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Villa Tunari

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According to our original itinerary, we were to visit the jungles of Rurrenabaque after our stint in Cochabamba. But after looking at the map, we altered our plans and instead checked out the jungles of the Chapare province, much closer to Cochabamba and less frequented by tourists. The capital of Chapare is Villa Tunari.

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We spent five days in the jungle climate of Villa Tunari, and had an incredible time. The village is tiny, hot and dusty, but surprisingly easy to adapt to. We found a perfect lodging, Las Gardenias, with a pool, kitchen and comfortable rooms. And the town’s internet shop even allowed us to plug our laptops into their network, providing us with surprisingly fast internet.

Villa Tunari can be thoroughly explored in a couple hours, but we found more than enough to occupy our five days. Jungle excursions are easily arranged, and the lack of tourists is nothing short of miraculous. The great majority of foreigners are volunteers who work at Parque Machía, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of wild animals, and they almost never leave the park’s premises.

Over the next couple days, we’ll be going into detail about the experiences we had in Villa Tunari:

La Jungla in Chipiriri – A fun and probably dangerous “adventure” park near the city

Jungle Trek through the River – Quicksand, fly bites and soaked shoes, oh my!

Hiking in Parque Carrasco – Up into the clouds, with an incredible view of the fog-bathed jungle.

Parque Machía and Inti Wara Yassi – Volunteers help rehabilitate wild animals for release into the jungle; a noble non-profit endeavor, or something else?

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Angostura Lake

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An artificial lake just seventeen kilometers southeast of Cochabamba, Angostura is a popular weekend getaway for stressed-out city dwellers.

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Built in 1945 with the cooperation of Mexico, Angostura was the biggest irrigation project yet attempted in Bolivia, and still provides over 75 million cubic meters of water to the region, and is a gorgeous place to take a short boat ride. We joined a crowded tour around the lake. Although the trip was spent mostly in silence, taking in the scenery, our fellow passengers bid us a strangely fond farewell when we disembarked at one of the restaurants lining the shore. Waving, shouting out goodbyes, wiping tears from reddened eyes. Boating bonds people.

There’s not a lot to do around Angostura except for boat rides and eating. Fish is, predictably, the best thing to order here, especially the pejerrey — mine was fried and delicious. And near the lake, a popular restaurant called Las Carmelitas serves up incredible cheese empanadas which are baked underground.

We can’t really recommend Angostura Lake as one of the “must-see” attractions of Cochabamba, but it certainly serves a nice place to spend a relaxing, and filling, Sunday afternoon.

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