History of Riberalta, Bolivia

Riberalta’s Untold History

THE UNTOLD STORY OF RIBERALTA AND THE AMAZONIAN IDENTITY According to the standard written history of Riberalta, Amazonian Bolivia began after the arrival of rubber prospectors towards the end of the 19th century. Before that, it was an “empty space”.  This story effectively erases the presence of the original inhabitants of the Bolivian Amazon. Few

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Indians in Amazon Bolivia

Curiosities of the Amazon

  Did you Know? The Bolivian hero in War of the Acre was a Tacana Indian named Bruno Racua. Using flaming arrows, he led the retaking of Bahia, nowadays Cobija the capital of Pando, letting the Brazilian troops escape.   Did you Know? The first car that arrived in Bolivia was in Cachuela Esperanza (Beni),

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Pink Amazon River Dolphin

The Bolivian River Dolphin

River dolphins of Asia and South America are one of the most endangered species in the world. Their principle threats are man-made and include negative interactions with fisheries, poisoning and hunting by fishermen, river pollution and hydrocarbons, and fragmentation of their habitat due to dam construction. They are considered to be an important quality indicator of

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Riberalta, Bolivia: Amazon Attractions

With a warm and humid climate, Riberalta, Bolivia offers a wide variety of tourist attractions and breathtaking natural landscapes.  Some of Riberalta’s “sites to see” include:  Tumichuqua 20 km from Riberalta along the main highway to La Paz city stands Tumichuqua, which means Island of Palm Trees in Tacana native language.  Tumichuqua is a marvelous lake

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Bolivian Cocoa Plantation

Wild Cocoa Fruit

A Story of Wild Cocoa in the Bolivian Amazon Miguel Palomeque is perched on a large, dry, fallen tree trunk on his cocoa plantation, El Paraíso, situated in the jungle close to a tributary of the River Beni, near Carmen del Emero, a community in the Ixiamas district. He explains that last year, right here, to the

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Bolivian Amazon

THE BOLIVIAN AMAZON While many may believe Bolivia to be an Andean Nation, in reality, Bolivia is the country with the greatest part of its territory in the Amazon Basin. According to data from the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization, the Bolivian area of the Amazon covers 824,000 square kilometers, representing 75% of its national territory

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Giant Amazon Otters in Bolivia

Giant River Otter of the Amazon

The Giant River Otter in Bolivia Pteronura brasiliensis, also known as the giant otter, is already extinct in Uruguay and possibly Argentina.  In Bolivia populations remain, despite dangers that threaten them. According to the Red Book of Endangered Vertebrates of Bolivia (2010), the otter is considered an “endangered” species; it is estimated that the country´s

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