To avoid too many risks and save some time we will go down rio Mapiri with a motor boat. We will eat at the port of Guanay before going for a walk downtown (pop. 2500). We are now in the region of the gold diggers.
Meanwhile Ruben builds and loads our raft. We leave in the afternoon along rio Tipuani for Retama, the first heavenly place along the river. We will spend one day to enjoy the natural pools, canyoning down 25m high crystal clear waterfalls, rappel down a 50m high cliff (and "top rope" climbing for those who bring their climbing shoes), and spend some time with Cello, an hermit who lives here for more than 3 years to remove the precious sap from the rubber tree. The next day we start with one of the little tricky steps of the river before resting in "Mallalla" last town along the river until our arrival. We'll also visit the settlers and negotiate some fruit from the tree. If we're lucky the river will provide us with fish for dinner. In the evening, a fire on the beach will brighten our meal. At night a short tour on foot in the jungle. The next day awaits us with new bathing in natural pools, a visit of a family lost in the forest, fruits, a beach, fishing or slackline. Who knows? maybe we arrive at the border between the national park Madidi and the protected area by the natives "Pilon Lajas." A Canyon before or after breakfast, the river quiet thereafter. A walk in the jungle this time much less dense at ground level. The opportunity to see monkeys and wild pigs that thrive in the Nacional Park Madidi. We will take the opportunity to climb to the treetops, to better appreciate how every tree is inhabited by hundreds of animals and plants.
The last day we will cross one last Canyon just before Rurrenabaque. The Canyon is the last small ridge of the Andes. In Rurrenabaque we are now definitely in the Amazon basin. We will eat delicious fish on the banks of the river and take the plane 7:10 Saturday morning to spend one last day in La Paz.
Physical activity: After more than 16 challenging days, welcome on a raft. Apart from a few minutes per day where you'll have to paddle vigorously, you will be able to rest quietly on the raft between two activities charged with adrenaline.
Climate: Again, the word "rainforest" tells us that there is raining from time to time. Although we expect less rain during this period of the year it would be surprising to fully avoid the rain. Even though it is humid, the temperatures are warm and the sun strokes hard. Again, we provide enough to keep your stuff dry.