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.
- 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