Tours around Samaipata

1 day

El Fuerte & Museum (half day)


You will visit the impressive archaeological site of El Fuerte. Here lived in ancient times successively Mojocoyas and Chanés, Guaraní, Incas and later the Spaniards. From those cultures you can see remnants at El Fuerte. You will need about two hours to visit the site and see everything well. Afterwards you will visit the archaeological museum in Samaipata. Here you will see ceramic that has been found at El Fuerte and in the surroundings of Samaipata.

 

  • Included:
    Transport;
    Spanish or English speaking guide, depending on availability;
    Entrance fee.
  • Not included:
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.
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1 day

El Fuerte, Las Cuevas & Museum


You will visit El Fuerte and the archaeological museum in Samaipata as described above. Also you will visit the three waterfalls of Las Cuevas where you can have a refreshing dip and do a short walk in between the waterfalls. These are situated in a beautiful setting where you possibly can see parrots, hummingbirds and other species of birds.

 

  • Included:
    Transport;
    Spanish or English speaking guide, depending on availability;
    Entrance fees.
  • Not included:
    Lunch;
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.
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1 day

N.P. Amboró


The options for a visit to the National Park Amboró vary from an easy hike of approximately two hours to a considerable hike of about six hours. In consultation we´ll decide which hike is most suitable for you.
By car you will be brought to the trailhead in about 45 minutes.
In the fairy-like National Park Amboró you will see various species of vegetation, as giant fern trees that become as high as 12 meters.
During the hike you will come to a view point from where you will have splendid views over the surrounding area.
The park is home to many species of animals as the nose bear, armadillo, puma, jaguar, spectacled bear, agouti, snakes and many bird species. There´s not so much chance to see them because the animals are very shy. Frequently we find traces of animals. With some luck you can see a group of monkeys. A special bird we see regularly is the trogon.

 

  • Included:
    Transport;
    Spanish or English speaking guide, depending on availability;
    Entrance fee.
  • Not included:
    Lunch;
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.
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1 day

Laguna Volcán


In about one and a half hours you drive to Laguna Volcán. The not too strenuous hike that will take some 6 hours in total, starts at this beautiful lake. Often there are many water birds and other birds as well to be seen here, like parrots, vultures, the black/yellow toucan, king fishers and the sun bittern.
You will follow the shore of the lagoon until the end of it where a golf court has been constructed. Then you will walk through the forest to come to another part of the golf court. From there you will take a path to a viewpoint from which you have a beautiful view of the mountains of Serranía Volcanes.
For the record: though many people claim that the zone is volcanic that is not the case. The area is called Volcanes for the shape of the mountains that remind of volcanos!
You will return to the main path that will bring you to a bamboo forest. A while ahead you will come to another viewpoint, a big rock, from where you will have a gorgeous view of the mountain peaks of the N.P. Amboró.
You will follow the path to a palm tree forest and eventually to a small river.
You will follow this river of approximately 3 m wide for some 3½ hours and cross it over various times, too. The water level is normally not more than knee-high.
Halfway you will come across some natural pools of slate in which you can take a bath.
The hike ends at a small restaurant in the village of Bermejo. Here you can have a rest while the guide picks up the car to bring you back to Samaipata.

 

  • Included:
    Transport;
    Spanish or English speaking guide, depending on availability;
    Entrance fee.
  • Not included:
    Lunch;
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.
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Kaleidoscope travel - tours bolivia - Laguna Volcán

1 day

Bella Vista


To get to Bella Vista takes well over an hour by car. You will make a hike of six to seven hours on which a local guide from the community will accompany you as well. This hike is one of the best one day hikes in the area because of the variety of landscapes; subtropical forest, waterfalls and fantastic views.
The hike starts from a dirt road where the path goes steep down until you come to a valley. Here you will follow a small stream until you reach the second waterfall. At a turnoff you have to decide if you want to hike to the third waterfall.
A campsite that you will pass is a good place to have lunch.
After a rest there is a rather strenuous climb of about 45 minutes waiting for you. From the start of this climb you will leave the subtropical forest behind and once you´re on top you will have fabulous panoramic views. During another hour you will keep going up slightly before finally the descent starts to the place where the car is waiting for you to take you back to Samaipata.

 

  • Included:
    Transport;
    Spanish or English speaking guide, depending on availability;
    Entrance fee.
  • Not included:
    Lunch;
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.
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Kaleidoscope travel - tours bolivia - Bella Vista hike

1 day

Condor Hike


This is quite a tough hike of around five hours. You will leave from Samaipata by car early to go to the trailhead of the hike; this takes about one hour 45 minutes. Along unpaved roads you will already enjoy the beautiful landscape.
The first part of the hike is the hardest. You will hike up in about 2½ hours, over open mountain slopes, to the place from where you can watch the condors. Once you´re up there, you can have your lunch while you wait for the condors to come gliding into the area from various valleys. They come to this place to have a rest on the cliffs and to drink from a pool on a spot that other creatures (like us) can´t reach. You will see the condors circle close above you. The time that you will spend up here is more or less two hours. Then you will hike down again.
By car you will go back to Samaipata at the end of the day.

  • Included:
    Transport;
    Spanish or English speaking guide, depending on availability;
    Entrance fee.
  • Not included:
    Lunch;
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.
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1 day

La Pajcha Waterfall


This tour is very suitable for those who want to explore the region and have an easy day.
In the morning you will go by car in about two hours to La Pajcha where you can have a refreshing plunge in the water of the most beautiful waterfall in the surroundings. The waterfall is situated in a picturesque location where you can see parrots among other birds. The scenery along the road alone is most rewarding. There hardly live any people in the area and the views are brilliant. This is the area where the condor often turns up. You will have lunch at the waterfall.
You can make a short hike in the surroundings of the waterfall.

  • Included:
    Transport;
    Spanish or English speaking guide, depending on availability;
    Entrance fee.
  • Not included:
    Lunch;
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.
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1 day

Condor Hike & La Pajcha waterfall


This tour is a combination of the Condor Hike and the tour to La Pajcha.
At the end of the Condor Hike you will drive in half an hour to La Pajcha where you can relax or have a dip in the refreshing water.

 

  • Included:
    Transport;
    Spanish or English speaking guide, depending on availability;
    Entrance fees.
  • Not included:
    Lunch;
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.
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1 day

Che Guevara Tour


For the description of this tour, click here: Che Guevara Tour.

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2 days

La Pajcha Waterfall & Condor Hike, camping tour


You will travel by car via unpaved roads over mountains and through valleys to go and pay a visit to La Pajcha, the highest and most beautiful waterfall in the area. This is an excellent place to have a refreshing plunge in the water, to swim and to relax. You will put up the tent and if you wish you can do a hike of more or less two hours.
In the evening a camp fire will be made to prepare your diner.
On the second day after breakfast you will take down your tent and by car you will set out for the trailhead of the condor hike.
This is quite a tough hike of appr. five hours. The first part of the hike is the hardest. You will hike up in about 2½ hours, over open mountain slopes, to the place from where you can watch the condors. Once you´re up there, you can have your lunch while you wait for the condors to come gliding into the area from various valleys. They come to this place to have a rest on the cliffs and to drink from a pool on a spot that other creatures (like us) can´t reach. You will see the condors circle close above you. The time that you will spend up here is more or less two hours. Then you will hike down again.
By car you will go back to Samaipata at the end of the day.

 

  • Included:
    Transport;
    Spanish or English speaking guide, depending on availability;
    Entrance fees;
    2x lunch, 1x dinner, 1x breakfast;
    Tent, sleeping mattress, cooking gear.
  • Not included:
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.
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Kaleidoscope travel - tours bolivia - Condor Hike, La Pajcha waterfall, Samaipata

2 days

El Fuerte and El Refugio Los Volcanes, N.P. Amboró


Your bilingual guide will come to pick you up from your hotel in Sa. Cruz in the morning.
About 2½ hrs. later you will arrive in the lovely little village of Samaipata. Here you will have a while to stroll through the small streets followed by a lunch.
After lunch you will visit the Museum of El Fuerte in Samaipata and the archaeological site of El Fuerte at a distance of more or less 9 km from Samaipata.
Afterwards you will be brought to El Refugio Los Volcanes. The description of the tour to El Refugio Los Volcanes and your stay there is written below.
The bilingual guide will accompany you during your hikes in El Refugio and on the 2nd day after lunch he will guide you until the end of the tour in Sa. Cruz or Samaipata.

 

  • Included:
    Transport from Sa. Cruz and back to Sa. Cruz or Samaipata;
    Internal transport in El Refugio Los Volcanes in 4x4 vehicle;
    Spanish or English speaking guide, depending on availability;
    Entrance fees;
    2x lunch, 1x dinner, 1x breakfast;
    Stay overnight in El Refugio Los Volcanes based on a twin room with private bathroom.
  • Not included:
    Drinks in between meals and/or alcoholic drinks;
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.
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2 days

El Refugio Los Volcanes, National Park Amboró


Pure silence and nature, a unique tour for nature lovers and birdwatchers and an ideal place to relax after a long journey.
This tour brings you to a hidden jewel in National Park Amboró! A truly overwhelming nature in a tucked away valley. Over 200 species of birds, 100 species of orchids and bromeliads are identified. The puma, other wild cats and the tapir live in this area. The agouti, the armadillo, the coati, the skunk, monkeys and other mammals live here in abundance! The area in which the beautiful colonial style lodge is situated is truly unique. The lodge has six rooms with private bathroom and hammocks outside from where you can see the steep red coloured sandstone mountains of Volcanes. There are many trails you can choose from like: to waterfalls, viewpoints, a special orchids trail and more.
The hiking time varies from one to seven hours. In consultation with your guide of companion you will make your choice where to go.
After a hike you can refresh yourself in the waterfall next to the lodge or enjoy the area from a reclining chair or a hammock. In the lodge there are some books available about the flora and fauna of the area.

 

  • Included:
    Transport from Samaipata or Sa. Cruz to El Refugio Los Volcanes vice versa;
    Internal transport in El Refugio Los Volcanes in 4x4;
    Service of a local Spanish speaking companion (no guide!) or of an English speaking guide on your hikes, depending on your choice;
    Entrance fee;
    Meals with a drink from lunch on the first day up to and including lunch on the last day;
    Stay overnight in El Refugio Los Volcanes based on a twin room with private bathroom.
  • Not included:
    Drinks in between meals and/or alcoholic drinks;
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.
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2 days

Che Guevara Tour


For the discription of this tour, click here: Che Guevara Tour.

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3 days

El Refugio Los Volcanes, N.P. Amboró


Pure silence and nature, a unique tour for nature lovers and birdwatchers and an ideal place to relax after a long journey.
This tour brings you to a hidden jewel in National Park Amboró! A truly overwhelming nature in a tucked away valley. Over 200 species of birds, 100 species of orchids and bromeliads are identified. The puma, other wild cats and the tapir live in this area. The agouti, the armadillo, the coati, the skunk, monkeys and other mammals live here in abundance! The area in which the beautiful colonial style lodge is situated is truly unique. The lodge has six rooms with private bathroom and hammocks outside from where you can see the steep red coloured sandstone mountains of Volcanes. There are many trails you can choose from like: to waterfalls, viewpoints, a special orchids trail and more.
The hiking time varies from one to seven hours. In consultation with your guide or companion you will make your choice where to go.
After a hike you can refresh yourself in the waterfall next to the lodge or enjoy the area from a reclining chair or a hammock. In the lodge there are some books available about the flora and fauna of the area.
Your itinerary could look like this:

1st day:
arrival at around 10.00 at the pristine Refuge and the opportunity to do a short hike or have a refreshing plunge in the water of the waterfall that is located directly next to the lodge. After lunch a hike in the area of the colonial lodge.
2nd day:
a day hike of seven hours to a waterfall of 100 m. high or two half day hikes at your choice through the unique area with the guide.
Relaxing is possible as well of course!
3rd day:
in the morning a hike and after lunch you will return to Samaipata or Sa. Cruz.

 

  • Included:
    Transport to El Refugio Los Volcanes vice versa;
    Internal transport in El Refugio Los Volcanes in 4x4;
    Service of a local Spanish speaking companion (no guide!) or of an English speaking guide on your hikes, depending on your choice;
    Entrance fees;
    Meals with a drink from lunch on the first day up to and including lunch on the last day;
    2x stay overnight in El Refugio Los Volcanes based on a twin room with private bathroom.
  • Not included:
    Drinks in between meals and/or alcoholic drinks;
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.
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3 days

Che Guevara Tour


For the discription of this tour, click here: Che Guevara Tour.

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