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Riberalta


Riberalta

Riberalta is a low-lying Bolivian city in the Amazon Basin.  Its situated on the south-east bank where the major rivers of the Madre de Dios and Beni converge.  Its population is estimated at about 90,000 inhabitants, making it the second largest city in the department behind capital Trinidad.

History
Since the mid-nineteenth century, explorers ventured into this remote area of the amazon as a trade post because of its unique location at the convergence of two colossal rivers.  Eventually the area became an economic center of northern Bolivia and on February 3, 1894 the town was founded by approximately 2,000 inhabitants.

Economy
Riberalta is a perhaps the world’s largest exporter of the Amazon almond (Bertholletia excelsa) also known as Brazil nut.  Brazil nut collecting and processing is a source of work for thousands of families, generating direct and indirect income, with exports exceeding 30 million annually. The city also produces exotic Amazonian fruits, gold, rubber and tropical woods.

Climate
Riberalta is located 130 meters above sea level surrounded by thick jungle.  Located in the Amazon Basin, its climate is warm and humid all year.  Rainy season is typically from December through March.