The Bolivian Amazonas area is one of the least known areas of this challenging country.

The Beni River flows down from the towering Andes in to the rain forest pampa, swamps and lakes of North Eastern Bolivia, before meandering on to join the Amazon in Brazil. In the past 20 years I have carried out a number of expeditions to the remote parts of this area and have been able to help a number of poor communities.


Now I have been asked to assist the village of Tres Hermanos on the Beni River. There are 17 families here with around 94 people who urgently need their primary school refurbished and a clean water supply put into operation.

Some while ago, contractors started to install a water supply system. A 30 foot tower was built and a pump installed, but before the system was complete funds ran out. Now the tower needs a 5000 litre water tank. The villagers have no funds but are prepared to work on the project with some expert guidance.


Thus I plan to mount an expedition to repair and refurbish the school, bring in reading glasses for those in need and books for the school. We also aim to install a water storage tank. The cost is estimated at $9400 with material being brought in by large canoes. In addition, our team should include a doctor and a dentist to aid the local people.

At the same time we plan to carry out a reconnaissance of some interesting little-known archaeological sites and study the wildlife in the region with a view to launching a larger scale expedition for the benefit of the area in the future. Of particular interest are the reports of a large, aggressive aquatic creature, possibly a type of caimen (alligator) that we shall investigate.


We plan to assemble in La Paz, capital of Bolivia, visit one of the world’s highest navigable lakes, the sacred Titicaca (12,675 feet) and the legendary Andean city of Tiahuanaco. Then we shall fly to the ancient trading post, Rurrenabaque, the ‘Gateway of the Amazon’ and moving by local canoes to Tres Hermanos to oversee the completion of the work there, examine archaeological sites and use camera traps to study the wildlife.

A fundraising team have events planned to raise the funds for the aid to the village.

We will be posting updates here during the expedition.

For further details please contact us.

John Blashford-Snell

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