Rurrenabaque (Bolivia) is not an easy destination but it is the starting point for the 3-night Pampas trek. From Trinidad, it’s a 14-hour gruelling bus ride (in dry conditions) over barely recognisable dirt tracks. This trip includes your bus being transported on a ‘ferry’ (wooden raft) pushed across a tributary by a small wooden canoe and small outboard. Imagine if this river is swollen from rains and the current is flowing much stronger. From Rurrenabaque, a 4×4 jeep drives northeast for approximately 3.5 hours near the Yacuma River where your dugout canoe awaits for you to travel up the river looking for Capuchin monkeys, dolphins, Capybaras, turtles, Caimans, and a wonderful variety of bird life. Over the next couple of days you trudge through the Savannahs’ swamps in leaky gum boots searching for the ever elusive world’s largest snake “the Anaconda”, which our group never found. But this didn’t dishearten anyone as throughout the trek, small playful Capuchin Monkey’s climb frantically up and down the trees. Their inquisitiveness of humans is relentless but then again, perhaps they’re just searching for food.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | August 05
Award Score: 67 (Value 13, Clarity 13, Composition 16, Style 12.5, Skill 12.5)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Wildlife Photography
Photograph Location: Madidi National Park, Amazon Basin | Bolivia
Photographer: Nilla Palmer (Brisbane, Australia) Registered
A Freelance Photographer with a passion for travel, candid, street, documentary, and landscape photography. Interchanging between digital and film mediums produces the desired effect in color or B&W, which is a raw representation of reality.Because most of Nilla’s images are candid, so a flash is rarely used. Her work includes a variety of themes taken across five continents, which spans over 20 years. Capturing the essence of a candid moment is a passion, which can represent a controversial or confronting image that some may find provoking. Documenting life’s realities devoid of artificial nuances is Nilla’s objective.