Thursday, July 12, 2018

AMAZING JAGUAR SIGHTING IN THE KAA IYA NATIONAL PARK



July 2018, we returned to Kaa iya National Park with a repeat client, the aim to observe the majestic Jaguar in its natural environment. 

The first few days proved challenging, we saw little tracks or wildlife in general, with the highlights being Crab eating foxes, Brocket Deer and an endless amount of birds. During a night drive we also came close to a pair of Tapirs however they didnt come into sight.

We continued to search for signs of Jaguars untill we stumbled upon some fresh tracks, just a few hours old they were in a clear direction and with this imformation we proceeded the next day with renewed confidence. 

We timed our safari drive to perfection and on the 3rd day in the afternoon we caught a speck of a large animal on the road. From experience we knew what to do in this situation and calmly turned off the car engine and waited for the Jaguar to come to us -  thankfully this Jaguar was a large male and it didnt even notice our presence so we were able to observe this Jaguar for over 45 minutes. 


SEE BELOW THE IMAGES OF OUR AMAZING SIGHTING





During the Kaa Iya National Park tour we also observed Grey Brocket Deer, Skunk, Agoutis, Crab Eating Foxes, 3 banded Armadillos and over 70 species of birds.

For more information our our tours to Kaa Iya National Park or our wildlife watching tours to other Bolivian National Parks Contact us today

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

JAGUAR CONSERVATION EXPEDITION TRIP 





Last week we explored the incredible San Carlos Wildlife Reserve in the Beni Department of Bolivia. The aim to find as many species as possible while helping Jaguar conservation. Our two travellers from Italy and Romania were lovely and on route to the reserve were greeted with perhaps the best Pink Dolphin show i have ever wittnessed. 

While the weather was not favorable we did have many excellent sightings of wildlife, huge groups of Pink Dolphins, Large black Caiman, Armadillos, Monkeys , Macaws and more. Sadly no Jaguar sighting but we did call and have a respond at night.


Very large Jaguar track , from the day before.


Overall it was a successful trip and these kind of projects help to show locals that their wildlife is worth more alive than dead



FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR WILDLIFE WATCHING TRIPS OR TOUR PACKAGES IN BOLIVIA CONTACT US TODAY 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

NEW FISHING AND CULTURE EXPEDITION IN BOLIVIA


One of the most important aspects of our work is to find new areas to promote responsible Eco Tourism. We opened our business Nicks Adventures Bolivia with a pledge to operate in new areas , help with conservation projects and also to help poor indigenous communities.

This expedition took us to the small fishing port situated close to the Carrasco National Park and near to some beautiful rivers and wilderness areas. The aim was fishing, but due to poor weather ( Wind of the South) the plan changed to exploring indigenous communities, meeting local farmers and searching for wildlife.

Exploring a small community cattle farm. 

Jaguar track, proof that not all Jaguars kill Cattle.
 The trip was a success, with the help of my local guide Paul, we met very receptive locals and indigenous communities whom were very excited at the prospect of potential tourism, this is needed in this areas which recieves very little outside help. 


 
The highlight of the trip was meeting the very receptive locals and  indigenous communties whom really want tourism, sadly i did see evidence and hear stories of the killing of Jaguars in the area, but overall was very positive.

Sadly the skin of a young Jaguar killed in an indigenous community out of fear.

 


We will be returning in June, to set up camera traps, do some more fishing when the weather improves and also to develop Eco tourism in this region


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

WHY THE SANTA CRUZ DEPARTMENT MUST BE PART OF YOUR BOLIVIAN ITINEARY

( PART 1 )



Sadly many new age travellers and bloggers only visit places to boost their instagram or readers likes, this means only visiting the same old tired places with little to no imagination of exploring new destinations. We would like to show the more intrepid travellers out there the magical locations of the department of Santa Cruz.

1: JARDIN DE LAS DELICAS WATERFALLS


Just 3 hours from the city of Santa Cruz, these spectacular waterfalls are a must visit attraction in Santa Cruz

SAN MIGUELITO JAGUAR CONSERVATION RESERVE


This amazing private Reserve is just 3.5 hours from Santa Cruz and offers one of the most exciting Jungle trips in Bolivia. Activities include hiking, night walks, setting up and checking camera traps, boat rides, community visits, fishing, 4WD safaris and much more. This area has some of the highest density of Jaguars on the planet.

LOMAS DE ARENA PROTECTED AREA 


  Just 14km from Santa Cruz, this amazing protected area provides travellers one of the best attractions of Bolivia. With over 3000 hectares of dunes and close to 9000 hectares of savannah and forests this Protected area is a nature lovers paradise. Here you can go birdwatching, hiking, swimming in lagoons, sloth watching or even Sandboarding.


In Part two we will explore other amazing tourist attractions and hidden destinations of the Santa Cruz department.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

5 REASONS TO VISIT LOMAS DE ARENA IN SANTA CRUZ BOLIVIA



1 : SAND BOARDING ADVENTURE



Unknown to most the small protected area of Lomas de Arena offers Bolivia`s best Sandboarding adventures.

2 : SLOTHS


Lomas de Arena is one of the best destinations in Bolivia to observe the iconic Sloth. If you have a good guide they can often show you the trees where they eat and get close up sightings of them.

 3 : LANDSCAPES



Unknown to most Lomas de Arena offers incredible hiking to see stunning landscapes as well. Just another reason to visit while in Santa Cruz Bolivia.

4: WHERE JUNGLE MEETS DESERT


DO I NEED TO SAY MORE ABOUT THIS VIEW ?

5: BIRDWATCHING


With over 286 species of birds recorded  which makes up for  over 20 percent of all birds found in Boliva, this protected area is a MUST VISIT destination for birders in Bolivia.

These are just a few of many reasons why Lomas de Arena must be on your bucketlist while visiting Santa Cruz Bolivia. For more information about our tours in Santa Cruz Bolivia or beyond contact NICKS ADVENTURES BOLIVIA TODAY 


BEST BOLIVIAN ALTERNATIVE JUNGLE AND WILDLIFE TOURS 



Every year thousands of tourists from all over the world flock to the town of Rurrenrabaque to visit the Amazon and Pampas.While these locations are spectacular and worth visiting we have devised a list of alternative Jungle and Amazon Tours well off the well worn gringo trail.

1 : SAN CARLOS WILDLIFE RESERVE



This is the most spectacular of all of our new wildlife watching destinations. Remote and wild this private reserve in Beni offers incredible wildlife watching opportunities. Here virtually untouched grass savannahs verge with dry forest islands and in turn lead to pristine Amazon Rainforest Jungles. Our wildlife watching sucess here has been excellent, multiple Jaguar sighting, Black Caimans, Pink Dolphins Monkeys, Armadillos, Giant Anteaters and more. We explore the reserve by a combination of different methods including hiking, boating, 4wds and horseriding.

CHUCHINI RESERVE TRINIDAD


An amazing option for wildlife watchers, this reserve offers boat trips though the scenic Ibare and Mamore Rivers which combine to create spectacular merging of rivers as well as excellent Pink Dolphin watching. Alternative activities include hiking, night boat trips, piranah fishing, bird watching and more. This is an excellent alternative Amazon Rainforest Tour in Bolivia. Contact us for more details about our 2-4 day Wildlife watching trips here.

SAN MIGUELITO JAGUAR RESERVE

Located just 3.5 hours from Santa Cruz is this spectacular wildlife conservation Reserve. Home to 6 different species of felines, this reserve also hosts some of the highest densities of Jaguars found in South America. During a typical 3 day tour here you can see up to 150 species of birds as well as have the chance to see a huge variety or flora and fauna. Activities include hiking, boat rides, horse riding, setting up and checking camera traps and much more.

BLUE THROATED MACAW NATURE RESERVE



Remote and wild, the Blue throated Macaw Nature Reserve is a must for anyone wanting to see rare animals and pristine ecosystems. This reserve is home to the largest surviving populations of critically endangered Blue throated Macaws as well as a huge amount of birdlife. For mammal watchers this is the best location in Bolivia to observe Maned Wolf and the strange Giant Anteater

IF YOU ARE VISITING BOLIVIA AND WANT TO SEE WILDIFE THEN CONTACT US TODAY, WE ARRANGE THE BEST WILDLIFE AND JUNGLE TOURS IN BOLIVIA AND OUR EXPERT GUIDES WILL HELP YOU FIND RARE AND WONDERFUL FLORA AND FAUNA.

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