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In Amboro National Park

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. Leer mas.....

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Refugio Volcanes tours in Amboro National Park South Side

It is located in the ANMI (Integrated Management Natural Area) of Amboro Park South side it has a height of about 800 mts. on  sea level. Read More.....

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2 Days 1 Night

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Two Days One Night

From the City of Santa Cruz

2 Days 1 Night

1st Day

We pick you up at 8:00 A M to drive you on a highway to Refugio Volcan. All this highway is asphalted with the exception of some sections under construction.

After about 2 hours and 79 Km we reach the village of Bermejo. From this place we take a dirt road entirely uphill for about 4 km. Until we stop at the entrance of Refugio Volcan at about 900 Mts on sea level

From this point we change to  vehicle a 4x4 vehicle This way is narrow and   almost completely downhill. The vehicle for this path is usually smaller than the one we have used so far.

We get down to the lodge after about 40 minutes on a vehicle. It is at small plain surrounded by large sandstone mountains

In the Lodge guests are accommodated in their rooms with private bathrooms and showers. 

Lunch is scheduled after for a short walk of about one hour

The afternoon will be for a longer hike of about 3 to 4 hours. Also the visitors can enjoy the natural pools near by. 

Make sure you take enough water with you from the serfservice provider

A short night walk with torches is possible if the visitors ask to the guide or manager of Refugio Volcan about it. During this night walk there is the possibility to find some armadillo or night monkeys among others things in the forest

About the time of the breakfast please coordinate with the persons in charge of Refugio Volcan

The Hikes in the afternoon and evening should be remembered to the people in of Refgio Volcan

Dinner and overnight at Refugio Volcanes

2nd Day

After breakfast, we start a hiking along one of the trails from the Lodge. During this hike we pass through at least one natural pool and or waterfall. On these trails you may see monkeys and birds, but we do not garantee it

In Refugio Volcan there are many trails some last about one hour others may last about three hours.

Some trails go all the ways to the Red Line of Amboro National park. There are others  trails uphill also.

All the trekking has to be coordinated with the people in charge of Refugio Volcanes. For the trekking you may join some others visitors in the staying in he lodge.

About the night walks, please also advise the one in charge in Refugio Volcanes about it.

At approximately 15:00 hours, the vehicle responsible to bring the visitors to the top will have to be ready. for it Please, if the coordinator of Amboro Tours is not with you, remember it to the the guide of Refugio.

The vehicle that will bring you back to the city of Santa Cruz, will be on ther road at 16:00.

We will be getting to Santa Cruz about 18:00 hours

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Amboro park - South Side & Samaipata

 From the City of Santa Cruz

Refugio Volcan & Samaipata

2 Days 1 Night

1st Day

We pick you up at 8:00 A M to drive you on a highway to Refugio Volcan . All this highway is asphalted with the exception of some sections under construction.

After about 2 hours and 79 Km we reach the village of Bermejo. From this place we take a dirt road entirely uphill for about 2 km. Until we stop at the entrance of Refugio Volcan at about 900 Mts on sea level

From this point we either hike or drive down on a narrow road which is special for a smaller vehicles This path is almost completely downhill. The vehicle for this path is usually smaller than the one we have used so far

When it rain enough this road get more complicated. Even to walk on 

We get down to the hotel after about 40 minutes on a vehicle to small plain surrounded by large sandstone mountains

In the Lodge guests are accommodated in their rooms with private bathrooms and showers

Lunch is scheduled after a walk of about one or two hours  in the morning

The afternoon will be for a longer hike of about 3 to 4 hours

. Also the visitors can enjoy the natural pools near by.

A short night walk with torches is possible if the visitors ask to the guide or manager of Refugio Volcan about it. During this night walk there is the possibility to find some armadillo or night monkeys among others things in the forest

Dinner and Overnight in Refugio Volcan.

(About the time of the breakfast please coordinate with the persons in charge of Refugio Volcan

The Hikes in the afternoon and evening should be remembered to the people in of Refgio Volcan

2nd Day

Breakfast at 7:30 and then we said goodbye to Refugio Volcan. we need to meet the other vehicle that will take us to Samaipata 

Make sure you take enough water with you.

Please, if the coordinator of Amboro Tours is not present, remember to the guide in Refugio Volcan about this early transport service.

Once in the other vehicle. We head to the main road to continue on to Samaipata, still 2 hours away.

On the way to Samaipata we stop in a place called "Cuevas". Here we can enjoy the natural contour near a stream, which forms waterfalls especially in rainy season. In this place we may stay 40 minutes.

Samaipata is a town in a valley at 1600 meters on sea level with 4500 inhabitants. Its has a temperate climate.

After Reaching Samaipata we go directly to the museum which exhibits pottery objects of the cultures Moxo-Collas, Chane and Yncas

In this museum you can also see an explantory table which explains the cultures that have passed through the time in El Fuerte. Also in the museum you have the option to see a video about El Fuerte

After lunch at a local restaurant we return to the highway to drive for a few minutes to take another dirt road of 5.7 km Climbing to 1800 meters on sea level. Getting at bottom of tthe famous carved stone called El Fuerte

When the weather is cold in Samaipata or Santa cruz is very likely that up here it is much cooler.

In the company of a guide we will we start the hike around this giant rock. The guide will give us a theoretical explanation of the figures and carving in this enigmatic place and about all the differents cultures that have gone through this place through hundreds or thousands years

Upon ending this interesting visit to el Fuerte of Samaipata we return to the city of Santa Cruz at about 18:00 hours.

Once in Santa Cruz we take you to your hotel

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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. 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 

The 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 ssembly 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 un 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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Refugio Volcanes in Amboro National Park - South Side

It is located in the ANMI (Integrated Management Natural Area) of Amboro Park South side it has a height of about 800 mts. on  sea level.

In this point of Amboro park there is a lodge with many trails in the forest for trekking. It is possible to get there from the city of Santa Cruz.

The trips start leaving the city to take the old road to Cochabamba. It is about two hours by car on asphalted road and about  half hour up hill on offroad. Then the passangers have to change car to go down the mountain to reach the lodge in about 20 more minutes.

Refugio Volcanes Tours Accommodation

Refugio Volcanes Tours.- Infrastructure: colonial style lodge, spacious lawn and lounging areas with a spectacular view for enjoying your favorite book.

Refugio Volcanes Tours.- Capacity: 12 guests. Six double rooms each with private bath surrounded by an exuberant landscape and    the cry of the wild.

Refugio Volcanes Tours.- Meals: Combination of international, national and vegetarian dishes.

Refugio Volcanes Tours.- Modern bathrooms and hot showers.

Refugio Volcanes Tours.- Potable water and solar/hydro-powered electricity system.

Refugio Volcanes Tours.-Small library, bar, and shop of essential supplies for the jungle explorer.

Refugio Volcanes Tours.- Integral, environmentally friendly waste management.

Refugio Volcanes Tours..- Capacity for small workshops and conferences.

- 4WD Jeep for transport

Refugio Volcanes Tours.-

Activities.- A trail system of 15 km that covers all the different habitat types.

- Exploring the forest with local guides.

- Observing birds (over 200 species), monkeys, butterflies, frogs and many other fascinating critters.

- Enjoying beautiful orchids and bromeliads.

- Moon walks observing the jungle night life.

- Relaxing in hammocks.

- Refreshing baths in naturals pools formed by the

- waterfalls of the Elvira Creek

Tous conducted  

Access to this destination is not quite easy. We have to change vehicle after about two hours from the city of Santa Cruz to get to  the lodge facilities.

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 or 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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