Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DIFFERENT JAGUARS OF SAN MIGUELITO JAGUAR RESERVE 


Amazing sighting of a Jaguar sleeping during an afternoon boat safari at the incredible San Miguelito Jaguar Reserve

San Miguelito Jaguar Reserve is a private property locted just 3.5 hours from the City of Santa Cruz. This reserve was studied in conjunction with Kaa Iya National Park and the results were incredible, this reserve has 11 Jaguars per 100km making it some of the highest densities of Jaguars found anywhere in the world.
In addition to Jaguars this reserve also is home to thriving populations of Puma, Tapirs, Ocelots, Giant Anteaters, Capybara and a huge assortment of birds , amphibians and reptiles of which include the impressive Green Anaconda.

This Reserve is now part of the RUTA DE JAGUAR, and is a conservation project which has been started between the properties owner and local tour operator Nicks Adventures Bolivia with the aim of compensating Ranchers for Cattle Losses caused by Pumas and Jaguars
. In the past many Jaguars were killed here, however since the project has started there have been no Jaguars or Pumas killed on this property.

To monitor the wildlife here, camera traps have been set up around the property and here are some of the best images which have been recorded.

 

As part of the tour, tourists get to check and help set up camera traps on the property

 
A large male Jagaur seen during a canoe trip with tourists

These are just some of many different Jagaurs which have been recorded at the incredible San Miguelito Jagaur Reserve. If you are interested in helping to support this amazing Eco Tourism destination then CONTACT US TODAY 

Money raised from these wildlife watching tours goes directly towards helping to preserve the flora and fauna of this region and also teaches locals that wildife is worth more alive than dead.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

AMAZING ANIMALS OF BOLIVIA

The most underrated wildlife watching destination in South America 


Unknown to most, Bolivia offers wildlife watchers and nature lovers some of the best chances to see animals in South America. While Brazil , Ecuador and Peru usually get all of the publicity many visitors to Bolivia are pleasantly surpised at how diverse and wonderful wildlife watching in Bolivia is. 
Bolivia has some of the worlds most pristine Amazon Rainforest with Madidi National Park , Itenez Protected Area,Amboro National Park and Noel Kempff Mercado National Park being incredible locations. Kaa Iya National Park is part of the Gran Chaco and is the worlds 2nd largest forested area, its a haven for Jaguars,Pumas, Tapirs and remains one of the best destinations in the world for large mammal viewing. 

Here is a list of just some of the exciting wildlife species which are found in this amazing country.

 1  Three toed Sloth

The iconic 3 toed Sloth is one of the most interesting species you can find in Bolivia, the best places to see the Sloth in the wild is the Santa Cruz surroundings and Beni Wetlands.

2 Jaguar - Panthera Onca

The Jagaur or commonly called Tigre in Bolivia is the largest feline in the Western Hemisphere. Weighing up to 140 kg this amazing predator is capable of preying on over 81 different prey species including Caimans, Anacondas, Capybaras and more. Its taste for cows is sadly causing friction between Ranchers whom kill them for eating cattle.
The best places to see Jaguars in the wild include Kaa Iya National Park , Madidi National Park and the Beni Wetlands of Bolivia



Puma or Mountain Lion

The Puma or Mountain Lion is the 2nd largest Feline in South America, it is one of the most adaptable species on the planet and is capable of surviving in the Andes Mountains, Amazon Rainforests, harsh dry forests of the Chaco and the Wetlands of the Beni and Pantanal. Like the Jagaur its sadly often killed on sight for fear by Ranchers protecting their cattle and livestock.

LOWLAND TAPIR 

This secretive noctural mammal is South Americas largest land mammal. Usually found close to water this gentle giant roams where it is an extremely important seed disperser. The Tapir communicates by whistles and its also has one of the slowest gestatation periods of any mammal. Its frequently found in Kaa Iya National Park and Madidi National Park.

  MANED WOLF

One of the strangest animals in Bolivia, the Maned Wolf is an extremely rare and secretive animal. Found only in the most pristine and remote Savannah areas this strange animal is sadly slowly dissapearing. Fires and hunting from Ranchers for a range of reasons are pushing this inconic animal to extinction.

These are just a few of many incredible animal species found in Bolivia. For more information about the best wildlife watching destinations in Bolivia CONTACT US TODAY


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

NEW WILDIFE WATCHING EXPEDITION IN THE HEART OF BENI BOLIVIA

Spectacular scenery and amazing encounter with a Jaguar , Pink Dolphins and a monster Black Caiman.


On the 17th of Feb, we departed to explore a new area for potential tourism , this project aims to follow in the footsteps of our successful pilot Jaguar conservation project San Miguelito Jaguar Reserve where through tourism we aim to compensate Ranchers who encourage tourism and in turn stops the killing of Jaguars and other wildlife on the properties. With the help and support of the director of Conservation Loros Bolivia( Jose Antiono Diaz )and the friendly and very professional property owner Fenelon we departed Trinidad on this conservation based adventure.

Amazing Queen Victoria WaterLillys along the drive to the Ranch

To reach the Ranch is an adventure in itself, it involves a 5 hour drive with stunning scenery, along the way we observed many Macaws, Capybara and even a dead Anaconda, the owner told us once he had seen a 5 metre Anaconda on the road as well as several Pumas.

Sad remains of a Green Anaconda, killed by a Car on the dirt road towards the Ranch.

After a few hours we finally entered the town of San Ramon, here we crossed a plontoon as there are no bridges to cross the river as yet, we had lunch in the towns Plaza before setting the boat up for the 4 hour long river trip ahead.

To reach the ranch , we nagivated through many different rivers, sadly the first part of the trip was soured by the sight of 4 recently killed endangered Black Caiman which were just shot and left floating in the river. We pushed deeper into the Jungle and the large rivers made way for smaller pristine waterways, here Pink Dolphins, Macaws, Hoatzins and Capybara were frequent and the best sighting we had was of a giant 4 metre plus Black Caiman which was seen close to the Ranch itself. The owner was also suprised at the size of this ancient beast and said later that it was one of the biggest he had ever seen.

By evening we arrived to the Ranch, had a delicious freshly cooked meal and partook in an evening night spotlighting boat trip, here we saw a Cooks Tree Boa, many Spectacled and Black Caiman and some small marsupials. We tried calling for the Jaguar, however they remained elusive.

Horse riding through the pristine Beni Savannahs in search of Maned Wolves and Giant Anteaters.
Day two involved a very early start, here we took horses though the savannahs and we kept an eye out for the resident Giant Anteater or Maned Wolves, sadly they remained elusive. Our mission was to explore a forested island which the owner and rancheros said was teeming with wildlife. They were correct and almost immedietly we saw huge groups of curious squirrel and Capichun Monkeys and literally the whole forest was alive. 


In addition to the Monkeys, the forest was alive with bird life with macaws, trogons, Sun bitterns , Hoatizns and more being seen. Other animals we saw included a Tayra hunting monkeys, Coatis, tracks of Tapirs and huge troops of white lipped Peccaries which are the main food item of the Jaguar.
A family of Capybara basking in the sun,
 The evening boat trip provided the most action , we departed towards a different river, one where the Rancheros had seen a Jaguar just a few days before.

Not the Jaguar we saw, but was of similar size, sadly all of our group was too slow to take any footage of the Jaguar, something we will have to change for our next trip.
As we navigated deeper down the seculded river i noticed in the distance something swimming across the river, however all of us incuding the owner assumed it was a Capybara, as we inched closer we saw that the animal swimming was indeed the very animal we were looking for , the magnificent Jaguar. All of us were memorised at the sight of this giant feline bounding out of the water literally metres from the boat and it was something i know i will never personally forget!



With the mission completed we returned to the Ranch to enjoy what was an amazing day in the Beni Jungle.

The last day we visited another savannah and forested island, hoping for a sighting of the Pampas Deer or Giant Anteater, however as there had been heavy rain the night before and the weather had turned bad the animals were playing hide and seek. 



Jaguar recorded on our camera trap in the San Carlos Ranch

We said good bye to the local workers and made the long way back to Trinidad with everlasting 
memories and the seed for a new and exciting Jaguar conservation based tourist destination in the heart of the second biggest Wetland in the world.
 The aim is to showcase to the world the incredible Department of Beni and work with Cattle Ranchers to develop sustainable tourism and help preserve the incredible biodiversity this largely unknow region has. If we prove that tourism can compensate Ranchers from Jaguar predation then we hope that this will convince many other ranchers to put down their guns, stop killing big cats and be supportive to Eco Tourism in Bolivia.

If you are interested in learning more about this Jaguar/Wildife Conservation Project in the heart of the Beni Wetlands then CONTACT US TODAY for more information.


Monday, March 6, 2017

EXPLORING TARIJA`S VINEYARDS AND ATTRACTIONS 

A Wine lovers paradise !!


Situated in  Southern Bolivia, Tarija is a Wine lovers paradise, its cooler climate and locals relaxed way of living has made this region a booming tourist destination. Tarija is famous for its Wine and any visit to Tarija is not complete without visiting the regions vast Vinyards, waterfalls or the areas pristine protected areas.

During our recent trip to Tarija here are some of the areas attractions we visited.

Stunning scenery of Tarija

Wine tasting tours in Tarija

If you are interested in learning more about Tarija, its Vineyards and the regions pristine protected areas then contact us today or visit our website of www.nicksadventuresbolivia.com