Information about:


Transportation

The nearest town to Freedom 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 € = 8,9 Bs.



Once in Rurrenabaque you have to hire the service of a “peque-peque” (small motorized boat) that in 15-20 minutes (5-10 Bs) traces the Beni River to Freedom, formerly known as “Prudencio Molina”, near Villa Alcira (request go to donde viven los gringos). Another option is letting us know in advance and we’ll pick you up at the Clarivel hostel (located in Rurrenabaque “calle Comercio”); in this case we’ll use our boat and transportation fees run on our own.


Accommodation

Living conditions in the Freedom camp are quite rustic. We have 3 cabins(indigenous style) enough for 2 people each one. All of them have mattresses and moskito nets.



The overnight price in Rurrenabaque ranges between 20 and 80 Bs/night.
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.


Nourishment

Feed costs are borne by each volunteer and range around 450 Bs/week.
The food in Freedom is basically vegetarian including breakfast, simple lunch and a good dinner.
A full lunch or dinner in Rurrenabaque is between 20 and 50 Bs.



The fruit lovers are lucky; the camp has all kinds of fruit during almost the entire year (September-October not fruity season).


what to bring


- shopping area in Rurrenabaque

Rurrenabaque town almost has 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), insect repellent (skip in conservation and density estimation works), 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.



Health


- Policlínic Rurrenabaque

Consult the necessary vaccinations before embarking on the journey. The contingency of getting some kind of exotic nuisance do exists, usually are dermal parasitosis and painful stings.
Serious illnesses are not common and almost any drift in severe pathologies.
Antidiarrheal tablets and oral rehydratation solutions are strongly recommended.
The visit of insect-sting sensitive volunteers is not recommended.