Madidi National Park, Bolivia
For those looking for a profoundly “real” Amazon experience, Bolivia's Madidi National Park offers everything available in the more well-traveled areas...and more. This region has been described as the archetype of what the Amazon used to be like and it has it all; dense rain-forest, vast open savannas, winding tropical rivers, large numbers of birds and mammals, and the seldom seen indigenous people of the tropical rainforest.
Bolivia's tropical Amazonia begins on the eastern ramparts of the Andes mountains. It's characteristically steep jungle terrain with whitewater rivers that drain green mountain slopes. Gradually, it levels out into lowlands spreading north, east and south. Within this region is one of the most impressive National Parks in the Americas: Madidi. This is a true wilderness area. Human encroachment is in many parts non-existent.
Madidi was featured in the March 2000 issue of National Geographic, and recently on National Geographic Television.
On one of our Madidi trips we saw TWO jaguars!
Read about it in the Field Notes of Dante Fenolio