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The Tuichi River Expedition is an unforgettable rafting and wildlife experience that gives you the opportunity to see a rarely explored part of Bolivia, including untouched, Amazonian rainforest. Enjoy these 7 days traveling by 4WD and kayaks.

Day 1: La Paz – Charazani

We will go to Charazani. Along the way, we’ll find numerous places of interest, views of the Lake Titicaca, the colonial church of Carabuca, views of the Cordillera, old Inca terraces nearby Charazani, thermal baths and a variety of landscapes. The further we go, the rougher the road gets and the more authentic the villages become.
Total time in 4WD : 12 hours
Food: Snacks, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

Day 2: Charazani – Apolo

We continue our way by jeep. On the way, we’ll see spectacular waterfalls, including the gorgeous “Velo de Novia” (Bridal veil). The jeep will have to cross numerous streams. We will take our time to give you the opportunity to experience the sensation of a natural shower. It takes about 5 hours to get to Apolo, which is the centre of the region and borders to Madidi National Park. In this laidback town, you will have the opportunity to stroll around the town and get in touch with its friendly inhabitants. We will stay overnight in a monastery, inhabited by 12 nuns. This open monastery is part of a religious centre and an educational centre for local kids.
Total time in 4WD: 8 hours
Food: Snacks, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Monastery

Day 3: Apolo – Asariamas

This day includes a spectacular 4WD ride down to the Tuichi River. During this four-hour 4WD ride we will pass three different eco-systems. This is something unique considering the size of the area. A community, called Asariamos, is situated on both sides of the Tuichi River surrounded by rainforest. Through small-scale eco-tourism, we are trying to help them to improve their standard of living. Of course, we try to minimize our impact on them. In the afternoon, a local guide will share his knowledge of plant and tree species that we find along the way. That night, we will camp on the banks of the Tuichi River.
Total time in 4WD: 4 hours
Total time rafting: 4 hours
Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

Day 5/6: Eslabon River – San José of Uchupiamonas
Early in the morning we will get ready for rafting/kayaking. These two days we’ll spend at least 5 hours per day on the river. But we’ll also do some hiking in the jungle. The guide will talk about the medicinal, poisonous and other plant and tree species found there. Of course, we hope to observe some of the abundant wildlife that inhabits this area. We can also go fishing, in hopes of some excitement and adding flavor to our dinner. It is almost sure that you will observe some nocturnal mammals or rodents during the one and a half hour night walk.
Total rafting time: 5 hours per day
Rapids: Level 3 and 4
Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Camping on the riverbank

Day 7: San José of Uchupiamonas – Rurrenabaque
After breakfast, a motorboat will be waiting to bring us to Rurrenabaque. Here, we finish the tour.
Total time in motorboat: 8 hours
Food: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8, 9 and 10: Chalalán Extension
If you are interested you can extend this trip with a couple of days in Chalalán Eco-Lodge, which we?ll pass on our way to Rurrenabaque. Chalalán is considered as being one of the finest examples of community-based, ecological tourism in South America. Then this will be the end of our tour.

Otherwise the boat will bring you to Rurrenabaque. This will take about 8 hours.

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