Madidi is a National Park located in the upper part of the Amazon River basin in Bolivia. Established in 1995, it has an area of 18,958 square kilometers, and with protected areas (although not necessarily contiguous) areas Manuripi-Heath, Apolobamba, and (on the Peruvian border) of the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Madidi is part of one of the largest protected areas in the world.
Ranging from the glacier-covered peaks of the high Andes to the tropical jungles of the Tuichi River, Madidi and its neighbors are recognized as one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet.
Madidi National Park can be reached from Rurrenabaque crossing the Beni River with small passenger boats to San Buenaventura.
The local people who have migrated here from the Andean highlands do not speak the Quechua language. Among the cultures that have their origin here are the tacana, Mosetenes and the Chimanes, which have their own language.
Some eco-lodges are located in and around Madidi National Park. The oldest and best known is Chalalán Ecolodge, in Chalalán on the Tuichi River, a community based on the success of the company that generates important economic benefits for indigenous communities (Malky et al., 2007). Another important site is the Serere Sanctuary operated by Viajes Madidi, a 4,000-hectare private reserve dedicated to income generation through tourism for ongoing conservation work to establish new legally protected areas in northern Madidi. Others include San Miguel del Bala Eco-Lodge on the banks of the Beni River, reached by boat 40 minutes upriver from Rurrenabaque, and the young Entno Ecolodge – Mashaquipe on the Tuichi River near the mouth of the river Beni.