Thursday, November 9, 2017

WILDLIFE WATCHING IN SAN CARLOS RESERVE BENI BOLIVIA

Our newest Bolivian Jaguar Conservation Eco Tourism project

Jaguar with cubs recorded during our wildlife watching tours to San Carlos Reserve.

Located deep in the Beni Department is the spectacular San Carlos Wildlife Reserve. This property is ideally located between pristine savannahs, motacu palm islands and tropical forests, all of which are teeming with wildlife. The different ecosystems, no hunting policy and the remoteness of this property has provided a refuge for a huge variety of animals and as such could be the very best location in all of Bolivia to observe wildlife.

San Carlos Wildlife Reserve offers world class birdwatching.

In the wet season access to the Reserve is via a combination of 4WD and boat trips, this journey is incredible, Capybaras are seen from the road and the birdlife is astounding, occasionally the Green Anaconda can be seen as well.  The boat trip is equally exciting, here black caimans , Macaws and Pink Dolphins are frequently seen and keep your eyes open as Jaguars are often seen hunting or sleeping on the river banks. 

Looking for Pink Dolphins, Black Caimans and even Jaguars 

Activities during the tour include horseriding, boat trips, hiking, fishing, setting up and checking camera traps, birding and 4WD safaris of the reserve.

A Lesser Anteater, seen during a night excursion. PHOTO CREDIT JEREMIE GOULEVITCH

The aim of the conservation project


The aim of this project is to help compensate the landowners who are losing up to 30 cows per year, from Jagaur predation. This has a significant affect on the income of many and in turn Jaguars and other predators like Puma are shot on sight. This conservation project through eco tourism aims to cover these losses and in turn no Jaguars or other animals will be killed. 

 The San Carlos Wildife Reserve Conservation project will also provided employment and additional income, from local guides, cooks, drivers and more, we aim to show locals that native wildlife can really boost the economy and that its more benifical to preserve for the future.

Giant Anteater seen during a horseriding expedition in San Carlos Wildlife Reserve



Night spotlighting for Armadillos  , just another part of the adventure.


If you wish to learn more about this amazing new wildife eco tourism project then visit our webpage of www.nicksadventuresbolivia.com  

Though responsible Eco Tourism we will make a difference and help teach locals that wildlife especially the Jaguar is worth much more alive than dead.


*** ALL PHOTOS HAVE BEEN TAKEN DURING TOURS TO THE SAN CARLOS WILDLIFE RESERVE

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

RARE JAGUAR AND CUBS SIGHTING IN SAN CARLOS WILDLIFE RESERVE, BENI BOLIVIA.

A spectacular close up sighting of a Jaguar with her cub, this was taken during our recent wildlife watching conservation tour to San Carlos Reserve.


We just returned with VERY HAPPY tourists who got to see the extremely rare sighting of not 1 but 3 Jaguars, this incredible sighting of a female Jaguar and her cubs was taken during our San Carlos wildlife reserve tours, one of the most pristine areas in Bolivia. This close up sighting was at 0757am alone a stretch of a remote river system , one which has very healthy populations of Jaguars.

Tracks of the Jaguar Cubs.

In addition to the Jaguar sighting we also recorded , 9 Banded Armadillos, Howler Monkeys, Capybara, Black Caiman, Coatis, Night Monkeys, Squirrel Monkey, Capichun monkeys, Brocket Deer, 3 Toed Sloth, Toucans, Green and Red Macaws and more .. 




To find our information about this new and exciting wildlife watching destionation then visit us at www.nicksadventuresbolivia.com

Saturday, October 7, 2017

10 MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN BOLIVIA 




Often overlooked as a tourism destination in favor of more popular destinations, this small but diverse country showcases some of the most beautiful landscapes and ecosystems in South America. 

Here is a list of our favourite tourist destinations in Bolivia 


SALAR DE UYUNI SALT FLATS



 EDUARDO AVAROA NATIONAL PARK 


 SANTIAGO DE CHIQUITOS VALLEY DE TUCAVACA 

 ELBOW OF THE ANDES ( SAMAIPATA BOLIVIA )


AMBORO NATIONAL PARK (GIANT FERN TREK)

 MADIDI NATIONAL PARK 

 NOEL KEMPFF MERCADO NATIONAL PARK 

 JARDIN DE LAS DELICAS WATERFALLS 


 LOMAS DE ARENA - SANTA CRUZ BOLIVIA 

AMBORO NATIONAL PARK - REFUGIO LOS VOLCANES 


This is just a small sample of what Bolivia has to offer. For more information visit our webpage of www.nicksadventuresbolivia.com

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

AMAZING JAGUAR SIGHTING IN SAN MIGUELITO JAGUAR RESERVE

22 September 2017


Our two lucky tourists had an incredible Jaguar Sighting at the San Miguelito Jaguar Reserve as part of there visit during our 20 DAY Bolivian Wildlife watching package. 

This amazing footage was taken by the Reserve owner Duston Larson during a boating excursion though the Reserve. This property has been previously studied by WCS and boasts some of the worlds highest densities of these big cats, in addition Ocelots, Puma , Tapirs, Giant Anteaters and many other species can be found here in healthy numbers.


Not only did these tours see a Jaguar at San Miguelito, they also observed the extremely rare Short eared Dog in Madidi National Park as well as Maned Wolf , Giant Anteaters in the Blue throated Macaw Reserve and a Jaguar, Tapirs and Chaco Peccaries in the Bolivian Gran Chaco.



For more information about our Bolivian Wildlife and Nature tours visit our webpage of WWW.NICKSADVENTURESBOLIVIA.COM

Saturday, September 30, 2017

AMAZING WILDLIFE WATCHING TRIP REPORT TO THE BLUE THROATED MACAW NATURE RESERVE



From the 16th-20th of September we visited the remote and spectacular Blue throated Macaw Nature Reserve. This former cattle ranch is one of the only places on earth where nature lovers can observe the critically endangered Blue throated Macaw, a species which is numbered at less than 300 in the wild.
Unlike the normal tourists our objective was not birdwatching, we were looking for one of the most elusive species on the planet, the strange and rarely seen Maned Wolf. 

To find the Maned Wolf which is no easy feat we had to combine very early mornings, late evening searches, also we were also aiming to photography the equally strange Giant Anteater in which this Reserve is a stronghold for the species. Our host Tjalle Boors who manages the reserve was instrumental at showing us the Reserve, however we knew what a task we had ahead of us when he informed us that in 4 years he personally had never had a sighting of the Maned Wolf.

The endemic and critically endangered Blue Throated Macaws.

With knowledge of proven Maned Wolf hotspots we were on constant elert, a few times in the night i heard the strange barking/scream of the Wolf, a positive sign that they were in the area. 
The first few days we had little signs, poor weather didnt help, however we were kept intriqued by huge flocks of Blue and Yellow Macaws, Capybara, Lesser Anteaters, Peccaries, Armadillos and many other species. 
Excellent Savannah habitat with forest islands, home to the Maned Wolf, Giant Anteater and Blue throated Macaw

The first main mammal sighting we had was a close up encounter with a Giant Anteater, these unique animals which can eat thousands of termites daily. Its claws are impressive and have been known to have even killed Jaguars and occasionally the odd hunter who has tried to attack these generally peaceful animals. 
 
As the days passed we ticked up our mammal species, also saw an impressive 3.5 metre Black Caiman as well, however the main species we came to look for was still playing hide and seek.
The 2nd last day again presented us with incredible views of the Blue throated Macaws and even better another close up sighting of the Giant Anteater, it literally walked 1 metre from us, an amazing experience given the hardship of seeing them in other locations.

One of 3 Giant Anteater sightings during this mammal watching trip
 
Our last morning we set off again, with still no Maned Wolf sighting. We were almost losing hope when literally out of nowhere the impressive shape of the Maned Wolf appeared out of nowhere, stunned we could barely take pictures as we were watching one of the strangest and most elusive species in South America. 


With the mission accompolished we left this incredible location , with cameras full of images and even more important memories which will last a lifetime. 

For more information about our wildlife watching trips in Bolivia, visit our website of www.nicksadventuresbolivia.com

Monday, September 11, 2017

CAMERA TRAP IMAGES FROM AMBORO NATIONAL PARK BOLIVIA

At Nicks Adventures Bolivia we are commited to showing the amazing biodiversity this small but spectacular country has to offer. We purchased some camera traps and set them up in areas of the Southern Amboro National Park and here are some of the results.

PUMA


OCELOT 

This beautiful cat is relativly common however is rarely seen, it preys on birds, mammals, reptiles and is mostly active at night. Its the most common feline species in Bolivia.

JAGUAR

Sady this is the only image we have recorded in 4 years of surveys, this Jaguar was killed 3 weeks after this image was taken by Ranchers on the border of the park. Something we need to change.

SPECTACLED BEAR

Our only image of this shy and elusive species in Amboro. This is the only species of Bear in South America.

MARGAY

 

BUSH DOG 

An incredible capture of this rarely sighted cainine, this is potentially the first ever recording of this species in Amboro National Park.

 TAYRA

This member of the weasel family can be frequently seen running on trails or in trees hunting birds and reptiles.

These are just a few of thousands of images we have captures, for more information follow us on facebook of Nicks Adventures Bolivia or visit our website of www.nicksadventuresbolivia.com



Thursday, September 7, 2017

AMAZING NEW WILDLIFE WATCHING EXPERIENCE IN BOLIVIA

SAN MIGUELITO/PANTANAL ULTIMATE WILDLIFE WATCHING PACKAGE


Our latest Bolivian Wildlife watching package takes you to explore some of Bolivia`s most wild and pristine areas, including combing visits to the spectacular San Miguelito Jaguar Conservation Reserve, Valley de Tucacava  and the incredible yet rarely visited  Bolivian Pantanal. The aim is to explore these pristine ecosystems and photograph a huge variety of species, with luck even catch a glimpse of the king of the Jungle the majestic and elusive Jaguar.
 During this incredible 6 day/5 night journey we will be exploring these different ecosytems by a range of different methods, from hiking, night 4WD spotlighting Safari and canoe trips. 

The beautiful Yellow Anaconda is frequently seen during these tours

Wildlife watching potential during this package is extremley high ,we will be searching for a huge variety of species which include the Jaguar, Ocelot, Anaconda, Giant Otters, Marsh Deer, Macaws, Capybara, Caimans, many monkey and marmoset species and a huge assortment of birds as well.

Spectacular Jaguar sighting during a river trip of San Miguelito Jaguar Reserve

Just an example of some of the wildlife watching on offer here.
For birdwatchers this trip is a paradise, we combining visiting dry Chaco forests, Chiquitania and Pantanal Wetlands which presents a huge assortment of birds, some iconic species include the Toca Toucan , Red and Green Macaws, Trogons, Red legged Seriemas and the emblem of the Pantanal the impressive Jabribu

World class bird watching

Activities during the trip include setting up and checking camera traps, 4WD spotlighting, hiking, piranah fishing and boat trips in pristine rivers

Explore pristine river systems with not another tourist in sight

Try your luck at Piranah fishing



Lastly but not least is the scenery, this trip provides landscape lovers incredible photographic opportunities with some of the most memorable scenery in all of Bolivia.
The incredible Lookout of the Valley of Tucavaca

Some of the viewpoints in San Migelito Jaguar Conservation Reserve

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS INCREDIBLE BOLIVIAN  WILDLIFE WATCHING PACKAGE  THEN VISIT US AT WWW.NICKSADVENTURESBOLIVIA.COM