Saturday, March 24, 2018

 Our Jaguar Conservation /Ranch Partnerships in Bolivia


Jaguar with cubs seen during an expediton to the San Carlos Wildlife Reserve in Bolivia

Unknown to most , is that conflicts between Ranchers and Predators make up a huge percentage of predators being killed. Worldwide this is huge issue and affects snow leopards, Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Wolves, Pumas and sadly Jaguars in Latin America. Many Ranchers pay full time professional hunters to shoot problem predators, or also use poison, traps and many other methods. 

The issue is complicated, its easy for people on the outside to be critical of Ranchers for the killing of predators, but you have to put yourself in the shoes of the land owners who can lose huge percentages of profits. With meat consumption soaring worldwide these issues will continue to soar with the big cats being the losers.

A cow deep inside a National Park which was killed by a Jaguar, the result usually ends in the Jaguar being killed.

Every year hundreds of Jaguars, Pumas, Ocelots are killed in Latin America for eating livestock.


Our aim is to develop schemes which can benefit both the Rancher and the predators which are only doing what the can to survive, thus the idea for Ranch/Eco Tourism projects like San Carlos Wildlife Reserve   and our other partner project San Miguelito Jaguar Conservation Reserve has been born.  The aim is to provide eco tourism, where through tourism costs of cattle which have been eaten by Jaguars or other predators will be covered, in return all guns and the hunting of Jagaurs and their prey species will cease. 

Travellers enjoying a boat trip in the San Miguelito Jaguar Reserve.

WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP 

People often ask what can be done to help save Jaguars, we believe that the first step means a reduction in red meat being eaten, and a push for Predator friendly certifed meats where costs of predation are passed on to the consumer, that way you would know that the meat you are eating has not caused a Jaguar or Puma to have been killed.  Other options are to support Eco tourism projects such as these, money raised goes towards developing the infrustructure as well as providing employment and covering Cattle losses. We aim to continue to expand these projects and convince Ranchers that Jaguars and other animals are worth more alive than dead. 

Jaguar sighting at the San Miguelito Jaguar Conservation Reserve Bolivia


Tourists purchasing body parts of Jaguars be it teeth , skins or body parts for spiritial Ayahuasca rituals is also driving poaching of Jaguars. 

Lastly tourism demand for bush meat is growing, many restuarants in Latin America often offer peccaries, Armadillos, Tapir, Deer and other species. These animals are prey of the Jaguar and Pumas, and when these are depleted they are forced to eat cattle thus causing conflicts.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR JAGUAR ECO TOURISM PROJECTS IN BOLIVIA CONTACT US AT WWW.NICKSADVENTURESBOLIVIA.COM

Friday, March 23, 2018

 MADIDI NATIONAL PARK VS PAMPAS TRIPS



Unknown to most travellers, is that the Bolivian Amazon via Madidi National Park is one of the worlds most pristine and biodiverse locations on the planet and if you visit the best locations then you will have have the Jungle experience of a lifetime



Sadly many budget tour companies and agencies offer cheap Jungle trips very close to the town of Rurrenrabaque , these areas are often overun with large groups backpackers as well as are in areas of high hunting pressure. As a result many of these travellers write blogs and spread the word that the Amazon in Bolivia is not good for wildlife and that the Pampas is a better option. This cannot be further from the truth.

Amazing views of the Amazon Rainforest of Madidi National Park- well away from the crowds which greatly affect wildlife watching.

While the Pampas does offer travellers easy access and good viewing of many species, the chances to see rarer species such as Tapirs, Jaguars or Giant Otters are virtually 0. In the areas where our tourists visit they are frequently rewarded with incredible views of these species , as well as experiencing the pristine forests away from the crowds.

Jaguar sighting deep in the Tuichi River, our tourists have around a 30 percent success rate , which is extremely high for an Amazon Rainforest trips.

OUR RECOMMENDATION TO TRAVELLERS IS TO EXPLORE BOTH REGIONS OF MADIDI NATIONAL PARK AND THE BOLIVIAN PAMPAS.  BOTH ECOSYSTEMS ARE VASTLY DIFFERENT AND ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF ANY VISIT TO BOLIVIA.


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

JUNGLE EXPEDITION IN THE WET SEASON TO SAN CARLOS WILDLIFE RESERVE



Our latest trip to San Carlos Wildlife Reserve was a real adventure, this year has been one of the wettest in years so huge parts of the Beni Department are flooded, which made road and river conditions harsher than normal. That being said the trip was spectacular and we saw a lot of wildlife which ranged from huge Black Caiman,Pink Dolphins, Marsh Deer, 4 species of Monkeys, Capybara , Macaws and a Giant Anteater which we saw swimming across the river. We also had a Jaguar call and respond and it came less than 200 metres from our lodging.

Here are some of the highlights of the trip

4 meter plus Black Caiman which took interest in our boat
 
Capybara Galore

Pink Dolphins in San Carlos Reserve
Jaguar which we later heard calling close to our lodge

Queen Victoria Amazonian Waterlillys

Stunning birdlife with several species of Macaws.


Breathtaking Sunsets on Rio San Carlos


We entered San Carlos Reserve with a combination of Boat and 4WD, travel time was greatly increased but hope by the start of the tour season the conditions will be perfect

This is just a few of the highlights of this amazing new touristic destination. For more information about our Jungle and wildlife conservation tours contact us at www.nicksadventuresbolivia.com



Monday, March 12, 2018

AMAZING MADIDI/PAMPAS TOUR PACKAGE HIGHLIGHTS




Last week out lucky tourists partook in a spectacular Madidi National Park and Bolivian Pampas Tour. This Jungle/Pampas package takes you to explore the highlights of this amazing region. Here are some photo highlights from this amazing trip.

Part of the highlights of this Jungle tour package is sitting by Salt Licks, these areas are often frequented by Peccaries and Tapirs which are often see from the viewing platform. Jaguars have even been seen from this exact location.


The boat trip up the Beni and Tuichi rivers is spectacular, Macaws are frequently seen as well as Capybara, Caimans and more. If you are lucky Jaguars can be seen by the river and other groups have been lucky to see basking or hunting by the river.

A beautiful Jaguar seen by our tourists on a previous Madidi /Pampas package tour.



Activities during this packaged tour include hiking, learning about flora and fauna, boat trips and much more. In the Pampas section you can even go Anaconda searching as well as Piranah fishing and swimming with Pink Dolphins.


Our Madidi/Pampas tour package takes you to explore the least touristic areas of these locations, we avoid the crowds which gives our clients the best opportunities to enjoy these ecosystems and its flora and fauna in peace.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR AMAZING MADIDI NATIONAL PARK AND BOLIVIAN PAMPAS JUNGLE TOUR VISIT OUR WEBPAGE OF WWW.NICKSADVENTURESBOLIVIA.COM 

Friday, February 2, 2018

INTERESTING ANIMALS OF BOLIVIA

PART 1 




Bolivia with its huge varieties of different ecosystems could be the worlds most underated wildlife watching destinations. Here is a list of some of the interesting animals Bolivia has to offer.

BLUE THROATED MACAW



First of our list is the endemic and critically endangered Blue throated Macaw. This rarely seen Macaw only lives in a few isolated areas in the Beni department. They are so rare that they number between 200-350 in the wild.  Nicks Adventures Bolivia offers day tours from Trinidad through to multiple day packages to the spectacular Blue throated Macaw Nature Reserve.

JAGUAR  - PANTERA ONCA

The largest cat in the America's, the Jagaur is the king of the Amazon, Chaco, Pantanal and many other ecosystems. It kills with a crushing bite to the base of the skull and its prey includes anything from Caimans and Anaconda though to 250kg Tapirs. Suprisingly unlike its other relatives the Tiger, Lion or Leopard its rarely implicated in attacks on humans and it prefers to stay away from humans. Sadly it is frequently killed by Ranchers and now is poached for its teeth for Chinese medicine.
Best places to observe Jaguars is during our San Carlos Reserve , the Bolivian Chaco and Madidi National Park trips.


LOWLAND TAPIR

One of my personal favourite giants of South America. The Lowland Tapir is Latin Americas largest land mammal. This unique species looks like a pig, but is closely related to horses and rhinos. It communicates via whistles and has one of the longest gestation periods of any animal. The Tapir is very shy and can be observed at salt licks or swimming in rivers during hot days. Sadly it is threatened thoughout its range due to overhunting for meat and loss of habitat. Our tours to Madidi National Park, San Carlos Wildlife Reserve and Kaa Iya National Park offer excellent chances to observe these species.


ANACONDA 

The stuff of legends, the infamous Anaconda is one of the most iconic and infamous animals of South America. This species is called the Yellow Anaconda and only grows to a maximum of 4 metres. It feeds on Capyabara, birds and whatever smaller mammals it can capture. Its larger cousin the Green Anaconda is the worlds heaviest snake and can grow to 9.8 metres. This species is often killed on sight due to lack of education, movies such as Anaconda are partly to blame for the unfair reputation these amazing snakes have. Nicks Adventures Bolivia offers tours to the Bolivian and Brazilian Pantanal to look for Jaguars and Anacondas.


 TARANTULA 

Another of South America's infamous species. The Tarantula often has an unfair reputation, it is commonly seen along roads at night and unlike the hysteria from movies it generally tries to avoid humans.


PUMA

South America's 2nd largest feline, the Puma is sleek, shy and rarely seen. In some areas where it competes with the Jaguar it can actually grow to the same size or larger. Unlike its North American cousin which is responsible for many attacks on humans, the South American Puma prefers to avoid humas. The Puma is the most adapatable of all cats and can survive in Amazon Rainforest, Pampas, Pantanal, deserts, Mountains , dry chaco forests and more.



For more information about the incredible wildlife of Bolivia contact us at www.nicksadventuresbolivia.com


** All pics were taken during tours with Nicks Adventures Bolivia

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Bolivian Fly Fishing Golden Dorado Expedition


This amazing footage was taken during an expedition to a remote fishing concession managed by Bolivia's leading fly fishing outfitter Angling Frontiers, the aim was to explore this area, look for wildlife and learn more about this sustainable catch and release Golden Dorado fly fishing operation.

Stopping illegal fishing in the rivers
18KG Surubi, released to live another day.

 This area is so remote than many the local indigenous population did not  even speak spanish. The fly fishing in this area was simply outstanding and combined with the pristine riversystems and forests it makes an unbelievable once in a lifetime trip.

Remote indigenous communities of Bolivia

For every tourist who visits a substantial indigenous fee is paid to the communities, in return the locals protect the river system and closely watch for any illegal fishing , logging or hunting in the area.


My first cast and first Golden Dorado on lure- was released to live another day.

Overall this was an amazing experience and a eye opener to how strictly managed fishing can actually save rivers and jungle systems. 

For more information about visiting this incredible area contact us at www.nicksadventuresbolivia.com

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Visiting the Chiquitania Region of Bolivia


Located just a few hours from Santa Cruz is what could be the most underated tourism region in not only Bolivia but all of South America. The Chiquitania region is fantastic, its culture , friendly locals and stunning scenery makes it a MUST VISIT DESTINATION for all tourists coming to Bolivia.

Here are a few of the highlights from the Chiquitania region.

Chochis and Sanctuary Church

This stunning rock formation and sanctuary Church is a must stop destination on the route through the Chiquitania, there are many trekking areas, waterfalls and stunning viewpoints. A simply magic destination.

STAR GAZING AT THE MIRADOR OF SANTIAGO DE CHIQUITOS

Simply one of the most magical view points in all of South America, the Mirador of Santiago de Chiquitos overlooks thousands of hectares of forest from the Valley of Tucavaca. A tip is to head there late in the afternoon to observe large flocks of Macaws as well.


Bathing in the thermal waters of Aquas Callientes

Another must visit destination in this region. Bath in the thermal waters of Aguas Callientes, the largest thermal river in Bolivia. Its also an amazing place to observe Toucans and the vibrant birdlife of this region.

Explore hidden caves on the regions many wonderful trekking options 


Take a step back in time to visit the Jesuit Mission Churches of the Chiquitania

Simply a must for those wanting to learn about the Jesuit Missions, here we can arrange high quality tours to learn about each of the Mission Churches and this region.

If you are visiting Bolivia then make sure to include this amazing region on your itineary. We offer day tours though to multiple day packages which combine the Jesuit Missions and the Chiquitania. These tours combine culture with impressive landscapes and nature and is a wonderful trip for people of all ages.