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Rurrenabaque (Bolivia)

Practical information on Rurrenabaque

  • Encounters with locals
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Port
  • Countryside
  • River
  • Off the beaten track
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
20 hours by bus or 40 minutes by plane from La Paz
When to go
Between May and November
Minimum stay
3 to 5 days

Reviews of Rurrenabaque

David Debrincat Seasoned Traveller
459 written opinions

The gateway of the Amazon, Rurrenabaque, or Rurre for everyone else, is the ideal starting point for a journey in the jungle or the pampa.

My suggestion:
Take good time to look round the agencies to compare the prices and programmes of your treks in the pampa and the jungle.
My review

I was completely exhausted when I arrived at Rurrenabaque. I travelled for 22 hours sat on the ground, I was jolted about over 500 kilometres of rutted tracks, I spent 22 hours being suffocated by dust and to top it off I was smothered in sticky mud. I experienced everything in that bus and during the journey from La Paz: mechanical breakdowns, flat tyres, hours waiting behind stuck trucks, mosquitoes which ate me alive, the dangerous road scraping along endlessly steep ravines... The flight from la Paz takes only 40 minutes. Think carefully when preparing your trip to Bolivia.

But Rurrenabaque is worth it, here it's like a different Bolivia. There is a humid and suffocating heat there. It's a long way from the icy cold of the nights in Salar de Uyuni. And I strongly advise you to come here. Not necessarily for the town itself but because this is the perfect place to go travelling into the pampa or the jungle. Do a thorough tour of the numerous agencies to know which is the best for what you want. If you have enough time, I advise you to mix 3 days of pampa with 3 days of jungle afterwards.

The port you leave from to reach the jungle at Rurrenabaque