Riberalta, Bolivia: Amazon Attractions
RIBERALTA, BOLIVIA: AMAZON ATTRACTIONS
The Aquicuana Reserve is located outside Riberalta, a relatively short deviation from the main road to Brazil. The Rserve is partically accessible by car; however most of the Reserve is difficult to access with the use of a boat/canoe. Because of its unique characteristics, wild-like vegetation, abundant fauna and excellent conditions for sport fishing, this might be one of Bolivian’s best kept-secrets.
The communities of San Jose and Warnes are located within the Reserve and offer ecotourism activities. The Ecolodge Pisatahua is an isolated retreat center located in the reserve. Pisatahua provides guided jungle tours, educational services, permaculture courses and traditional plant-medicine/meditation retreats.
A ferry that crosses the River Beni, leads guests to the Department of Pando. In this department, along the Madre de Dios (Mother of God) River, the villages of Gonzalo Moreno and las Piedras are located. These are two colorful communities where fish and seasonal fruits are abundant. In Las Piedras you can find traces of Pre-Columbian ruins. Many archeologists and scientists from throughout the world to this region to conduct studies of the ruins. The fabled civilization of Patiti is believed to be located somewhere nearby.
The historical population of Cachuela Esperanza was established by Nicolás Suárez Callaú on March 31st, 1882 during the peak of the rubber industry. Located 90 kilometers from Riberalta, the difference in the level of the Beni River makes it difficult to navigate, because of the rapids formed, which become impossible to navigate during the dry season (July to November). The river rapids are truly a spectacular sight.
While little of the city remains, remnants show a splendorous past and truly modern city, which electric energy, potable water, hospitals, theater, telegraph services and a railroad, There’s permanent ground transportation from Riberalta at a very accessible price.
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