About National Park Amboró

National Park Amboró is one of the most important protected areas of Bolivia, as well because of its scenic beauty of deep canyons, mountains, rivers and waterfalls, as for its diversity of flora en fauna.
So far, 2.659 species of plants have been registered, though presumably over 3.500 species occur. There are found about 1.236 species of plants that attract various endemic bird species.
Located in the Department of Santa Cruz, the park is adjacent to 4 provinces: the Province of Manuel María Caballero, Florida, Andrés Ibáñez and Ichilo.
The dimension of the park is 637.600 hectares and the park is divided in two areas: the protected zone of the park of 442.500 hectares and the buffer zone of 195.100 hectares.
 
N.P. Amboró

National Park Amboró is one of the most untouched (sub)tropical habitats in the world. The park lies within the three distinct ecosystems of the foothills of the Andes, the northern Chaco and the Amazon Basin.
The park was originally established as the Wildlife Reserve German Busch in 1984 but, with the help of native biologist Noel Kempff, British zoologist Robin Clark and others, the park was expanded to its present size.
The park hosts an incredible variety of flora and fauna. Because of its unique geographical locations, both highland and lowland species are frequent visitors.
 
Landscape Refugio Los Volcanes; photo Ben Verhoef Tours © Ant eater in Refugio Los Volcanes; photo Ben Verhoef Tours © Landscape Refugio Los Volcanes; photo Ben Verhoef Tours ©

One can find many trees valued for their fine wood such as the Mara (Swielenia), palms like the Chonta (Astrocaryum), a huge variety of bromeliads and orchids, and limited forests of giant fern and bamboo.
Recent studies place the number of plant species at 638, though many species have, as of yet, not been clearly identified. Because the park straddles different ecosystems, the animal population is also extremely diverse. Perhaps most impressive is the huge number of birds that inhabit the area including such rarities as horned curassows, quetzals, cock-of-the-rocks (found almost exclusively in Bolivia), and the more frequent chestnut-fronted macaws and cuvier toucans.

Spider monkey in Refugio Los Volcanes; photo Ben Verhoef Tours ©

Trail in Refugio Los Volcanes; photo Ben Verhoef Tours ©

Armadillo in Refugio Los Volcanes; photo Ben Verhoef Tours ©

According to Robin Clark Amboró is an ecological masterpiece: 712 species of birds have been discovered already and only 50 per cent of the park has been thoroughly explored. Most mammals that are native to Amazonia are also represented. They include capybaras, peccaries, tapirs, several species of monkeys such as howlers and capuchins, jungle cats like the jaguar, ocelot and margay, and the increasingly rare, spectacled bear, the only species of bear found in South America.

Amboró is a place of special beauty. One visit is enough to convince even the most cynical that it is truly one of the last untouched wildernesses on earth.
 

Mirador Refugio Los Volcanes; photo Ben Verhoef Tours ©    Orchid Refugio Los Volcanes; photo Ben Verhoef Tours ©    Butterfly Refugio Los Volcanes; photo Ben Verhoef Tours ©    Sandstone mountains Refugio Los Volcanes; photo Ben Verhoef Tours ©


We offer tours from Samaipata or Santa Cruz to the south side of the National Park Amboró, and more days´ tours to the beautiful eco-lodge of El Refugio Los Volcanes.