10 Things to Do in Rurrenabaque That You Shouldn't Miss

July 13, 2017 Chanda Heide

Rurrenabaque is a small town in the North of Bolivia on the Beni River. It is the capital of Rurrenabaque Municipality. In recent years it has become popular with international tourism as it is an easy gateway for visits to Madidi National Park (within the Bolivian rainforest), as well as the surrounding pampas. Locals commonly refer to the town by its shortened nickname, "Rurre."
Restaurants in Rurrenabaque

1. Max Jungle

Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
Excellent
82%
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4.5 based on 194 reviews

Max Jungle

MAX JUNGLE AGENCY offers unique expeditions deep into the jungle in famous MADIDI NATIONAL PARK close to Rurrenabaque, Bolivia which focus on jungle trekking and survival experience. Tours are from 3-25 days and are completely back-to-basics: you make your own camp, catch your own food, wash or swim in rivers or lakes and carry all your belongings. You will get to visit pristine parts of the jungle by the river TUICHI and learn survival secrets from authentic Indian guides.No chairs, no tables, no beds!NOTE: We have recently changed our name, check our previous reviews on Trip Advisor at bit.ly/15dbEHP and write new reviews on our current profile at bit.ly/14eZkGY

Reviewed By Flouse2000 - Villers-la-ville, Belgium

Friendly staff. Our guide Rene was great, fun and knew a lot! The lodge was correct and the food awesome! We saw a lot of animals. Great experience !

2. Madidi Expeditions - One Day Private Tours

Calle Comercio | Entre Campero y Vaca Diez, Rurrenabaque 000, Bolivia
Excellent
95%
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5 based on 84 reviews

Madidi Expeditions - One Day Private Tours

Reviewed By Okke P - Kortgene, The Netherlands

Started with perfect communication with guide Norman Valdez. He welcomed me at the hotel and explained everything what the plan was. Eveything was well organised, food was great, "camp" was okay (bed was a small problem, but the only small problem) expeditions was great ! Norman spoke perfect English and his knowledge was amazing. Did swim with dolphins ! Only can say Norman, muchas Gracias for a wonderfull experience ! Okke

3. River Yacuma

Rurrenabaque, Bolivia +591 71534309
Excellent
66%
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4.5 based on 152 reviews

River Yacuma

Reviewed By Alice S

We visited during dry season and were lucky with most animals. We saw caymans, caphybaras, pink dolphins, sloths, howler monkeys, other types of monkeys, birds (so many birds) and piranhas. Unfortunately we didn't get to see the anaconda. The river is really beautiful with all the trees and life around it. It is absolutly the place to go when visiting rurrenabque!

4. Bala Tours & Ecolodges

C/ Santa Cruz | Esq. Comercio S/N, Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
Excellent
74%
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4.5 based on 91 reviews

Bala Tours & Ecolodges

Bala Tours is a company of Ecotourism certified sustainable by the municipality of Rurrenabaque, Beni, Bolivia.We are known for our punctuality, safety and responsibility when providing quality service; we work in two important areas that are Pampas of Yacuma that is Grassland with the Eco-Lodge CARACOLES and inside the Madidi National Park in the Jungle with the Eco-Lodge TACUARALES.

Reviewed By sergiovelarde - Madrid, Spain

I have traveled with Bala several times. Pampas and Madidi. Every time a great experience. This is a safe bet if you want to explore the great Bolivian Amazon.

5. Berraco del Madidi-Day Tour

Comercio y Vaca Diez, Rurrenabaque 00000, Bolivia
Excellent
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5 based on 25 reviews

Berraco del Madidi-Day Tour

The EcoCamp is a six hour scenic boat ride up the Beni River.Each trip with Berraco is customized to your interests. We offer a wide variety of adventures like hiking, fishing and rafting, each led by a qualified and experienced guide. Prices include all accommodation, meals and activities.

Reviewed By SLM27 - London

I cannot recommend this company highly enough. Our trip into the jungle was fantastic from start to finish. We did a 4 day/3 night stay and I only wish it could have been longer. We were the only 2 there and we were treated like kings! You go further into the jungle than the other camps so it feels like a true adventure. Gilder our guide was superb. His English was excellent and he told us so much information about the jungle. We saw capuchin, spider and squirrel monkeys, capybara, tortoise and loads of birds, reptiles and insects. And best of all - we were lucky enough to see a jaguar - twice! The accommodation and facilities were far better than many of the B&B's we stayed in in South America. Pedro was our chef and we ate the best food we had in all our time in Bolivia in the jungle. Delicious! Overall this was an unbelievable experience well worth every penny.

6. Escorpion Travels

C/Avaroa Esquina c/Santa Cruz, Rurrenabaque, Bolivia +591 72512828
Excellent
72%
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9%
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9%
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4 based on 51 reviews

Escorpion Travels

Reviewed By Carmen C

Absolutely unforgettable trip with pink river dolphins, cayman and piranhas. We even managed to catch a cobra ! Big shout out to our guide Zamir who was so knowledgeable and you can tell he loves every second of his job ! "TITANIC"

7. Canopy Villa Alcira

Calle Comercio, Frente Oficinas de Aerolineas Amaszonas, Rurrenabaque, Bolivia +591 68042735
Excellent
85%
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5 based on 13 reviews

Canopy Villa Alcira

Reviewed By Jeremiefromparis

This agency is run by a local Tanaka community of 20 families and organise canopy tours on steel cables trough there huge territory next to the madidi national parc.
Me and my girlfriend went there by the advice of a friend running a travel agency and were very surprised by the quality and the beauty of this tour.
We had two very friendly and professionnal guides for us two for this 4h tour starting at 8am.
First we took a boat to the community site located 15mn from rurre, this is a jungle place surronded by montains and the rio Beni, then you walk for 1h in a beautifull trail trough the jungle were we saw monkeys and tucans and had good informatins on trees medicinal plants,and local life, a little ing to the top of a small hill and there things serious start !
They have 9 platform on the top of huge jungle trees and 1200m of steel cable.All the installation has been remade in 2011 and all seem very safe and profesionnal (altough I'm not specialist).The equipement look also very safe and you have a small training and explanations by the guide before starting.
The trip was awsome, you get a lot of speed and adrenaline in those huge cables and you have an amazing vue on the canopy with some birds and also in tje begining on the river an montains, at the end you are more riding inside the forest wich is also amazing, we had so mutch fun!
My girlfriend was very scared and she made it in tandem with one guide and felt very safe.
To summerize it was one of our best ,funniest and most original experience in all dangerous things we did in Bolivia.
First we thaugh it was too expensive(250bs) but considering the hugeness and quality of the installation and service it is realy worth (and you can low the price a little bit).

8. Fluvial Tours

Calle Avaroa | entrance Vaca Diez y Santa Cruz, Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
Excellent
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3.5 based on 104 reviews

Fluvial Tours

Reviewed By stenisen - Stockholm, Sweden

We did both the Pampas and the Jungel tour with Fluvial. The company is cheap and the guides good. BUT I still regreat going with this company cause it's not eco friendly. In the lodge in Pampas they just throw everything straight into the river and on the Jungel tour you go fishing. Fishing in the Madidi national park is illegal!!! We didn't know that at the time so that made us very very upset. Not okay! Not us but two in our group eat a beautiful catfish they caught wich was horrible.
So if you care more about saving money then the environmental and the animal you're there to visit then go with this company. Otherwise choose a eco company. I really regret not doing it. I thought being a backpacker was a excuse for chosing the cheapest option but it really is not. I really regret it now and saving those 30-50 $ was not worth it. Don't do the same mistake.

9. Indigena tours

The Pampas | Few steps close to PRODEM BANK, Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
Excellent
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4 based on 17 reviews

Indigena tours

Indigina Tours is a locally owned tour operator in Rurrenabaque, Bolivia. For more than a decade, we have been sharing Bolivia’s rich culture and stunning natural landscapes with travelers from around the world.

Reviewed By Eleanor G

Excellent! Had an amazing time with Indigena! The Pampas is incredible, food at camp is outstanding and plentiful and enjoyed all the tours hugely. Due to seasonal differences it's not always possible to see Anacondas etc but hugely appreciated that they're not just caught in advance so you can see them like some agencies do. Luis was a really good guide, very friendly and extremely patient and relaxed as well as being very knowledgeable about the region. It may have been slightly difficult for non-Spanish speakers to understand but that wasn't an issue for me luckily. Even without the language, I think people would appreciate the tours as he was always willing to stay for longer to appreciate the surroundings. Office staff extremely helpful and friendly too! Bring lots of repellent and suncream and you should have a great time!

10. Madidi Jungle

Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
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5 based on 6 reviews

Madidi Jungle

Madidi Jungle Ecolodge is a low-impact rainforest eco-venture created and sustained 100% by indigenous people from the heart of Bolivia´s Madidi National Park and open to the visitors in early 2011. The Ecolodge is accessible by a 3 hour boat ride from the amazon town of Rurrenabaque, and is a prime location for wildlife viewing, and serves as the base for a variety of hikes of different lengths.

Reviewed By Itinerantour - St. Barthelemy

We took the 3Days/2Nights tour with Madidi Jungle. We were welcome with great professionalism. We were guided by people who know their job and the jungle. We stayed at the Madidi Ecolodge. The lodge was just perferct. Mosquito nets in our 2 bedrooms, nice and very clean private toilets. Food was just perfect. Made fresh and with local products. Alex (at the Rurrenabaque Office) organizes everything for us in order to make our tour perfect with our 3 kids. About the tour, we & the kids learned so much about plants, medecine, & culture.
Thank you so much.

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