We recently returned from 3 fabulous nights at Maddi Jungle Lodge, owned and run by the San Jose community in the Maddi National Park. We contacted Maddi Jungle Tours (part of the San Jose community also) who organised the perfect tour for us. My husband and I had the entire lodge to ourselves.
Our trip was perfect in every way!
Maddi Jungle Tours & Lodge are the perfect example of ecotourism and community-based tourism being done as it should be. We picked this company because of their dedication to looking after the environment but also because we knew our visit was helping to support the local indigenous community directly.
The cabins are simple but have everything you need - hard but comfortable beds (we slept perfectly every night), mosquito nets, showers using rain/river water, no electricity but you dont need it, hammocks to relax in (and enjoy afternoon siesta).
All food was prepared by friendly staff from the San Jose community, allowing us to enjoy traditional meals made with local ingredients grown in and around the cabins. We had so much delicious food, it really was like luxury having all our meals prepared (including in the cost of the tour).
Wonderful activities that we enjoyed included day and night time jungle walks (guided by Freddy, an important member of the San Jose community), swimming and floating down the river on a rubber tube down the river, boat rides along the river, piranha fishing and eating and of course as much relaxing in hammocks as we wanted to.
I would definitely recommend this trip to everyone, especially people are who are looking for an authentic jungle experience that helps the indigenous communities continue to survive.
Thank you Maddi Jungle Tours and San Jose community!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Madidi Jungle Ecolodge is a low-impact rainforest eco-venture created and sustained 100% by indigenous people from the heart of Bolivia's Madidi National Park. The ecolodge is accessible by a 3 hour boat ride from Rurrenabaque, and is a prime location for wildlife viewing, and serves as the base for a variety of hikes of different lengths. The Ecolodge offers comfortable accommodation for a maximum of 18 visitors at one time, and a menu of delicious meals based on traditional rainforest ingredients. The staff are all local, bilingual (Spanish and English) guides, with passion and expert knowledge of the surrounding rainforest. Come and join us at the Bolivian Jungle and participate in genuine, Community-based Ecotourism! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Madidi Jungle Ecolodge Bolivia/Madidi National Park