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Rio Yacuma

Practical information on Rio Yacuma

  • Family
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • River
  • Water Sports
  • Waterfall
  • Off the beaten track
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
50 minutes from La Paz by plane
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Rio Yacuma

Caroline Gourmaud Seasoned Traveller
221 written opinions

Rio Yacuma is a river located in the Beni region of northwest Bolivia. What's special about it in particular? It is home to the boto, or pink river dolphin.

My suggestion:
Don't forget your anti-mosquito spray!
My review

After the glacial climate of the Cordillera Real, it was on the region of Beni next, which lies around 186 miles from the Bolivian capital. With its marshlands, tropical jungle and exotic animals, this is a place any budding Indian Jones is sure to enjoy.

To get to this little-known region, we took a plane from La Paz to Rurrenabaque. An hour later, there we were in a completely different environment, with pink river dolphins, piranha, parrots and monkeys all waiting to welcome us to the Pampas del Yacuma. The best way to see all these creatures up close is by going on a boat excursion along the Río Yacuma river, which lies not far from the small towns of Santa Ana and San Rosa. 

Though the Bolivian department of Beni does not get much tourism, it does have a number of treasures to offer. The region's star attraction is undoubtedly Madidi National Park.

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