The road to San Ignacio de Moxos

San Ignacio de Moxos, about three hours from Trinidad (the capital of Bolivia’s Beni department), hosts what is surely one of the most spectacular festivals in Bolivia. A tiny village on a miserable dirt road that turns to liquid mud or just gets flooded by Amazonian rivers in the rainy season, San Ignacio is only accessible during the dry season.

Most guide books say that San Ignacio de Moxos isn’t worth the effort unless you go for the fiesta, but our experience was that the journey itself is worth it because the waterways and lagoons that lie along the road are home to a host of wildlife that is easily visible and not very afraid of humans. Luckily, we were able to combine wildlife spotting with San Ignacio de Moxos’ fiesta.

But first, the small task of crossing the Rio Mamore.

In the rainy season none of this is here
It’s fairly common to see these barges loaded with cattle truck or buses
Dismounting at the other side

After crossing the river you spend the next two and a half hours on mud and gravel, but throughout the entire journey there are hawks and vultures, stalks and water birds, river dolphins and alligators to spot – in fact, this journey was one long Bolivian safari.

A blue Coot?
Your guess is as good as mine, but it looks a bit like an Anglican vicar
The road (at least for 6 months of the year)

It was impossible to capture everything on camera, but we must have seen a dozen types of water/wading birds and a similar number of hawks, not forgetting the very exciting river dolphins.

Flipper of a river dolphin – playing with its friends
Snout of a river dolphin

Almost as impressive as the animals is the surrounding countryside, very green and stretching as far as the eye can see.

Views across the Llanos de Moxos
Stork or Heron?

As if one sighting of river dolphins wasn’t enough, we were lucky to see two groups within a short distance of each other.

River dolphins at play
River dolphin
Giant water lilies in flower
Heron or Stork?
Small but dangerous? An alligator
Turkey Buzzard

2 thoughts on “The road to San Ignacio de Moxos

  1. buen dia acabo de enterarme de tu blog y la verdad es que me parece genial no sabia de mas personas interesadas en estos temas, aqui tienes un nuevo lector que seguira visitandote semanalmente.

  2. And no pictures of anyone swimming with piranha in the Amazon?

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