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Weekend Activities in and around Riberalta

Weekends in Riberalta do not equal weekends in La Paz. Our little city in the Amazon has exactly one club and one bar, neither have been visited extensively. However, this should by no means imply that volunteers spend their weekends doing nothing. In contrary, aside from weekly activities, such as movie nights, shared dinners and various Sunday activities, volunteers also get to spend their weekends in several ways which definitely do not include boredom. This blog post will give you an idea of what to do in and around Riberalta. Last weekend we spent both Saturday and Sunday at the […]Read More »
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“My job with SB is really diverse, but every project includes children”

Packing my bags, hours of flights, waiting, flights again, waiting again, and finally landing. My first steps in Riberalta’s are a bit uncertain, overcome by the heat. Five minutes later, I’m already roaming the bustling streets of the city on the taxista’s motorbike. I arrive at the volunteer house, am welcomed by these new people i will share the next months with, settle into my new bedroom, and wander along the stalls of the Mercado San Jose (5 minutes away by foot from the house) in search of the ingredients of my first meal here.  By the end of the […]Read More »
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Birdwatching in the Aquicuana Reserve – The Big Day

On October the 8th, also known as “The Big Day”, myself and five other eager (mainly) amateur birdwatchers put on our best hiking shoes and covered ourselves in mosquito repellent to tackle the jungle. That day we wandered the Aquicuana reserve to witness and identify as many birds as we possibly could. In a reserve such as Aquicuana, holding up to 302 identified bird species and many potential more to be added, this should not be too difficult. Thus, with the help of the field guide prepared by Sustainable Bolivia’s volunteers and the biologist Vincent Vos we managed to contribute […]Read More »
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Promoting Ecology in a Local School

The main goal of Sustainable Bolivia is to promote sustainable development and the preservation of the environment in the Bolivian Amazon, especially in the two communities living in the Aquicuana Reserve. Indeed, two communities live in this Reserve, Warnes and San José. Therefore, we truly believe that we must raise  awareness and sense of responsibility on this 20,000-hectare natural space of jungle and wildlife. Thus, even if all generations must feel affected and responsible, we think that it is essential to focus our work towards future generations to give them the power of change, whether this is at home or […]Read More »
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Why a community based ecoturism project in Aquicuana?

As we have already explained, one of the works of Sustainable Bolivia is to study biodiversity in the Aquicuana reserve with several purposes, for example to develop ecotourism in the region. And why developing ecotourism in Aquicuana? There are several reasons and here are some of these: Support local communities A community-based ecotourism project allows the inhabitants of the two rural communities of the Aquicuana Reserve to become tourist guides and provide services to the visitors they receive. It offers at the same time to the communities the opportunity to play a role in generating the movement of production and […]Read More »
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More than 300 species of birds registered in the Aquicuana Reserve

As we have explained in a previous blog, one of the works of Sustainable Bolivia is to study biodiversity in the Aquicuana reserve with several objectives, for example to develop ecotourism in the region. Every year several species disappear and natural habitats are being destroyed due to over exploitation. The role of Sustainable Bolivia is to protect the 20,000 hectares of the Reserve so that it does not happen. For that we have several projects which you can discover on the NGO’s website. If you are interested in protecting and conserving nature, it is definitely worth coming to Riberalta to […]Read More »
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The experience of an Art Resident in Riberalta

At last, I was arriving in Bolivia – it was easy enough to make the decsion to leave London for a month considering it was winter time there and it was a long-held dream of mine to travel to South America. I felt the first waft of heat as I arrived at Riberalta airport to be met by Sasha and Erik who whisked me off to the nearby house where I would be staying. A room and bathroom with a separate space to work – what more could I want to spend my time and to create some paintings? A large kitchen and […]Read More »
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