My bf and I really enjoyed our stay at Madidi eco lodge. The lodge is run by a community elsewhere within the park so you're helping these people support their families.
It's very basic but you're provided with a bed and mossie net, flushing toilet and shower - what more do you need! They even cook you breakfast, lunch and dinner - and all food is organic and sourced from their village. Our guide took us on walks where we were able to see so many species of birds and insects as well as pigs, turtles, monkeys - the list goes on!
I loved falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle, I felt very relaxed and at peace. It was a nice change to be back around sea level after being at altitude for so long. We were really lucky and had the place to ourselves while we were there, otherwise there's room for about 12 with 3 beds to a room. If you're a couple ask for a queen sized bed as they had some rooms with singles only.
It takes 3 hours by river to get there but it's really not that bad. Just bring a windbreaker in the wintertime as the wind can be a little chilly. There's heaps of wildlife to see, we saw monkeys, caymans, capybara and so many birds - yet again so don't put your camera away.
We wore our hiking boots in the jungle and wore long sleeved shirts with hiking pants/ jeans/ leggings. It's a little humid in the wintertime but not that bad. If you decide to wear shorts then do not forget to apply mossie spray. The mossies will still drive you crazy nonetheless.
Btw - we had honey on our pancakes which brought a whole heap of bees to our table during breakfast so if you don't like bees beware!
- 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