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Rurrenabaque Airport Cafe   Leave a comment

Airport Cafe, Rurrenabaque, Bolivia (RBQ)– 08/19/19 Image by kenne

Rurrenabaque, a port city on the Beni River, is one of the main entrances to the Madidi National Park.

 

Madidi National Park Sunset   Leave a comment

Madidi National Park (Bolivia) Sunset Along The Beni River (9/19/19) — Image by kenne

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,

Healthy, free, the world before me,

The long brown path before me leading me wherever I choose,

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,

Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,

Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,

Strong and content I travel the open road.

— from Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman

 

Capybara   Leave a comment

Capybaras Near The Tuichi River In The Amazon (08/23/19) — Image by kenne

The capybara has a heavy, barrel-shaped body and short head, with reddish-brown fur on the upper part of its body that turns yellowish-brown underneath. Its sweat glands can be found in the surface of the hairy portions of its skin, an unusual trait among rodents. The animal lacks down hair, and its guard hair differs little from over hair.

Capybaras have slightly webbed feet and vestigial tails. Their hind legs are slightly longer than their forelegs; they have three toes on their rear feet and four toes on their front feet. Their muzzles are blunt, with nostrils, and the eyes and ears are near the top of their heads. Capybaras are herbivores, grazing mainly on grasses and aquatic plants, as well as fruit and tree bark. — Source: Wikipedia

 

Tacana Family On The Tuichi River   Leave a comment

A Tacana Family Headed Down the Tuichi River to Rurrenabaque in the Amazon — HDR Image by kenne

The Tacana people live along the Beni River in the Madidi National Park, Amazon.

The Tuichi River joins the Beni River upstream from the town Rurrenabaque.

Pedro, our Tacana guide demonstrated the indigenous technique of fishing.

Matt did have some success on our Day 3. — Image by kenne

Macaws In Flight   Leave a comment

Macaws In Flight In The Amazon (August 2019) — Image by kenne

Attractive to see
Always announce their presence
Noisy to the ear.

— kenne

Balsa Wood Raft   Leave a comment

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One Of Our Balsa Wood Rafts On The Tuichi River In The Madidi National Forest, Bolivian Amazon (08/20/19)– Image by kenne

“The first virtue of those who seek

the spiritual path is courage.”

— from The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho

Exiting The River At Rurrnabaque — Photo-Essay   Leave a comment

BoliviaUnloading at Rurrenabaque

BoliviaA short walk to Pedro’s Berraco del Madidi Tours office.

Last Day On The River-25-72.jpgIt’s mid-day in Rurrenabaque.

BoliviaBerraco del Madidi Tours office, where we were able to shower before having lunch.

BoliviaPedro’s staff. They served us well during our time in Madidi National Park.

BoliviaOur guide and owner of Berraco del Madidi Amazon Adventure Tours, Pedro Macuapa. 
We really appreciate all he did for us making our time in Madidi National Park enjoyable and very successful.
— kenne

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Heading Down River To Rurrenabaque   Leave a comment

BoliviaTraveling down the Beni River with a few jungle stops before returning to Rurrenabaque.

Video by kenne

Last Day On The River-21-72.jpgThe bridge at Rurrenabaque, Bolivia — Images by kenne
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Heading Back To Rurrenabaque   Leave a comment

Last Day On The River-5-72.jpgOur Las Day In Madidi National Park — Images by kenne

The balsa wood rafts are pulled onto land and are left for anyone who might want them. Most of the supplies and camping equipment is removed and temporarily stored in the bush to make room for all of us to travel downriver to Rurrenabaque by mid-day. Pedro’s uncle will be left behind but will be picked up later. 

There is still much to do and see before catching our late afternoon flight back to La Paz. 
— kenne
‘Tis Nature’s law
That none, the meanest of created things,
Of forms created the most vile and brute,
The dullest or most noxious, should exist
Divorced from good—a spirit and pulse of good,
A life and soul to every mode of being
Inseparably linked. 
— William Wordsworth

 

 

Capybaras Near The Beni River   Leave a comment

BoliviaCapybaras Near The Beni River, Madidi National Park 

The capybara is a mammal that resembles a giant long-legged guinea pig.
It lives in groups near water, which is why we were able to see them
going down rivers in Madidi National Park. The capybara is the largest living rodent.

They are a favorite food of the jaguar, which may explain why some of our group
were able to see a jaguar that had just eaten a capybara near the river shore.

— kenne

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Balsa Wood Rafting On The Tuichi River   1 comment

BoliviaBalsa Wood Rafting On the Tuichi River, Madidi National Forest — Images and Video by kenne

 

There’s A Story We Must Tell . . .   Leave a comment

BoliviaTy Instructing Matt How To Flyfish — Image by kenne

There’s a story we must tell . . .
Tom’s fly fishing rods travel with us
Everywhere we went in Bolivia.

The rods are not cheap, so we
made sure one of us always had
them with the carry-on luggage.

As fate would have it,
our river location was not
the best place for fly fishing.

Even so, why travel all this way
and not at least do some casting
over the Tuichi river waters?

Tom readied the rods and reels
for Matt to get some practice
with Ty being his instructor.

As the sun went down where
the Tuichi and Beni rivers merge
they cast over the joining waters.

The moral of the story is:
Never travel with fly fishing rods
without creating a memorial moment.

— kenne

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Day Four Sunset   Leave a comment

River Sunset 8-22-19-3-72.jpgSunset Over the Tuichi and Beni Rivers (Madidi National Park)  — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The sun sets as our tents are sat up and our last dinner on the river is being prepared.
This is also where we will leave the balsa wood rafts.
The remainder of our time on the river will be on the supply boat.

— kenne

 

Nearing The End Of Our River Journey   Leave a comment

Last Camp Site On The Tuichi River-2-72.jpg

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Last Camp Site On The Tuichi River-72.jpgCamp Site On The Tuichi River, Madidi National Park: Last Night — Images by kenne

End of The Journey

In life, some journeys are long
before the destination is reached.
Some may even take a lifetime
with breaks along the way
when we hit rocky ground,
but the end of the journey
is always profound.

— David Harris

 

Macaw Nesting Site In Madidi National Park   Leave a comment

Macow-13-72.jpgMacaw Nesting Site — Images by kenne

Madidi National Park itself contains 11% of the world’s bird species and has been recognized as one of the most diverse places on earth. Most macaw pairs breed once a year, and the female lays her eggs in a nest inside a tree hollow or in a dirt hollow on a cliff face.

MaCaw Nesting Site.jpgPedro leading the way to the Macaw nesting site.

The macaw nesting site is near the junction of the Beni and Tuichi Rivers. From the riverbank, a short trail leads to a viewing platform.  Here one can watch these impressive Red-and-green and Chestnut-fronted macaws fly, call and interact from the platform.

MaCaw Nesting Site-4.jpgThe Macaw Cliff Nesting Site — Chick Here To See More Macaw Images by kenne

 

 

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