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Lake Tumichucua, one of Riberalta’s seven wonders

Lake Tumichucua is one of Riberalta municipality’s seven tourist wonders, located at the North of the
Beni department, on the Madre de Dios River banks, near the Brazilian border.

This body of water, which in the Tacana indigenous language means “Matacus Island”, has 3.4 square
kilometers, not counting the inner island that covers 0.66 square kilometers. The latter is shaped like a
drop of water and, according to local belief, “it moves at night.”

The community offers various water entertainment options, such as canoeing, slides, jet skis, or simply
enjoying swimming. In addition, visitors can take canoe rides on the north end of the lake and in the
middle of the low forest, where there can be found cocoa plants and motacu palm trees. The tour takes
you to the Peking Lake shores, where alligators and anacondas live, and where visitors can experience a
close encounter with local wildlife.

The area is also perfect for hiking and observing the local plant diversity, including the gigantic mapajo
trees with enormous crowns.

As for gastronomy, Amazonian dishes can be enjoyed such as pacu head soup, pacu sudado with
parboiled banana masaco, deep fried paiche, chicken stew and fried pacu, among others.

This Riberalta community tourism initiative also offers tours to these attractions:

  • Motacu Island
  • Mapajos
  • Banana and papaya chaco
  • Plantain or chila flour plant.
  • Horseback riding.
  • Peking island


Beni Department, Vaca Diez province, 20 kilometers from Riberalta city.
See map:

Best time to visit:

  • All year.
    Way to get there:
  • On your own or public transport from Riberalta. Essential clothing and accessories:
  • Rain suit
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Waterproof rubber boots or high shoes
  • Moisturizer


  • Dishes from Bs 20 ($us 3)
  • Communal houses lodging from Bs 50 ($us 7)
  • Private lodging from Bs 80 ($us 12)


  • Mobile service coverage: Yes


  • Erlin Moreno Sarabia: + (591) 74729524
  • Diego Nishijara: + (591) 67357100

This content is taken from the “Soy Bolivia” verified guide, prepared in April 2023 with information
provided by organizations and communities involved. This guide is updated annually to ensure its
validity. In order to suggest a community tourism venture, free of charge, you are welcome to send a
WhatsApp message to the number (591) 70079347.

•   Note: Prices are updated to May 2023.

Warning. The images in this guide were provided by representatives of the involved communities, who assured that they use these photographs for the respective promotions of their ventures.


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