Carrasco National Park 2-3 h

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
2.7 km
Duration
3:00h
Ascent
73 m
Descent
68 m
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The National Park borders with the Amboro Park and together they form a vast area of ​​wilderness. There are just a few walks that are easy to find and safety to walk. This area of Chapare is not only used by farmers to plant Coca but also to product directly the drug. Many small paths lead to hidden plantations; tours should be better done with a local guide. The small round trip to the caves that are inhabited by bats and oilbirds could only be done with local guides, which are available at the park entrance. The tour is not only recommended for its fauna but also for its tropical flora.

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Highest point
492 m
Lowest point
443 m
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There is 14 km distance from Villa Tunari to the park entrance. Admission charge for foreigners, including a guided tour is 20 USD. In cold June, July and August there are only a few Guacharos in the caves. Right next to the building, stone steps lead down to the river. Here we use a small cart on steel ropes to cross the river San Mateo; 5 people fit in it. On the other side of the river, the path leads along the riverbank through dense forest. Here we hear Oropendulos, Termites build their nests on trees and in the evening there are Martin monkeys around. In the national park there are 120 different species of trees and 300 species of orchids, most of them bloom in October and November. After about an hour we reach the first cave with numerous different bats, there are both insectivores and fruit eaters and even vampire bats. Who are easily frightened should be prepared that the animals like to hit against you. Just some minutes away there is a large cave with oilbirds. The best season to observe them is October and November. The cry is more like big cats than like birds. Then the path follows over a small bridge through dense forest. After a 2 h walk we will be back again at the entrance.

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Updated: December 07, 2016

Travel Guide: Hikes in Bolivia


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