Alto Tequeje

ALTO TEQUEJE – THE GOLD ROAD

15 DAY PROGRAMME

DAY 1
07:00 Reception in office with tea or coffee. Repack backpacks with equipment, food and water provided by Mogli. Store unneeded articles in the lockers. Introduction to the guides.
07:30 Travel by 4×4 jeep from San Buenaventura to Tumupasa.
12:00 Lunch at Tumupasa, visit the lookout point to see the jungle and pampas of the River Beni.
14:00 Travel on by jeep to the bridge over the River Tequeje.
16:00 From the bridge, enter the jungle walking an hour to the first camp, make jungle camp and accommodating equipment. After dinner, make the traditional ceremony for the Pachamama (mother earth) to ask for protection and luck during the trip.

DAY 2-DAY 3
07:00 Breakfast
08:00 Preparation of the equipment for the next 3 days trekking.
09:00 Trekking along the River Tequeje parts of the walk are in shallow water (water up to the ankles/knees) or on the beach/rocks and parts are inside the jungle. The river allows us to see kingfishers, herons and so many different butterflies. Camps are made in different places each night. The guide will point out and explain about the flora and fauna, toxic plants, seasonal fruit and flowers we see on the way. He will also teach you how we use plants in our medicines. With luck we can see monkeys, wild boars, snakes, a variety of birds and a multitude of insect life.

DAY 4-DAY 5-DAY 6
Crossing the mountains. Steep trekking up to the summit aprox. 1100 m.a.s.l. (with views to Perú) and down the other side. With a full pack and a couple of days trekking to take the spring out of your step this is possibly the most physically challenging part of the tour. Making fresh camps every night your guide will take time out to show you the secrets of this higher jungle. You can also investigate different streams which you find along the way to go in search of animals such as spider monkeys that live on this higher ground or just to go exploring in untouched jungle.
16:00 Arrive at River Madidi, build the camp where you will stay for two nights to catch a much needed breather and to delve into the mountains or up to the river source and enjoy the jungle without that clumsy backpack. This is the most pristine part of the jungle so you’re going to take the opportunity to follow the animal footprints and creep around after wildlife far away from other people. If you haven’t already spotted them it’s a really good place to see all the monkeys (capuchin, squirrel, howler, marmosets), ocelots, wild boar and tapir.

DAY 7
Construction of a balsa raft. This involves cutting the fast growing balsa tree, stripping it and tying it together with natural string. This raft will carry you and all your equipment for the next 6 days so make sure it’s a good one.

DAY 8-DAY 9-DAY 10-DAY 11-DAY 12-DAY 13
Ride the raft downriver to ride to the Madidi National Park guard’s camp. This is the more relaxing part of the trip, you’ll get to take it easy in the sun and watch the jungle go by. Lots of animals come down to the river to drink and without the noise of footsteps or a motor it can be a really good time to spot animals, birds and other water-loving wildlife. With luck you’ll see tapir, capybara, ocelots, giant otters, caiman, and turtles. But don’t get too comfortable, you’ll need to keep the raft on course, there are rapids to cross and you’ll need to fish for you dinner. The fish here can be 10kg or bigger so landing one can be quite a challenge and you’ll learn to cook them the traditional ways in leaves or bamboo canes. There will also be hikes and camps to build every night so this is a great time to practice and build on those jungle survival skills.

DAY 14
8:00 Walking to the indigenous community El Tigre. As you arrive you’ll begin to see the change in the jungle as the land nearer the community has been used for agriculture. In the community you will see the traditional way of life, their homes and school.
13:00 Lunch in the community.
14:00 Walking and/or land transport to Ixiamas. We’ll be travelling along an infrequently used dirt road between El Tigre and Ixiamas, timber trucks use this road and you might be able to catch a ride on the back.

DAY 15
09:00 Meet with the jeep and return to Rurrenabaque.
17:00 Arrive at the office in Rurrenabaque.

END OF TOUR.

Important Information
• Every group has a guide and a cook. There is the option of a porter for an additional cost.
• During the entire tour the Guide will explain about plants (medicinal and toxic), insects, animals and ways to survive in the jungle (location, how to find water, start a fire, typical cooking methods etc.).
• Participation in the trek requires a good state of health. This expedition is extreme trekking, including walks in water, up mountains and in the jungle. There is no option to turn back, the only way out is to complete the trek.
• Everyone has to carry at least 25kg and the food includes fish for most of the journey. There is no vegetarian option of other types of special diet.
• The ideal tour is 20 days, with rests and more time in each camp, night walks and more time to look for animals. 15 days is the fastest possible tour, walking almost all day, every day.
• For climatic reasons (rain, floods etc.) or social situations (strikes, road blocks etc.) that are out of control of the company, the start of the tour may be delayed and it is important to realize that for these same reasons tours may also return a day or two late.
• The area is not accessible for all of the year. Depending on weather the crossing of the streams and rivers may be impossible.
• Max Jungle Agency will do everything possible for your satisfaction, the most important thing is that you return safe and happy.