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 I expected he was on time. Then we were off to pick up the other 3 people from the tour. Unfortunately when we got there it was not the correct address.  Marcos then said a different similar sounding street and tried to locate it. He couldn’t. At that point I pulled out trusty maps.me and found the street. We were a few KM away and headed there. A few minutes after riding around in circles we got a call from the gentlemen we were picking. They were at the tour company’s office right where we had departed from. We went back, scooped them up, and we were on our way.

We were taken to Buena Vista and then inherited another driver and vehicle there. We would need a 4×4 to get to the park. About 1.5 hrs more and we stopped on a dirt road and were told we would hike the rest of the way. Here I got to see some macaw’s but they were too swift for me to get a picture of them. It was probably only a 10 minute hike to camp.

As soon as we got to camp, I pitched my tent. Then there would be food that they would serve us in the dining area. At the far end of the dining area was this nice little display.

La Chonta, Amboro National Park

La Chonta, Amboro National Park

The dining area in la chonta

The dining area in la chonta

Walking around the grounds was a treat. They had these amazing flowers that were in bloom.

Unopened flower top view

Unopened flower top view

Flower in bloom - Amboro National Park

Flower in bloom – Amboro National Park

Side view of flower - Amboro National Park

Side view of flower – Amboro National Park

Odd leafy orange bloom

Odd leafy orange bloom

After lunch they let us digest a little bit and then we headed on a hike through the park. Not too far into it I saw these peculiar markings on the stalks of some plants.

Critter markings on a plant stalk?

Critter markings on a plant stalk?

Same plant stalk from afar

Same plant stalk from afar

While most of our hike was under the enclosed canopy, we did get a peek across the landscape.

An opening in the canopy

An opening in the canopy

Dangling Palm Fruit

Dangling Palm Fruit

After a small stop at this viewpoint, we continued on.

Beautiful tree trunk

Beautiful tree trunk

A peculiar type of palm

A peculiar type of palm

Moss covered tree trunk

Moss covered tree trunk

Some red and white fungus

Some red and white fungus

Small stream crossing

Small stream crossing

Pink spotted butterfly

Pink spotted butterfly

Little lilac flowers

Little lilac flowers

 

After a few hours of walking we circled back to camp for our dinner. There were 3 other guys that were part of the group so we just hung out after dinner before retiring to bed. 

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