Madidi National Park

Travel Guide South America Bolivia Madidi National Park



Madidi National Park is located in the northwest of Bolivia and is one of the most biodiverse parks anywhere in the world. This is mainly caused by its combination of tropical lowland rainforest, grasslands, swamps and more moutainous areas of the lower Andes, the Apolobamba range. Animals include jaguar, spectacled bear, maned wolf and giant otter and the park contains over 10% of all species of birds in the world, meaning over 1,000 species to view. The park is best reached from Rurrenabaque which has lots of touroperators to choose from.




The PN (Parque Nacional) and IMNA (Integrated Management Natural Area) Madidi is located in the Northwest region of the Department of La Paz, in the provinces Franz Tamayo, Iturralde and Abel Bautista Saavedra. The municipalities involved are Apolo, San Buenaventura, Ixiamas, Curva and Pelechuco. Adjacent to the west, with the Tambopata-Candamo Reserve and Bahuaja-Sonene National Park in Peru, on the east by the TCO (Tierra Comunitaria de Origen / Indigenous community land) Tacana I, on the north by TCO Tacana II and south adjacent to the Integrated Management Natural Area National Apolobamba, TCO Lecos Apolo, TCO Lecos Larecaja and Pilón Lajas Biosphere Reserve and Communal Lands.
The PN and IMNA Madidi is one of the largest protected areas in Bolivia, with a total land area, according to the Supreme Decree building 18957.5 square kilometres, of which 12,715 km² come under the heading of National Park and 6,242.5 km² are categorized under the Integrated Management Natural Area. Its boundaries are between 12° 30' and 14° 44' southern latitude and between 67° 30' and 69° 51' western longitude.
The area under conservation covers an altitudinal gradient ranging from 180 to 5,760 meters above sea level and has a variety of ecosystems.



Getting There and Around

The Madidi National Park offers ecological and cultural tour experiences to visitors.

Many local tour operators offer boat transportation, accommodation, meals and local guides to visitors wishing to enter the park. The eco-lodges are managed by the local indigenous population. The town of Rurrenabaque is frequently used as the access point for the Madidi park. The best time to visit the park is from April to October; however visits are possible all year round. During the rainy reason it is often not possible to access parts of the park. It is recommended that visitors hire guides or visit the park in organized tours. The trip from Rurrenabaque to the Madidi National Park takes one hour to 6 hours by boat, travelling along the Beni and Tuichi Rivers.

Rurrenabaque has a paved airport since 2010, reducing the risk of flight cancellation during the rainy season (December to March).


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