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San Miguel del Bala Ecolodge

Madidi National Park | San Buenaventura District, Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
San Miguel del Bala Ecolodge
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

It was absolutely amazing! We stayed 4 days / 3 nights and was absolutely worth it. We saw from monkeys to macaws, jaguar`s and wild pig´s footprints and a 3 meter cayman. The nature is staggering. The food was delicious and everyone was so helpful and friendly. In one of our treks we even used a raft that we found... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This jungle experience was everything we could have hoped for; beginning with our knowledgable guide Wilman, our wonderful cook Lydia and the captain of our boat who navigated the turbulent waters of Rio Beni and Rio Ruichi. The lodge was comfortable and although water was a scarce commodity, we were able to shower in the first lodge. The guided jungle... More 

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Milano
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

1-beautiful accomodation. Ok, no hot water at all, but you are in the amazon, if you want a jacuzzi just go to Forte dei Marmi. 2-our guide, Felsyn, was a funny and expert guy. He didn't speak a word in english, but we hadn't requested an english speaking guide 'cause we're italians and understanding the spanish is simple. 3-amazing walks... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I am a cautious, newbie adventurer and my husband is an experienced traveler/explorer - we BOTH got exactly what we wanted with San Miguel del Bala Ecolodge. We did a 3-night/4-day tour, starting with a Tacana community tour and then into the Madidi preserve for a never to be forgotten jungle exploration. Our guide spoke fluent English and was extraordinarily... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Short version: - community owned company (42 out of 46 families of the community San Miguel) - graet locations (whole infrastructure, cleanness etc) - outstanding food (fresh varied and more than enough) - great crew that respect the nature (guide Simon was excellent) - high service level - you got a high end product whilst supporting a community, for me... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We stayed with San Miguel for a few days in december 2013 and in total we had some excellent days in the Bolivian Amazon. Good guide, good food, good accommodation and very important good communication with the office in Rurre before arrival. We spotted quite a few animals even if it were rainy season and most important felt the humid... More 

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

We selected a tour company called San Miguel del Bala for our jungle tour experience. They seemed to be super friendly, had great energy and answers to our questions via email, were really well-rated on Trip Advisor and elsewhere, and are actually community-oriented, which is a super big plus for us. And while they are not the cheapest, they are... More 

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Surbiton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

It was my privilege to stay here briefly during my volunteering experience in Bolivia. The community built and run complex is nestled in unspoiled forest next to the beautiful beni river and is only reachable by boat (I saw a capybara and a caimen on the way!) which is all part of the adventure but not for the faint hearted!... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

I stayed here with my sister and keep the experience as a cherished memory. It was so amazing and Eric, was such an amazing guide that shared and taught us so much. The activities are incredible! Hiking through the Amazon to get to a secret waterfall. Scaling up walls and squeezing through this narrow canyon. Making our own rings from... More 

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Bologna, Italy
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

the place was amazing, the food was incredible ( fresh fruit juice all the time, unforgettable pancakes) and our guide was really nice. We spent a beautiful vacation and absolutely nothing went wrong. We were completely satisfied

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