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ABOUT TRINIDAD AND THE BENI WETLANDS

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Just a 45 minute flight or overnight bus trip from Santa Cruz Bolivia is the city of Trinidad, a base for what could possibly be the most spectacular yet unknown region in Bolivia.

The small City Trinidad lacks infrastructure however it’s the ideal base for a huge variety of destinations, some of which are the most incredible in all of Bolivia. It sits on the verge of the Amazon Rain forest and the Beni Wetlands which is the 2nd largest yet most pristine Pampas Swamp lands found anywhere on the planet.

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The first of Trinidad’s attractions literally start as you leave the airport and can be combined with an excellent City Tour of Trinidad, keep an eye out as you can often see Capybaras which are the world’s largest rodent literally by the side of the road, continuing on you can visit 3 impressive Museums which include the Icticola Museum, this museum has an extensive display of the regions many fish species which include everything from the giant Muturo Catfish up to the infamous Red Bellied Pirinah, moving on you can visit the Tropical Botanical Museum which displays many of the wetland and Amazonian plants of the region including the Queen Victoria Amazonian Water Lilly which is famous in this area. Last of the Museum is the Cabildo and Archaeological Museum which is a small yet very informative area which shows the regions Moxos culture and many indigenous tribes history and artefacts.

The main Plaza is also worth a visit, people watching especially seeing hundreds of motor bikes fly past mixed with a fresh fish or locally produced steak is a must while in the City , keep an eye out in the Plaza also for resident Sloths which can be seen with a good eye.

The last main attraction of the City of Trinidad is the famous Laguna Suarez which is extremely popular with the locals, here swimming, trekking and bird watching are the areas main activities.

Best places to stay in Trinidad

There are no hostels as such in Trinidad so the best places to stay are as follows:

Budget: Mi Residencia

Middle to high range: Casa Lucia Boutique Hotel – The best all round option for staying in Trinidad, excellent food, nice staff and a swimming pool which is needed to escape the heat of the city.

Tapacare is another excellent choice when staying in Trinidad, and is ideally located facing the beautiful laguna Suarez.

Best places to eat in Trinidad

There is a somewhat limited choice of restaurants in Trinidad however this is slowly changing, best options at the moment include:

EL TABANO, which has excellent food from this region, the caiman and charque are both Incredible dishes.

ATTRACTIONS OUTSIDE TRINIDAD CITY

While Trinidad is interesting enough its pristine Amazon Rainforest’s and Pampas Wetlands are the main reason people should visit, the first major attraction is the Pink Amazon Dolphin which can be seen during boating expeditions of the majestic Mamore River, a popular trip is a Full day Pink Dolphin Tour to observe not only Dolphins but Capybara, Caiman’s and a huge assortment of bird life too.

Next on the list of attractions in this region is the beautifully located Chuchini Lodge. This private reserve is just 15 km from the City and you have a basic yet comfortable lodge where we can arrange boat trips, treks into the jungle, bird watching, fishing, night wildlife spotlighting boat trips and much more.

For birders this part of the Beni is a paradise, the main attraction of the Beni is the Barba Azul lodge, this reserve is home to the largest population of the 350 or so endemic and critically endangered Macaws , here avid birders, photographers and nature lovers can watch the last remaining flocks on earth here and have one of the best birding experiences in South America, this reserve is also home to some of the last strong holds of the endangered Maned Wolf, Marsh Deer and Giant Anteater, both of which can be seen with some frequency for mammal watchers this is a very special destination. Jaguars, Ocelots and Pumas have also been recorded here.