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BENI
SECRETARÍA DEPARTAMENTAL DE TURISMO Y CULTURA
Dirección: Edif. Central Plaza Ballivián, acera Sur
Teléfono: (591 – 3) 346-24831 / 4620665 int 116
FAX: (591 - 3) 4652157
The department of Beni is located within the Bolivian Amazon. It is a region with a great variety of unique flora and fauna species. It features extensive plains that represent a natural wealth and a rich Amazonian forest where awesome rivers of many colors converge.

Beni is also known as the territory of the Great Moxos, a land of infinite mysteries and unparalleled charms. It was also the site of several expeditions beginning in the year 1538. The Jesuits funded missions and, together with the various ethnic groups, established the basis for a community culture, only to be banished many years later.

Beni is the land of rubber and almonds, of plains and livestock, of exuberant beauty and a wealth of traditions – where the down-to-earth people harvest hospitality and joy. The capital is Trinidad, a place that houses nature, culture, history and ancient traditions.
  • IN THE CITY  
    • THE TRINIDAD CATHEDRAL.
      It is a very large modern temple. It showcases the eclectic tastes of the period, with its white facade in a neo-romantic style, two high bell towers with a central block in between that opens into the lower body of the church. There is a great rosette in the upper level, and a mosaic medallion, which represents the holy trinity to which the church is bestowed.
      NATIVE TOWN COUNCIL CHURCH AND ARTISAN CENTER.
      The church is located to the southeast of the city where the indigenous community´s government body holds its meetings. Across is the Artisan Center that represents a space for production and commercialization of the varied and creative traditional handicraft of the Moxos.
      THE KENNETH LEE ETHNO-ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM.
      It sits atop an artificial hill cut and surrounded by lagoons where Regia Victoria and the Tarope grow. This suggestive environment attempts to visually recreate the look of a Moxo landscape. The museum displays archeological finds from that great pre-Columbian civilization known as the Kingdom of Moxos.
      ICHTHYOLOGY MUSEUM.
      With over 400 varieties of fish, this constitutes one of South America´s most important collections. This center displays the richness of Beni´s aquatic fauna, which stems from rivers in the Amazon valley such as Madre de Dios, Beni and the Mamoré.
  • SURROUNDINGS  
    • The surroundings of Trinidad offer a great variety of activities for visitors. The lagoons, forests, rivers and plains allow for a direct contact with nature and the archeological heritage. A wealth of folklore is testament to a persistent missionary culture.
      SUÁREZ LAGOON.
      Just 5 minutes from the city, over asphalted road, this is an ideal site for those who want to enjoy water sports, observe the local fauna or simply relax. There are many resorts and spas on the shores of the lagoon, which are popular weekend spots.
      ALMACÉN PORT.
      Only 11 Km. from Trinidad, it is a commercial port on the Ibare river, flowing from Mamoré. During the rainy season it becomes abundant in its flow. It connects the Beni capital with the department of Cochabamba, Santa Ana del Yacuma and Guayamerin. It features small restaurants, which offer a variety of fish. It is often visited during the summer by tourists who await cargo ships to have an adventure on the Mamoré river.
      VARADOR PORT.
      It has become a great lagoon due to a shift in the Mamore´s riverbed. It is visited throughout the year by people who wish to enjoy its waters, fishing for sport and sampling of culinary delights.
      SUÁREZ HILL.
      At 12 Km. northeast of Trinidad, it is another mute witness to the wealth of rubber and chestnuts. Impressively tall palm tres adorn the entrance to this hill, atop which the Rómulo Suárez Mausoleum rests. There is also a small township with a port on the Ibare river.
      BALLIVIÁN PORT.
      This is a small town, 8 Km from Trinidad, on the shores of Ibare River. It constitutes a place for nature walks where one can delight in many exquisite samplings of fish.
      CHUCHINI.
      Which means “The Tiger´s Den”, is a rehabilitation center for wild animals that sits atop an artificial pre-Hispanic hill and offers a variety of natural landscapes and endles species of firds.
      LORETO.
      This was the first Jesuit Mission of Moxos, founded on 1682 on the shores of Mamoré river by Father Pedro Marban and some 600 Mamoré natives. Today it is the religious center for Virgen de Loreto, Reina y Mamita de las Lagrimas (Our Lady of Loreto, Queen and Mother of our Tears).
      CASARABE.
      This is a small town, 51 Km away, on the asphalt road to Santa Cruz. It is a scenic and welcoming place near which you can find Ibiato, the community of the Siriono natives.
      SAN IGNACIO.
      This is a living display of the deep relationship between the Jesuit traditions and the popular native beliefs. Its folklore is characterized by an abundance of plumage and colorful garments used by the Macheteros, as well as the moxeño musical instruments, very traditional to this region.
      GUAYARAMERÍN.
      This border town sits on the shores of the Mamore River to the northeast of the country. Together with Riberalta, it makes for two centers with a strong production and commercialization of Amazonian products as well as tourism.
      RURRENABAQUE, REYES AND SANTA ROSA.
      This represents an ideal choice for trips that put one in contact with nature. Visitors can observe infinite plant life and a variety of animal species, especially birds of many beautiful colors. It is also the best place to come into contact with indigenous communities and marvel at their ancestral traditions.
      SAN BORJA.
      This is small town with very urban characteristics. It has become a center for artisan development and farming. 50 Km. away, one can find Beni´s Biosphere Preserve Biology Station.
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