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The tour Kaa Iya National park commences at the city of Santa Cruz, at 8H00 in a car. The first part of the trip takes you about 4 hours on a paved road to the town of San Jose de Chiquitos. Kaa Iya National park is 90 km on a dirt road from San Jose de Chiquitos.
Once in the national park there are only two dirt roads and the trails in the forest are only a few.
The activities to try to see wildlife are mainly trekking on one of the roads and some times we have to walk or ride in the car on the same area on different hours to improve the chances of seeing a wild jaguar, tapirs or others big cats
Kaa Iya National park is an off the beaten tracks destination, so you may not have another group of visitors. and the wild animals are not fed by humans.
For now the accommodations is only in tents (It could change at anytime). We may have access to toilets near the park rangers' house.
Kaa Iya National Park and Integrated Management Natural Area is located southeast of the city of Santa Cruz, In The Gran Chaco.of the department Santa Cruz Bolivia. It is on the border with Paraguay in the Cordillera Province (Charagua Municipality) and Chiquitos Province (Pailón Municipality and San José de Chiquitos Municipality).
Kaa Iya Del Gran Chaco and has a larger surface area than Belgium. At an altitude between 100 and 839 meters above sea level. Its average rainfall is 1,400 to 400 mm annually.
It is the hottest region of Bolivia, almost arid and contains the largest virgin tropical dry forest yet on Earth
The fauna present in the area is representative of the Chaqueña plains region, with 350 registered species, 89 species of snakes, 301 species of birds, 65 species of small mammals and 59 species of large mammals. Foremost among these are the Chacoan peccary, known locally as tagua or quilimero pig, a common species in Chaco, armadillos (Tolypeutes matacus and Chlamyphorus retusus), common in the region, the Chacoan mara and Conover's tuco-tuco. The jaguar, puma, ocelot and maned wolf can also be found.
The presence of guanacos has been confirmed in the sand-dunes in the south-east of the Natural Area. The white-lipped peccary, armadillo, giant armadillo, silvery marmoset, black howler monkey, pampas deer, bare-faced curassow, crowned eagle and black-and-white hawk-eagle can also be found here.Also it is the home of the giant armadillo.
This bolivian national park is internationally famous for its big cat population especially the jaguar, it is considered as one of the best places in the world for jaguar viewing opportunities. A camera trap study by WCS estimated that there are over 1000 jaguars living within the park which makes it one of the most important areas for the survival of these big cats. Tapirs, pumas, ocelots and more are seen frequently inside the park
The eco-tourism in this park never was easy, But nowadays it is harder due to the time need to get the permit in the park administration, keys at the company that is in charge of the pipeline that in inside (underground) the park and other factors all this affects the important activity of tourism into the park. Kaa Iya is a true adventure tourism ,this region is remote and has not been very actively developed for tourism. Therefore, you can "only" visit Kaa Iya National Park with a guide. The tour operator have the hard job to operate in kaa iya national park
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