Madidi national park in Bolivia

Whether it’s spotting a jaguar or smelling the scent of a rare type of flower, this spot has something to offer to every nature lover.

Established in 1995, Madidi National Park is situated in the upper Amazon river basin of Bolivia and is home to a record breaking number of species and plants, which makes it one of the most stunning scenerios you will ever see.

Jaguars, sloths, spectacled bears and pink river dolphins are just some of the animals you can expect to see inside the jungle’s green walls. The best way to experience this spot is through one of the many ecological and cultural tours providing an authentic and safe jungle experience.

If you want to find a nice area for birding, this park is one of the best places for bird observation in the world, with approximately 1,200 species of birds; including macaws, parrots, kingfishers and many other smaller species that you can find after just 45 minutes walking from the beautiful indigenous community-owned Chalalan ecolodge.

Catch and release fishing is available all year round in small streams and lagoons close to the lodge. The most common fish are cat fish, golden salmon and giant piranha.

If you are interested in native latin american history you should probably know that this park is home to 46 indigenous communities from six different tribes, including the Quechua, Chamas, Chimanes and Tacanas.

The best time to visit Madidi is in the dry season, from April to October. Despite the cooler weather, this is the time when most of the park’s wildlife is attracted to the river, trails are less muddy and there are fewer mosquitoes hovering about.

LatinAmerican Post | Luisa Fernanda Baez

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