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Madidi Jungle Ecolodge
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New York City, New York
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“madidi > pampas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2014

i didn't expect to see much, but in 3 days i saw: wild pig herd, capybaras, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, brown capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, owl monkeys beneath a full moon, a tree full of macaws, king vultures, bats, osprey, a three foot catfish, and tapir. alejandro was one of the best guides i've had in my travels and took me to a vanilla plant and a tarantula after i expressed interest in orchids and spiders.

the food was the best i had in bolivia. we even ate the piranha we caught.

clean lodgings in lovely setting. there is no hot water or electricity, but, come on... you're in the jungle! i was more comfortable here than in a hotel because the air felt so clean. i was there mid-april and humidity/heat and mosquitoes were not a problem; in fact, i got many stings in the yungas, and not one in madidi. still, bring bug spray and sunscreen.

i wish i'd stayed a whole week, totally loved this lodge and my guide, alejandro! ask him about pumas and uncontacted tribes in the jungle. :)

note: if you are a solo traveler you might have to wait an extra night or two in rurre for others to book a stay. i booked beforehand through their agency on calle linares in la paz. they'll arrange your amaszonas flight from la paz to rurre, too -- convenient and at no extra cost than trying to book a flight by yourself. flight is about usd$80 each way.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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Madidi Jungle E... M, Propietario at Madidi Jungle Ecolodge, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
Dear ohsusie:
Thank you very much for sharing your excellent and detailed post about your experience visiting Madidi Jungle Ecolodge.
We're glad to know you saw many animals in the real jungle and enjoy the food and accommodation with us considering we are located in the remote amazon jungle. Certainly we do not have hot water in the showers but we hope to achieve in the future. We offer conventional light from 7pm to 9:30pm during which our visitors can recharge your batteries at no additional cost. Your interest wanting to stay longer with us inspiring us to continue improving our services and we are certainly excited to have available our new exclusive cabin with private bathroom from next July!
It is true that we require at least 2 visitors to offer our services, both lonely traveler are conditioned to join another group , something easier to coordinate from May to October , when we have more guest visiting our Lodge.
Thank you for your good advice and guidance about our work in general in Madidi Jungle Ecolodge.
It will be a great honor for us to having you again in the near future.
Sincerely,

Alex & Madidi Jungle Family!
Madidi national park - Bolivia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2014

Very professional and reliable throughout. Beautyfull location, many nice hikes, great food, nice people. The rooms are not great, but you are in the middle of the jungle. I would definetely suggest this place, though I have not seen the competition.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Madidi Jungle E... M, Propietario at Madidi Jungle Ecolodge, responded to this review, April 8, 2014
Dear Markos M
Thank you very much for reminding Madidi Jungle Ecolodge and write a glowing review. The comments of our visitors means for us a great value which help us to continue improvements our services. We want to tell you that we will have already finished two independent cabins with private bath from July, 2014 so we will offer more comfort for our guests. The whole family from Madidi Jungle Ecolodge welcomes your visit and appreciate your valuable contribution to our Responsible Tourism venture located in the Madidi national park - Bolivian Amazon.
It will be our great pleasure to see you again in the short future in our Madidi Jungle Ecolodge.

Best wishes!

Madidi Jungle Ecolodge Family!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014

This was spectaculair!!! We doubted between a Pampus tour and jungle tour, but ended up going with Madidi Jungle into the jungle! What a great choice! It was an actual, real experience. First you take a 3 hour boat trip, which was already fantastic. Then you arrive at you ecolodge which is beautifully located and your room is very nice, including mosquito net. Then you go for lunch, which is prepared fresh with local produce. delicious every time! Then you go into the jungle each day, that was just fantastic really. you learn about the rainforest, about medicinal plants and you spot so many animals. we saw all types of birds, spiders, ants, monkeys, parrots, toekans, capibarans, wild boar, sloaths, and some I didn´t really know but were still spectaculair. you can do more river trips, night walk, relax in your hammock... It is all very peaceful as well, not so busy as a pampus tour and definitly more unique!
And, very importantly, the lodge is set up and run by local people, from a community further up the river in the jungle. So they really know what they are talking about, respect the environment greatly, and all the proceeds go to the community again. Isn´t that great?!

Allight, I think you get it, go for it! They have an office in Rurrenabaque but are easily contacted through their website and via email.

bring insect repellent, long trousers, long sleeves, sun lotion, hat, some water for the boat ride. maybe some good shoes but you can borrow gum boots there. for the rest I believe everything is included! Enjoy!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Madidi Jungle E... M, Propietario at Madidi Jungle Ecolodge, responded to this review, February 15, 2014
Dear Friends,
Thank you very much! We are very pleased to read your brilliant and detailed opinion. Your visit was also a wonderful experience for us. Criticism of our visitors are very useful for us and also for other travelers. Our commitment is to offer a personal and high quality services through the jungle, we rather focus on being eco friendly with nature and our local culture. We are working hard to continue improving our infrastructure and services. From July 2014, we will have available 2 exclusive private cabins. We hope see you again in Madidi Jungle Ecolodge in the near future and will be a great honor for us to show you again the tropical rain forest.
With deep appreciation,

Alex Villca Limaco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

The 3 day Jungle Tour was part of a 3 week independently organized from the UK through Alex - very committed, organized, professional and a really good person to deal with. We were delighted with the whole experience - accommodation, food, jungle activities in small groups, transport etc. The guides Henry and Alejandro were very knowledgeable and friendly. Equally sociable was Tony, the local camp tapir. An excellent choice.
Sept 2013

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Madidi Jungle E... M, Propietario at Madidi Jungle Ecolodge, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Dear 201Judy:

Thank you very much for your glowing review!
We remember all of you warmly, your visit to Madidi Jungle Ecolodge has been for our indigenous families of great help and we are very happy to know that you have enjoyed your time with us.
Thanks to the recommendations and suggestions of many friends like you,

* We have decided to build exclusive cabins with private bathroom which will be ready from July 1st, 2014.
* Our commitment is to offer a personal and high quality of ecotourism facilities. Eco friendly with the environment and local culture.

We wish for all of you much success and happiness in their lives.

With deep affection.

The Family
Madidi Jungle Ecolodge
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Samaná, Samana, Dominican Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

We booked the 3d/4n trip w/ Madidi partly because it is run by the indigenous people in the area. And I don't think we could have had a better time! All the staff but especially Alex (who helped us make all our arrangements through email) and our guide Alejandro were wonderful, very knowledgeable, and so passionate. The accommodations were not luxurious but comfortable and the food was wonderful. The staff was so gracious and humble, I actually felt honored to be able to have contributed to the preservation of the jungle and their community.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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2 Thank Anna A
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Madidi Jungle E... M, Propietario at Madidi Jungle Ecolodge, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Dear Friends,

Thank you very much for your brilliant post.

Your visit for us has been very helpful and we were even more committed to continue working for the conservation and protection of endangered species within the Madidi National Park. In Madidi Jungle Ecolodge we focus on providing a personalized service for small groups.

* With the desire to provide better hosting service, we decided to implement a couple of private cabins with private bathroom with independent balconies and hammock from July 2014.

Thank you very much for your feedback, we hope to see you again in Madidi Jungle Ecolodge in the near future.

Best Regards,

Alex Villca Limaco
Co-Founder/Owner
Madidi Jungle Ecolodge
Madidi national park - BOLIVIA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

we booked the 5d/4n biwa trip at a small travel agency in la paz together with another swiss couple (so we were just a small group of 4).

+ Alejandro our guide has a great knowledge and spots even the smallest thing you would never see. Although his english is not perfect, you can understand him well with a bit goodwill (and sometimes fantasy)
+ simple and clean rooms in the lodge - they make your room daily
+ beautiful garden area with cozy hammocks to chill
+ very good and plenty of food. great variety - you will for sure not be hungry
+ free drinking water, coffee, and the all the time
+ very friendly staff

what could be improved in our view:
- use real ponchos instead of one way plastic ponchos to reduce plastic waste
- use big water tanks instead of 2 liter pet bottles
- clean the shared toilets more often and make sure there is sufficient toilet paper

our conclusion: highly recommended. it is a fanastic experience even if you do not spot so many (big) animals!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Madidi Jungle E... M, Propietario at Madidi Jungle Ecolodge, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
Dear Friends,

Thank you very much for your excellent review . It has been our great honor having you in our Madidi Jungle Ecolodge and teach the delicate and fragile ecosystem of the tropical rainforest . Thank you very much for clearly detail the positive and negative aspects you found in our service, will certainly be of great help to us and to other travelers .

- The cleanliness in the bathrooms and all services is very important , however we will put a lot more care and attention to them without losing the responsibility to the environment .

- With respect to the water bottle, at the moment we do not find a supplier of mineral water that we deliver the product in large bottles ( Rurrenabaque), which means for us save money and be more environmentally eco-friendly.

- With respect to raincoats we ask our visitors , where possible bring with you this material, however note that in Madidi Jungle Ecolodge we facilitate this item.

Thanking you again for your visit and your comments, we wish for you much success . We hope to see you again in Madidi Jungle Ecolodge in the near future.

Best regards,

Alex & Madidi Jungle Ecolodge Family
Madidi national park - Rurrenabaque - Bolivia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

We spent 3 days at the Madidi Ecolodge and were incredibly impressed by the diligent care that was taken of us during our stay. The lodge is right in the heart of the jungle - literally miles from anywhere, not in or near an indigenous village even, and everything must be brought in by boat. The food is some of the best food I've had in Bolivia - incredible when you think of the location, and the staff take incredible care of you - every group has its own guide and you can choose your activities and how you spend your time. we saw plenty of birds and wildlife, and Henry, our guide, was great at helping us spot the animals. I would highly recommend tubing on the river and catching a piranaha was very exciting! the lodge only only has space for 12 people which is nice and cosy when everyone is likeminded - wanting to enjoy the peace and quiet of the jungle. Unfortunately we had to cut our trip short due to the arrival of an extremely noisy 7-person family who upset the atmosphere, but the staff couldn't do enough for us, arranged for our transport back and even refunded us the extra night - service is a priority here and Madidi deserves to grow and prosper based on the care and attention shown. All money goes back into the community (the 4 families who run Madidi are from the same community as Chalalan, and most of them have worked there) and although sharing a bathroom is not my ideal, it was worth it to stay there. Definitely recommended.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Madidi Jungle E... M, Propietario at Madidi Jungle Ecolodge, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
Dear RdeSilva
Thank you very much for your brilliant comment. Your visit it was for us a very helpful and on behalf of our indigenous families who work in Madidi Jungle Ecolodge we sincerely want to say thank you very much. Our commitment is to continue improving our services and listening to visitors like you, this year we have enhanced our dining room, the bathrooms and the cabins also we have decided to implement a couple of private cabins starting on July 2014.
We wish for you much success and look forward to having you in Madidi Jungle Ecolodge in the near future.

Warm Regards,

Alex & Madidi Jungle Ecolodge Family
Madidi national park - Bolivia
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Property: Madidi Jungle Ecolodge
Address: Calle Comercio | between Vaca Diez & Campero, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
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Location: Bolivia > Beni Department > Madidi National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Madidi National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
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 
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Madidi Jungle Ecolodge Bolivia/Madidi National Park

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