El Beni Journals

Three Amazonian Towns

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A travel journal to El Beni by SeenThat

San Ignacio de Moxos Mission Town Photo, El Beni, Bolivia More Photos
Quote: The stories were discouraging: a Death Road, dengue, malaria, and unidentified parasites were just their beginning. Once there I found myself wondering if I weren't in a beloved place at almost the exact antipode.

Yucumo

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Yucumo Photo, El Beni, Bolivia
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Despite all the Global Village talk, internet, Google Earth, IgoUgo and a myriad of new information tools, maps and information on remote routes remain sketchy; especially so information capable of putting all the relevant, but tiny, data bits available within a logical and workable format. A related problem is that denizens – even travel agents – of these areas seldom can perform these tasks because they lack a traveler’s perspective. They’ll repeat what the local tourism ministry says but they’ll get stuck with simple questions. "But, how do I travel from Trinidad to Cobija?" Embarrassed silence. Big smile. "I can offer you a flight to Rio! Cheap! Cheap! Cheap! Hey, why are you leaving? Come back! R...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 5, 2011

Night Market

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Night Market, Yucumo Photo, El Beni, Bolivia
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One of the joys of traveling in Southeast Asia are the night markets. I couldn’t have been happier – meaning while in the Beni – than when I spotted Yucumo’s night market. It was almost an exact replica of such institutions in Asia. A bit too small, but considering the distance to the original item, it was perfect.A few open stalls were arranged in a single row along the road to Rurrenanbaque, just in front of the bus company branch. Simple roofs provided protection from the rain. Customers sat in benches; the cooks prepared the food next to them in marvelously organized little kitchen...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2011

Hotel Tropical

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Hotel | ""I don’t care how long you stay""

Hotel Tropical Photo, El Beni, Bolivia
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I dislike writing about hotels. More often than not they are unrelated to local culture. Moreover, describing a room doesn’t produce the same joy as summarizing a visit does. Yet, under special circumstances hotels become very important for travelers. Then, understanding what extra-services they can offer is essential.In the Yucumo entry of this journal I explained this little town is the main travel hub of the Beni. One of the main activities awaiting the traveler in such places is … waiting for the departure time. In my way back from Trinidad, I arrived at Yucumo tired, dirty and hungry. Unluck...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2011

Hotel Tropical
Yucumo
El Beni, Bolivia

San Borja

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San Borja Bus Terminal Photo, El Beni, Bolivia
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I had been told San Borja was the Beni’s travel hub. The last tend to be good friends of travelers, thus I have a weakness for them. Since I expect returning to them in future adventures, I pay special attention to details, especially those related to travel. The first relevant sight of San Borja was encouraging. Its bus terminal was unexpectedly large for a tiny village in an Amazonian backyard. The large sign identifying the terminal (the place were I found out this was San Borja; Bolivian roads seldom have signs or milestones and the town apparently preferred to ignore its own name) belonged to a local tr...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 5, 2011

San Ignacio de Moxos Mission Town

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Attraction | "Moxo or Mojo?"

San Ignacio de Moxos Mission Town Photo, El Beni, Bolivia
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San Ignacio de Moxos was an unexpected bonus of this trip. The bus stopped there for a long lunch; in that particular day of May, the town was populated just by denizens and a bus full of hungry Bolivians. The last rushed into the first restaurant they found and left me behind, happy to explore the town unmolested. Dating back to 1689, this town was the third Jesuit Mission founded in the area and is the most faithful to its origins. Every July 31, it celebrates its festival, when the Moxos celebrate their heritage by dancing while wearing their traditional customs, attracting many to this otherwise sleepy village.Moxo or Mojo?"Mojo, Mojeño" the woman told me with pride ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 4, 2011

San Ignacio de Moxos Mission Town
88 Km west of Trinidad
El Beni, Bolivia

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Tel Aviv, Israel