Rio Beni

Ancient earthworks built by the people of Las Lomas covered an area greater than the Pyramids of Gisa.

The Madidi National Park is one of Bolivia’s largest, covering 45,000 square kilometres.

A complex pre-Colombian society flourished in the Las Lomas region of Beni between the 1st and 13th centuries.

Tobacco, peanuts, cotton, cassava (manioc), vanilla and sweet potatoes are thought to have been originally grown in the raised fields of this region.

The town of Rurrenabaque was originally settled when quinine became an important fever medicine.

Beni’s main industry is now cattle ranching, having once been a centre for agriculture and rubber production.

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