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Bolivian Cat Specialist Tour

October 17 - October 29

£776.00 – £4,706.00

Bolivian Cat Specialist Tour

Move over North Pantanal we have a new contender for the best area to see Jaguars and other South American wildlife. The Bolivian wetlands and chaco forests are home to large numbers of jaguars, pumas, ocelots, tapirs, anteaters and many other species. Join is on this cat watching specialist tour and not just enjoy spotting jaguars, pumas, ocelots and jaguarondis but also look for river dolphins, various armadillos, rare peccaries, endemic primates, macaws and anacondas and many more on this unique Bolivian wildlife tour.

Holiday Features

100% success with Jaguars

Spotlighting for nocturnal species

Jeep safaris into wilderness

Chances for rare endemic Macaws

Expedition style campsites

High chances for Puma & Ocelot

Top Animals on Tour

Jaguar

Chaco Peccary

Puma

Jaguarondi

Ocelot

Bolivian River Dolphin

Itineraries Details

Destination:  Bolivia

Tour Dates:  17/10/2024 – 29/10/2024

Duration:  12 nights

Type / Focus:  Wild Cats & Endemic Mammals

Tour Difficulty:  

Pricing & Costs

Price: £4,750 per person

Deposit: £750 per person

Single Supplement: £525

Min. Passengers: 4 persons (for the trip to run)

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Holiday Breakdown

Day 1

Santa Cruz

On your arrival into Santa Cruz you will be met at the airport by your local guide & driver and take to your hotel for the night. The rest of the day is free for you to rest. Santa Cruz is one of the fastest growing cities on the world, it’s often ignored as a tourist destination in favour of its more touristic rivals like Sucre and La Paz. If you wish you can arrange a half day sightseeing tour of the city with your local guide (at extra cost).

Day 2

Jaguar Land Reserve

This morning you will be collected from the hotel and you will be transferred approximately 5 hours to the wonderful Jaguar Land Reserve. On the way we stop at lunch at a local restaurant and in the mid afternoon arrive to the reserve. Along the way we have a good chance to see a lot of flora and fauna such as spectacled caimans, various species of macaws, three-toed sloths and a variety of monkey species monkeys (in fact up to 6 species of primate can be found here).

Once we arrive at the reserve we will continue to the camp site (we hope for some permanent housing in the near future, but at present this is a camping trip). The camp will be set up (complete with large comfortable tents, air mattresses and all other camping equipment needed) and we will unpack and then we will explore the reserve for the first time. We will explore the reserve via a private 4×4 vehicle and keep your eyes peeled as we will be looking for Jaguars, Pink Dolphins and huge variety of species. We will return to the camp for dinner and then head out after dark for spotlighting, looking for ocelots and other nocturnal species.

Days 3-4

Jaguar Land Reserve

For the next two full days you will be exploring the reserve, with an early start and vehicle safari again looking for Jaguars, Marsh deer, Macaws, Pink Dolphins and more. Returning to the camp for breakfast and we can drive to an area for showers/phone calls if needed.

The heat of the middle of the day will be spent resting and then after lunch we will head out again in the afternoon for our second safari of the day. Once again after dinner at the camp you will have a second night drive looking for Puma, Jaguar, Ocelots, Tapirs and more nocturnal species.

Day 5

Jaguar Land Reserve / Santa Cruz

This morning will be your last morning safari drive here, returning for breakfast and now the camp will be packed up and we will begin the drive back to Santa Cruz, and keep the camera ready as we leave the reserve there is still many chances to see wildlife. Lunch in a local restaurant and return to your hotel around 17:30. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

Day 6

Kaa Iya National Park

This morning you will be collected from the hotel and be driven the 260km (~3.5 hours) to the town of San Jose. Here we have lunch at one of the local restaurants and have sometime for photographic opportunities of the famous Jesuit Church that lies in the main plaza. We then drive a further 90km off road to enter the park, please note, Pumas, Peccaries, Toucans, Jaguars and more have been seen on this drive so have the cameras ready.

Once inside the park, we sign in with the Park rangers and set up bedding and equipment before the peak wildlife watching time of 16:30pm. We will then set out for a trek along the pipeline in search of Jaguars and more, Big cat and tapir tracks and scat are extremely common and an excellent indication of how many large mammals live in the park. After dinner we will do a night spotlighting drive or a night walk.

Days 7-8

Kaa Iya National Park

Over the next 2 days you will explore the park with drives and or walks. Rising early each morning and having a morning excursion as well as an afternoon / evening trip and also spotlighting after dark. Places of interest that will be visited over these days will include the Tucavaca area in search of wildlife and we will also set a camera trap in an ideal location and will check in the end of the tour. There is only one water source in the area and you will visit that area. It’s a 1.6km trek and you can expect to see a lot of tapirs tracks and scats, also Bolivian Titi monkeys can be seen here with some frequency. Marsh deer and resident crab-eating foxes are common in the camping area when we rest during the heat of the day also. Another very interesting area is the 120km drive along the pipeline to the Izozog Pumping Station and home to the Famous Jaguar Kaiyana, along the way it’s an excellent chance to see Mammals, we have had excellent Jaguar and Tapir sightings at very close range during this drive. The drive will take up to 6 hours due to driving slowly to maximize wildlife viewing. We can have breakfast along the way.

All in all over these days we will visit areas with great track records for sightings of wildlife and also fully explore the area three times a day, wildlife which is commonly seen here included puma, jaguar, ocelot, chacoan peccary, lowland tapir, chaco titi monkey, tuco-tuco, 3 banded armadillo and there are chances for rarer species like jaguarondi and giant armadillo also.

Day 9

Kaa Iya National Park / Santa Cruz

This morning will be your last chance for an early morning safari drive as we leave the park, there are excellent areas where we have seen many Jaguars and other species so have the cameras ready, lunch in San Jose de Chiquitos before we return to Santa Cruz around 18:00. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 10

Trinidad – Mamore & Ibare Rivers

This morning we will go to the airport in Santa Cruz and fly to Trinidad. Arriving around 10am we will then be collected transfered to port on the Mamore / Ibare Rivers where we will have a full day private boat trip looking for the endemic Bolivian pink dolphins, three-toed Sloths and much more wildlife in the river and along the forested banks. We will have dinner in a nearby boutique hotel .

Day 11

Gran Mojas – Santa Cruz

This morning will be an early start as we head to the Gran Mojas searching for the critically endangered and endemic to Bolivia, Blue-throated macaw. This species is only found in a few remote areas on the planet and today we have a good chance of seeing them. Also around here is the Beniano anaconda which is another rare Bolivian endemic species and of course much more wildlife too. We will have dinner back at the boutique hotel.

Day 12

Santa Cruz

This morning you will be transferred to the airport after breakfast to catch the flight back to Santa Cruz, where you will be met and taken to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the city or just rest before the flight back home.

Day 13

Home

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your return flight home.

Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.

This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.

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Extra Information

Weather Conditions

The weather in the Bolivian pantanal and chaco during October is very hot and dry, it is the end of the dry season and so some rain and storms can occur as the wet season is approaching. But in general hot and humid temperatures are to be expected throughout the trip.

What’s Included

Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be an amount of bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private air conditioned vehicle with an excellent local driver. We have two brilliant guides; first an professional zoologist (where available) will escort you on all your excursions and we also use a very knowledgeable guide, for the camping we also bring tents, air mattresses, toilet tent and mobile shower.

All our wildlife watching excursions as mentioned in the itinerary including spotlighting is also included.

Personal Equipment

We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or spotting scope as well as appropriate clothing; which should be light and airy clothes as well as comfortable walking shoes. A light waterproof coat is also a good idea for the unexpected rain showers which can occur throughout this tour. Insect repellent is handy as there can be mosquitoes about during the evenings and nights. Andy medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be strong here during the day.

You will also need to bring a sleeping bag or sleeping liner for the camping, but all other camping equipment is included.

Included Equipment

We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4-6 people these do not stretch too far. We also provide a spot light for nocturnal viewing (this is subject to local condition when we arrive). Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night.

Where we have a zoologist escort available we will also bring a thermal imager which will help us find and identify wildlife after dark. All camping equipment is also included with the exception of sleeping bags / liners.

Extra Expenses

Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and tips. Any applicable departure taxes and not included (but maybe included in the cost of your flights). Please check before departure.

Flight Information

As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport

We recommend British Airways or Lufthansa as a good airlines for flights to Santa Cruz. One of the best websites to search for the best fares for these flights is www.odopo.co.uk; who are IATA accredited this is a link direct to their site. Please check our terms and conditions regarding booking flights.

Please contact us for more information about flights and we can provide you with a link direct to the flights from another supplier; in which case you only have to enter the passenger information and payment details. By using the above link you will leave our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for the content on the site.

Visas and Health Information

All UK passport holders and most other nationalities do not need a tourist visa issued in advance of your arrival into Bolivia. On arrival you will be granted a 30 day tourist visa as standard. However we recommend you check and keep updated with changes on the Bolivian embassy or consulate website in your home country.

There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to visit Bolivia, but it is recommended to be protected against typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Rabies, Measles, Mumps & Rubellea as well as taking a form of malaria prophylactics (particularly for the Pantanal). Bolivia also requires an up to date Yellow Fever vaccination certificate. Please consult your GP about your individual requirements for visiting Bolivia as soon as you have decided on this trip.

Reviews of this Holiday

What a great trip! Great guides and great wildlife. Off the beaten track and fully recommended!

Mr. Hammond - Reading

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2021-02-03T16:30:06+00:00

Mr. Hammond - Reading

What a great trip! Great guides and great wildlife. Off the beaten track and fully recommended!
As an alternative to Brazil we were fully impressed. Jaguar sightings and so much other wildlife, all made the trip very memorable.

Mr & Mrs. Coulson - Withington, UK

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2021-02-03T16:32:31+00:00

Mr & Mrs. Coulson - Withington, UK

As an alternative to Brazil we were fully impressed. Jaguar sightings and so much other wildlife, all made the trip very memorable.
Overall, I thought it was a great trip; Kaa Iya is a special place where I would like to return someday, Nick and his team are great. I would definitely recommend them to other wildlife enthusiasts

Willem Sieben - Holland

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2022-06-23T11:18:13+00:00

Willem Sieben - Holland

Overall, I thought it was a great trip; Kaa Iya is a special place where I would like to return someday, Nick and his team are great. I would definitely recommend them to other wildlife enthusiasts
Kaa Iya is a special place where I would like to return someday...Nick and his team are great. I would definitely recommend them to other wildlife enthusiasts.

Willem Sieben - Netherlands

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2022-12-13T12:37:34+00:00

Willem Sieben - Netherlands

Kaa Iya is a special place where I would like to return someday...Nick and his team are great. I would definitely recommend them to other wildlife enthusiasts.
The trip was successful for sure, thanks again to you and Nick for making it happen.

Monty Ross - Edmonton, Canada

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2023-01-31T16:20:11+00:00

Monty Ross - Edmonton, Canada

The trip was successful for sure, thanks again to you and Nick for making it happen.
Good company, exceptional camp food. Wish we could have the cook on every trip!

Overall a very well managed trip, with exceptional staff, especially given the long hours each day.

Mr. Peter Hobbs - San Francisco, USA

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2023-06-27T15:00:31+00:00

Mr. Peter Hobbs - San Francisco, USA

Good company, exceptional camp food. Wish we could have the cook on every trip! Overall a very well managed trip, with exceptional staff, especially given the long hours each day.
Of course the jaguars, ocelots, and jagaurundis were highlights, as were the pecarries, river dolphins, foxes, raccoons and kinkajou—in fact, I consider all of the wildlife I saw as highlights 😊.

I thoroughly enjoyed this trip.  It was professionally handled in every manner.  Nick, Stefan, and you, Martin, were excellent guides who helped us a lot with seeing and identifying mammals and birds—and giving us extra information about them.

Mr. Jon Swenson - Norway

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2023-06-27T15:02:01+00:00

Mr. Jon Swenson - Norway

Of course the jaguars, ocelots, and jagaurundis were highlights, as were the pecarries, river dolphins, foxes, raccoons and kinkajou—in fact, I consider all of the wildlife I saw as highlights 😊. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip.  It was professionally handled in every manner.  Nick, Stefan, and you, Martin, were excellent guides who helped us a lot with seeing and identifying mammals and birds—and giving us extra information about them.
The trip was a big success and exceeded my expectations a lot. Will have so many memories

Anita Ericson - Sweden

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2023-06-27T15:03:11+00:00

Anita Ericson - Sweden

The trip was a big success and exceeded my expectations a lot. Will have so many memories
Close encounter with the jaguar was the main highlight!

Lars Petersson - Sweden

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2023-06-27T15:04:41+00:00

Lars Petersson - Sweden

Close encounter with the jaguar was the main highlight!
Everything was amaizing and waiting for the next time to enjoy a new trip.

Javier & Aida Fernandez-Garcia - Madrid

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2023-07-10T12:09:18+00:00

Javier & Aida Fernandez-Garcia - Madrid

Everything was amaizing and waiting for the next time to enjoy a new trip.
The trip is astonishing so far, and we still have a few days of adventuring left.

At Kaa-Iya I saw in ONE day … two jaguars (mom and very young cub), five pumas (two mating in middle of the road), two ocelots, and one jaguarundi. The next morning started off with a Geffroy’s cat. Technically those were all within a 24 hr period. Amazing!! And I haven’t mentioned all the crazy non-cat animals we have seen.

Anyway, thanks for scoping these places out and creating this wonderful trip.

Mr. Mark Langston - USA

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2024-05-10T12:54:51+00:00

Mr. Mark Langston - USA

The trip is astonishing so far, and we still have a few days of adventuring left. At Kaa-Iya I saw in ONE day … two jaguars (mom and very young cub), five pumas (two mating in middle of the road), two ocelots, and one jaguarundi. The next morning started off with a Geffroy’s cat. Technically those were all within a 24 hr period. Amazing!! And I haven’t mentioned all the crazy non-cat animals we have seen. Anyway, thanks for scoping these places out and creating this wonderful trip.
It was a fantastic, unforgettable trip -- some of the best wildlife watching of my life (4 cat species in a day, 5 in 12 hours -- amazing.) We were of course very lucky, but I hope more people go to Bolivia.

This was my first trip exclusively focused on wildlife, and I'm extremely pleased with how it was run.

Mr. Mihir Zaveri - New York, USA

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2024-05-10T12:56:05+00:00

Mr. Mihir Zaveri - New York, USA

It was a fantastic, unforgettable trip -- some of the best wildlife watching of my life (4 cat species in a day, 5 in 12 hours -- amazing.) We were of course very lucky, but I hope more people go to Bolivia. This was my first trip exclusively focused on wildlife, and I'm extremely pleased with how it was run.
The was a very well put together trip. I thought the trip was very well run and the camping...was very well done and the food excellent.

Mr. Robinson - Cheshire, UK

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2024-05-10T12:58:29+00:00

Mr. Robinson - Cheshire, UK

The was a very well put together trip. I thought the trip was very well run and the camping...was very well done and the food excellent.
My highlight of the wildlife was the observations of jaguars and tayras, but generally it was wonderful to see three very different landscapes. Nick's enthusiasm and humour were the non wildlife highlights for sure.

Morten Elmeros - Belgium

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2024-05-10T12:59:54+00:00

Morten Elmeros - Belgium

My highlight of the wildlife was the observations of jaguars and tayras, but generally it was wonderful to see three very different landscapes. Nick's enthusiasm and humour were the non wildlife highlights for sure.
It was remarkable that the staff could provide such a variety of food and always keep us supplied with cold drinks.

Mrs. Wendy O'Brien - UK

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2024-05-10T13:02:25+00:00

Mrs. Wendy O'Brien - UK

It was remarkable that the staff could provide such a variety of food and always keep us supplied with cold drinks.
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Start:
October 17
End:
October 29
Cost:
£776.00 – £4,706.00
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Venue

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, Bolivia + Google Map
Phone
0845 226 8259

Organizer

Royle Safaris
Phone
0845 226 8259
Email
info@royle-safaris.co.uk

Other

Deposit:
£750 per person
Single Supplement:
£525
Minimum Passengers:
4 persons before tour runs
1 Comment
  1. Hello!
    I’m looking at the “Bolivian Cat Specialist Tour”. It’s interesting. What do you think are the chanses to see puma, ocelot and jagurundi? What does the tour difficulty mean? Do you have any tripreport for this tour.

    Kind regards
    Thomas Johansson

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