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Ecotourism In Buenavista
Buenavista or Buena Vista is a pleasant town less than 2 hours by car from the city of Santa Cruz. For People who puts a bit of attention on the atmosphere of this place may realize that the air or oxygen over here most of the time is very healthy. And the spectacular view of the Amboro Park on clear days is an ideal complement.
For these reasons and others These small town is known as the best town relatively near the city of Santa Cruz.
Among the activities that can be perform from this small town are trips of one, two or more days to the Amazon of Amboro National park. This side of Amboro National park has more than one entrance and from this town you can go to any of them.
Private natural reserves also offer you the possibility of trekking in secondary forest doing bird watching and mammals observation. Also you can visit some plantation such as Macadamia, Coffee, Cacao and many others. Or perhaps the visitors prefer to know more about the process of the grain of coffee In the Cafetal Plant or a visit to the Swiss Cheese Plant known as Queseria Suiza. All these visits can be very interesting.
This town is a municipality and capital city of the province Ichilo in the department of Santa Cruz in eastern Bolivia. It is situated on a hill of 400 meters above sea level which gives mild climate. It is about 100 kilometers northwest of the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. It was founded by the priest José Casas on February 26, 1723, after the Jesuit Father Juan de Montenegro established a community in those territories.
It is 17 º 27 ' south latitude and 63 º 40' west longitude. Its average temperature is 24.3 ° C; the maximum is 27.8 º C and minimum of 14.4 ° C.
It has an annual rainfall of 2,563 mm, with a relative humidity of 80%. Its climate is tropical humid. July is the coldest part of the year and November the warmest month. It has a population of 14,362 inhabitants (2005). Its main attraction is the Amboro National Park, which is an ecological reserve protected by the Bolivian state has an area of 634,600 hectares.
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Mammals - Forest - Birds
From the City of Santa Cruz
At 08:00 am we pass by your hotel to pick you up and start traveling in a vehicle to Buena vista town. This trip is on a paved road with direction North-East from the city of Santa Cruz.
It is approximately 100 km away from Santa Cruz city. And the drive is likely to last about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
On the way we pass several others towns.
The first is Warnes just 23 kilometers from Santa Cruz. This town is known for the number of industries within its limits including Viru Viru, the most important airport of Bolivia
The next city on our way is Montero. It is the biggest city close to Santa Cruz.
Montero has the largest Sugar cane Industry in Bolivia. Known as "El Ingenio Guabira".
In Montero we may stop for about 15 minutes to try to see some sloths on the trees at its main square
Continuing our route we reach Portachuelo a small town. The twon of Portachuelo is 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 made bread
On the way the vehicle that is transporting us may needs to stop to refill Gas. In Bolivia the gas is a lot cheaper than the gasoline or diesel, but the tank has no much capacity. Everyone needs to get off the vehicle for this operation
From Portachuelo we still have to drive 30 kilometer to the green town of Buenavista.
On the way, far on the left side horizon, we can we can appreciate de mountains of Amboro National park nature reserve of over half a million hectares, Amazon jungle, which act as a magnet to attract rain.
Once in Buena vista, It is possible make a short stop for a cup of coffee which come from local coffee plantations and its quality is recognized in Europe, USA and Japan
The plaza of Buenavista has native trees like the high value Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) or Caoba.
Once in this small town visitors have more than one option.
In some cases it is possible to visit 2 or 3 places in 1 day. These will depend on the visitor´s interest and availability of time.
Below some others tours than a visitor can enjoy in one day and still have the time to return to the city of Santa Cruz
Buenavista Surroundings - Option 1
Amboro National park - Option 2
We go directly to an area where you have a good chance to see some mammals. in its natural inhabited, such as monkeys and sloths (Bradypus tridactylus) (female) (Bradypus variegatus ) (male) Capybaras (Capybara) and other mammals. Also is possible to see some rare birds for example one know as Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin).
In this area you can walk on a secondary dirt road for vehicles or we can walk through the woods. This will depend on ground conditions at the time of the visit.
Surutu River which is is the natural border of Amboro National park in only about 4 km from Buena Vista main plaza
After this place we go by car to another area where we also will have a good chance of seeing more monkeys like the Squirrel Monkeys (Saimiri sciureus sciureus) or the Capuchin monkey and other animals like the Ant Eater bear know as Manto Negro (tetradactyla tamandua)
As for birds we do have chances of seeing the Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco) and many other species
In this other area we walk on a path for vehicles with very little traffic, with secondary forest on both sides.
During the walks in the rainy season we may have to cross some puddles or parts of the road over flooded. Some walks can be on a trail in the woods on the sides of roads in search of more animals or birds.
The trekking in this area can be a total of 5 km or a little more. This always depends on the conditions of the trails and fitness and preference of the guests.
Lunch is going to be somewhere on the road, trail or when you return the vehicle.
At about 15:00 or 16:00 we start the way back city of Santa Cruz
Once in Santa Cruz City we drive you to you hotel
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Amboro Tours is the only original source of this Itinerary
Amboro Tours also offers tours of more days to this destination.
Adverse weather conditions or social upheaval can change the original itinerary.
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- A Cap or a Hat ( No to be used under the trees or branches)
- Sun Glasses
- A Warm Sweater
- Insect Repellents
- Long-sleeved shirt- Pants
- 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