It is the youngest department in the Plurinational State of Bolivia and is the heart of the Amazon, which due to its accessibility and the economic activity that develops in it, Pando has maintained its exuberant vegetation in this great humid forest.
The visitor will be warmly welcomed and will be able to enjoy the cordiality of the pandino people and interact with the economic and tourist activities that are developed in it, like the production of rubber, the extraction of chestnut and its exuberant nature.
You can enter, in a unique adventure in the Bolivian Amazon, by its arid roads or by boat or boat raid through waterways. There are paradisiacal places and dream lagoons such as Lago Bay, rock formations molded by the rivers in Cachuelas, golden beaches and crystalline waters in the Seine and Puerto Rico.
The adventure cannot be absent, and you will find it making an incursion into the Manuripi Reserve and Bruno Rácua, protected areas that house a great quantity and variety of animal plants that coexist harmoniously with ancestral ethnic groups in these vast territories.
NATURAL WILDLIFE RESERVE MANURIPI
The Manuripi Amazon National Wildlife Reserve was created on December 20th, 1973, and its boundaries were redefined on September 22, 2000.
Its objective of creation is the protection of the most representative area of the Amazonian forests, of incalculable value, since it possesses one of the highest levels of diversity of wild life in Bolivia, great scenic beauty, valuable natural resources and, among others, Important Rivers of the Amazon Basin and of the country (Manuripi and Madre de Dios).
The Manuripi National Amazon Wildlife Reserve is located southwest of the city, in Manuripi province, and is part of two municipalities of Philadelphia and Puerto Rico. It is located between the rivers Manuripi and Madre de Dios.
The Manuripi Amazon National Wildlife Reserve covers an area of 747,000 hectares.
The main tourist attractions of the Reserve are:
• Manuripi River..
• Madre de Dios river.
• Chestnut barracas.
• Lake Bay.
• Malecón stream.
• Tulapa stream.
In the Manuripi Reserve is the well-known Lake Bay, fed by the waters of the Manuripi River, being suitable for the practice of adventure tourism for its beauty and its surroundings. It is 111 kilometers from Cobija about 25 minutes by plane and can be reached by road to San Silvestre on the Manuripi River and from there by slipper. You can also enter by a path, from the San Silvestre road to the Chive with a 2 hours hike through the jungle.
Larks and many caimans, to “bufeos” (freshwater dolphins).
BRUNO RACUA WILDLIFE RESERVE
Considered as one of the tourist areas with greater potential in the city, due to its location in the northeastern end of the city and difficult to access, there is no more information about the potential of this site.
However, the resident flora and fauna in the place are representative that they hope to be discovered by the visitors.
Almost in front of Riberalta, but in pandino territory, it is the locality of Las Piedras, place where still can be found some ancient civilization that many investigators believe corresponds to the constructions made by the Incas when they left in a trip of Conquest, entering by Amarumayu (now Madre de Dios) even reaching the pampas mojeñas.
RIVERS AND PLATES OF PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico is strategically located in the heart of the city of Pando and has a land area of 5,236 KM2. It was founded on May 18th, 1891. Puerto Rico is located at the confluence of two important rivers, Tahumanuy Manuripi that make up the river Orthon, that served as means of transport for the great quantities of rubber and chestnut that were exploited in the zone. It has landscapes of impressive lagoons and impressive rivers that pass through its ecosystem loaded with an extraordinary flora and fauna. A world to discover.
Actividades a desarrollar en Puerto Rico son:
• Activities to develop in Puerto Rico are:
• Activities such as Ecotourism.
• Bird watching;.
• Navigation at the confluence of two important rivers Tahuamanu and Manuripi that make up the Orthon River.
• The observation of fauna and flora in general, the coexistence with peasant and indigenous communities and the participation and experience of their living cultures and their daily activities.
• Photography and the investigation are activities that can practice in Puerto Rico.
• Museums and Cultural Manifestations.
• In the cultural history of the city of Cobija, we have the following attractions.
Cobija has the urban tourist park better known as the Piñata Park. This park was conceived exclusively for the recreation and distraction of the pandino Town and at the same time to be able to forge pleasant days to the visitors that come to our city.
In the park, you can find suitable places for the family and friends to live together, such as the traditional dining room, areas for relaxing and distraction, sports counters, football, basketball, fronton racket. It also has an exclusive area for children's recreation.
MONUMENT TO THE CARRETON PANDO
Work of the sculptor Cruceño David Paz. It is in the so-called Rotonda of the Carretón in Buildings of the old airport. After that Legendary and epic era of effective physical integration of the then territory of colonies that gave rise in 1938 to the city of Pando during the Presidency of the no less legendary Germán Busch, The Carretones provided the only transportation services known in the region.
Formerly the carts carried from Porvenir to Cobija or Viceversa, the coveted rubber wafers whose weight was paid in pounds sterling gold, or they carried chestnut, provisions, etc.
GERMAN BUSCH SQUARE
The main square of Cobija has maintained the small dimensions of its square although its original name of General Pando was modified by the current General Germán Busch and has been object in addition, of several remodeling and arrangements in the coming of the time.
They surround the Main Square, public buildings such as the Autonomous Government of the city, the Municipal Government, Correo Ebolbol, and the Our Lady of Pilar Church.
Inside the square finds the samples of pure and the notable well-known nationalist sentiment of the Cobijeño, like the Porvenir Column; The monument to Germán Busch, and the beautiful bust of Bolivar.
MONUMENTS TO THE HEROES OF THE BATTLE OF BAHIA
Work of the sculptor Cruceño David Paz, located in the avenue 9 of February near the km2, this monument constructed in homage to the Battle of Bahia that also synthesizes the history.
The sculptural ensemble is located in the center of the Pandina Capital and has a height above 14 meters.
The monument to the heroes of the Battle of Bahia is one of the largest monuments in Bolivia and made up by three blocks.
First Block: It shows the exuberant Amazonia and Bella, with its Flora and its Fauna the native race.
Second Block: Explorers of the former territory of colonies. The syringe in action to extract the milk from the syringe tree transport of Cookies to the vapors and boring.
Third Block: The Holocaust of the Acre War, reflected in the Battle of Bahia.
The Junín walk, today Nicolas Suarez Avenue. It consists of two rows of slender palm trees that reach 30 meters. These majestically flank a long staircase; marking the pedestrian entrance to the City from the port without doubt, this urban complex is one of the successful landscape experiences in Bolivia. Its slender and beautiful palms that bordered it were brought from Pará of the neighboring country of Brazil.
ERNESTO ALBERTO LAVADENZ MUSEUM
Before becoming the Historical Museum of Pando in the years 2002, the building was part of the old local airport: specifically the engine room in which there were two large electric generators.
Later with the gradual improvement of the electric energy service, the two engines and the same environment where they were, were forgotten and finished as a residence of thousands of bat that took possession of them.
The old airport keeps the history of the difficult linkage of Cobija of those years when there were no more means of arriving or leaving than the old ones. Starting from 2006 under an interinstitutional agreement, the Natural History Museum Pedro Villalobos opens its doors, offering to the Local public and foreigners; the exhibition of great biodiversity of flora fauna of the city, dependent of the Amazonian University of Pando, located in 9 de Febrero Avenue N 140 corner Lieutenant. Cornejo.
With the construction of a new airport, the engine room was empty about to collapse. The City Hall had the merit of recovering it and restoring it before its collapse, to deliver it to the population as a museum where some historical pieces exhibite.
It shows the history of the time of splendor of the beginning of the chestnut and rubber boom, the splendid time of Nicholas Suarez.
It is located at 9 Avenue of February in front of the square of the Carretón.
PEDRO VILLALOBOS MUSEUM
Since 2006 under an interinstitutional agreement, the Natural History Museum Pedro Villalobos opens its doors, offering to the local public and foreigners; the exhibition of great biodiversity of flora fauna of the city, dependent of the Amazonian University of Pando, located in 9 de Febrero Avenue N 140 corner Lieutenant. Cornel.
THE HOUSE OF CULTURE
The House of Culture was born from an old building after its restoration and remodeling to turn it into the house of culture. This building was about to be devoured by the indifference of the authorities for the mountain that appropriated implacably of its interior where there were snakes and diverse vermin. Fortunately, in the early 1990s a municipal mayor listened to advice and suggestions that owed their restructuring and conservation as a sample of ancient architecture.
Nowadays the House of Culture houses libraries, museum and gallery also serving for exhibitions for cultural meetings of various kinds.
"OUR LADY OF THE PILAR CHURCH”
The construction of our church dates back to the thirties of the nineteenth century, have been enlarged in 1977. Its construction was thanks to the donations of the faithful and authorities of the Delegation of the Northwest Colonial Territory of the time. Its image is Well-known in tourist postcards for its serene and soft beauty that forms a traditional picture, along with the palm trees and the blue sky.
In the first two years of 2000, the Municipal Government eliminated the main streets of Plaza Germán Busch and turned them into pedestrian walks full of flowery gardens, leaving the Church with a very interesting look, since the main access of the Church and its Wing and South entrance remained in them. Recently, it was changed its old ceiling of calamine, replaced it by a metallic structure that supports its new roof of colonial tile, which added beauty to the set. Inside the Church exist murals with religious subjects, of the self-taught painter born in Cobija, Eloy Añez Marañón. The bells and the images were gifts of Don Casto Burgoa, already deceased. Before, he had sold at low prices the land intended for the expansion of the Church.