Day 1: Santa Cruz - Flor de Oro (Noel Kempff Mercado National Park). In the morning, you will be transferred from your hotel to “Km. 7” Airstrip, on the road to Samaipata. Your flight to Flor de Oro Lodge takes around 2.5 hr. This lodge is the main ecotourism center at Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, and is located on the Iténez River in the extreme north section of the park, and near the Bolivian-Brazilian border.
The flight will take you over hundreds of miles of pristine rain forest, as well as the magnificent Caparush Plateau and two very impressive waterfalls, Ahlfeld and Arco Iris. This plateau, part of the Brazilian shield, along with the surrounding remote rain forests make Noel Kempff Mercado National Park - a large, diverse and well-protected area. The afternoon will be spent exploring gallery forests found along the Iténez River and the large expanse of neotropical savannas close to Flor de Oro, where you can see the Toco Toucan, White Woodpecker, macaws and parrots, a variety of insects and mammal species including the South American Coatimundi and the beautiful Silvery Marmoset. An optional night hike will be offered. Overnight at Flor de Oro. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: The Waterfalls of the Paucerna River. Today will be dedicated entirely to getting to the Ahlfeld Waterfall, the first of two magnificent waterfalls found along the Paucerna River. The trip by motorized canoe will be long (sometimes up to 5 hours), but the time spent on the river will increase your chances of getting excellent views of some incredible wildlife. Along the way to the camp you can hope to see capybaras, Tapir, Jaguar, and an unbelievable variety of birds including blue and yellow macaws, the rare Zig-Zag Heron, and a variety of kingfishers. It is guaranteed that the wildlife and wilderness scenery during this trip will be spectacular, however, we want to make sure that all interested persons understand that the accommodations are rustic and may include camping (depending on the number of participants).
Taking into consideration the accessibility of the waterfalls and the logistics of getting food and staff to them, we hope that all who contemplates this trip will do so in a spirit of adventure and exploration. Following arrival to the Ahlfeld Camp, you will spend the rest of the afternoon hiking along the river to a breathtaking 35 meter high waterfall, Ahlfeld, where you will be able to swim in the large pool of water that has formed around the base of the waterfall. An optional night hike will be offered. Overnight at Ahlfeld Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Ahlfeld Camp and the Arco Iris Waterfalls. We will leave early in the morning. Throughout the 4-hour hike to Arco Iris, you will be provided with great opportunities to see one of the eleven monkeys that inhabit the national park. Great views of the waterfalls. Overnight at Ahlfeld Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Ahlfeld Camp - Florde Oro - Bays of the Iténez River. This day of travel will signify the end of the heart of your trip to Noel Kempff Mercado National Park; however, the wildlife, which may present itself throughout the day, will undoubtedly provide you with the opportunity to view some of the additional exciting bird and mammal species that make this national park their home.
The early morning and afternoon will be spent traveling back to Flor de Oro, and you should be on the look out for giant otters, black howler monkeys, and Spectacled Caiman - all of which are often seen while traveling along the Paucerna River. Then, following a late lunch and afternoon siesta you will depart on a voyage to some of the bays located close to Flor de Oro in search of the pink dolphins and caimans that inhabit the bays found close to Flor de Oro. An optional night hike will be offered. Overnight at Flor de Oro. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Noel Kempff Mercado National Park - Santa Cruz. Your final morning in this beautiful national park will take you in search of some of the species that may have eluded you during the previous four days. That means you could be visiting any of the bays or trails located around Flor de Oro Lodge before your flight back to Santa Cruz. Following a late breakfast, you will depart for the city of Santa Cruz with the balance of the day for relaxing or preparing for departures later in the evening or the following day. Transfer to your hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
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