Santa Cruz and the botanical garden

There isn’t going to be much imagery of Santa Cruz despite me spending at least a week there. I am not sure how I don’t have a picture of the cathedral, nor a picture of the plaza de armas. I’ve searched… Perhaps it was the humidity and heat that had me lapsing on my photography. Still there are a few random shots that I collected while there. Most notably those of the botanical garden.     

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The Journey to Rurrenabaque

After my time in Amboro, it was time to continue the journey. I had gotten a feel for a more tropical environment and was interested in seeing more of it. A park called Madidi fit the bill. But first to get there. From Santa Cruz it is not the easiest journey. It would be an all night bus to Trinidad. Once in Trinidad, I was told that there would be no buses until the following day. I didn’t quite believe that so I continued to pester people and found one that would leave in the afternoon. Still, this was not exactly what I had hoped for so after eating some less than appetizing (a plate of shredded pig innards with yuca) I continued asking around. I was told that I could go to San Borja and then get transport to Rurrenabaque from there. I looked at my trusty maps app,…

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Amboro National Park – Day 3

The third and last day of the Amboro national park hike would be shorter. We would depart after lunch so our hike would only last a few hours in the morning. I thought I would show a little more of the campgrounds so that you have an idea what the place looks like. It’s very basic but enough to get the job done.  La Chonta Campgrounds Now that I’ve given you the tour of the grounds onto the nature shots.  On one of the larger river banks we saw a bunch of different butterflies that were catching some sun. Many flew away when I approched but the ones below were the most cooperative.  Here is my favorite encounter from the park. Sure the monkeys were cool but I have seen those before. What I have not seen is a ball of caterpillars in this fashion. The cluster moved as a…

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Amboro National Park – Day 2

Out of all the days of hiking through Amboro, today would be the longest. We would have both hiking during the day and night. There are some animals that are more present at night and we wanted to try to see them. The day started after our breakfast. Some of the stuff was repetitive but this red blooming tree was new. This palm is cool in that it moves. It throws these root arms and drops others. This allows it to move around some. There are conflicting theories as to why it does this but regardless of why, it’s pretty cool. This happy bald spot on the floor of the jungle is a leaf cutter ant trail. They clear the path that they follow “home”. Why are they cutting things down? It’s because they are fungus farmers. They take certain leaves and use them to grow fungus in their nests.…

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Amboro National Park – Day 1

Amboro National Park was a good consolation prize. After several days of trying to figure out how to get to Noel Kempff National Park, I gave in and booked with a company that would take me to Amboro. The issue is that when you travel alone, you need to book with other people as the cost would be very high otherwise. This coupled with the logistical nightmare and infrequent visits to Noel Kempff meant that it would cost me several thousand dollars to get there and I would have to give at least 2 weeks notice to get the logistics worked out. I was not going to blow several months of travel budget on a week, so Amboro it was. The night prior I got a call from Marcos of amboro tours letting me know that he would pick me up 20 minutes before the agreed upon time. Unlike what…

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