Amazon Tour


Cookeina tricholoma, a true beauty!
No mascara needed to bring out these eye-lashes. Cookeina are common mushrooms in the rain forest and are also eaten by some peoples. Napo, Ecuador 2011 © Daniel Winkler

 Imagine going up a river without seeing a piece of  human garbage along the banks but instead Capybaras, Giant Amazon Otters, Razor-billed Curassow, Wood Storks, Macaws and hordes of monkeys! Going up the Tuichi River, a tributary to the Beni. Madidi NP, Bolivia, January 2012. © Daniel Winkler 

The underside of Auricularia delicata, a beautifully structured Wood Ear that is quite common in the Amazon Rain forest. Cerro Brujo, Rurrenabaque, Bolivia, Jan. 2012 © Daniel Winkler 

Seeing the Amazon rainforest on a Prestige Yacht for sale can allow you to explore the various plants, mushrooms, and animals that you would never otherwise see. Your boat can even come in the same color as a Stinkhorn for example.
Lago Chalalan seen from the Jungle Lodge. We swam several times a day in the lake and at night looked for caimans. Their eyes reflect in flashlight bright red.  Jan. 2008 © Larry Evans 
More photos from Chalalan and Madidi on 
Larry Evan's Fungal Jungal webpages
An Onicidum orchid growing epiphytically in Jatun Sacha Preserve, 2010 © Daniel Winkler
A curious Brown Capuchin monkey (Cebus apella) moving through the jungle near Chalalan Lodge, Madidi NP, Bolivia, January 2012. © Daniel Winkler
A tiny Favolaschia, a member of the Mycenaceae feeding of decaying wood. Chalalan Lodge, Madidi NP, Bolivia, January 2012. © Daniel Winkler
Fresh, ripe Avocado right from the tree! Cerro Brujo, Bolivia, January 2012. © Daniel Winkler 
There is some gold! A Kichwa lady washing gold. A days work generates about $20. While this artisan gold washing is relatively harmless, some gold exploration operations recklessly destroy nature and culture in the Amazon region. Napo River, Ecuador, Feb. 2010 © D.Winkler
  "El Camino de la muerta - The Road of Death" as this highway is endearingly known in Bolivia. Luckily there is hardly any traffic on this road anymore and it has been turned into a one-way so that the few cars going up, we went uphill, do not face cars coming down, but only mountain bicyclists. A new road has been built that is much safer! Above Coroica, Bolivian Yungas, Jan 2012  © Daniel Winkler
Amazing Amazon
Amazon MushRoaming 
Next tour probably early 2020
MushRoaming the Amazon Rainforest
 After the awesome tour to Ecuador's rainforest in 2011 and five tours to Bolivia, we will return to Bolivia in early 2018 to explore this extremely biodiverse country from the Altiplano down to the Amazon Rain-forest. We will spend a week in the jungle amidst wildlife and mushrooms and also dedicate time to the incredible biodiverse Yungas region on the steep Andean slopes. Arrival and departure from La Paz, Bolivia's historic center.
Cost 2018
$3190 per person (group of 11 to 14)
$3390 per person (8 to 10)
$3590 (5 to 7 people)
All expenses on the ground including accommodations in double room where available, meals & transfers & river boat transportation, except alcoholic drinks, coffee breaks, snacks, laundry etc.  
Single room extra charge $350
(incl. sgl. Chalalan lodge $550
Participants will need to organize their own flights to La Paz. (Miami - La Paz starts at $550, LA - La Paz $850). It is nice to arrive a day early, we will help booking a room.
Pleae register before Nov 9, 2017
Itinerary 2018 
Day 1  - Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
Meeting at Hotel Milton in La Paz in the morning for visit to street markets including the famous witches market. After lunch, take off for drive to Coroico in the Yungas. Crossing La Cumbre Pass, the highest point of our journey at 4,700 meters or 14,260 ft, the Andean watershed, with spectacular mountain vistas.  Descend on the infamous "Road of Death", which is now one way and hardly used. to Coroico located officially at 1471m (4560 ft). Hotel Esmeralda, which features sauna, pool, balcony bar, and other amenities.
Day 2
Hiking and mushroom search in the nature preserve of the Yungas, the cloud rain forest zone located between Altiplano and the Amazon. Staying at Senta Verde.
Day 3
Senta Verde Wildlife refuge: meet Capuchin and Spider monkeys, ANdean bears, puma and a range of other endemic wildlife.  Evening in the historic and scenic town of Coroico.
Day 4
Transfer via new highway to El Alto airport near La Paz. Afternoon flight to Rurrenabaque, a small picturesque town on the Beni River in the Bolivian Amazon region. Afternoon walk in the woods near Rurre. Hotel to be decided

Day 5
Canoe up the Beni river from Rurrenabaque to Wizard Mountain, which has great mushroom diversity. Picnic Lunch. Return to Rurre in the evening.

Day 6
Breakfast in Rurrenabaque. Fantastic canoe trip through the rain forest of Madidi National Park. Madidi is one of the most biodiverse Parks in the world! Arrive at Madidi Jungle Lodge, settle in, hike jungle trails, dinner..
Day 7
Jungle walk. 
Mushroom foraging with local guides. Visit of Caquihuara Macaw Cliff, a nesting colony of Macaws and Parakeets. "Experience Tacana culture" offered by Tacana people.
Day 8
Opportunity to search, photograph and hopefully identify what is likely to be hundreds of fungal specimens including elusive Cordyceps (Note: specimens must remain in Bolivia). Participants who are not inclined to documenting their finds that thoroughly, can enjoy a great day in the rain forest with their guide. Sunny mornings and a cooling shower in the afternoon makes for an ever-changing procession of mushrooms on the logs and insects of the jungle.
Day 9
Boat ride on the Tuichi River to another lodge, Troops of wild monkeys pass through the lodge area in their nomadic pursuit of fruit and insects. Herds of wild peccaries, both white-collared and white-lipped, can be tracked by the local guides. Crocodile-like caimans bask on the riverbanks. Mushroom collecting excursions will range between the Tuichi and neighboring river basins, in primary tropical rain forest. 
Day 10
Local guides are offering their services for all kind of adventures in the rain forest and along Tuichi River. 
After the forest excursion awaits a lazy afternoon on the river or napping in a hammock, we will take a midnight jungle hike to visit with the nocturnal residents of the upper Amazon. A variety of carnivorous invertebrates and Stinkhorn mushrooms are usually found. Of special interest are bioluminescent fungi.

Day 11
Morning forest mushroom walk. After lunch boat ride down the Tuichi and Beni Rivers. Return to "civilization" in Rurrenabaque. Laundry and Dinner!

Day 12
Flight from Rurrenabaque to La Paz. Afternoon shopping in the markets of La Paz. Hotel Milton.
Day 13  
Excursion to Valle de la Luna, return to La Paz.
Day 14 Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018
Group disbands in La Paz to fly home or go further.
 Note: You do not need to know mushrooms, but it surely helps if you enjoy poking around in the forest looking for mushrooms, insects, flowers etc.
This part of the Bolivian Amazon has had no recent cases of yellow fever or malaria known to us.
Should you have problems with high altitude travels, please let us know and we will work out an itinerary that minimizes or excludes high altitude exposure. Also see Daniel's Tibet tour page regarding high altitude issues and how to deal with them.

 For questions and payments please inquire with: 

and check out
My Photo Galeries from past Bolivia trips
My Cordyceps Blog entries on Amazon Cordyceps 
Cordyceps from Bolivia 2012
A view from the bow of a traditional river-going canoe on Rio Beni. River-going canoes are the best means of travel in the upper Amazon basin.  Bolivia, Jan. 2006 © L. Evans
Now available:
Amazon Mushroom field guide

Our Amazon mushroom field guide that also works great in all of tropical America and 60% species are also found in the tropics of the old world.
Check out the details and / or order here


 Lentinus concavus Amazon
The Arched Sawgill, Lentinus concavus, a beautiful wood decaying polypore often grows clustered and is edible. It has saw-toothed light yellow gills. Chalalan Lodge, Madidi NP, Bolivia, January 2014. © Daniel Winkler

Razor-billed Curassow hen with two chicks (Mitu tuberosum) looking for cover along the bank of the Tuichi River, a tributary to the Beni. Madidi NP, Bolivia, January 2012. © Daniel Winkler 

While on a night walk we found many Veiled stinkhorns, Phallus indusiatus [the former genus Dictyophora seems to be out of favor after DNA research]. Ecuador's Rain-forest, Feb. 2011. © Daniel Winkler
Super-sized inflorescence of one of many Heliconias (Heliconia sp.), a member of the banana family (Musaceae). Ecuador, Feb. 2011. © Daniel Winkler
Lentinus strigosus, the Bristled Sawgill is a beautiful mushroom, especially when young and is also an edible. It is a member of the Polyporaceae, which have only a few gilled mushrooms amongst them. © Daniel Winkler Feb. 2011

 The Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris), the world's largest rodent, likes to hang out near water in the rain forest. This one was recovering from an injury, probably a jaguar attack, check out its front shoulder. Tuichi River, Madidi NP on the way to Chalalan lodge.  © Daniel Winkler Jan. 2012

What looks like a bizarre piece of art is a locust being digested by a fungal parasiteBeauveria acridophila on Agriacris plagiata (Orthoptera: Romaleidae)Found during the MushRoaming Bolivii tour in January 2012 in Madidi NP © D.Winkler 

Link to Cordyceps Species page with many more Cordyceps images.

2011 MushRoaming group in front of a rain forest giant. From the left organizers Larry and Daniel and the participants Betsy (Lloyd is missing here), Reba, Milton, Bellamie, George and Sharon and local guide Alberto.
Pycnoporus sanguineus is a beautiful wood rotter common all over the tropics and beyond. In the Amazon region it is used as a antipyretic to lower high fevers. Chalalan's guide Yovani told us how it had saved his life when he had a high fever as a kid. Photo: Margarita Island, Venezuela Dec. 2007 © Daniel Winkler
Psilocybe, probably P. cubensis growing in horse manure. These dark spored agarics are common in tropical South America. Strangely, indigenous people do not seem to have had a use for them, although they discovered and used more psychotropic plants than any other culture.
Polyporus udus
Polyporus udus, a fleshyand saturated tropical polypore that has an excellent taste.
Lago Chalalan is located in the heart of the famous Madidi National Park, that protects the core of Bolivia's Amazon rain-forest.  Chalalan, Bolivia, Jan 2008. 
 What a great and rare teal color this utterly unknown fungus to us is displaying. Closest guess would be a Geoglossum viride, but this fungus is not green. Coroico, Bolivian Yungas. Jan 2012 © Daniel Winkler
A view of the valleys spreading out towards the Amazon basin from Coroico, a picturesque village in the Bolivian Yungas. Jan 2006 © L. Evans

Sobralia orchids encountered in Coroico around the Coca fields, where once the cloud forest grew in the Yungas region of Bolivia. January 2012 © Daniel Winkler
A beautiful lepiotaceous fungi on Margarita Island, Venezuela. Dec. 2007.  © Daniel Winkler
The garden of the Santa Ana Hostel, Bolivia
The diversity of fruits and vegetables is always a great joy. Whenever possible we will visit markets and check out local fruits, mushrooms and produce. Lago Agrio, Ecuador, Feb. 2011  © Daniel Winkler
 Rurrenabaque in 2012. Not only did the airport strip get black-top, also many streets have been paved.  Bolivia, January 2012. © Daniel Winkler
Tiny electric purple pinwheel mushrooms (Marasmius haematocephalus) that lives of digesting fallen leaves.  Ecuador, Feb. 2011  © Daniel Winkler
Daniel Winkler with Spider Monkey
Peruvian spider monkey (Ateles chamek) enjoys being scratch behind the ear. We met a troupe of very friendly Spider monkeys at the Senta Verde Wildlife refuge in Coroico. And yes, a monkey that is so relaxed around humans will not be successfully reintroduced to nature.  Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia. January 2011 © Daniel Winkler

Detailed itinerary of MushRoaming Bolivia 2012

by Daniel Winkler

Jan 20 meet in La Paz (altitude 3640 m / 11942 ft)
Witches market
Visit Museo de Ethnografia & Coca Museum
Milton Hotel
Jan 21 La Paz - Rurrenabaque
Early morning flight to Rurrenabaque (altitude 251m / 780 ft)
Walk to Beni River
Explore town
Santa Ana Hotel
Jan 22 Rurenabaque – Cerro Brujo = Wizard Mountain
Ride up the Beni River to Wizard Mountain
Amauroderma sp. – Ganoderma relative
Auricularia delicata* - reticulate wood ear
Auricularia sp. wood ear
Cookeina speciosa (Fr.: Fr.) Dennis – cup fungus
Cookeina tricholoma (Mont.) O. Kuntze – hairy cup fungus
Cordyceps tiputin?i. forked, non-capitate on ant BOB - 0314
Cordyceps sp. on tiny insect, cream capitate, DaW – 0292 to 302
Cotylidia sp. - Podoscyphaceae
Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa - star shaped Slimemold / Mycomycete
Dacryopinax elegans - tiny brown basidiocarp, laterally stemmed
Daedaelea microsticta? – conk w. labyrinth-like hymenium 0241
Daldinia eschscholzii  – a coal fungus
Deflexula subsimplex? - coral-like drooping white 0282
Earliella scabrosa – white edged brown conk, monotypic genus
Flammulina sp. – orange with hairy stem
Fungus white on palm fruit pedistole mistaken as lichen
Ganoderma lucidum group - Reishi
Geastrum saccatum - Earth star
Gerronema sp. – “decurrent Marasmius”, glow in the dark 0252
Hemitrichia sp. – Slime mold with bright re globular sporangium
Hydnopolyporus / Cotylidia sp.-  cream-colored Sparassis-like
Hypoxylon sp.
Marasmius sp.

Metacordyceps martialis? on insect larva BOB - 0325

Metacordyceps martialis? on insect larva DaW – 0357 to 64

Monilia? -  on Cacao: white, powdery, filamentous

Ophicordyceps australis on ant, red capitates stroma, DaW - 0330

Oudemansiellia canarii - with the distinctive pyramidal squamules on the viscid cap

Paneolus sp. on soil

Polyporus sp.

Polyporus tenuiculus* (Beauv.: Fr.) Fr.

Pleurotus djamor var. roseus* – pink oyster

Pluteus sp.

Lentaria? – white leathery coral on wood

Schizophyllum commune* - Splitgill

Stemonitis sp. – brown Mycomycete

Trichaptum perrottetii – purple edge on hymenium when fresh

Xylaria sp.

Xylaria anamorph, cauliflower like, tiny

* edible mushroom

Santa Ana Hotel

Jan 23 boat upriver to Chalalan Lodge,

Stop at Madidi National Park Entrance

Navigate up Beni River into the Tuichi tributary

Wildlife spotted from canoes:

Tropical Kingbird – Tyramus melancholicus (still in Rurre)

Black Vulture – Coragyps atratus

Snowy Egret - Egretta thula

Cocoi Heron - Ardea cocoi

Large billed Tern - Phaetusa simplex

Capybara - Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris

Neotropic Cormorant - Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Oropendula flock – Psarocolius sp.

Great Egret Ardea alba

White-lipped Peccary - Tayassu pecari

Red-and-green Macaw - Ara chloropterus

Razor-billed Curassow - Mitu tuberosum

Giant Amazon Otter - Pteronura brasiliensis

White-winged Swift –Tachycineta albiventer

Yellow spotted River turtle - Podocnemis unifilis

Giant Cowbird - Molothrus oryzivorus

Osprey – Pandion haliaetus

White-winged Swift –Tachycineta albiventer

Ruddy Ground dove – Columbina talpacoti

Black Cookoo – Crotophaga ani

Orinoco goose - Neochen jubata

Arrive in Chalalan (altitude of Lago Chalalan 380 m / 1178 ft asl)

Mushrooms along Jaguar trail

Agaricus sp. - phenolic smell, light gills

Ascomycete on leaf, small yellow disc

Daldinia sp. – a Coal fungus

Flamulina sp. on wood velvety stem

Favolaschia sp. on wood, orange when fresh

Filoboletus sp.

Geastrum saccatum on ground in debris

Lentinus crinitus on wood

Lepiota sp. dark umbo, light cap, annulus missing

Lepiota sp. / Pluteus annulus absent

Marasmiellus cubensis - stem darkens, foot at stipe base, hundreds on palm

Mycena sp. – hollow cartilaginous stem, yellow fresh

Mycormella sp. – on wood white when fresh

Nothopanus eugrammus – white, laterally attached, on wood, common

Ophicordyceps australis on ant, red capitate, Jaguar trail, DaW

Pleurotus concavus albidus acc. Guzman on wood

Pleurotus sp./ Crepidotus – on wood Jaguar trail

Tricholomataceae – tan when fresh

Trogia sp.

Xylaria sp. bottle brush on wood DaW

Jan 24 Chalalan Lodge


Bolivian Red Howler Alouatta sara

Brown Capuchin – Cebus apella apella?

Squirrel monkey - Saimiri sciureus

Peruvian spider monkey - Ateles chamek

On giant tree above kitchen:

Black Vulture – Coragyps atratus


Amauroderma sp. 2 specimen, forking stems.

Amauroderma sp.

Auricularia sp.- wood ear

Caripia / Gymnopus montagnei – white tiny bells on wood Marasmiaceae

Collybia aurea – in clumps on fallen wood, yellow fresh

Cotylidia sp. on standing wood, tiny, single

Cyanthus striatus – bird’s nest fungi

Cymatoderma sclerotoides with sclerotia, brown cap, white hymenium, long stem

Cymatoderma sp. nearly sessile

Cymatoderma sp. double, indeterminate, white hymenium, cup shape, short stem

Cymatoderma sp. on palm seed, white hymenium staining brown, fan shaped

Filoboletus crassus

Filoboletus / Favolus tricholoma – white polypore with hairy margin

Flammulina sp. 0636-38

Ganoderma 'lucidum'  smallish

Gerronema sp. all yellow

Gerronema sp. A  crenulate margin in duff

Gerronema sp. B

Gerronema sp. C Maneche trail

Hygrocybe miniata– vermillion waxcap, tiny red waxgill

Hymenochaete sp. on buried wood, orange when fresh, no stain

Hymenochaete damicornis - on wood,

Hypoxylon sp.

Lentinus velutinus – tall velvety, Jaguar trail

Leptonia /Entoloma sp. - midnight blue, pink salmon print,

Phlebopus beniensis? - very slowly staining blue, mild 

Pluteus sp., LLE

Polyporus dictyopus - tough, thick flesh, rosy hymenium

Polyporus / Favolus tenuiculus, 2 white caps

Polyporus / Favolus tenuiculus, 3 darkish caps, tough stem, on wood

Pycnoporus sanguineus blood red thin conk

Rhodoarrhenia sp. anastomose, white to transparent, pendiculate, reticulate translucent fungus under palm stem 0800

Xerula steffenii -  radicate, root like stem

Xylaria sp. - fuzzy, little hairy heads

Xylaria aenea? – brown when fresh, white interior

Boat ride plants:

“Colomero” - Red-flowered tree with monkey whistle fruit

Royal Palm – Mauricia sp.

Hot lips – Psychotria sp. maybe Pselata?


Social fly catcher - Myiozetetes similis

Red-capped Cardinal - Paroaria gularis

Black Caiman - Melanosuchus niger

Night Walk

“Colorful spider”

tree frog - Hyla geographica?

A black tartantula

Surinam toad - Pipa pipa

Eel shown to us as “watersnake”

Green-and-rufous Kingfisher - Chloroceryle inda

Jan 25 Chalalan Lodge


Hoatzin – Opoisthocomus hoazin

many missing..

Walk on Jaguar and then Tapacare trail


a Polison Dart Frog – Epipedobates sp.

a Snouted tree frog - Scinax garbei - grayish frog sitting on palm leaf

Red Howler - Alouatta seniculus - up in tree

Leaf-cutter ants – Atta sp.




Agaricus sp. on ground, full of beetles, photo

Agaricus sp., chocolate gills, yel/red stain on stipe, mild odor, annulus, bulbose base, fibrulose cap reddish,

Amauroderma sp.

Antrodiella? sp., lateral stipe white

Cystoderma nom prov. Yellow gills, scaly cap, dark brown center, white spores, yel flesh, stuffed hollow stem, mild farinaceous odor, white rhizom 0773 to 776

Caripia / Gymnopus montagnei – tiny, goblet-like white fungus on wood, monotypic genus in Marsmiaceae

Cordyceps sp., 6 white stromata, Jaguar trail, palm roots, no insect

Coriolis unknown sp., on wood, Jaguar trail

Coriolopsis polyzana

Cortinarius sp. - stem with dried in cap

Hydnopolyporus petaloides - white Podoscyphaciae

Hydnopolyporus  fimbriatus - Cassie on standing dead wood

Hexagonia sp.

Hoehenbuehelia “georgina” on buried wood, Jaguar trail

Hydnopolyporus fimbricatus

Hypholoma fasiculare? - on wood, bitter, DaW, Tapacare

Isaria tenuipes - a Cordyceps anamorph,on larva,Tapacare, DaW

Isaria sp, on larva, Paraba near septic, DaW

Lepiota sp. A, two specimen

Lepiota sp. B

Lepiota cretaceus

Lentaria / Ramaria sp. – on debis, broad patch of mycelium LLE

Lenzites elegans - white conk, dadaeloid

Lentinus strigosus

Lycoperdon “pyriforme”, on log, Tapacare, DaW

Marasmius sp., buff granulate margin, plicate cap, attached white? gills, big rhizomorph, appressed stipe, LLE

Phallus indusiatus, formerly Dictyophora indusiata – veiled stinkhorn

Lentinus (Pleurotus) concavus - white oyster-like on wood

Pluteus sp., A, small on wood

Pluteus sp., B on wood

Pluteus sp., C on wood

Pluteus sp., D, tiny on wood

Polyporus sp. on wood

Polyporus sp. on termite nest, all white

Polyporus guyanensis

Rigidoporus sp. – white to rose pore surface, dry fibrolus cap, thick context, thin pore layer, both same color

Thamnomyces chordalis s.l.“pelo de brujo”, barbed wire Xylaria

Xylaria cubensis - anamorph

Xylaria bambooensis, clustered with apical perithecia LLE

Xylaria sp. on wood, white conidium DaW, Tapacare

Indeterminate – tiny white caps? On wood

 Jan 26 Chalalan Lodge


Esmarald Racer - Drymobius rhombifer – small snake Steffen had found


Akanthomyces sp. on sphinxoid moth, white DaW

Agaricus sp. on leaf cutter ant, 3 o’clock dock, LLE

Ameghiniella sp. – asco, black rose, on wood , LLE, Silvador

Asco on palm, LLE

Auricularia DaW

Asco, cup side pointing down, on ficus?, no smell/stain, 3 o’clock dock, LLE

Clitocybe sp smell of fish, on ant hill, LLE Silvador

Clitocybe inversa?, fruity to farinose, forked gills, orange cap & stem, LLE, Silvador

Cookeina speciosa, on wood

Cordyceps pruinosa? , 3 red stroma out of wood on larva, Wabucuru, PHill, DaW, 0087 to 96

Ophiocordyceps kniphofioides var. ponerinae  orange top, flatish stroma on ant, 12 O’clock dock, DaW, 0070 to 78

Dacryopinax, on wood, no photo, LLE Silvador

Favolaschia sp. orange, on wood, Wabucuru, DaW, 0134 to 146

Geastrum on termite nest DaW, Tucan

Gymnopilus lepidotus Hesler – small orange attached gills, bitter taste

Lentinellus crinitus [on wood] this common and durable edible is also eaten by monkeys

Lepiota clypeolaria gr., 3 o’clock dock, 3 collections LLE

Lepiota, reddish stain on stem base, 3 o’clock dock, LLE

Marasmius sp.LLE

Meripilus persicinus n.p., giant Ganoderma-like polypore, indeterminate, not bitter, Tucan trail 099,

Innonotus schweinitzii, on log, yellow context, 3 o’clock dock, LLE

Ophiocordyceps australis on ant, red capitates, Wichi trail, DaW - 0330

Pluteus sp., 3 o’clock dock LLE

Pluteus sp. 2 , 3 o’clock dock LLE

Polyporus on wood, white, LLE, Silvador

Polyporus elegans? on wood, brown cap, 3 o’clock dock, LLE

Polyporus udus dark brown cap-white pores, soft spongy tissue (DaW, BOB)

Psathyrella sp. on wood everywhere, LLE

Psathyrella sp 2. on wood, LLE

Resupionoid Polypore, LLE, Silvador            

Resupinate, white, 3 o’clock dock, LLE         

Russuloid / Hygrophorus? white, DaW, Tucan trail  0109-112

Spatularia sp. - anastomose on termite nest, LLE, Silvador

Tricholoma?, little white, on wood, LLE, Silvador

Xylaria sp. - white core, on wood, LLE, Silvador

Xylaria sp. - twice forked, DaW, Silvador

Usnea rubicunda - red lichen, Wichi trail LLE

Unknown – red-brown stemmed & capped agaric, light gills on duff

Jan 27 Chalalan Lodge to Rurrenabaque.

Canoe ride down Tuichi & Beni Rivers


Capybara - Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris

Wood Stork - Mycteria americana

Snowy Egret - Egretta thula

Cocoi Heron Ardea cocoi

Large billed Tern Phaetusa simplex

Great Egret Ardea albaRed-and-green Macaw - Ara chloropterus

Orinoco goose - Neochen jubata

Stop at Caquihuara Macaw Cliff


Red-and-green Macaw - Ara chloropterus

White-eyed Parakeet - Aratinga leucophthalma


Cordyceps acridophila on Agriacris plagiata (Orthoptera: Romaleidae) - Cordyceps infested grasshopper

Dacryopinax sp.? - brown little asco

Jelly fungus – white, pendulant

Mycena sp. – blue, small

Nidularia / Cyatus? – a Bird’s nest fungus

Phillipsia domingensis – red fungus in the Sarcoscyphaceae family

Torrubiella sp. – A Cordyceps relative that covered spider in mycellium

Xylaria double branched 0302

Rurrenabaque: stay at Santa Ana’s


Jan 28 Rurrenabaque – flight to La Paz, bus to Coroico.

Morning hike along the Beni gorge.

Afternoon flight to El Alto above La Paz, mini bus ride via Upper La Paz to Coroico

CrossingLa Cumbre Pass, the highest point of our journey at 4,700 meters or 14,260 ft.
Descend on new highway to Coroico located officially at 1471m (4560 ft).

Hotel Esmeralda                   


Jan 29 Coroico - Visit Cloud Forest Yungas

Morning hike on waterfall trail

Sobralia Orchids – 2 species

Orchid, white, filigree


Ascomycete? Clavarinoid? - teal colored, one stemmed

Cordyceps sp. – orange stroma, on larva, Nicole, DaW

Hygrocype conica? Witchhat

Hygrocybe sp. a yellow waxcap

Lepiotoid, tiny in moss

Afternoon excursion to Senta Verde Wildlife refuge


Bolivian Red Howler Alouatta sara

Brown Capuchin – Cebus apella apella?

Squirrel monkey - Saimiri sciureus

Peruvian spider monkey - Ateles chamek

Turtles, Cotati, Mccaws, Parakets, Anaconda, Caiman etc.


Calocera cornea - Yellow earth tongue

Chlorophyllum molybdites - Green spored Parasol

Agaricus sp.

Hotel Esmeralda

 Jan 30 Coroico to La Paz, night bus to Uyuni

Bus ride up the “Road of Death”

Stop at waterfall with short mushroom hunt

Several other photo stops

Km 62 pavilion


Favolaschia sp. LLE

Cordyceps sp., capitate stromata on grasshopper, CMc pic Danny N. 2288-327

Oudemansiella canarii LLE

White jelly fungus on bamboo


Jan 31 Uyuni (altitude 3675 m / 11,393 ft)

Train grave yard of narrow gauge railroad completed in 1889

Vicuña - Vicugna vicugna  - along the highway.

Passing through Colchani village

Salt flats with Palacio de sale / salt museum build from salt bricks.

Salar de Uyuni / Salt flats are claimed to be the biggest on earth with a surface area of 10.582 square km (4.085 square miles)

Group splits – part remains in Uyuni, part returns to La Paz

 Feb 1 La Paz


Feb 2 Final day

visit at National Herbarium



First published September 2010


Last updated: 4-19-2019





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