Welcome to Puerto Villarroel
This muddy, tropical port on the Río Ichilo is a small settlement with tin-roofed houses raised off the ground to defend them from the mud and wet-season floods. The population here is composed almost entirely of indigenous Yuki and Yuracaré, as well as Quechua groups. The town is a friendly place that has tried hard to promote tourism, but there isn’t much to actually see – unless you’re excited by a military installation, a petroleum plant and a loosely defined port area. However, if you fancy gliding down the Río Ichilo to view pink river dolphins, go bird-watching or fish for surubí (local catfish), this is your best bet in the Chapare.
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