of plains and marshes. Waste of swamps, rivers and lagoons. Without
any doubt, the biological station of Beni -that has a territorial
extension of 1,350 square kilometers- stores surprising and wonderful
tropical places that every lover of the paradisiac places should
As soon as
one enters to this immense tropical forest, the caw of the birds
cause a pleasing surprise; then, we only need to walk to start
discovering numerous natural attractions as the lagoon of Normandía:
one of the most visited corners in the station where the traveler
will be able to appreciate numerous species of mammals and aquatic
birds that travel and overfly the area.
cavalcades. Walks by tropical forests that give shelter to restless,
savages or innocent wild animals. To stroll by paths full with
greenery and magic; these are only some of the activities that
can be developed in the biological station, located southwest
of the department of Beni, between the counties of Yacuma and
by the banks of some rivers and resting at the base of one of
the imposing trees, you may visit the pre columbian archaeological
remains of Moxos, where the embankments built by an ancient culture
will astonish you.
variety of flora and fauna species found in the biological station
is simply amazing. Until now, 2,000 species of vascular plants
have been registered. Many of them, unfortunately, are in extinction
danger, such as the cedar (Cedrela odorata), the violet tajibo
(Tabebuía heptaphylla) and the palo maría (Callophyllum
The palm pachiuva
(Socratea exorrhiza) is also found here, as well as the , jatata
(Geonoma sp.), the mara or mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) and
the cuchi (Astronium sp.).
is varied and fabulous. The river turtle is among the most important
species (Podocnemis unifilis) and has been included in a special
program to avoid their definitive disappearance due to the constant
and frequent dangers in the area.
The nice and
colorful species of birds like the herons, the harpy (Harpia harpyja),
the black duck (Cairina moschata) and the endemic Turdus haplochrous,
among others that inhabit this area, are also remarkable.
of more than 100 species of mammals is also registered. Among
these species we find the pejichi (Priodontes maximus), the jaguar
(Panthera onca), the swamp deer (Odocoileus dichotomus) and species
of primates like the marimono (Ateles paniscus) and the manechi
We also find other animals as the river peta (Podocnemis unifilis),
the lizard (Cayman crocodilus), the black cayman (Melanosuchus
niger), piyo (American Rhea), the monkey four eyes (Aotus tripirgartus),
the river wolf (Lutra lingicudis) and the sicurí (Eunectes
programs of care and protection are not elaborated, these marvels
of the nature will disappear in damage, not only of Bolivia but
also of the whole planet.
At a height
of 220 m.a.s.l. and with a tropical climate- families of the indigenous
group of the Chimanes -who keep and practice their ancestral rites
and customs- live in the Biological Station of Ben.
As a way to
conserve the station -declared by the UNESCO as a Reserve of Biosphere-
an integral plan has been traced between diverse Bolivian institutions
and the group of indigenous Chimanes, so that the conservation
and care of the area become real.
the most serious threats that the biological station of Beni faces
are the increase of the stealthy hunters of diverse fauna species,
as well as the illegal exploitation of the diverse wooden varieties
existing in the area, disastrous activities that should be banished
by the man himself.
doubt, Beni is one of the most important centers in the world
for the conservation and investigation of renewable natural resources.
At the moment, it is directed and administered by the National
Academy of Sciences.
The Biological Station of Beni is waiting for being admired, studied
and, mainly, preserved. Only on this way, the future generations
will have the enormous privilege of knowing an area privileged
by the nature.