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Bolivia’s Big Day for Birders

By Shalynn Pack The Big Day – it’s the World Cup of birding, the day in which birders around the world spend all day trekking through the rain, snow, heat, and insects to try to document as many bird species as possible in just 24 hours. Bolivia started participating in the Big Day only recently,

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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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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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Ayahuasca in Bolivia (A Short Story)

Its early evening and Badi is looking out the fifth-story window of her new apartment perched in Cochabamba’s northern foothills. With the 18,000 foot peaks of Mount Tunari to her back, Badi’s apartment surveys the valley below. To the West, a clear view of the “Christo de Concordia;” a 33 meter statue of Jesus strikingly

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