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The nearest town to ONCA is Rurrenabaque (Department of Beni) with approx. 17000 inhabitants. From La Paz city (the nation’s capital) can be reached overland in 18-24 hours (60-70 Bs) or by air in 50 minutes (400 Bs).
If you choose the overland trip do not use the La Paz bus terminal, you have to leave La Paz from the Villa Fatima informal stations.
Approximate exchange rates are 1 $ = 6,80 Bs or 1 € = 7,9 Bs.
Once in Rurrenabaque you have to hire the service of a “peque-peque” (small motorized boat) that in 15-20 minutes (10-20 Bs) traces the Beni River to ONCA, formerly known as “Prudencio Molina”, near Villa Alcira (request to go to donde viven los gringos).
Another option is letting us know in advance and we’ll pick you up at the internet café Ronaldo`s (located in Rurrenabaque “calle Comercio”); in this case we’ll use our boat and transportation fees run on our own.
Feed costs are contributed by each volunteer at 350 Bs/week.
The food in ONCA is basically vegetarian including breakfast, simple lunch and a good dinner.
A full lunch or dinner in Rurrenabaque is between 20 and 50 Bs.
Living conditions in the ONCA camp are quite rustic. We have 3 cabins (indigenous style) enough for 12 people in the larger one and space for 2 or 3 in the smaller one. All of them have mattresses and mosquito nets.
The facility has spring water and shower. There is no electricity, but a small solar panel allows connection to the computer and radio 1.5 hours/day.
The overnight price in Rurrenabaque ranges between 50 and 150 Bs/night.
What to bring
Rurrenabaque town has almost everything you need for life in the bush. Prices tend to be lower than in other countries so we recommend you to acquire them here.
Wellington boots (essential), work clothes, head torch, hat or cap, rain poncho or similar pocketknife, natural soap, medicines (asthma, allergies) and above all, bring very good energy.
Do not bring antimalarial pills, any illegal substance in Bolivia (narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances) and never bring bad mood.
Consult the necessary vaccinations before embarking on the journey.
The contingency of getting some kind of exotic nuisance does exist, the most common is dermal parasitosis and painful stings.
Serious illnesses are not common.
Antidiarrheal tablets and oral rehydratation solutions are recommended.
The visit of insect-sting sensitive volunteers is not recommended