Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, Santa Cruz

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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3.6/5 based on 10+ reviews on the web
Noel Kempff Mercado National Park is a national park in northeast Santa Cruz Department, Province of José Miguel de Velasco, Bolivia, on the border with Brazil.DescriptionNoel Kempff Mercado National Park covers 750,000 hectares of land, much of which consists of the Serrania de Huanchaca. The park is located on the Brazilian Shield in the northeast Santa Cruz Department in Bolivia. The Rio de Itenez is its eastern and northern border separating it from the neighboring Brazil. It is situated in a transition zone where the Amazonian rain forests and the dry forest and savannas of Cerrado meet. The park is made up of five distinct habitats, including upland evergreen forest, deciduous forest, upland cerrado savanna, savanna wetlands, and forest wetlands. As a whole, the region can be described as having a marked dry season in the winter and a mean annual precipitation of 1,500 mm.HistoryIn 1908, Percy Fawcett first explored the area that is now the national park. It was not until almost 70 years later that the area was looked at again. In the 1970s geologists were sent to the area to survey the rock formations of the Precambrian Shield region in Bolivia. They published on the geology and landforms and produced the first maps. This expedition attracted the attention of Noel Kempff Mercado, an esteemed conservation biologist of the time. Mercado recognized the global significance of the area enough to propose a campaign to preserve it. Unfortunately, Mercado was murdered by drug traffickers and never saw his dream become a reality. Many of his fellow citizens responded. The government established the park and named it in his honour. It came into existence in 1988 as a 750,000 hectare area of undisturbed land.
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  • A quiet and nice place to go with the family. A multitude of animal species. Wolves, monkeys, parrots and more. Nature is present in all environments.
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  • El Refugio is at the edge of Noel Kempff and sited on the bank of the river Paragua. It has its own airstrip and is just under 2 hours from Santa Cruz de la Sierra by light aircraft. The wildlife in t...  read more »
  • This park is a real gem in Santa Cruz. you'll have the opportunity to stay in touch with the tropical jungle and see closely the local fauna such as crocodiles, monkeys and jaguars. i took the panoram...  read more »