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National Parks of Bolivia
The National Parks of Bolivia and other protected areas encompass a range of different terrains and ecosystems in Bolivia, from the tropical rainforest of the Amazon basin to the high altitudes of the Andes Mountains and the eastern lowlands of Bolivia.
Bolivia is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world, and contains many different ecosystems and habitats, with many plant and animal species. Much of this diversity and its wildlife is protected within the many national parks and other protected areas, covering around 18 million hectares or 17% of the country's total area.
Facilities for tourism at the many national parks in Bolivia are virtually nonexistent and the poor infrastructure of roads makes reaching some of these parks difficult. Also, visiting some of the national parks of Bolivia involves a few day wilderness expedition and setting up a makeshift camps, which is usually only possible with help of a tour guide.
The best time for visiting the national parks of Bolivia is in the dry season from April through November. During the rainy season between November through March, most parks in Bolivia are virtually inaccessible and difficult to get around, which is mostly the case in the Amazon Basin and the eastern lowlands of Bolivia.
Below is a list of Bolivian National Parks divided by the different regions:
Bolivian Andes - Western BoliviaSajama National Park (Parque Nacional Sajama)
This national park is located in the southwestern part of Bolivia in the altiplano of the Andes next to the border of Chile. It protects the unique flora, fauna and spectacular scenery, including Bolivia's highest peak, the extinct Sajama Volcano (6,542 m (21,463 ft). It is also home to herds of vicuñas, llamas, and flamingos, plus geysers and hot springs.
Eduardo Avaroa National Andean Wildlife Preserve
Apolobamba National Management Natural Area
Cotapata National Park (Parque Nacional Cotapata)
Central BoliviaAmboró National Park (Parque Nacional Amboro)
Amboro is located between Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. The northern part of the park can be accessed from Buena Vista or to the south in Samaipata. Ranging from 300m to 3,300m it covers a unique area where the Andean foothills, Amazon basin and eastern plains meet, making it one of the most bio-divers regions in the world.
Carrasco National Park (Parque Nacional Carrasco)
Tunari National Park (Parque Nacional Tunari)
Toro Toro National Park (Parque Nacional Toro Toro)
Iñao National Park (Parque Nacional Iñao)
Isiboro-Sécure National Park and Indigenous Territory (Parque Nacional y Territorio Indígena Isiboro-Secure)
Bolivian Amazon - Northern BoliviaMadidi National Park (Parque Nacional Madidi)
This park is located in the northern part of Bolivia in the Bolivian Amazon. The park can be reached from Rurrenabaque by crossing the Beni River with a small ferry boat over to San Buenaventura. The park is home to a variety of wildlife, with around 1,000 bird species, 6000 plant species. Animals include ten species of monkeys, jaguars, puma, giant anteaters, anacondas, caiman crocodiles, numerous fish species and many of the other typical animals of the Amazon rainforest.
Pilón Lajas Bioreserve (Reserva de Biosfera y Tierra Comunitaria de Origen Pilón Lajas)
Noel Kempff National Park (Parque Nacional Noel Kempff)
South & Southeast BoliviaAguaragua National Park (Parque Nacional Aguaragüe)
This long, narrow park (10km by 111km) protects the transition zone between the Gran Chaco and the highlands of the Tarija Department. Located in the east of the Tarija department, its best-known feature, the Canon de Pilcomayo. The park is accessible from Villamontes and there are many bird species and animal species including jaguar, anteater, armadillo and many other.
Gran Chaco National Park (Parque Nacional Gran Chaco)
Otuquis National Park (Parque Nacional Otuquis)
Map of National Parks of Bolivia, Bioreserves & Other Protected Nature Areas
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