateau.

During this hike, we must keep our senses in alert to be able to hear, smell or see the interesting particularities of this place. We also need to pay a lot of attention to the gradual change from the jungle of high trees to lower vegetation. After the two-hour hike, we will arrive at “Las Lajas”, where we will take a brief rest, since in the daytime, after a short permanence of people in this place, some tiny bees, although very annoying ones (especially for the eyes), start to arrive.

After our hike towards the base of the mesa, the tough ascent to the top of the plateau starts. The difficulty of this will depend on the sunlight and heat at the moment of the ascent. In any case, it is necessary to have a good physical condition. Those who do not feel well to continue can stay in a small brook in this place, resting while waiting for an animal to come.

During the ascent to the top, the view of the jungle below in the prairie becomes wider, enabling us to see the famous and enormous “Chaplin” lake among the exuberant vegetation. It is also possible to observe birds such as the Macaws, flying below our level.

Once at the top of the plateau, we will have a one-hour hike enjoying the wavy green panorama spotted with virgin jungle, brooks and palm trees, and if we are lucky enough, we will be able to see some deer and/or Yellow-and-Blue Macaws (Ara ararauna). They nest in some palm trees located 30 minutes away from the trail that leads to the top of the plateau.

After this experience, we will start our descent to the base of the plateau and to the vehicle. Depending on the unfolding of the program so far and the arrangements previously made in the offices of Amboró Tours in Santa Cruz….

At night there is a possibility of a short nocturnal Safari with lanterns.

Spend the night at the base of the mesa or at Los Fierros.

3rd Day

In case we wake up near Los Fierros, we will leave at 05:00 on the vehicle with the spot- light in order to see some more of the wildlife in the Noel Kempff Park. We can also use this day to visit the El Encanto cascade, in case we did not have enough time to have visited it on the first day.

This day is very necessary, if we are to climb the plateau in two days; that is, walking to the base of the plateau (Las Lajas) in the afternoon to spend the night there in tents, and early in the morning on the next day, hike to the top. The activities of this third day will depend on how fast the itinerary was performed in the previous two days.

Depending on where we spend the night, the night of the third day can also be used to drive the vehicle with its halogen lights in the surroundings of Los Fierros, looking for animals. We can also use this night for a nocturnal hike with flashlights on open trails.

4th Day

Very early in the morning, before sunrise and breakfast, we will take a short hike or go in the vehicle by the main path that leads to the Paraguá River. After lunch, we will leave this wonderful park in order to board the single-engine airplane that will fly us back to Santa Cruz, where a vehicle will be waiting for us to take us to our respective places.

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Option or plan ¨B¨ Changing the 3rd and 4Th days of this itinerary

Day and Night excursions on the Paragua River

In a small aluminum rowing boat or in a wooden canoe

The visit to El Encanto waterfall or the Caparu Plateau we may be able to switch it for excursions in a canoe on Paragua River, where also some hikes in the park would be possible in areas almost never visited

3er Day

Early in the morning after breakfast we drive back on the same path that we came in, we drive towards the community of Florida or to some private ranch located along Paragua river.

We will use either the community of Florida or a private property 1 hour away the community, along the Paragua river as a camp site to set up our canoe rides.

After arriving to the choosen place and after setting up the tents we go on the canoe or on small aluminum boat equipped with a spot light to have better chances of observing some wild life e.g., alligators, Capibaras, Tapirs among others mammals. Also with the spot light is possible to get a close up to some birds that sleep on low the branches right in the shore of the river

During these trips on the canoe we will be able to fish piranhas among others kind of fishes

Dinner and over night on the shore of Paragua River

4th Day

After or before good breakfast with piranhas, we got one more time on the canoe to have another excursion on to the shores of the river or in some of its bays.

During the early hour of the morning is possible to observe some birds like the Hoatzin, Greater anis, and many kinds of herons among other species.

Some walks in forest of the park are also possible.

Mammals like the Giant River Otters are also quite common in this river.

After lunch we drive to the run way of Florida where our plane will be waiting for us to fly back to Santa Cruz

Amboró Tours is the only original source of this itinerary

Amboró Tours also offers longer tours to this destination.

Adverse climatologic 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 or the conditions of the roads and of the rivers or water streams.

Also is our duty to inform you that during the Dry Season parts of the Plateau get on fire. The fire could expands kilometers according to the wind. This fire usually that not penetrates more that a few meters the jungle on the Plateau.

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.

Be prepared to protect yourself against the sun (sun lotion, sunglasses, hat or cap, long-sleeved shirt, long trousers and others) and rain (impermeable clothes).

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

“Take only photographs and leave only footprints”


 9 Days 8 Nights
- Los Fierros - Florida Caparu Plateau By Land
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Itinerary of 9 Days 8 Nights

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From the city of Santa Cruz

“Los Fierros” By Land

1st Day

At 09:00 hours we will start the first part of our trip to the park, aboard a private vehicle heading to the town of Santa Rosa de la Roca, located at 378 kilometers away (234.87 miles).

This trip will be done on a paved road until the town of Concepción, passing by several towns and villages of migrants people from the high lands of Bolivia and Mennonites colonies. This trip is crossing an agricultural area, which grows soybean, sunflower, and several types of other grains. There, we can also realize the relentless advance of the agricultural frontier from 30 Kilometers (48.38 Miles) off Santa Cruz.

After Concepcion the road to Santa Rosa de la Roca is unpaved for about two hours or 79 kilometers. The trip to Santa Rosa de la Roca takes approximately 6 hours.

After leaving the City of Santa Cruz and in about 3 hours on the road we may stop in San Javier for 30 minutes. San Javier is a town on 542 meters on sea level. Most of its people have indigenous background. It was founded in the year 1691 by the Jesuits.

Dinner and over night in Santa Rosa de La Roca

2nd Day

Around 09:00 a.m. we will leave the town of Santa Rosa de la Roca, At the previous night the coordinator of tour would have confirmed to you the exact time of departure. 

This trip will be in a 4x4 vehicle and will last approximately 6 (or more) hours until the community of Florida located on the border of Noel Kempff Mercado National Park.

UNESCO declared this magnificent park as a patrimony of the humanity in the year 2000.

In the trip from Santa Rosa de la Roca to this village, we will have the opportunity to live a different trip, perhaps to which most of those attracted to parks are accustomed to, since the roads are unpaved and very dusty in the dry season,  

During the raining season this road is in some parts very muddy  sometimes it presents great difficulties to be  transited by vehicles.

 Also  we will also find fallen trees on the way or trailers trucks stuck in the mud of the road.

On raining season is  normal to find  small lakes in the middle of the road

We will stop on the way a few minutes for pictures or others reasons. But not longer than approximately 20 minutes, because we can fall prey to an amount of bees that becomes unbearable and of course the mosquitoes will be inevitable guests at night.

As we approach the park, the vegetation becomes greener and the forests improve; therefore, the opportunities to encounter wild life also increase. Although the depredation by timber companies in areas of forest concessions is quite noticeable, with great grief for those of us who appreciate nature without human destruction.

We will arrive at the village of Florida at the end of the day or in the evening.

This village is a nice place surrounded by forest and by a oxbow lake of the Paragua River. It has nearly 20 families or less. The population is decreasing due to the immigration of the youth people to San Ignacio or to Santa Cruz.

About one year ago, the mayoralty of San Ignacio has provided a diesel engine for the generation of electricity, so this engine  used to  work almost every night approximately from 19:00 to 22:00. 

The service of pipe water at home is not yet installed. The huts that serve as lodging have palm or grass as roof. 

The lodgings places have toilet, but the water system does not work yet, so it is necessary use a bucket with water to flush toilets. The showers still does not work. 

But the oxbow lake next to the community although with some crocodiles, caimans and piranhas it is the place where people of the community wash their clothes and take a bath,  so we can do the same.

In Florida you may find brasilian and bolivian beer to buy, but it is very hard if not impossible to find some things from outside to eat or for personal use.

Supper and spend the night in the village.

3irdDay

After breakfast,  we will visit the park ranger site to register our names. Later, we will head towards the crossing point to get on he other side of the Paragua river which is the natural border of the park.

Some time ago we used to operate a big flat boat to get the vehicle across the river. Nowadays this flat boat is not working. So it is necessary to get something else to cross the river.

Once on the other side of the river we will be inside the territory of Noel Kempff park. We will then continue our trip by foot or by motorcycles, On the path there are some  wooden bridges in very bad conditions, although some or most of them were repaired in august 2009.

when we are walking on  the bridges we have to be very care full  with the broken parts of it.

The last excursions to the inside of the  park in vehicles was about in the year 2013.  And we had to carry our own wood to fix the old bridges

During this walk there are some parts with big chances of watching some mammals like river otters and others

This trail with fallen trees blocking the way used to be  the only road for vehicles that some years ago was  opened. 

Nowadays  the best  is to enter the park  on foot. It is a  long hiking from the border of the park to Los Fierros. 

Los Fierros cabins are some 35 kms away from the border of the park. This roads is  abandoned and the vegetation on both sides has closed  the way in some parts. 

the visitors must beware of the thorns and tips of the branches in many sections of the paths within the park.

During this hiking it is also very probable to find some animals crossing or walking the path; these animals can be peccaries, coatis, “tayras” or deers

It was usual to see a  jaguar or a puma, on this road they  like to freshen up by lying on the way. 

The turkeys and macaws or “guacamayos” are other animals that we will have the opportunity to see in these paths through the park.

About 2 kilometers before reaching Los Fierros Cabins we get to what used to be the airfield of Los Fierros. Amboro Tours used to clean up this airfield every year to have it operable.

Once in the camping site of  Los Fierros cabins we we should prepare or find a place where to set up the tents.

The cabins are useless, them  are full of tiny ants that may get into your tents really easy depending on the the tent. 

Amboro Tours recommends to bring about half liter of diesel so you are able to set up your tent on the ceramic of the cabins. 

Be aware that the  roof of the cabins may fall down any time. Also be aware of wasps nets, they love to live in some parts of this old cabins

There is a stream about 800 meters for Los Fierros but it is necessary to open the path with machetes Dinner and overnight in Los Fierros

4th Day

After breakfast we have to get ready to  keep hiking or if we have a motorcycle we should get on the bikes to keep going on towards the Caparu (caparuch) Plateau.

Around Los Fierros and in most places in this part of the park there are  thousands of bees on activity as soon as the the day warm up 

From Los Fierros Caparau plateau is some 20 kilometers away crossing the seasonal overflowed pampas 

The times when a vehicle could get to this part of the park the road was full of water on rain season

After the pampas the  path gets us back into the forest for some times. 

Nowadays the last five or more kilometers of this path should be full of vegetation blocking it.

This day we will get as far as we can on our way to Caparuch plateau. It is more likely that we would have to stay overnight by a stream Up to where the vehicles used to get.

Close by this camping site and after a walk at night of about 30 minutes in the path and in the forest at night we can find this glowing termites during the months of October or November. They do this to attract other insect.

During some months of the year the activity of moths is very annoying

Assuming that we stay overnight by this stream.

5th Day

From this point it  takes approximately 2 hours to hike to  the base of the plateau.

During this hike, we need to have our senses alert in order to listen to, smell or see interesting particularities of this jungle. 

We also need to pay attention to the gradual change from forest of high trees to very low vegetation.

Once we reach the base of the plateau, if it is hot or still it is not evening we should not be in this place  longer than thirty minutes.

The ideal time to arrive at this place known as “Las Lajas” is in the dusk, because during the day and with the presence of people, very annoying bees (especially for the eyes) begin to arrive at the place. 

But this time we are only resting in Las Lajas for about 20 minutes

Depending on the time of arrival to Las Lajas and on the conditions that we are, we will climb the plateau on this day or we will leave it for the following day early in the morning.

After the rest we proceed on our hiking to caparuch  plateau

The ascent to the plateau is a rustic footpath in zigzag, steep and almost without any vegetation to cover us from the sun, which is why the conditions of the ascent can be unfriendly,

 Especially if there is not enough wind and the sun is strong. In any case, it is necessary to be in good physical condition for this part of the trip,

 But as we climb the view of the forest of the park becomes wider and the immense “Chaplin” lake can be seen amidst the exuberant vegetation. 

Likewise, depending on the time of ascent, we will have the opportunity to see the Blue-and-Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna) sometimes flying at a lower height from us.

Once on top of the plateau, we will have a hike of about one hour in order to appreciate the view of the waved green landscape 

spotted with virgin forest, water streams and palm tree.

If we are lucky enough, we will be able to see deer, or even the macaws nesting in palms that are about 30 minutes away from the edge of the plateau.

Hiking to others edges of the plateau caparuch, near by we can appreciate different views of green forest around us

You can program a longer visit to the plateau, because after one hour and a half hiking on top of the plateau is possible to get the a part of the plateau  covered with a beautiful  jungle and to a place where Amboro Tours used to set up the tents next to a nice stream 

In this place is possible to see monkeys and others mammals.

From this point, that used to be or still is the camping site on top of the plateau. It was possible to do some  trekking in the pampas for about 40 minute to a beautiful natural pool.

on the way to this pool we will see a burned motorcycle  and a short distance away we also can see parts of a small crashed airplane.

Both the motorcycle and the airplane used to belong  to a drug factory  installed in forest near by where still is possible to see   some remains of it.  

A well known bolivian conservationists named Noel Kempf Mercado was killed in the airfield of one of these factories on top of Caparuch plateau when his small plane landed with a team of nature researchers. It happened  the 5th of September of 1986. 

Besides of Noel kempf Mercado also were killed at the same time,  Juan Cochamanidis, Franklin Parada Auclos. Vicente Castelló, a Spaniard scientist, was the only survivor.

Getting back on our itinerary and because this program does not include more days and after about one or one hour and a half on top of caparuch,  we should return  by the same footpath. On the way down hill we must take care of loosen stones. 

We arrive at Las Lajas and proceed towards Los Fierros. 

During the hikings we always have big chances of watchin some exotict birds 

And bing or small groups o spider monkeys

overnight some where next to a steam

6th Day

This way is entirely to hike to Los Fierros.

The hiking distance of today is approximately 20 kilometers. 

One in Los Fierros we can take a bath in the stream near by.

Until the year  2010 (approximately) the road for vehicles to El Encanto Waterfall was open or was possible to get to the end of the road for vehicle with some difficulties. 

From Los Fierros it is about 25 kilometers El Encanato waterfall.

On this road we almost always had to chop many logs fallen on the way specially on raining season  or  because in months nobody else  wanted to mess with this troubles

At the end of the road for vehicles there used to be a small hut where we used to set up the tents. 

From this point we had to do some trekking of 5 kilometers to reach the waterfall 

On the way we had to cross the same steam twice, some times on raining season  it was a bit hard but beautiful 

Dinner and overnight in Los Fierros

7th Day

After breakfast in Los Fierros, we should start hiking to Florida Community. Florida is about 38 kilometers away from Los Fierros.

On this day at about 5::00 some one from Florida is supposed to come for us with a boat and motorcycles to help us to get to Florida 

Dinner and overnight in Florida

8th Day

After breakfast we should leave Florida. There are two roads to take, We should decide for the best option  depending on the conditions of the road 

After about 8 hours of driving we may get to a town called Concepcion.

Dinner and overnight in Concepcion

9th day

After breakfast we return to the ciy of Santa Cruz.

Once in the city we take to your hotel 

It is here where this excursion with Amboró Tours finishes.

End of our Noel Kempf Tours.

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Amboró Tours is the only original source of this Itinerary

Amboró Tours also offers longer tours to this destination.

Adverse climatologic 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.

Also is our duty to inform you that during the Dry Season parts of the Plateau get on fire. The fire could expand kilometers according to the wind. This fire usually that not penetrates more that a few meters the jungle on the Plateau.

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.

Be prepared to protect yourself against the sun (sun lotion, sunglasses, hat or cap, long-sleeved shirt, long trousers and others) and rain (impermeable clothes).

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

“Take only photographs and leave only footprints”

Noel Kempf National Park
Description

Noel Kempff National Park is a spectacular biological reserve of 1.5 million hectares located in the northeastern corner of Bolivia, in the Department of Santa Cruz. Due to its unique bio-geographical location and the rich and extraordinary diversity of species and habitats found in the park, Noel Kempff attained status as a World Heritage Site in 2000. 

This area With an evolutionary history dating back a billion years to the pre-Cambrian period.

Noel Kempff Park provides ideal conditions for the study of evolutionary processes. Its Cerrado habitats have been isolated for millions of years, enabling a rich investigation of the evolution of this ecosystem.

Nowhere else in South America can you see such a wide variety of habitat with so little effort 

humid tropical rainforests, seasonally flooded savannah, Brazilian Cerrado, gallery forests, thorn scrub, dry forests, and large expanses of wetlands similar to the Pantanal areas found in Brazil. 

The landscapes within the park are spectacular - numerous beautiful waterfalls cascade from the Huanchaca Plateau to the humid rainforests below. 

Noel Kempff is believed to contain some of the highest levels of biological diversity in the world. For example, the park currently has a bird list of over 630 species, and about 130 mammals have been identified, including abundant populations of the giant otter, river dolphins, jaguars, giant anteater, and the very rare and endangered manned wolf. 

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park 

Legal Base

 Initially declared as National Park  Huanchaca by DS 16646 of 28.6.1979. Changed its name to for Noel Kempff Mercado National Park  04/03/1988  by Law 978.

Geographical coordinates

60 º 13 '  - 61 º 50 'West Longitude

13 º 32 ' -15 º 06 'South Latitude

Extension

The area is about 1,523,446 ha (15,234 km2

Location

It is located in the northeast of the Departamento of Santa Cruz, on the Velasco Province, and a small section to the east in the Departamento El Beni, in the Province Iténez. The

municipalities involved are San Ignacio de Velasco in Santa Cruz and El  Beni, Baures.

It is  border with the Republic of Brazil in its eastern boundary.

Physical Aspects - Natural 

Climate

The tropical climate is warm, with an average annual rainfall of 1,500 mm.

Altitudinal and physiography

The altitude varies between 200 and 750 meters. The park occupies the

major mountainous region system of the Precambrian Shield, characterized by

its high plateaus and stunning cliffs.

Hydrography

The hydrography is defined by Iténez Paraguá rivers east and west. Watersheds

most important within the area belong to the Pauserna and Verde rivers,

Iténez tax or Guapore.

History

In 1908, Peter Fawcett first explored the area that is now the national park. It was not until almost 70 years later that the area was looked at again. In the 1970s geologists were sent to the area to survey the rock formations of the Precambrian Shield region in Bolivia. This expedition attracted the attention of Noel Kempff Mercado, an esteemed conservation biologist of the time. Mercado recognized the global significance of the area enough to propose a campaign to preserve it. Unfortunately, Mercado was murdered by drug traffickers and never saw his dream become a reality. Many of his fellow citizens responded. The government established the park and named it in his honour. It came into existence in 1988 as a 750,000 hectare area of undisturbed land.

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What To Bring ?
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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

Recommendations
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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.

Biological Station - Refugio Huanchaca
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The Estacion Biologica El Refugio (14'45 S, 61' 00 W) is a 50,000 ha reserve 

adjacent to and partially overlapping the Parque Nacional Noel Kempff Mercado 

in northeastern Bolivia. El Refugio is located in a climatic and biogeographic 

transition zone between the moist Amazonian forests and dry forests and grasslands 

characteristic of the Cerrado and Chaco. There is relatively easy access to many different

 habitat types from the main camp, located along the banks of the Río Paraguá. El Refugio is 

a small station capable of housing a maximum of eight scientists at a time. To learn more about 

El Refugio and research possibilities

 at the site, please visit the links below. 

Photos - Refugio Huanchaca 
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Photos - Noel Kempf Tours - South Side

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