MADIDI.COM
Home
Trips
EcoLodges
Reserves
Links
Wildlife
About Us
Bookstore
Photos
Menu

Alan
Perry

Daniel
Manzaneda

(208)
866-9617

info@
madidi.com

infomadidi@
gmail.com



Reserves
Regional Information | Madidi National Park | Pilon Lajas Indigenous Territory | Beni Biosphere Reserve


Regional Information


-> The Bolivian Amazon in northwest Bolivia is the region with the greatest biodiversity in Bolivia and one of the geographical regions with the greatest biodiversity in the world.
-> It is located in the transition zone between Amazon rainforest (west of the río Beni) and Amazonian “pampas” (east of the río Beni) and here exists large tracts of both.
-> The ecosystems are protected in three reserves - Madidi National Park (Amazon rainforest), Pilon Lajas Biosphere Reserve and Indigenous Territory (Amazon rainforest) and the Pampas Reserve (Beni savannas).
-> The region forms part of the international corridor of protected areas that extends from Vilcabamba (in Peru) to Amboro (in Bolivia).
-> Also, the region is home to the indigenous Chimane, Moseten, Tacana and Quechua.
-> Access to the reserves and indigenous communities is by Rurrenebaque, on the banks of the río Beni. Travel by boat up the río Beni to Madidi National Park or Pilon Lajas Indigenous Territory, or by land and small plane to the río Yacuma. For a comfortable experience, you can stay at one of three rustic and very comfortable ecolodges in the area - Chalalan Lodge (in Madidi National Park), Mapajo Lodge (in Pilon Lajas Indigenous Reserve) and Pampas Lodge (Pampas Reserve).

Informacion Regional
-> La Amazonia Boliviana del noroeste del pais es la region de mayor riqueza biológica de Bolivia y uno de las zonas geográficas con más biodiversidad en el mundo.
-> Está ubicado en la zona de transición entre Selva (bosques al oeste del río Beni) y Pampas (pastizales al este del río Beni) Amazonica y aquí existe grandes extensions de los dos.
-> Los ecosistemas están protegidas en tres reservas - Parque Nacional Madidi (selva), Territorio Indigena Pilon Lajas (selva) y Reserva de las Pampas. (sabanas)
-> Este zona forma parte del corredor internacional de áreas protegidas que va desde Vilcabamba (en Perú) hasta Amboro (en Bolivia).
-> Por otra parte, la zona consta de una gran riqueza étnica y cultural, por ser el hogar de diferentes poblaciones indígenas tales como Chimanes, Mosetenes, Tacanas y Quechua
-> El acceso a las reserves y sus comunidades indígenas es por el pueblo de Rurrenebaque, ubicado en las orillas del río Beni. Se sube en bote por el río Beni al Parque Nacional Madidi o Territorio Indigena Pilon Lajas, o por avioneta a la Reserva de las Pampas. Para un cómodo experiencia, se puede alojar en los albergues de Chalalan (en Parque Nacional Madidi), Mapajo (en Territorio Indigena Pilon Lajas) y Las Pampas. (en Reserva de las Pampas). (

top of page

Madidi National Park
was created in 1995 and covers 1,895,740 ha (4,5000,000 acres; 18,957 km2) from the Amazonian lowlands of the río Heath, at 200 m altitud, to the mountains of the Apolobamba Range at more than 6,000 m altitud. Madidi’s vast wilderness encompasses unparalleled biodiversity ranging from montain cloudforest to dry tropical forest, humid lowland forest to savanna, wild rivers and lakes.

Madidi’s mountains, forests and river habitats are home to more than 1,000 species of neotropical birds, 5,000 - 6,000 superior plants, 44% of all new world species of mammals, and an estimated 38% of neotropical amphibians. The tropical Andes, where Madidi is located, is also a globally critical hotspot of plant endemism. Inside the park’s limits is found the community of San Jose de Uchupiamonas, of the Quechua-Tacana ethnic group.

Parque Nacional Madidi
fue creado en 1995 y tiene una superficie de 1,895,740 hectáreas (4,5000,000 acres; 18,957 km cuadrados) desde la llanuras Amazónicas del río Heath, a 200 m de altitud, hasta los nevados de la cordillera de Apolobamba, de más de 6,000 m de altitud. Se encuentra el el Departamento de La Paz.

Madidi posee una gran biodiversidad de bosque nublado a bosque tropical seco, bosque húmedo a pampas en la llanura, ríos y lagos. Las montanas, bosques y ríos del Parque Nacional Madidi son el hogar de mas de 1,000 especies de aves neotropicales, 5,000 a 6,000 especies de plantas superiors, ademas de un 44% de todos los mamíferos neotropicales y un 38% de los anfibios neotropicales. La region es un gran centro de plantas endemicas. Adentro los límites del parque se encuentra la comunidad de San Jose de Uchupiamonas, del grupo étnica Quechua-Tacana.

top of page

Pilon Lajas Biosphere Reserve and Indigenous Territory
covers an area of 400,000 ha (1,000,000 acres) of rainforest from the Amazonian lowlands, at 300 m, to the Andean foothills, at 1600 m. Our territory is made up of twelve Chimán and Mosetén communities. Title to this Territory in the name of the communities was important for securing the space necessary for our daily activities. It was also important for ensuring that our lands are not invaded by colonization, which provokes the parceling of land and the depredation of the forest; a resource essential to our lives.

We have the custom of roaming about freely in the forest and we depend on it for our survival. Before, there was no colonization or pressure from outside. Now that there are roads, and runways for airplanes have been built, the territory is necessary for ensuring that we are owners of the land and able to protect it. In the past, it was not necessary to have ourr own Territory. The communities live in large spaces. These large spaces do not exist anymore.

Territorio Indígena y Reserva de Biósfera Pilón Lajas cubre una superficie de 400,000 hectáreas (1,000,000 acres) de selva desde la llanura Amazonica, a 300 m de altitud, hasta el pie de los Andes, a 1600 m de altitud. Nuestro Territorio está conformado por doce comunidades Chimanes y Mosetenes. La titulación de este Territorio, a nombre de la comunidades, era importante para asegurar el espacio necesario para nuestras actividades diarias. Era también importante para asegurar que nuestras tierras no se vean invadidas por la colonización, que provoca parcelación de la tierra y destrucción de los bosques, recursos esenciales para nuestra vida.

Nosotros tenemos la costumbre de andar en el bosque en forma libre y de él nos proveemos para sobrevivir. Antes, no había colonización ni presión de afuera. Ahora que hay carreteras y que se construyen pistas aéreas, es necesario el Territorio para asegurar que somos los duenos de éste y para poder protegerlo. En el pasado, no era necesario tener un Territorio propio, las comunidades vivían en espacios grandes. Estos espacios grandes no existen más.

top of page

Beni Biosphere Reserve
The Beni Biosphere Reserve covers a geographical area of 135,000 hectares. Its incredible ecological composition caught the attention of national and foreign researchers and environmentalists who for more than ten years, with the sponsorship of the Bolivian Academy of Sciences, have joined efforts to have it recognized as a protected area. This is not only due to its rich biota, but also to the presence of an important indigenous Amazonian group, the T’simane. It was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1986 by the MAB-UNESCO International Council with the purpose of promoting conservation in a context of balance between humans and nature. 30,000 hectares have been legally recognized by the Bolivian State as part of the T’simane Indigenous Territory.

Among the natural virtues of the Biosphere Reserve is the convergence of three biogeographical zones: the Amazon, the Chaco and the Cerrado. Studies carried out in the area demonstrate the presence of more than 100 species of mammals, over 500 species of birds and more than 2,000 species of vascular plants. Also of great importance is the inter-institutional coordination with national and foreign environmental entities, academic institutions and international organizations. Such inter relations have permitted the diffusion of their activities, and through sharing have enriched its experiences in the scientific realm as well as its relation with the population.

top of page

Home | Trips | EcoLodges | Reserves | Links | Wildlife |
About Us | Bookstore | Photos | Expanded Menu



Alan Perry | Daniel Manzaneda
(208) 866-9617 | info@madidi.com | infomadidi@gmail.com