In this page are shown pictures of the Bolivian Amazon region. It is an area of wild beauty, where the San Simón hills sink into the Amazon plains, furrowed with rivers whose caudals show a wide variation. During the dry station, from May through October, most rivers barely allow the use of indian canoes and small motorboats, while during the rainy season, from October through April, the levels grow about four or five meters, going out of "mother", flooding vast areas of the jungle.
Eduardo Ferreyra and Prof. César Miranda lived four straight years in this region during the early stage of construction of the Anaconda Lodge, an Operating Base for Adventure and Ecological Travel that has not been finished -although we hope to find a partner for a "joint venture" in order to set the activities going.
The Lodge is located at the Río Blanco riverside, about 800 meters from the Guarayo indian village of Urubichá (Black water, in guarayo). There was founded a jesuitic Mission back in the 17th century, updated in 1986 by a Swiss foundation that, keeping the classic Jesuitic style, gave the church what I call -jockingly- the "Amazonian LeCorbusier".
After the erection of Lodge started, a strong current of touristic interest developed, and many people and organizations in Santa Cruz de la Sierra helped to finally install in the Urubichá Mission the Bolivian National Academy of Music. This was the consequence of the amazing success obtained -even at international levels- by the Guarayo Children Choir that obtained the First Prize during the First International Congress of Barroque Music, held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in 1997. The children choir sings every Saturday and Sundays during the 11:00 O'clock Mass, along with the string orchestra composed by guarayo teenagers. Cellos and violins are hand made by their guarayo parents, following the ancient techniques inherited from the Spanish Jesuits.
Front of the church at the Urubichá mission. It has a steeple with two big and three smaller bells with whom the guarayo youngsters play "concerts" on Saturdays and Sundays, just before the Mass start.
|Partial view of the Urubichá village, whose dwellings are bulit mostly with mud bricks -adobe- and thatched roofs with "Motacú", the local palm tree. Many shacks use the traditional type of walls made with palm leaves weaved like baskets.|
|View of the Anaconda Lodge during its construction. Built using only materials from the region, it has thick adobe walls, tall columns 9 meters high made of "cuchi", the hardest know wood, hand carved by the indian artisans, will have, however, all the comfort that travelers and adventurers could reasonably ask in the heart of the Amazon.|
It is amazing the abundamce of exotic birds and other kind of wildlife as jaguars, deers, black caimans, tapirs, ant eaters, pecaris, "tatú carretas", howler and other kind of monkeys. It is a photographer's paradise.
|A brief rest during a downriver expediton in the Río Blanco. Trips in the river can vary from an hour to several days, according the desires and interest of travelers.|
|Left to right: Máximo Walpock, chief of guarayo indian guides; Lt. Cnel. A. García; Eduardo Ferreyra, and Prof. César Miranda, on departure to an expedition downriver. (January, 1995).|
|A precarious bridge crosses a creek in the road between Yaguarú and Urubichá. Life in the region is Camel Trophy type.||A fisherman from Córdoba, Argentina, show a 31 kg "coronel", while Máximo Walpock holds a 22 kg specimen.||The lunch has been just hunted: a "jochi calucha" will be the meal of four very hungry jungle travelers.|
|Guarayos indian children love to bath in the river, where they go to enjoy their free time after class -if they must not help their parents in the family crop ("chaco"). Although is a piranha, rays, anaconda, and electric eel infested river, there are no accidents recorded in the village neighborhood.|
Hammocks woven by the guarayo women are famous in Germany, where the German missionary, Father Walther Neuwirth send them for collecting funds for the indian community of Urubichá. Guarayos are also famous for their skill in wood carving and the making of the traditional bamboo violins.
The Lodge Anaconda project has a 5 hectares surface, and the plan shown above represents the final stage of the development. Located in a 3 meters high ravine at the Río Blanco riverside, it has a beautiful view of the small lake "La Madre" of Urubichá. It wil have 12 bungalows of 4 rooms each, private bathrooms, cold and hot tap water, kitchinette and "frigdgebar". The lodge will have a swimming pool, tennis court, and soccer field. It will also have entertainment and playrooms for the nights -or quite rainy days. The floating dock will make easy the boarding of passengers to rubber boats. From the dock can be seen, every morning, how caimans play and feed in the lake in front of the lodge.
We are presently looking for a partner who would like to form a "joint-venture", provide the necessary funds to finish the building and start receiving tourists from all over the world, eager to have a real "adventure" in the Amazon jungle. We have already invested a little over $ 200,000 (american dollars), and it's needed between $60,000 to $ 100,000, depending on the degree of comfort and equipment (rubber boats, all terrain vehicles, a small bus for the trip from Santa Cruz, etc). In case you are an adventurous investor, eager to work in this exciting business, we'll be glad to hear from you. For more detailed information, (pictures, full blueprints, videos) please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated on July, 6th, 2002. Soon, more pictures of the Amazon jungle, expeditions, life and uses of the Guarayo Indians in the Bolivian Amazon, Jibaro indians (shuaras) in Ecuador, and other aboriginal people of the Brasilian Amazon.
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