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San Jose De Uchupiamonas, Madidi National Park Bolivia
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hypotemuse wrote a review Jun 26
New York City, New York13 contributions5 helpful votes
I had a wonderful time staying at Sadiri Lodge. I had initially planned a 3D2N birding trip but I liked the experience so much I extended it by another day, which they accommodated with no issue. My guides Raul and Hernan were super experts at birding by ear especially, and helped me see 80 new lifers (impressive considering I have prior birding experience in Bolivia). I sent them a list of targets beforehand and they custom tailored everything specially for me and the birds I wanted to see. They know the birds and the landscape like the back of their hand. Many thanks to them!! The food and accommodation were first-rate. I had many dietary restrictions which they attended to with care at every meal. Dora's cooking was also very delicious and healthy. They provided quality hospitality and service -- I ended up being allergic to the down pillows but they switched it for me with no issue. Every single member of the staff was incredibly kind and generous and I am grateful for their hospitality. I will definitely return in the future!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Mark I wrote a review Apr 2022
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Amazing experience - we arrived at Sadiri Lodge and were blown away by the surroundings, the sensational hospitality from Rodrigo and Ronnie, the amazing Cabana’s and Maria’s incredible cooking! Situated in Madidi National Park, you immediately feel like you’re in the heart of the Amazon basin. This special national park is one of the most biodiverse places in the world and at Sadiri Lodge you feel like you have the place to yourself! Ricardo, our guide, is an incredibly skilled bird-watcher and somehow finds the smallest of wildlife mainly using his ears! The equipment provided is super high quality (telescope and binoculars) which makes the whole experience even more special. The hosts at Sadiri Lodge are also more than willing to share their culture, being from a community based for centuries at the heart of the Madidi National Park. It is so so interesting just being around them, hearing their stories and histories and learning about an ancient culture, protected for so many years. My fiancée Sarah and I are not bird-watchers or wildlife experts by any means but you got a real sense of seeing some rare and special birds/animals in this unique part of the world purely from the skill, knowledge and enthusiasm of Ricardo. Itineraries are completely flexible and we even saw a Jaguar on our night hike through the rainforest! Special shout out also to Gera who’s helped us out so much in arranging the trip! Responded quickly, was highly attentive and always ensured we were safe and looked after. All in all, I couldn’t recommend Sadiri Lodge more highly. The Covid pandemic has hit countries such as Bolivia particularly hard and the more people that come and visit places like Sadiri Lodge the better for the amazing people of Bolivia and in particular Madidi National Park. Again, Ricardo, Ronnie, Maria - you were amazing! A highlight of our 3 month trip to South America, and that’s saying a lot from such an amazing continent!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
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luciedk wrote a review Apr 2020
Glenview, Illinois8 contributions5 helpful votes
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We had an amazing stay! We were here to celebrate our Honeymoon, and the room was decorated romantically (including a bottle of Tarija wine!) It felt like we were transported to a lost world. Everything felt bigger here (the insects, the flowers, and the hospitality!). We enjoyed our cozy cabin as well as the food. We always looked forward to the three-course meals prepared by Magali. In addition to the welcoming and hospitable lodge staff, we had a wonderful guide, Raúl. Raúl went above and beyond to guide us and show us the deep secrets that the jungle has to offer. We will be back! ¡Gracias a todos por una linda experiencia!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Stephen L wrote a review Dec 2019
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Sadiri is run by the same indigenopus community as Challalan (and there are concrete plans to offer the two as a package, as a circular itinerary, downriver after driving up from Rurre to Sadiri and thence by road to the river). The community has done a great job of building, maintaining and operating the lodge. It's in true forest (logged many years ago) and the cabins are quite a walk from the restaurant/ main building- along well maintained forest paths (which are true paths, not even, tarmac surfaces....). The lodge is a nice size, with maximum eight cabins. It's easily reached by 4WD in three hours from Rurrenabaque airport. Food is plentiful and nourishing. Meals are eaten in a room well protected from the insect life. There's a fine view from the veranda- so good that one could see plenty of wildlife without venturing further. Cabins are spacious, clean and comfortable, although it's fairly likely that the odd cockroach etc will be encountered inside the room. Mains electricity has reached this region (a mixed blessing) so all rooms have light and power. Sadiri is a great place to unwind, as cellular reception is poor/ nil and there is no Wi-fi. News junkies can take a short taxi ride down from the ridge to get back to civilisation, however. My wife and I travelled with her Bolivian relatives and we all had a great time during our four days there. Hernan doesn't have much English (unlike his brother Raul) but he was an excellent guide for my wife's family and they all enjoyed the wonderful forest, with its network of trails and a track which is a pleasure to walk. Raul guided myself, the serious birder among us. His English is pretty good and his knowledge of the birds of the Madidi is excellent. He recognizes more sounds than a visiting expert would. He also has a young hunter's eyes; and he has good binoculars and audio equipment. Highlight for us both was Raul's first Harpy Eagle in the park for almost a decade, which we came acroos as it was hunting intently from a roadside tree. July would be better for some birds (Pavonine and Pheasant Cuckoos) but even so the tanager flocks were brilliant: they include Yellow-crested and -bellied, Spotted and White-winged Shrike- Tanager. The main draw is Hairy-crested Antbird. Amazonian lowland avifauna is available on both sides of the ridge, within an hour's drive. There are also ocelot, puma tapir and spider monkeys.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Nannette J wrote a review Dec 2019
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Last July we were so lucky that we could stay for almost a week at the Sadiri lodge in Madidi national park. It was the best time during our trip in Bolivia! We totally agree with all the previous super positive reviews posted here: such a peaceful and quiet place, run by fantastic people! Raúl, Hernan, and Dani really made this trip special with all their knowledge and enthusiasm to share with us! Ruth and Alexandra were great organizers, super friendly and helpful in arranging our trip. Aleja was so sweet to prepare us the best local vegetarian food every day! These powerful people are all from the area and vastly dedicated to protect it from being destroyed. Hopefully visiting this wonderful place will contribute a little to the protection of the beautiful and important Amazon area! If we return to Bolivia some day, we will for sure come back and visit the Sadiri lodge again!
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Sharada wrote a review Oct 2019
Bangalore, Karnataka, India7 contributions2 helpful votes
When I first saw the rating of Sadiri Lodge on Trip Advisor, I almost dismissed it. Under 30 reviews with all 5 star is just too good to be true! But I took a chance and wrote to them almost deciding that this is what we would consider doing in the Madidi Rainforest, Bolivia. Alexandra (Gera) wrote back to us immediately and warmly, which made us even more confident about our choice. She is excellent as an organizer and always so responsive. At several occassions she went out of her way to ensure we were comfortable and always kept our interests her top priority, she can so perfectly tread the thin line between being professional and also warm and friendly! She was definitely one of the key factors that our trip turned out so well. She was with us all through our journey (on WhatsApp and emails) till we reached Bolivia and also helped us book air tickets and gave us enough flexibility and time to make the payment. It was a welcome gesture that she offered to even come with us on our entire trip (we are very fortunate for this) as she acted as an excellent translator and also a joyful companion on our trip. We can confidently say that she added a lot of value to our trip. Thanks Gera! The most important factor on a tour like this would be the quality of wildlife sightings, the guide, the overall experience of being in the wild. With a guide like Ricardo, all this is well taken care of and he is such a joy to have around. He always has his ears and eyes tuned for birds and is extremely skillful in spotting them in places we would never even think of! He is very experienced and is a walking-talking database about birds. We are convinced that we could see about 140 species of birds in good clarity only because of him. We learnt a lot about the bird species here, how to spot them, their characteristics etc. With him being an indigenous person from the San Jose De Uchupiamonas community, we could also learn a lot about the people living here and the work Sadiri Lodge is doing towards their community. In short, he is the best guy to have on your bird watching trip. He was not just a guide, he belongs here, it is his place and he is so proud to show us everything about it. I am sure Sadiri provides other excellent and professional guides and we can only talk about our experience here. The equipment they provide is also of good quality and the telescope made a huge difference to our overall experience. Of course, just gadgets without persons is not so effective, so it is a very nice combination. When it came to overall expectations and what they promised vs what they delivered, we can say that they almost always exceeded our expectation. We did a combination of 3 days camping tour along with a 3 days stay at the lodge, which we felt would be a good mix of roughing it out in the wild and getting a luxurious experience. Ours was primarily a bird watching experience, the seriousness of which dawned on us when Gera politely gave us a list of bird species that were generally found in this area to be updated by us (this was very helpful in making notes, it had 7 pages!). Everything on our camping was so well organized we didn't miss anything at all. Our itinerary was explained to us on the first day and it was executed exactly as planned, without any hiccups. The campsites chosen created the necessary variety and diversity in our experience. We also had a good two afternoons spent with the community enjoying their hospitality, a short boat ride in a canoe (an experience we really cherish), camping out in the wild but with comfort (we got airbeds with white sheets perfectly setup each day!) we couldn't even imagine. There would be a short walk sometimes before breakfast, then a longer walk till lunch to reach a campsite, then a post lunch-siesta and a walk till dusk to be back for dinner, then a night walk after dinner. It was a lot of activity, but we felt for our level of interest and energy, it was about right. We were happy that Ricardo made a lot of effort to show us whatever best he could and all his energy was focused on this. We especially cherish the moonlight walks we did along the creeks and streams looking for the elusive Tapir (which stayed elusive) and calling out to owls! Meanwhile, all our food and nutrition needs were taken care by Maria, who within the limited conditions in camping (on firewood stove) cooked us tasty meals and her cooking went up several notches once we moved to the Lodge, where she served us gourmet three course meals, which were so well designed for our diet restrictions. The food was one of the highlights of this entire tour. There was a lot of variety and we could experience several local dishes (customized to vegan options). And the food that was served to us at the community in Nelli's home were also so tasty, with all local ingredients and very healthy options with a lot of fresh vegetables, fruits, peanuts, corn, yucca and banana. The lodge itself is located in a very secluded, high spot in the cloud forest, giving an excellent chance to see some of the wildlife that move around here. The trails are of good quality (quite wild, which we liked) with a lot of hiking up and down, so it was quite challenging but very rewarding. The view points are very beautiful. The cabins are tastefully done to give maximum comfort within a natural setting. It was probably one of the most luxurious and comfortable cabins we have stayed! The cabins are totally private, large and airy but super cozy beds with all modern amneties to almost make you forget you are in a forest. The dining hall was excellent and was conveniently at a distance from the cabins to give us utmost privacy and peace. We were the only guests at the time, so we were so lucky to have it all to ourselves! Overall, this was totally worth it, there was nothing negative to talk about, the people behind these were the most hard working and honest, everyone working hard to ensure we were comfortable and got a good experience. Not just Ricardo, Maria and Gera, but our friendly driver Juan, our boatman Richard, the all-rounder Florentino (and there might be more we didn't personally meet but have contributed to our tour), everyone were so warm and helpful. Ours was a specialized private bird watching tour (we already had years of experience watching birds, so we knew what we had signed up for).cAlthough birds are quite hard to spot in these forests, with this tour, we successfully spotted quite a lot of species. The team even arranged an impromptu diversion on the last day to take us on a side-trip to spot some more wildlife. Till we left (till Gera dropped us to the airport), we were completely in their care and they always wanted us to have a good time and see as much wildlife as possible. We were touched by their warmth and affection.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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E.S. wrote a review Sep 2019
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Sadiri Lodge is the most peaceful place we have ever been to. The amazing location approx 600 Meters high allows much cooler temperatures, a little bit of wind and no mosquitos. Sadiri is located literally in the middle of the jungle, so are the huts, we slept in. From the terrace of the main house you have an amazing view over the jungle. You can spend hours just sitting there and looking out for animals. The huts where huge like houses, with nice beds, very clean, nice bathroom, hot water. The food was amazing, freshly cooked everyday! But what made our stay very special was Raúl, our guide. He had outstanding knowledge about the area, birds, animals, the nature because he grew up in the jungle being a member of the Community of the indigenous People living in madidi. We would definitely recommend a Trip to the community San José de Uchupiamonas. To see the peoples dedication of protecting the area is beyond amazing.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled
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Charissa Z wrote a review Aug 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia5 contributions2 helpful votes
I had the wonderful opportunity to stay at Sadiri for 2 nights in August 2019. It was an absolutely amazing experience and as we were leaving the lodge, I found myself wishing we could stay longer. The staff were all so welcoming and gracious -- Ruth, Ricardo, Raul, and Yordy in particular made our stay unforgettable, though there were definitely other staff members whose names I didn't get. Ricardo and Raul led us along the different trails in the area and I am still so amazed at their vast, seemingly endless knowledge of the area, both in wildlife (particularly birds) and local flora. They were able to find so many birds and though I would not consider myself a birder, I still had an amazing time. During my trip to Bolivia, I also had the opportunity to stay at two other ecolodges, Chalalan and San Miguel del Bala, and I can confidently say that Sadiri was by far the best experience. It is smaller, but this makes it feels a lot less commercial and more intimate than other lodges -- it's such a genuine and truly lovely place. Highly, highly, highly recommend !!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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cwisle wrote a review Jun 2019
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We stayed at Sadiri Lodge for 5 days of birding, in late April 2019. Everyone associated with the Lodge was fantastic! During our stay, we were welcomed and/or assisted by Ruth, Raul, Ricardo, Yordy, Maria and Erland - all deeply kind and helpful people. Ricardo served as our bird guide. He is a supremely-skilled birder with a lifetime of experience in the beautiful forest surrounding the Lodge. His local knowledge is prodigious, finding 184 species with us, mostly on the Lodge's trails and along the dirt road, and also in the flats near Tumupasa. White Hawk, Blue-crowned Trogon, Pavonine Cuckoo, Curl-crested Aracari, Red-necked Woodpecker, Black-throated Antbird, Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, Silver-beaked Tanager and Western Striolated Puffbird (Nystalus obamai - named in honor of President Obama) are only a small sampling of the amazing avian life found here. The cabanas are spacious and comfortable, built from materials harvested from the surrounding woods. And every meal was delicious and ample. Many other reviews on this website describe Sadiri Lodge and its origins in more detail, so I won't repeat this info. But, do yourself a favor, particularly if you are a birder, and seek out this Lodge. I'd recommend a minimum stay of 5 days if you're there as a birder.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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guillaume713 wrote a review May 2019
Paris, France40 contributions8 helpful votes
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We had a very good experience at Sadiri Lodge. We stayed 2 nights and had the opportunity to see many birds with the help of 2 excellent guides. We explored the area walking on different paths, in a cool temperature as Sadiri is a bit higher in altitude than other tours near Rurre. The rooms are very clean and comfortable, with hot water. The food is excellent and people are very kinds. We strongly recommend this lodge ! Note that there is a possibility to transfer from them directly to Chalalan, avoiding to come back to Rurre.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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