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 Amboro Park Tours

 -  Amboro Park Tours is a trip to one of  the best Amazon conservation spot in the Earth. During our  tours that  we offer  from the city of Santa Cruz  Bolivia you have the chances to get to the core of Amboro National Park.

- Trekking at the trails of the rain forest jungle  and getting to breath taking view points in the hills of this natural reserve near to the city of Santa Cruz.

- Amboro National park has more birds species than Costa Rica and still all the mammals of the Amazonian including the Jaguar (Panthera onca) and the Andean  Spectacle bear (Tremarctos ornatus) and many others animals.

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Amboro National Park

Amboro Park Tours - Trips To: 
North Side  /  South Side
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Our  "Amboro  Park Tours"  are divided in two zones; North Side and South Side. 

 The entrance in the North side are; Mataracu, La Chonta and Macuñucu

 The main entrance in the South side is Refugio Volcanes . ....Read More about  Eco-tourism in Amboro National Park......

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- 2 Days 1 Night 
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Refugio Los Volcanes 
2 Days 1 Night 

Refugio Los Volcanes And Samaipata
2 Dias 1 Noche (Combination)

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Amboro park Tours

A Brief Program to visit Amboro National park North Side

This program / itinerary is a brief  explanation of the activities of  1,2,3 days  in Amboro National park tours

1st day.- These Amboro Park Tours  commence usually  at 8H00 by land  on a car. The first part of this trips takes  about 2 Hours (100 Km) to a town near Amboro National park. At this village we meet the local guide.Here you  switch to a 4WD car. The next ride is  on a dirt road. It may take about 50 minutes or 28 Km after this period of time we   should cross the first river. Which is the natural border  to get into the communities of the park.

In rain season if it has rained too much and the the level of the river is too high  we have to switch cars one more time or  we have to continue on horses  for about 12 km to reach the overnight place in the jungle. In dry season usually the 4WD crosses the main and almost all the following rivers/streams and  you get to walk about 30 minutes or more  to reach the rustic cabins where we stay overnight.

If you did not hire a porter you need to carry your backpack and your bottles of water all the way to the cabins/ camp site. When we get horses we put your things on the horse's back to help you with your backpack.

After having lunch in the rustic cabins and leaving your big backpack, you may start another trekking, but this time in   in the Amazon jungle trails. But this time without your heavy belongings. The trekking after the rustic cabins are in the part of the park without human settlements.

If you took the 1 day 0 nights tour  you have a maximum trekking of 3.5 hours in the jungle or less. It depends on the arrival time at the jungle trails. Then you  would need to walk to meet the car at maximum 15H30.

If your tour is for 2 days or more, at night it is also possible to have some trekking. (Always with the guide) This trek is also in the rain forest Amazon. At night in the trails every where you watch is dark. Specially without the moon light.  At night you may feel different scents of the nocturnal flowers/plants and animals. Some animals choose the night to go around so you may have some more chances  of seeing some wildlife. (We never guarantee seeing any  wildlife/animal). It is necessary to bring a head lamp and/or  hand torch.

2nd day.-  Usually is possible to have a early 2 / 3 hours trekking before breakfast .. and another trek on different trails after breakfast...If you are taking a tour of 3 days 2 nights, the second day you  start the trekking early after breakfast to go as far as possible inside the park not getting back to the cabins till late evening.

The last day of this Amboro park tours,  the walk back to the vehicle is after lunch at about 14H00.

The arrival to the city o Santa Cruz is about  19H00

This would the end of our normal Amboro Park Tour. Thanks.

Please Read The Terms and Conditions of our Services

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.

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.                                                   


2 Days 1 Night  North side

Amboro Park tours -  Itineraries - North Side 

From The City of Santa Cruz                                                       

2 Days 1 Night                                                                         

1st Day                                                                                   

At  8H00 A.M. we pass by your hotel to pick you up and commence this two days one night Tour, travelling in a vehicle to a small town near to Amboro National Park. This trip is on a paved road with direction northwest  from the city of Santa Cruz.

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The first part of  driving is of approximately 100 or 120 km. It depends on which part in the north side of the park we are driving to. Once on the highway although  we drive through  several small towns we do not stop until we get to  the small town near Amboro N park.

During the about 100 km of driving we go through Warnes just 23 kilometres 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. 

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. In that case 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  can appreciate the mountains of our destination, Amboro National park, a nature reserve of Amazon-jungle with  over half a million hectares,  which act as a magnet to attract rains.

After about 2 hours in the car we should  arrive to  the village near Amboro National park. In this town we usually switch vehicles and  meet the rest of the team, the local guide and the driver. Amboro park on the North side has five main entry points. These are; Mataracu, La Chonta, Macuñucu,Saguayo and Ichilo.

According to the previous arrangements, the weather conditions and the time available we will continue. What the visitor are looking to see and experience is always the most important and we will try to please them.

At this point is also possible to use the toilet, before we continue  in a 4WD vehicle on a dirt / asphalt road. The driving on this second part of the trip may last about 40 or 20 minutes to the main river which is the border of the communities of Amboro N park.             

The part of the park where the communities are is called ANMI Area Natural de Manejo Integrado)

During the raining season, we may have to cross the river walking and continue on a cart o riding a horse.                                  

In dry season starting in March or April through November the 4WD vehicle crosses the rivers and we can drive through the communities for about 11 or 18 km (It depends on the entry point), to reach the second border of Amboro N park.

After crossing the river we start going through the communities of Amboro park to reach the "Red Line" (Second border).

The Red Line is a  path opened 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. After this line  is prohibited human settlements and / or any activity or means that harm the nature.

The exact point where the vehicle/cart/horses 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 4WD or the  cart  sometimes  does not cross all the rivers on the way to the cabins or to the camping site. In this case we have to cross the others rivers walking or in a canoe

When this happens  we also may have to walk about 2 or 6 km to get to the camping site or to the cabins in the jungle 

Once in the cabins or camping site, we may have our first lunch.

The cabins have two options one is with the  bathroom inside, and the other with the bathroom outside.

These cabins are very rustic  with the showers and toilets outside

From the cabins or camping site , there are usually, paths (without signs), in the forest where it is  possible to trek  a long the trails in a great circuit that includes, more than one wonder, for people that  can appreciate this environment.

Some  trails generally go to view points, rivers, natural pools  or streams and other beautiful spots  in this Bolivian Amazon. It is usually possible to swim in these places.

On the first day the trekking in the trails into the jungle, may last 3 or 4 hours. This will depend on your physical conditions, the weather and the time available.

During all the tour we will be assisted by a guide who will explain about the lush vegetation and wildlife of the park. Visitor´s  questions about this environment are welcome.

Despite the two-days  trip to Amboro park is still short, taking into account the time needed to arrive and leave, it is possible to get an overview of what this natural reserve is. 

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 possibilities exist. If we are "lucky" we may see more than one specie of monkey or even a jaguar.

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.

At night before or after dinner we will also have the opportunity (optional) for a short expedition to try observe  some wildlife activity. Please remind this to the guide.

In case of absence of sanitary facilities, ask the guide to dig a hole for you.                                                                          Overnight in the park

2nd Day 

If you used any tent you must undo it. Making sure to pick up all the tent´s sticks.

The idea is to start the day early and enjoy the sounds of the jungle and the fresh air of the Amazonian .In the early hours of the morning is when there is more activity of birds and animals

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Breakfast time is to be accorded the night before with the guide.  After or before breakfast there is the option of a 4 or 5 hour long hike, having lunch on the way.

Where there are no hiking trails sometimes we use the streams. The type of hikes are usually within the red line. And almost always vary depending on the entry point we have chosen to enter . As this is a standard itinerary we do not specify with precision the trails.The view points of Amboro National park are also a plus in these tours

As mentioned before. In two-day trips is not guaranteed the observation of any animal, because they usually have no interest in been seen by humans.

Except for occasions when some animals are in heat, or in a bad mood as it is shown sometimes by the spider monkeys. And also in the November is easy to tarantulas walking on the open path

Two days is not a long time in this place for a visitor that appreciate it or do not have trouble getting so close in contact with nature, which may also involve, ticks, mosquitoes and other insects. This depends on the place you go and the time of the year.

The encounter with the vehicle to take us back is usually the scheduled for 14H or15:00 hours. The guide will let you know the time.

We walk out to where we left the vehicle to return  on same way we came and then continue to the city of Santa Cruz. 

End of our services. Thanks.

Please Read The Terms and Conditions of our Services

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.

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.                                                   

3 Days 2 Nights - North Side

Amboro Park tours -  Itineraries - North Side 

From The City of Santa Cruz                                                       

3 Days 2 Nights                                                                        

1st Day                                                                                   

At  8H00 A.M. we pass by your hotel to pick you up and commence this version of our Amboro Park Tours, travelling in a vehicle to a small town near to Amboro National Park. This trip is on a paved road with direction northwest  from the city of Santa Cruz.

The first part of  driving is of approximately 100 or 120 km. It depends on which part in the north side of the park we are driving to. Once on the highway although  we drive through  several small towns we do not stop until we get to  the small town near Amboro N park.

During the about 100 km of driving we go through Warnes just 23 kilometres 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. 

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. In that case 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  can appreciate the mountains of our destination, Amboro National park, a nature reserve of Amazon-jungle with  over half a million hectares,  which act as a magnet to attract rains.

After about 2 hours in the car we should  arrive to  the village near Amboro National park. In this town we usually switch vehicles and  meet the rest of the team, the local guide and the driver. Amboro park on the North side has five main entry points. These are; Mataracu, La Chonta, Macuñucu,Saguayo and Ichilo.

According to the previous arrangements, the weather conditions and the time available we will continue. What the visitor are looking to see and experience is always the most important and we will try to please them.

At this point is also possible to use the toilet, before we continue  in a 4WD vehicle on a dirt / asphalt road. The driving on this second part of the trip may last about 40 or 20 minutes to the main river which is the border of the communities of Amboro N park.             

The part of the park where the communities are is called ANMI Area Natural de Manejo Integrado)

During the raining season, we may have to cross the river walking and continue on a cart o riding a horse.

In dry season starting in March or April through November the 4WD vehicle crosses the rivers and we can drive through the communities for about 11 or 18 km (It depends on the entry point), to reach the second border of Amboro N park.

After crossing the river we start going through the communities of Amboro park to reach the "Red Line" (Second border).

The Red Line is a  path opened 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. After this line  is prohibited human settlements and / or any activity or means that harm the nature.

The exact point where the vehicle/cart/horses 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 4WD or the  cart  sometimes  does not cross all the rivers on the way to the cabins or to the camping site. In this case we have to cross the others rivers walking or in a canoe

When this happens  we also may have to walk about 2 or 6 km to get to the camping site or to the cabins in the jungle 

Once in the cabins or camping site, we may have our first lunch.

The cabins have two options one is with the  bathroom inside, and the other with the bathroom outside.

These cabins are very rustic  with the showers and toilets outside

From the cabins or camping site , there are usually, paths (without signs), in the forest where it is  possible to trek  a long the trails in a great circuit that includes, more than one wonder, for people that  can appreciate this environment.

Some  trails generally go to view points, rivers, natural pools  or streams and other beautiful spots  in this Bolivian Amazon. It is usually possible to swim in these places.

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.

On the first day the trekking in the trails into the jungle, may last 3 or 4 hours. This will depend on your physical conditions, the weather and the time available.                                            During all the tour we will be assisted by a guide who will explain about the lush vegetation and wildlife of the park. Visitor´s  questions about this environment are welcome.

Despite the three-days  trip to Amboro park is still short, taking into account the time needed to arrive and leave, it is possible to get an overview of what this natural reserve is. 

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 possibilities exist. If we are "lucky" we may see more than one specie of monkey or even a jaguar.

At night before or after dinner we will also have the opportunity (optional) for a short expedition to try observe  some wildlife activity. Please remind this to the guide.                                     In case of absence of sanitary facilities, ask the guide to dig a hole for you.                                                                          Overnight in the park

2nd Day                                                                                 During these Amboro Park Tours, the idea is to start the day early and enjoy the sounds of the jungle and the fresh air of the Amazonian .In the very early hours of the morning is when there is more activity of birds and animals

All the trekking should be talk the night before at dinner time. But usually during the tours of 3 days,  the guide plans a long trek after the breakfast on the 2nd day, and lunch is some where deep in the jungle. Please make  sure you take with you enough water  a  flashlight/torch, raincoat and a sweater, because the return time  to the camping site or to the cabins can be late. When ever you do not feel well please tell the guide about it 

3rd Day                                                                                   If you used any tent we must undo it. Making sure to pick up all the tent´s sticks.                                                            Breakfast time  should be also  accorded with the guide the night before.                                                                                  This day before breakfast a 2 hours trekking  is a good idea. And then After breakfast another walk in the jungle. Where there are no hiking trails sometimes we use the streams. The hikes are usually within the red line. And almost always vary depending on the entry point we have chosen to enter. As this is a standard itinerary we do not specify with precision the trails

As mentioned before. We  not guaranteed the observation of any animal, because they usually have no interest in been seen by humans. Except for occasions when some animals are in heat, or in a bad mood as it is shown sometimes by the spider monkeys. And also in the November is easy to see tarantulas walking on the open paths

Three days is a good numbers of days to visit the park. That is if you do not mind the uncomfortable of the jungle. And it should not be a problem for a visitor that appreciate the Amazonian or do not have trouble getting so close in contact with nature, which may also involve, ticks, mosquitoes and other insects. The presence of these insects depends on the place you go and the time of the year

Depending upon the entrance, there are circuits to waterfalls , natural pools in the jungle. The only way to get to these places is trekking. This impenetrable greenery seems never to end.

Where there are no hiking trails we use the streams. The type of hikes are usually within the red line. And almost always vary depending on the entry point we have chosen to enter . As this is a standard itinerary we do not specify with precision the trails.

In order to visit this place you need to be in a good physical conditions.

After this wonderful and unforgettable experience, we will walk back to the place where we left our vehicle in order to return to the city of Santa Cruz at about 19 Hours.

End of our Amboro park tours. Thanks.

Please Read The Terms and Conditions of our Services

we have created this Amboro park tours itinerary and we are  the only original source of it.

Amboró Tours also offers Shorter or 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 thes Amboro park tours can become an adventure where mishaps can happen, which is why it is necessary to have an exploring and adventurous spirit.

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

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Amboro National Park - Map



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- Pants Light colours 

  Mosquitoes are especially attracted by dark colours)

- 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)

- Toilet paper, Towel and others personal items  

-Trekking shoes, 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.

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.

Amboro National Park - Description

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. 

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 he 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 assembly 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 an 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.

Ecotourism in Amboro National Park - Bolivia

Amboro Tours to the North Side of the Amboro Park; These "Campamentos" are;  Macuñucu, La Chonta, Saguayo, Mataracu, and Ichilo. Usually no many  tour operators go to the north side of Amboro National park. Visitors need to ask details of the  tours. Example  the name of the entrance point to  the park. This because some tour offices organise tours to some places near or towards the park but these destinations are not in the park.  During the rain season sometimes is hard  to get into the park specially to the  area without  human settlements.

For Visitors looking to organise a tour we recommend to coordinate in advance with the company of your preference  or with Amboro Tours office. Online booking is something with more tendency.

At La Chonta Entrance there are some Rustic Cabins and  Bathrooms for the visitors

When Visitors visit the park through the others entrance in the north side of the park it is necessary to stay overnight in tents   Most of tours to Amboro National Park  are to the first part of the park,  where is possible to have private property. If you want to get to the second part of the park you would need to get a good company.

Amboro Park Tours to the South side 

During a 2 days 1 night  is  possible to combine  the South Side  ( Refugio Volcanes) with Samaipata, Museum

Fuerte or Giant Ferns ). This can be done leaving the south side of Amboro after breakfast.

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Photos - Amboro N. Park North Side

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