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Pink Dolphins in the Amazon River in Bolivia

Swimming with these bizarre-colored friendly creatures is a lot of fun

Best time: May–October

Pink Dolphins in the Amazon River

Did you know dolphins could be pink? Actually, these are found in freshwater, and in Bolivia, they navigate the Amazon river—particularly the deeper sections.

Pink freshwater dolphins have been declared Bolivia’s Natural Heritage. They typically grow up to 9.2 ft (2.8 m) in length and weigh up to 352 lbs (166 kg). An interesting fact about these playful creatures is that when they are young, they are gray even though they are named after its pink color. These dolphins develop their pink shade as it grows older. However, some of them do not change too much, and some develop pink spots. At the same time, some of them may wear a bright pink color, and the more excited they get, the pinker they turn. Pink dolphins are active throughout a day with high chances to be seen at any time from the early morning to the late afternoon. Their diet mostly includes fish, but they won't strain at turtles, crabs, and shellfish.

The biggest density of pink dolphins or “Bolivian Bufeo” can be observed in the Bolivian Amazon during the dry season between May and October when river evaporates, the mammals stay in shallow waters, and the jungle itself experiences pleasantly cooler temperatures—this is just a perfect time to enjoy swimming with lovely dolphins.

So head to Manuripi Heath National Amazon Reserve to witness these creatures.

Practical info

Where are pink dolphins located in Bolivia?

Pink dolphins can be observed in the Manuripi Heath National Amazon Reserve in the northwestern region of Bolivia, in the Amazon River. Show more

What is the recommended time of the year to see pink dolphins in Bolivia?

The dry season from May to October is when pink dolphins are most likely to be seen in Bolivia. Due to the lower water levels caused by evaporation, the pink dolphins remain in shallow waters, making them easier to spot. Cooler air temperatures in this period allow for a more comfortable visit. Show more

What are the dimensions of the largest pink dolphin found in the Amazon River?

In the Amazon River, pink dolphins can grow to a length of 9.2 feet (2.8 meters) and a weight of up to 352 pounds (166 kg), making them one of the largest freshwater dolphins in existence. As they age, they become more pink, with some even turning bright pink when excited. Show more

What is the origin of the alternate name for pink dolphins in Bolivia?

Bufeo is an alternative name for pink dolphins in Bolivia, which is derived from a blend of the Moorish language’s ‘Buhi’ and the Spanish ‘Boto’ for this species of dolphin. Show more

What other wildlife thrives in the vicinity of Manuripi Heath National Amazon Reserve?

In addition to pink dolphins, the Manuripi Heath National Amazon Reserve in Bolivia has a diverse ecosystem that is home to various other mammals, reptiles, and birds, including jaguars, caimans, monkeys, and macaws. Visitors encouraged to have a full wilderness experience when visiting the reserve. Show more

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