Hinterlands of Santa Cruz

Towards Brazil and Paraguay are some of Bolivia's wildest places. With the road stopping 150 km before the park, Parque Nacional Kaa-Iya del Gran Chaco is an isolated behemoth. The exceptionally diverse Parque Nacional Noel Kempff Mercado is also huge - big enough to make Conan Doyle's Lost World seem still plausible - and covers a striking range of ecosystems, from plateaux to wetlands, forests to mountains. San Matías is another monster park, but little visited, and Parque Nacional Otuquis is home to Bolivia's own slice of the world-famous Pantanal.

The hinterland does not end at the Bolivian frontier. To the east lies the Brazilian Panatanal, and to the southeast the endless Chaco, traversed by a single legendary road from Bolivia to Paraguay. And everywhere, there are endless possibilities for off-the-beaten-path exploration.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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