MADIDI TRAVEL S.R.L.
LA PAZ ON FOOT
About 20 years ago a group of leading conservationists and biologists envisioned the protection of one of the richest rainforest ecosystems in the world. This dream eventually materialised with the creation of Madidi National Park in north-western Bolivia in 1995.
Covering an area of nearly 19,000 km², the park encompasses an incredible array of ecosystems from the high Andes to the Amazon, including cloud forest, dry tropical forest, humid lowland rainforest, savannah, wild rivers and lakes. Ancient geological and glacial processes have given rise to spectacular landscapes.
This vast wilderness boasts unparalleled biological diversity. It is home to an estimated 1,000 species of birds, 44% of New World mammal species and 38% of tropical amphibians. It can also claim more than 5,000 species of flowering plant and the world record in butterflies and dragonflies.
Madidi National Park and its management offer a full array of tours to cater to different target markets. Visitors can go rafting or trekking or stay at an ecolodge.
RAFTING ON THE TUICHI RIVER 8 days/7nights
Difficulty Rating: Moderate
The Tuichi River flows from high up in the Apolobamba range east and south through some of Bolivia’s wildest terrain on the eastern side of the Andes. Its bulk runs through the tropical upper Amazon basin, through thick jungle rich in wildlife, and it is characterized by large, powerful rapids and relentless volume.
CHALALAN ECOLODGE 5 days/4nights
One of the many communities America Tours supports as a tour operator is the village of San José de Uchupiamonas, a Quechua-Tacana ethnic group. This community owns and runs the Chalalan Ecolodge, which has been built using the philosophy of minimum impact, using local materials and traditional techniques. The design also includes the treatment of all wastewaters and the use of solar energy.
The San Jose community hopes that by participating in responsible tourism, it can be successful in the preservation of thousands of hectares of pristine rainforest that it has owned for generations. All the initiatives it has undertaken have been in accordance with standards that respect local culture, tradition and the amazing natural surroundings. It is the wish of this community to further develop sustainable tourism to assist its subsistence economy. Your visit will help to accomplish this.
TREKKING CENTRAL IPUNI – 9 DAYS
(Apolo – Macua – Cuchiwani - River Tuichi)
Trekking level ***
This trek goes though different ecosystems, from cloud forest to rainforest. It follows a road that locals used to use to exchange products from the highlands and lowlands. Besides doing a lot of hiking, you will visit various local communities, observe diverse wildlife and visit the Cuchiwani Inca ruins.
TREKKING PELECHUCO - 7 DAYS
Trekking level ****
Pelechuco is located at the bottom of the Apolobamba Range, within the protected area of the same name. The landscape is remarkable because you can see the Andes and cloud forest. We will reach high summits, such as Paso Sanchez, before descending down to Apolo. The trail is perfect for photography.