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River Yacuma
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

We had a great tour in pampas in October. Everything was fine, the guide (who had a lot knowledge of the place), the cook and the lodge where we get a room for two, awesome!...sorrowfully, we experienced a frightening event on the beginning of the tour, we were on the road in a very confortable van when other bus tried to pass a truck(both on the way back to Rurrenabaque), and as we were going on the opposite way (on the way to Santa Rosa), so close to both of them, that bus that was trying to surpass the truck scraped the car where we were. That bus driver was very irresponsible to try to surpass the truck, even though we were close to both vehicles. Thank goodness we had seat belts!. Anyway, we all were shocked, there weren´t any disease or injured people. We noticed that other companies had not such good confotable vehicles and had no seat belts. We felt happy for having book the tour with this company, pay a little bit much for something that saved our life. I saw how Indigena tours tried to solve the problem immediately; checking if we were fine and making calls, even though there weren’t injured people, the van in which we were traveling was unable to continue. So they found another van asap (one of the company vans that was closer)to let us continue the way to Santa Rosa an hour after the accident and despite what happened, the service was very proffessional. They didn’t live us alone on that dusty road. Although, the road is bumpy and dusty, the tour is wonderful with amazing landscapes and of course wildlife. I really recommend you this tour , it is worth to do!!!

Thank elin494
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

Our tour of the Pampas, which is simply an amazing place for wildlife spotting, was enhanced beyond measure thanks to the patience and eagle eyes of our guide Roberto of DOLPHIN TOURS.

While other boats whizzed past animals, or got so close they bothered them to the extent they ran off, Roberto would draw the boat slowly up, and then wait till we were finished watching and taking photos before pulling away.

Secondly, the food at Dolphin's lodge was fantastic. Fresh, healthy, varied, and tonnes of it; including lots of fresh vegetables and fruit.

Accommodation is in basic dorms sheilded with netting, which kept the mosquitos out very well. (If at all possible, washing your clothes with mosquito repellent laundry wash beforehand would be a good idea before heading into the Pampas, as they can bite through clothing.)

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

We were in Rurranabaque during the low season, so some of the operators were closed. We walked around talking to most of the open operators. The itinerary varied only slightly. Some had sloth and monkey spotting instead of pirana fishing or swiming with dolphins. However, there were only two or three operators that deviated from the standard schedule.

We ended up going with Flecha tours. The only alternative was ridiculesly overpriced, so we desided to go with a standard tour as monkey would be spotted anyways. Everything is exactly the same with the rest, so we settled with someone with a good overall impression, which was Fleacha tours.

In hindsight, the only thing Flecha tours told us that turned out to be correct was the itinerary and the wifi password.

We asked in advance if we could see who would joins us, because the group you are on makes all the difference. We were told we were going with a French couple.

We meet the following morning, but was informed that the Belgium (sic) couple didn't feel well and delayed the tour one day. But there were many more now, two cars in total. One car was full of Israelis, and the other car had 7 Israelis and us. Yupp, he forgot to mention the group of 17 Isreali friends.

We said this was not going to be a good trip for us, being the 5th wheel, and asked if we could be transfered to a different company or day. We were transferred to the following day, that had the Belgium couple and now also a Danish couple. We wouldn't be the 5th wheel, much better!

We were awaken in our hostel the following morning by him, because we were leaving early. We hurried over to say hello to the fellow travelers. There were no Europeans tough (Not that that matters), but there was a girl from Japan and a girl from Canada. Oh, and 4 guys from Israel. And we didn't start early. In fact, we started about 30-45 minutes late.

We sat in a car for 3 hours before lunch, and a few minutes more afterwards for the boat. The car ride is not fanstastic if you are above the average hight of a south american, but tolerable.

We met our tourguide for the first time, Jimmy. He was born and raised in the jungle and was almost the perfect guide. His english was mostly OK, but luckily the Israelis could translate into hebrew, which he understood better. (Starting to getting the point?)

The boat ride was as fantastic as you read everywhere so it's not worth repeating. The moment we got to the lodge, the smell of Amsterdam emerged. It is what to expect when there are 17, now 21, Israelis in a camp. The atmosphere the rest of the day resembled more a Israelli summer camp. The only spoken language was Hebrew, but luckily we had the company of the Japanese and the Canadian girl.

The only complaint of Jimmy is that he is happy to tease, annoy, mock and play with the wild animals at the amusement of the Israeli customers. Jimmy was really good spotting wildlife, and at one point took of barefoot into the forrest and cought a 2 meter anaconda. (That for the record struck two of the fellows. You'll know where they are from. Nature strikes back).

The food is absolutley fantastic. If you liked the food in the Uyuni tour, you will be completely blown away by this. It was the best food we ate in our 5 weeks in Bolivia.

We would just like to add that Rurrenebaque is a mekka for Isralis. They are nice people, but everywhere you have a large group from one country/region you will be excluded, so make sure you will not be the fifth wheel. Luckily the 4 guys in our group didn't isolate us like we have read that other people do.

Thank hempster
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

We took a pampas tour down this river with a reputable company in Rurrenabaque. We were unlucky to arrive in Santa Rosa port on a rainy day so as soon as we got on the small canoe, we did see some birds, but it was rather dissapointing as there were no alligators nor capybaras. The next day, our guide took us up river and we never saw so many animals. Apparently, the sun makes the animals flock to the riverbed and it was amazing to see squirrel monkeys, caymans, sereres, even a sloth and tons of birds. Of course it is something you cannot control, but avoid going in the rainy season, as you will see some animals but not like this place has the potential to show.

Thank Tamara P
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

we booked a trip to the pampas with indigena tours. they were a bit more expensive than others but had as well better reviews regarding their guides and services.

there was actually nothing really to complain about and we would recommend anyone to go with this company. the one day in advance organisation (from la paz) of our trip worked out perfectly. we had by far the most comfortable car from rurranbaque to santa rosa (3 hours bumpy road), our accommodation was nice, we even got upgraded for free into a double room, our guide was excellent regarding treating the environment (no feeding/teasing of animals) but was flirting a bit too much with a girl in our group which affected the mood of our whole group in the end (she wasn't happy to be flirted at, he wasn't happy to be rejected which reflected in a temporary negative mood from his side...).

anyway, the amount of crocodiles, dolphines, turtles, capybaras, monkeys, birds and other animals was just stunning (attention, it's dry season now, it's a different picture during wet season when everything is flooded) and we could have been cruising for many more hours thru the beautiful nature in our small boat.

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