10 Things I Learned Visiting the Amazon Rainforest in Bolivia
Cost:$28/day plus $18 National Park admission fee
My second trip into the Amazon Rainforest in Bolivia, I chose to leave the river and get into the surrounding hills.
This was still the pampas, for the most part because we were right next to the river, but it was definately different scenery than the pampas trip.
My German friend Linda and I walked around Rurrenabaque, the nearest town, to find a good tour and ended up going with one where the guides spoke very little English. This also happened to be the cheapest option.
Linda was fluent and I was getting to the point where I could comprehend a lot of what was said even if I couldn’t respond intelligently.
We payed a little money for the experience and started out on a boat going upriver.
If this sounds like the beginning of horror movie, it's not....
I loved this trip as much as the first, although they were very different.
It was one of the strangest and richest experiences I have had in Bolivia. By the end of it, I had gone longer without showering than I could remember but I also learned a few things.
What Visiting the Amazon Rainforest in Bolivia Taught Me
“Basic accomodations” means you sleep under a tarp. It also means your outhouse only has two walls, neither of which give you privacy from the trail.
In the absence of a shower, rinsing off in muddy river water feels just as good. Getting rid of the muddy residue may take days though.
You aren’t supposed to pee in the river because there is a spiky fish that will swim into your “hoo-ha” according to our guide.
Bolivians from Rurrenabaque are the happiest and most friendly Bolivians I’ve met.
Grubs are good. They taste somewhat like scrambled eggs.
It’s not coffee grounds in the bottom of your coffee cup, it’s silt from the river water.
Muddy river water coffee won’t give you food poisoning but a salad from a reputable restaurant will.
When you are really hungry soup served from a plastic bucket tastes like it was made by the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld.
I happen to sleep really well under a tarp in the jungle.
You make better friends when there is no electricity. This is no joke. If people can't access their phones, it's way more fun.