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Bolivia - Sorata to Rurrenabaque "Ride and River"

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Brilliance...best experience probably possible (if you are a mountain biker)!

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A five day trip starting at bleak icy mountain tops at 4,700 metres, down to sea level at the edge of the Amazon. The trip started off with 2 days downhill on a mountain bike covering about 120kms...it was pretty tough riding for a non-biker over loose gravel, sharp turns (on cliff edges...without barriers) so Lucy quickly learned how to control a mountain bike! And it was absolute heaven for Paul especially as the route provided us with breath-taking views across valleys as we descended down into civilisation again. We stayed in some small towns along the way, where we were cooked some tasty local meals.

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These adrenaline packed days were then followed by 3 days down river on a dug out canoe boat, including jungle treks, swimming in rivers and waterfalls! Fantastic food from our cook who served us while we were putting downriver towards Rurrenabaque in the Amazon jungle.

Rurrenabaque is a small town on the bank of the Beni river. There are a few gringo hang out spots where we grabbed some food and drinks with people from the trip as we bumped into them around the little town! We also attempted the hot and sweaty climb up to the lookout with great views back across the lush scene below!

To avoid the hellish 20-35hr bus ride back to La Paz, (depeding on how often the bus breaks down or gets bogged) we decided on the flight, leaving from humid tropical weather and returning to the high altitude cold climate of La Paz in just 40 minutes as mountains literally soared past the window in our small plane!

Posted by TheNomadWay.com 17:00 Archived in Bolivia

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