Four of us stayed at Madidi Jungle Lodge for 4 nights in early May. We had beautiful weather. It rained a little, but when you're walking in the tropical forest, it's like a giant umbrella over your head so we didn't mind. Other travellers have mentioned the mosquitoes. We hardly had any bothering us on our jungle treks. It was only the last day, when we stopped on our way back to Rurrenabaque to go to a macaw nesting site, that the fire ants got us, in spite of our long pants and spraying the bottom of them with repellent. We came for birding, and our guide, Henry, told us that they do not have many birders that come. For that reason, the guides know the larger birds that almost any tourist would be happy to see, but not the flycatchers, tanagers, antwrens etc. that are of little interest to most tourists. We really enjoyed our time on the river, the trip from Rurrenabaque and the trip up to Laguna Santa Rosa. We also enjoyed our little excursion on the lake to see the hoatzins.
The rooms are small and there is no electricity. There are nice hammocks in front of the rooms but we had to use the same area for drying our towels and a few clothes that we washed. There are 4 common washrooms and usually there are one or two that are free for use. In the evening hours, in the dining area, there is are outlets for recharging camera batteries or computers.
The price includes our guides and our meals. The meals were simple, but tasty, and there was lots to eat. We had the one guide, Henry, for the 4 days, and he was very helpful. We saw lots of beautiful birds, quite a number of them right near the lodge. I am posting quite a few photos, as there are not that many bird photos among the many photos that previous visitors to the lodge have posted. It is a very good place for birding. It would be very nice though it the lodge would put out some feeders to attract the tanagers and the hummingbirds, nice for the birders and others visitors also who would appreciate such beautiful birds.
We particularly appreciate that Alex was there to meet us when we arrived at the Amaszonas office in Rurrenabaque and arranged for transportation to the hotel, and also that Luce (from Madidi Jungle Lodge) came to the airport when our driver phoned her (his own initiative) to say that we had been bumped to a later flight even though our bookings had been confirmed. All of these services were included in our package rate.
- 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