Trinidad is in Beni.
Sitting at the edge of the Amazon basin, Trinidad is a bustling city and the capital of the state of Beni. Like neighbouring Santa Cruz, the Beni has its own distinct culture that is a world away from the Bolivia of mountains and llamas seen in the tourist brochures and photo pages of guidebooks. For those interested in exploring the overlooked Bolivian lowlands, Trinidad surely deserves a place on your itinerary.
Indeed, those who do make it here should be rewarded with a very laid back and super friendly Bolivian city. Even if the plaza seems somewhat underwelming compared to Santa Cruz, or its colonial charms not quite as well preserved as the Chiquitos, Trinidad is certainly still worth a look if you are passing by. There should be enough to keep you busy for a few days, especially if you organise excursions into the surrounding areas.
For more information or to get loaded up on travel brochures, head to the corner of Avenida Germain Busch, a block east from the plaza, where there is a tourist information booth next to a street vendor who sells simply superb empanadas and sweet fruit juices (the coconut is especially delicious - afternoons only). You can also arrange tours from Campanario Hotel, if not try Turismo Moxos on Avenida 6. de Agosto, two blocks west of the plaza. Watch out for the open drains which line the streets.
You can take buses here from either La Paz or Santa Cruz.
ITA bus company has very comfy cama (bed) class seats for around 110 bolivianos and a working toilet on board. A local recommended us this company as the best company, and it was very comfortable. We paid 120 each, and a fellow passenger paid 100, so bargain hard. (May 2019)
You could always flag a passing mototaxi, which are ubiquitos and cheap, though crash helmets are not included!
There is a beautiful lake 6k from the centre. Popular place for locals to go and cool off, play vollyball or wash their motorcycles(!). There is a half-finished and scruffy looking cafe selling snacks and cold drinks on the waterfront.
There are four in town, three - the botanical, archeological and the "Icticola", are conveniently next to each other close to San Ballivan university, in the north of the city. The other, Museo Historico del Beni, is closer to town, on Calle Antonio Vaca Diez, two blocks west of the main plaza.
Chuchini is a Lodge on a beautiful jungle island in the Amazon basin near Trinidad. The lodge doubles as a wildlife sanctuary and an archaeology museum. The Swiss-Bolivian couple who live there run Jungle and Wildlife tours of 1 - 4 days. Chuchini makes a pleasant alternative to the overrun tours in Rurrenabaque (the lodge can only house up to 10 people). Your boat will most likely be the only one on the river/in the Jungle and you feel like you have the whole area to yourself. We went on a tour of 3 days and volunteered at the lodge for a further four days. During our time we saw a multitude of animals and plants, both on land and in the water. Note that in rainy season the paths are flooded, so you need to arrange transport to the lodge by boat with the owners.
There are loads of eating options around the plaza and the centre of town. Be sure to try the Beni favourite, a dish called Majadito Batido, a slightly sweet sort of rice served with sundried beef, banana and salad. a block up from the above mentioned tourist booth is a row of foodstalls where you can try this and a big bowel of soup for 10 BOB.
There are many hotels and guesthoses in Trinidad and budget travellers will not be disappointed, several of them are glutted along Avenida 6. de Agosto, here are a few of them;
Being on the main road linking La Paz to Santa Cruz, buses will depart to either one. You can organise a boat trip from one of the nearby ports if you tried.