Madidi National Park
From snow-capped peaks in the Apolobamba range of the Andes to tropical lowland basins in the Amazon. The landscape includes an incredible range of ecosystems, from high altitude grasslands to clouds forests, lowland tropical forests to pristine lowland savannas. Madidi is part of a vast wilderness that includes neighboring protected areas in Bolivia and southeastern Peru.
Flora and fauna
Madidi is one of the most biologically diverse protected areas on the planet. The park is home to over 1,000 bird species, representing a whopping 11% of the world’s 9,000 bird species. Madidi contains large populations of Latin America’s most charismatic wildlife species: jaguar, spectacled bear, maned wolf, vicuña, giant otter, Andean condor and military macaw, among others. The newly discovered monkey species lives in Madidi and nowhere else.
The Madidi National Park can be reached from Rurrenabaque.
Be careful to choose a good tour and a good guide. Don't be the next to become disappointed. There are many tour operators and travel agencies with a wide range of tours and prices. And of course you can find really good quality. Quality and price are connected. But first of all you have to spend time on investigation. Ask for proper information and testimonials. As a general rule the cheaper lodges are closer to the town of Rurrenrabaque, there is increased boat movement along the river and generally more tourists which makes it harder to see the big mammals, if you are only going to the AMAZON once in your life then we recommend you to pay a little bit extra and go to the deeper lodges where there are less tourists and a greater chance of seeing wildlife.
Nicks Adventures Bolivia can arrange tours to Madidi National Park which can be catered for budget/luxury travellers or Wildlife /Birding based trips.
More information on tours in article Rurrenabaque.
The obligatory entrance fee is mostly not included in the prices of the tour operators and was 125Bs in June 2011.
Some eco-lodges are found in and around the Madidi National Park. The oldest and best known is Chalalan Ecolodge in Chalalán on the Tuichi River. An other is the San Miguel del Bala Eco-Lodge on the banks of the Beni River, reached by boat 40 minutes up stream from Rurrenabaque.