Thursday, July 7, 2016


Unknown to many Bolivia is literally a Birders Paradise, not only does it host some of the highest recorded numbers of birds , it also has a large selection of unique and endemic birds which are found no where else on the Planet.
Here is a select list of some of our favourite birds of Bolivia which we frequently see during our Bird watching tours in Bolivia


Critically endangered a few years ago this spectacular Macaw species is endemic to Bolivia and is only found in just a few select locations on earth, thanks to increased conservation efforts the numbers of the Red Fronted Macaws are slowing increasing. These magnifient Macaws can be found in Toro Toro National Park, The Red Fronted Macaw Lodge and a small yet visable population also just outside Samaipata as well.


The spectacular Andean Condor is a must see for all nature lovers and birdwatchers. With a Wingspan of up to 3 metres its the worlds heaviest flying bird. The Andean Condor is best observed in Samaipata Bolivia where these is a location which nearly promises sightings and as such could be considered the very best  Andean Condor watching location on the planet.



With populations thought to be between 150-300 the Blue Throated Macaw is critically endangered and is the worlds rarest wild living Macaw. It survives in just a few areas in the Beni department. There are only a few places where these beautiful and endemic Macaws can be seen including the Blue Throated Macaw Lodge and  to a private ranch to do the BLUE THROATED MACAW DAY TOUR where Blue Throated Macaws can be seen frequently quite close to Trinidad.



The Hoatzin or Stink bird is a unique and strange looking bird which is found in tropical forests and the wetland areas, its distinguished by its strange crest on his head and the chicks have claws on their wing digits.

These are just a few of the hundreds of species of birds found in Bolivia, This country truly is a bird watchers paradise. If you are needing more information about Bird watching in Bolivia write to our email of or  visit us  at

Friday, July 1, 2016

Jaguar sighting in Kaa Iya National Park Bolivia


During our recent Kaa Iya National Park Jaguar Tour, we were lucky enough to have this incredible close encounter with this curious male Jaguar, we first saw him from a distance of over 300 metres so we stopped the 4WD and waited for the Jaguar to come to us, we watched this Jaguar for over 20 minutes and it was one of the best Jaguar sightings we have had inside the Kaa Iya National Park.
 Our tours to Kaa Iya National Park aim to educate the public that these majestic animals are worth more alive than dead as sadly literally hundreds of Jaguars are killed by Cattle Farmers, hunters and now for Chinese businesmen who are trading the teeth and bodyparts of Jaguars.

Our tours to Kaa Iya National Park include entering the most remote parts of the park , we have very long days/nights as we search the best and most proven areas to look for big cats. In additional to Jaguars we also search for Tapirs, Pumas, Ocelots, Giant Anteaters and a huge array of other species.

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Unknown to most Bolivia actually has some of the most pristine Eco Systems and Forested areas in the world and living in these vast areas are some of the most incredible and rare wildlife species on the planet.

Here is a list of some of the more iconic Bolivian Wildlife Species which can be seen while visiting this amazing country and the Best Bolivian National Parks where you can find them.



The largest cat in the Western Hemisphere this bulkish Cat is the king of the South and Central American Jungle, its beautifully fur coat nearly pushed it to extinction during the 60,70s and 80s however thanks to protection measures its slowly recovering. This incredible big cat can be seen in many of Bolivias National Parks including Madidi National Park ,Otuquis National Park and especially Kaa Iya National Park.



The worlds 2nd largest snake by length and the worlds heaviest snake is still found frequently in the Bolivian Wetlands and Amazon regions, sadly its usually killed on sight by villagers and fisherman due to its undeserved reputation for being a potential man eater. Best places to observe this incredible reptile in Bolivia include the Otuquis National Park , Bolivian Pantanal , Beni Wetlands and the Pampas de Yucuma region.


The iconic 3 toed Sloth is found frequently in Santa Cruz, and is one of the most weird and different animals you will encounter whilst travelling through South America. Its one of the worlds slowest moving mammals and literally spends most of its day sleeping in tree branches usually close to rivers. Santa Cruz Bolivia is one of the best places to see Sloths in the wild and its often called the unoffical Sloth capital of the world.


The lowland Tapir is the largest land mammal in Bolivia and can grow up to 250kgs, this gentle giant is a very important seed dispercer and is vital to the health of forests. It is threatened with extinction due to over hunting for its meat and also for land clearing. The lowland Tapir communicates via whistles and also has one of the slowest gestation rates of any mammal( 14 months) The best place to observe Tapirs in the wild is Madidi National Park and Kaa Iya National Park.


This endangered and highly vocal Giant Otters is one of the most amazing sights you can experience while exploring the forests of Bolivia. These otters grow to over 2 metres in length and live in highly social family groups. They can be seen only in certain areas of Bolivia which the best locations being Otuquis National Park , Madidi National Park , Noel Kempff Mercado National Park and the Beni Wetlands.


The 2nd largest cat of the Americas, the Puma or Mountain Lion is one of the world most adaptable animals on the planet, it survives in a huge variety of eco systems including the Amazon Rainforest, Yunga Cloud Forests, Andean Mountains, Pampas and Pantanal Wetlands and Chaco Forests of Kaa Iya National Park. The two best areas to observe the Puma in the wild are Torres Del Paine in Chile and Kaa Iya National Park in Bolivia


This endemic and critically endangered Macaw species is only found in just a few locations in Bolivia, its threatened by extinction for the bird trade and from farmers who kill them for eating their crops. Bolivia is also home to another endemic Macaw called the Blue Throated Macaw as well which numbers are thought to be less than 150 in the wild.These endangered Macaws can be seen in just a few locations on the planet , including Toro Toro National Park , Red Fronted Macaw Lodge and a new location close to Samaipata Bolivia.

These are just a few of the incredible animals of Bolivia, if you are interested in visiting Bolivia to see its wildlife in their natural  settings then contact us today. Bolivia is often a better location to see animals in the wild as its less touristic and the ecosystems are still in much better shape than other South American Countries.

 *All photos are property of Nicks Adventures Bolivia and were taken during our Wildlife Tours in Bolivia

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