Thursday, December 22, 2016

Blue throated Macaw Watching Tour

Gran Mojos Protected Area 

This new and exciting Blue throated Macaw bird watching tour takes you to the newly formed Gran Mojos Protected Area which is located in the Beni department of Bolivia. This stunning 580,000 hectare reserve is a new paradise for bird watchers and photographers who wish to observe the Blue throated Macaws in the wild. 
Pristine forests and Savannas of the Gran  Mojos Protected Area. Home to the Blue throated Macaw

With the Blue throated Macaw population fluctuating between 150-300 birds, this tour gives you the unique opportunity to observe these critically endangered macaws which can be found only in a few select locations on earth, in addition this tour is much more accessible than other areas where the Blue throated Macaws are found. This reserve is also home to breeding pairs of Blue throated Macaws so this protected area is vital to the future survival of the species.

In addition to the Blue throated Macaw, the Gran Mojos Protected area offers excellent bird watching with a huge variety of hundreds of other Amazonian and Savannah species being found.
  
For more information about our Blue throated Macaw tours in the Mojos Protected Area Contact us today.



Saturday, December 17, 2016

A RECORD 7 DIFFERENT CAT SPECIES RECORDED ON A PRIVATE RESERVE IN BOLIVIA

 

( SEE PICS AND VIDEOS BELOW )

Located just 3 hours or 180 km from the City of Santa Cruz is the spectacular San Miguelito Reserve, this property is a Cattle Ranch/Eco Tourism destination which has been created to recover cattle losses, prevent the killing of Jaguars and to help alleviate damage caused from Jaguars eating cattle etc. This project teaches locals that Wildife is worth more alive than dead.
A Jaguar which has been recorded at San Miguelito Reserve for the past few years


San Miguelito was prevously studied by WCS with the aim of finding out the Jaguar densities in the area, the results were fantastic with some of the highest densities of Jaguars and Pumas found anywhere in the world. In addition to Jaguars the property is home to Puma, Geoffreys Cat ,Jaguarundi, Ocelot, Margay and just recently a Pampas Cat was recorded for the first time ever !

Other species of animals which are thriving on the property include Tapir, Giant Anteater, Lesser Anteater, Brocket Deer, White Lipped Peccary, 3 banded Armadillo, Anaconda, Howler Monkeys, Titi Monkeys, Silvery Marmosets, Capybara and more.

A giant male resident male Jaguar which lives in the San Miguelito Jaguar Reserve.

The cat species recorded are 

Jaguar
Puma
Ocelot
Margay
Jaguarundi
Geoffrys Cat
Pampas Cat
 
The spectacular scenery and pristine forests of San Miguelito Jaguar Reserve


(SEE LINK OF PREVIOUS STUDY OF SAN MIGUELITO )
 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283722085_Six_species_of_cats_registered_by_camera_trap_surveys_of_tropical_dry_forest_in_Bolivia

HERE ARE SOME OF THE CAMERA TRAP PICTURES AND VIDEOS TAKEN FROM THE SAN MIGUELITO JAGUAR RESERVE 

Mother Jaguar and her cub, exciting news for the survial of the Jaguar
Beautiful video of a Jaguar at San Miguelito Jaguar Reserve
Ocelot with a freshly captured Rat
Margay caught on camera trap
Jaguarundi cat, one of 7 different species found here.
First ever capture of a Pampas Cat in San Miguelito , which makes it feline species number 7
 
Puma, one of the more common cat species in Bolivia
The San Miguelito is an excellent conservation story in Bolivia, and one of the only areas on the planet where you can visit which has 7 different species of felines.

Tours to this reserve offer night walks, canoe trips, hiking, setting up and checking camera traps, fishing , bird watching and much much more.
For more information about visting this amazing Reserve then contact us at NICKS ADVENTURES BOLIVIA

WILDLIFE PHOTOSAFARI TRIPS IN BOLIVIA

The most underestimated wildlife watching destination in South America

 

Close up Jaguar sighting in Kaa Iya National Park Bolivia.

 

Often the forgotten country in terms of wildife watching , Bolivia offers photographers and wildife watchers alike some of the best wildife viewing opportunities in South America.

Bolivia has some of the most pristine and diverse eco systems in the world, from lush Amazon Rainforest, Dry harsh forests of the Bolivian Chaco, Wetlands of Beni and the Bolivian Pantanal , Yunga Cloud forests and Andean altiplano.

These ecosystems are unique and offer photographers a chance to photograph and film many species which cannot be found anywhere else on earth. 

Here is a list of our favourite destinations for Wildlife Photography Safaris in Bolivia.

 

 KAA IYA NATIONAL PARK

 

Kaa iya National Park is an incredible destination for photographing big mammals especially Jaguars, Tapirs and Pumas in the wild. This is one of the best wildlife tours in Bolivia you can visit. Kaa Iya National Park is an incredible destination in the heart of the Bolivia Chaco and the frequency you can see big cats and other large mammals rivals anywhere on earth. Our Kaa Iya National Park Tour remains an excellent and more affordable Jaguar watching tour than the ultra expensive North Pantanal.

 

MADIDI NATIONAL PARK 

No photographers trip to Bolivia is complete without visiting Madidi National Park , this park is one of the most bio diverse locations on earth and is a MUST VISIT destination for any nature lover or photographer alike. Madidi National Park offers excellent birdwatching as well as excellent chances to see anything from Giant Otters, Macaws, Jaguars and much more. If you are looking for quality Jungle tours in Bolivia then Madidi National Park has to be at the top of the list of places to visit. Our tours to Madidi National Park include luxury lodges or more wild indepth Amazon Tours.

OTUQUIS NATIONAL PARK , BOLIVIA



Consiting of the most pristine Pantanal wetlands on earth , this rarely visiting National Park offers some of the countries best wildlife watching opportunities. Here Anacondas, Marsh Deer, Caimans, Capybara and Giant Otters can be seen and filmed with some frequency as well as a huge variety of birds. Our photography Safaris to this Bolivian National Park take you to explore the best parts of the Bolivian Pantanal where you have the best chances to see and photograph these beautiful animals in their natural environment. This National Park is perfect to combine with our Kaa Iya National Park Tour.

BLUE THROATED MACAW BIRDWATCHING TOUR( GRAN MOJOS PROTECTED AREA )
Unknown to most, there is an extremely rare and beautiful Macaw species in Bolivia which is found nowhere else on earth, sadly its critically endangered and there are rumoured to be less than 300 of these magnificent Birds alive. The Blue throated Macaw can be seen in the famous yet very remote Blue Throated Macaw Reserve or for those who are looking for a more accessable and affordable location can visit the BLUE THROATED MACAW GRAN MOJOS PROTECTED AREA which is located just 40 km outside Trinidad Bolivia. Money raised from these tours go directly to ensuring the land owners do not clear the last Palm forests where the birds nest and also funds campaigns to stop the trade of these birds. Making Eco Tourism to this protected area is critical to their survial as a species. Another excellent option for this protected area is that photographers have the opportunity to take close up pictures of the nesting Blue Throated Macaws. In addition to the Blue throated Macaws over 120 species of Amazonian and Savannah bird species have been recorded here , making it a paradise for Birdwatchers and photographers alike.

 If you are a avid birdwatcher , this in is a must do birdwatching tour in Bolivia.

These are just a few of many amazing wildlife viewing destination in Bolivia, for more details about our wildlife tours in Bolivia or wildlife photographic Safaris contact us at nicksadventuresbolivia.com or visit our webpage of www.nicksadventuresbolivia.com


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

SAJAMA NATIONAL PARK  BOLIVIA

 The oldest and perhaps most scenic National Park in Bolivia

Sajama National Park, located close to the Border of Bolivia and Chile remains one of the most spectacular yet unknow tourist attractions in Bolivia. Its stunning Andean Scenery, Wildlife and lack of tourism provides nature lovers the perfect nature trip in South America.

HERE ARE A FEW REASONS WHY WE RECOMMEND A TRIP TO SAJAMA NATIONAL PARK

Andean Wildlife, this is the perfect place to observe Vicunas, a strange animal which was once nearly hunted to extinction, it now thrives thanks to increased protection and is just 1 of many different Andean Wildlife species which thrives here.

Star gazing, Sajama National Park is far away from the pollution of the developed world, leaving Photographers and star gazers incredible views.

Geysers and Thermal springs are everywhere, and where else in the world can you sit in thermal waters with views like this !! 

Some of the most beautiful sunsets found anywhere on the Planet, and is just another reason to visit Sajama National Park.
Culture, explore the villages of Sajama National Park and get to know the locals and their customs and traditions.
Birdwatching in Sajama is amazing, here you can observe Flamingoes and many other Andean Species which usually congregate around the lakes in Sajama.

* All photos are property of Nicks Adventures Bolivia, Photographer Ivan Gutierrez 

These are just some of many reasons to visit this incredible National Park , If you are after more information about our spectacular Sajama National Park Tours then dont hesitate to CONTACT US TODAY


SAJAMA NATIONAL PARK  BOLIVIA

 The oldest and perhaps most scenic National Park in Bolivia

Sajama National Park, located close to the Border of Bolivia and Chile remains one of the most spectacular yet unknow tourist attractions in Bolivia. Its stunning Andean Scenery, Wildlife and lack of tourism provides nature lovers the perfect nature trip in South America.

HERE ARE A FEW REASONS WHY WE RECOMMEND A TRIP TO SAJAMA NATIONAL PARK

Andean Wildlife, this is the perfect place to observe Vicunas, a strange animal which was once nearly hunted to extinction, it now thrives thanks to increased protection and is just 1 of many different Andean Wildlife species which thrives here.

Star gazing, Sajama National Park is far away from the pollution of the developed world, leaving Photographers and star gazers incredible views.

Geysers and Thermal springs are everywhere, and where else in the world can you sit in thermal waters with views like this !! 

Some of the most beautiful sunsets found anywhere on the Planet, and is just another reason to visit Sajama National Park.
Culture, explore the villages of Sajama National Park and get to know the locals and their customs and traditions.
Birdwatching in Sajama is amazing, here you can observe Flamingoes and many other Andean Species which usually congregate around the lakes in Sajama.

* All photos are property of Nicks Adventures Bolivia, Photographer Ivan Gutierrez 

These are just some of many reasons to visit this incredible National Park , If you are after more information about our spectacular Sajama National Park Tours then dont hesitate to CONTACT US TODAY


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

SAND BOARDING AND WIlDLIFE IN LOMAS DE ARENA

Adventure trips in Bolivia

Like most of Santa Cruz , this incredible desert is largely unknown by tourists, however those who do visit are often spoilt with incredible views, wildlife watching opportunities and Sandboarding adventures of this spectacular Protected Arena.

The 13, 353 hectare Lomas de Arena is just 14km from the City of Santa Cruz and is the perfect escape from the city , whats even more magical is that you often have the entire desert and surroundings to yourself !!

In addition to the San Boarding and amazing views, the wildlife especially birdwatching is incredible, this park hosts over 286 species of birds which is 21 percent of all of the birds found in Bolivia.

For those who dont want to go sandboarding there are plently of other options, some of the treks take you to incredible views such as this !! If you are lucky you can see the Caybara, Toucans and even the Iconic Sloth !! 
For adventure seekers, Sandboarding is a MUST and these dunes offer excellent sandboarding fun for people of all ages.

If lucky you can see the Iconic Sloth in Lomas de Arena

If you are a photographer then Lomas de Arena is a must visit destination, the views especially in the evenings are something out of this world !! 

IF YOU LIKE ADVENTURE, WILDIFE , BIRDWATCHING OR PHOTOGRAPHY then Lomas de Arena is a MUST VISIT destination in Santa Cruz Bolivia

Thursday, November 17, 2016

AMAZON RAINFOREST/JUNGLE TRIPS IN BOLIVIA

Unknown to most, Bolivia offers travellers some of the most incredible Amazon Rainforest/Jungle Trips in South America. Bolivia`s low population density and lack of tourism publicity has meant less pressure on its National Parks which mean travellers to the Bolivian Amazon can often see more wildlife often at a fraction of the price.

The best Amazon Rainforest experiences in Bolivia are as follows:

MADIDI NATIONAL PARK 
This spectacular National Park hosts some of the highest levels of Biodiversity found anywhere on the planet, here Jaguars, Tapirs, Macaws and hundreds of other species can be seen with relative frequency and unlike the Peruvian or Brazilian Amazon which has been heavily exploited, Madidi National Park is still very much a pristine condition. Lodges range from very basic to luxury with our picks being the following.
A Jaguar spotted on the banks of Madidi National Park


AMBORO NATIONAL PARK


Situated just a few hours’ drive from the mega City of Santa Cruz Bolivia, this small yet incredibly diverse National Park is a must visit for any serious nature lover. The park offers incredible scenery and wildlife watching especially for birdwatchers, the park hosts over 840 species of birds including Military Macaws, Harpy Eagles and more.
There is a comfortable colonial style lodge here with limited spacing and it’s surrounded by giant sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and pristine Rainforests.

NOEL KEMPFF MERCADO NATIONAL PARK


 Described by biologists as the Lost World, Noel Kempff National Park is extremely remote, wild and could host some of the most pristine forests found anywhere on earth. Sadly due to a severe lack of funding the Park now receives less than 50 tourists per year, but those who visit are rewarded with arguably some of the best wildlife watching experience and scenery you can imagine. The parks major attractions include the 150km Huanchaca Plateau, Arco Iris Waterfalls and of course unrivalled Wildlife watching, mega Fauna of the Park includes healthy populations of Giant Otters, Harpy Eagles, Pink River Dolphins, Tapirs, Spider Monkeys and Jaguars which are often frequently seen by riverbeds.

CHUCHINI RESERVE 


This little known paradise is located just 15 km from the capital city of the Beni Department Trinidad, the beauty of this location is that it combines Amazon Rainforest with Pampas wetlands where you can see a huge variety of wildlife and contrasting scenery. Activities include trekking into the Amazon Rainforests, learning about medicinal plants, night spotlighting treks, bird watching, piranha fishing and Amazon River boat trips looking for Pink Dolphins and other species.


SAN MIGUELITO JAGUAR CONSERVATION RESERVE
 
Just three hours from Santa Cruz is this amazing private reserve, this forest is home to a staggering amount of wildife incuding some of the highest densities of Jagaurs found anywhere on earth. The property has an incredible river where canoe trip can be made, as well as treks 4WD trips around the property , night walks, start gazing, setting up and checking camera traps, piranah fishing and much more.
Admiring the spectacular views of the San Miguelito Jaguar Conservation Reserve

SAN CARLOS WILDLIFE RESERVE


Located in the Beni Department of Bolivia, San Carlos Wildlife Reserve is potentially one of the best places to observe a huge amount of species and different ecosystems. Our first ever scouting trip we saw everything from Jagaurs , hundreds of Macaws, 4 metre plus Black Caiman, Pink Dolphins, Anacondas and more. Lodging is basic but if you are after a remote and non touristic wildlife watching Paradise then San Carlos is the trip for you. 

 These are some of the best Amazon/Jungle trips you can do in Bolivia, so remember when you are visiting South America make sure to consider Bolivia as an excellent option for quality Wildlife/Jungle trips. For more information about visiting any of these incredible destinations contact us at nicksadventuresbolivia@gmail.com or visit our webpage of www.nicksadventuresbolivia.com