An intense day of adventure in the waterfall Ahlfeld in Noel Kempff Mercado National Park with plane landing in “Piso Firme”


On 1906, the president of the British Royal Geographical Society held talks with Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett. The conversation was referring to the great economic potential of South America. The president of the British Royal Geographical Society placed a map in front of the Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett and said, “Look at this area! It’s full of blank spaces because no one knows almost nothing about it. “Then the president of the Royal Geographical Society British Colonel Fawcett proposed a mission to explore the region. Then Colonel Fawcett accepted.

In his diaries, Colonel Fawcett described the heavily forested slopes of the Bolivian plateau, which is now known as the Huanchaca Plateau. Colonel Fawcett named the region “a lost world.” The diaries and photographs of Colonel Fawcett inspired to write the novel “The Lost World” by the English writer Arthur Conan Doyle. In the novel, the writer is describing a mythical world of “homens-monkeys” and dinosaurs that have survived to modern times. Today, this largely unexplored part of Amazonia includes the magnificent Noel Kempff Mercado National Park. In Bolivia, on 2000, the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park was declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site because of the extraordinary scenic beauty and the unique flora and fauna.

In May 1925, Fawcett wrote in a letter to his wife about the adventurous expedition. It was the last time you gave Colonel Fawcett news, and his disappearance remains a mystery.

he Noel Kempff Mercado National Park was created on July 28, 1979, with the original name of Huanchaca National Park. In 1988, the National Park is named after the Bolivian biologist Noel Kempff Mercado, who was murdered on the plateau by drug traffickers after finding by chance an illegal laboratory for cocaine manufacture.

The Noel Kempff Mercado National Park has an average temperature of 25 ° C and the wettest months are January and February.

You can reach the park by land or air. In both cases we pass through the towns of the Jesuit Missions of the Bolivian Chiquitania. When the visitor has the opportunity to enjoy the contact with nature and to receive the necessary information to understand the natural relationships, it changes the perception of their relationship with life.

Flor de Oro camp, located north of the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, on the river Iténez is the perfect area to stop and observe the flight of birds, stroll along the river and admire the beauty of the londras (Pteronura brasiliensis) and freshwater dolphins (Inia geoffrensis). During the rainy season the magnificent falls “Ahlfeld” and “Arco Iris” offer an indescribable show. At any time, major attractions are nearby bays, nature trails, camp protection “Las Torres” and camp “Cayman Lake”

Moreover, in the southern part of the Noel Kempff Mercado Park, a distance of 35 kilometers from the community of Florida is Los Fierros camp of Noel Kempff Mercado Park, located in the southern part of the park, where visitors can get the Caparú Plateau, described in 1909 by the English explorer Percy Fawcett. You can also visit the “El Encanto”waterfall, with more than 80 meters high, and within walking distance of the large tracts of Amazon forest, savannah and other places of observation and fascinating visit.

The Noel Kempff Mercado National Park is located 800 km from the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, in the north-eastern department of Santa Cruz. It is close to the border with Brazil at an altitude between 100 m and 750 m.

The Noel Kempff Mercado National Park is a biogeographic climatic transition zone where the influences converge in the Amazon region (north), the subtropical dry forest (south), the “cerrado Brazilian” (east) and the Chiquitano forest (to West). The Noel Kempff Mercado National Park has a high conservation value. The Noel Kempff Mercado National Park is part of the extension of the Brazilian Shield. The Noel Kempff Mercado National Park is one of the most extensive elevations in the region.

The Noel Kempff Mercado National Park covers an area of 1,523,446 hectares, has with landscapes of incomparable beauty. The “green” river and the “Pauserna” river are rivers on the plateau Caparú. In the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park are the Iténez, Paragua, Pauserna, Green and Tarvo rivers, Chaplin and Bella Vista lakes and impressive waterfalls “Ahlfeld,” “Arco Iris” and “El Encanto” with a height of 100 and 80 meters high.

Studies have been about 2700 species of higher plants and it is estimated that there could be about 4000 species of plants in general. The natural wild landscape has precious wood trees, forests have unique species of orchids, bromeliads and many other plants of shapes and colors that complement the natural attraction of the spectacle of Noel Kempff Mercado National Park.

Due to its characteristics, the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park contains animal populations diverse and unique species in Bolivia. They live in this jungle swamp deer, jaguars, monkeys, foxes, brightly colored macaws, caimans and various species. Its rivers retain an incredible wealth of fish.

To delight your eyes with the natural beauty of the place, by resting the spirit and providing a clean air to breathe, there are tourist sites. The Noel Kempff Mercado National Park has high cliffs and waterfalls in the mountains of Precambrian geological period and the excellent condition in which it is located, make this place a destination of great interest for ecotourism.

The most interesting sites are the Bay of orchids, the viewpoint of monkeys, the cliffs of the plateau “Caparú” and cataracts “Arco Iris”, “Ahlfeld” and “El Encanto”.

This time it is proposed to walk a long day in the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, via a flight of plane that leaves the airport in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and lands on the Piso Firme camp in the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park with the authorization of the National Service of Protected Areas for immediate access to a boat with outboard to slide for 5 or 6 hours in the rainy season and up to 9 hours in dry weather through Iténez river and later by the Pausern river a. Finally the boat sails to the camp Pauserna. From the Pauserna, camp you walk 30 minutes to get to see the Ahlfeld waterfall. So after you return to the start of the tour in the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park to retake the plane and come to rest in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Throughout the walk, you eat a snack on the tour. To navigate using the boat of intense adventure, you see the majesty of the flora and fauna of the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park.

 The cost of the tour includes:

Private transport for the round trip by plane for 4 people, and hopes
Private transportation round trip boat with outboard for 4 people
Food (lunch excursion)
Refreshments during the rides (water and fruit)
Visits to tourist sites mentioned
Interaction with villagers and local guide Noel Kempff Mercado Park
Depending on visitors, there is a guide in Spanish, French, English, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese.

The cost of the trip excludes:
Mosquito repellent
Sunscreen Block
Hat sunscreen
Extra walking shoes when walking shoes are wet or dirty mud
Socks, towel, swimwear
Raincoat
Camping

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