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San Miguel del Bala


San Miguel del Bala is an indigenous (Tacana) community located near the Tuichi river, just before entering the Madidi National Park (by definition, in Bolivia an area must be free of human settlements in order to be called a National Park). Following the increasing tourism activity of the last decade, people from San Miguel del Bala have decided to create their own ecolodges both in the community and also inside of the Madidi jungle. The community sought out the help of funds from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and technical assistance from large NGOs to build the infrastructure and educate the community in order for them to run the lodge and operate tours. The lodge was finished in 2005 with a huge effort from the community, who took a relatively small donation and turned it into high quality infrastructure and service. Now San Miguel del Bala and the 35 families that own the lodge are benefiting from steady employment and increased health and education. 

Tours run by San Miguel del Bala are slightly different from the other options that we offer, as they involve a direct contact with the community and are therefore called ''community tours''. 1 and 2 day tours will take you to the community only and not to the Madidi National Park, while if you book longer tours, then you will spend the first night in the community before moving to the Madidi jungle on Day 2. Please see all the options below.

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  1. 3 Day Community & Jungle Tour (San Miguel del Bala) - Rurrenabaque

    3 Day Community & Jungle Tour (San Miguel del Bala) - Rurrenabaque

    $270.00

    In this three day tour you will get to visit the Tacana community of San Miguel del Bala and learn about their culture and traditions plus also visit the world famous Madidi National Park and spend your second night in an ecolodge there. You will see first hand the community lifestyle and visit the surrounding rainforest with a knowledgeble local guide. You will learn about traditional hunting techniques, forest medicines, visit a jungle waterfall and can take a jungle hike to a canyon.

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  2. 4 Day Community & Jungle Tour (San Miguel del Bala) - Rurrenabaque

    4 Day Community & Jungle Tour (San Miguel del Bala) - Rurrenabaque

    $360.00

    In this four day tour you will get to visit the Tacana community of San Miguel del Bala and learn about their culture and traditions plus also visit the world famous Madidi National Park and spend your second night in an ecolodge there. You will see first hand the community lifestyle and visit the surrounding rainforest with a knowledgeble local guide. You will learn about traditional hunting techniques, forest medicines, visit a jungle waterfall and can take a jungle hike to a canyon. You will also see how this community owned lodge benefits from the tourism project buy funding various project with the village.

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  3. 2 Day Community Tour (San Miguel del Bala) - Rurrenabaque

    2 Day Community Tour (San Miguel del Bala) - Rurrenabaque

    $180.00

    In this two day tour you will get to visit the Tacana community of San Miguel del Bala and learn about their culture and traditions. You will see first hand the community lifestyle and visit the surrounding rainforest with a knowledgeble local guide. You will learn about traditional hunting techiques, forest medicines, visit a jungle waterfall and can take a jungle hike to a canyon. You will also see how this community-owned lodge benefits from the tourism project buy funding various project with the village.

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  4. 1 Day Community Tour (San Miguel del Bala) - Rurrenabaque

    1 Day Community Tour (San Miguel del Bala) - Rurrenabaque

    $75.00

    In this one day tour you will get to visit the Tacana community of San Miguel del Bala and learn about their culture and traditions. You will see first hand the community lifestyle and visit the surrounding rainforest with a knowledgeble local guide. You will also have a delicious lunch cooked by the skilled local cooks. You will be able to choose two activities of your choice.

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