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San Carlos Reserve

This spectacular new and exciting wildlife conservation tour takes you to explore some of the most wild and pristine ecosystems in Bolivia. Situated on a remote and pristine river system in Beni Bolivia, this reserve is the perfect destination for travellers whom are looking to get well of the beaten track in search of Bolivia’s unique flora and fauna.

This property offers incredible scenery and wildlife watching opportunities, it’s one of the premier destinations in Bolivia to observe Pink Dolphins, Black Caimans, Giant Anteaters, Macaws, Monkeys and the majestic Jaguar.

Accessing this Reserve is an adventure in itself and varies greatly depending on the season, in the wet season December – March access is via 4WD/Boat while in the dry season you can access only via land. Either option is incredible with plenty of wildlife to be observed.

(4 DAYS)

SAN CARLOS RESERVE ULTIMATE WILDLIFE TOUR
BENI JAGUAR CONSERVATION PROJECT

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This spectacular new and exciting wildlife conservation tour takes you to explore some of the most wild and pristine ecosystems in Bolivia. Situated on a remote and pristine river system in Beni Bolivia, this reserve is the perfect destination for travellers whom are looking to get well of the beaten track in search of Bolivia’s unique flora and fauna.

This property offers incredible scenery and wildlife watching opportunities, it’s one of the premier destinations in Bolivia to observe Pink Dolphins, Black Caimans, Giant Anteaters, Macaws, Monkeys and the majestic Jaguar.

Accessing this Reserve is an adventure in itself and varies greatly depending on the season, in the wet season December – March access is via 4WD/Boat while in the dry season you can access only via land. Either option is incredible with plenty of wildlife to be observed.

TOUR INFORMATION

  • Duration:

    4 days or longer

  • Tour Type:

    Wildlife watching

  • Suitable for:

    Families, photographers, wildlife watchers, birdwatchers

  • Accommodation:

    Basic lodge/Ranch

  • Tour starting /ending point:

    Trinidad Bolivia

  • Transport mode:

    Boat, 4WD and horseback

  • Tour availability:

    Year round.

ACTIVITIES

Hiking, boating trips, night walks, setting up and checking camera traps, horseback riding, fishing, 4WD trips, bird/wildlife watching.

4 DAYS

EXAMPLE
TOUR ITINEARY

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DAY 1

Airport or hotel pick up and we depart via 4WD to the town of San Ramon, keep an eye out for the regions wildlife including Capybaras, Anacondas, and Macaws etc.

After a 5 hour drive we have lunch in the charming town before we commence a 4 hour boat ride along many different river systems to the reserve. Again keeping an eye out as Jaguars, dolphins and black caiman can be seen with some frequency. Dinner and night spotlighting boat trip.

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DAY 2

Early breakfast and we commence a guided horseback ride though the pristine savannahs towards the properties many forested islands, if we are lucky we can see resident giant anteaters, marsh deer and greater rhea. Once we reach the island we enter the forests which teem with wildlife and we check and set up camera traps, if we are lucky we can see huge troops of peccaries and a huge assortment of birds and monkeys.

Lunch and some rest before we depart for the afternoon/night boat ride along a very remote river where Dolphins, Jaguars and Caimans and Capybara are seen with relative frequency. Typical dinner and option for a night excursion.

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DAY 3
Breakfast and early morning horseback ride or 4WD trip of the property to few isolated forested islands, these areas are excellent for Macaws, we will be looking for Armadillos and if extremely lucky the Maned Wolf or Giant Anteaters, we return for some rest before a typical ranch BBQ. Afternoon /evening boat ride. Dinner and rest.

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Day 4
Early breakfast and depending on season we say good bye and depart either via 4WD or by boat. This is another opportunity for wildlife watching. Lunch in a typical town and we return to the town of Trinidad either to the respective hotel or airport.

*THE AIM OF THIS TOUR IS TO HELP PRESERVE FORESTS, RECOVER LOSSES CAUSED BY JAGUAR /PUMA PREDATION, REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF BIG CATS KILLED BY CONFLICTS WITH RANCHERS, PROVIDE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT AND ALSO TO TEACH LOCALS THAT WILDIFE IS WORTH MORE ALIVE THAN DEAD.

PLEASE HELP SUPPORT THIS PROJECT AND HELP US CHANGE THE VISION OF WILDIFE CONSERVATION IN BOLIVIA.

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SAN CARLOS – PROUD TO BE PART OF THIS VENTURE

OVERALL: Within seconds of meeting Nick to begin our first wildlife adventure, we were impressed with his whole hearted attitude. Nick takes his responsibility as a guide incredibly seriously. He seemed to care about every insect bite we got, and wanted to ensure we had an excellent experience. And this all stems from his exuberant passion for wildlife. He wants others to feel the magic of tracking these elusive creatures, and goodness - with him as a guide you can't help but feel it! It was an educating experience, not just because he's brimming with conservation and animal facts, but we learned about a whole new activity to enjoy.

VALUE: Other reviews have complained about the prices. Yes, sadly they are high. But having now experienced a trip of this type, I appreciate that it's fair and Nick is certainly not in it for the money! He appreciates that the prices are high, and when we were choosing the tours he gave plenty of warning that some tours are very expensive. He does his upmost best to offer exceptional service to ensure that you feel its good value. And you really do. Sadly for our future finances, we hope to return in a few years and see and do more and more. With Nick's intro to tracking wildlife, we're hooked!

SAN CARLOS: San Carlos itself is an exciting new venture, and a perfect example of what makes Nick's tours a unique experience. He has found a beautiful ranch and is working with the owners to attract tourists like us. In doing so, owners cannot kill jaguars, meaning we got to see a mother and her two cubs. His contagious energy is providing new opportunities to local Bolivians and wildlife loving tourists. We are very excited to have taken part in this scheme and hope that our joy rubbed off on the owners so they continue to welcome tourists.

VEGAN DIET: I'm a vegan and the food was excellent. The cook was new to cooking vegan food and looked up recipes online to provide vege burgers that were much better than attempts I've made! Also, since the eggs are fresh from their happy chickens roaming and clucking about their ranch, on the last day I had an egg - wow-wa-wee-wa!

SUMMARY: Get in on San Carlos!! It's a wonderful, unique experience. Great hosts, an informed and passionate guide, and I don't think I've felt that my welfare and happiness has been so fussed over since I was a kid!

TAMSIN LEE
UK
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