Who we are?
Madidi Jungle Ecolodge is a low-impact rainforest eco-venture created and sustained 100% by indigenous people from the heart of Bolivia´s Madidi National Park and open to the visitors in early 2011. The Ecolodge is accessible by a 3 hour boat ride from the Amazon town of Rurrenabaque, and is a prime location for wildlife viewing, and serves as the base for a variety of hikes of different lengths. The Ecolodge offers comfortable accommodation for a maximum of 18-20 visitors at one time, and a menu of delicious meals based on traditional rainforest ingredients. The staff are all local, bilingual (Spanish and English) guides, with passion and expert knowledge of the surrounding tropical rainforest.
Above all, our mission is to offer you a unique and unforgettable Bolivian Amazon adventure so you can experience all the wonder and the wildlife of the jungle in one tour. We also seek to improve the living conditions of our indigenous community and support the conservation and protection of the existing biological diversity of our community land (TCO Uchupiamonas) and that of Madidi National Park.
By 2030 we hope to be the most prestigious Community-based Ecotourism venture in the Bolivian Amazon (Madidi National Park). We want to be recognised for our highly personalized service, our great efforts to reduce local poverty and our deep commitment to the conservation of biodiversity. We seek to develop our innovative model of local management and connect with a wider network of international visitors and sustainable organizations.
For our logo, we chose to feature the “Ara Severa” macaw, one of the most recognized species of the Amazon Rainforest. This bird represents the tropical jungle, but also has meaning for our organisation. We consider the color green to signify our wealth of thriving vegetation(the jungle) and the color red as our passion for the responsible ecotourism and local culture. Overall, our logo represents our commitment to, and respect for, Mother Earth.
The staff at the Madidi Jungle Ecolodge are entirely indigenous people (Uchupiamona and Tacana) with more than 10 years of experience working in community-based ecotourism. Our highly trained, professional staff are experts in fulfilling the expectations and demands of our visitors.
Our team consists of guides, carriers, cooks, cleaning staff and who work around the clock to ensure visitors receive fantastic service and an unforgettable stay. Both kindness and respect are deep-rooted characteristics of the Madidi Jungle Ecolodge staff and the Uchupiamona culture, and you will find these qualities in each of our team members.
Local Guides: Alejandro Limaco, Norman Valdez, Raúl Navi, Ronny Queteguari, Simon Supa, Sandro Supa, Alejandro Alvarez, Sergio Molina, Piter Huari and Juan Carlos Pariamo.
Chefs: Nancy Chuqui, Adela Lucia, Flavia Cartagena, Leni Camaconi and Consuelo Arteaga.
Boatmen : Juan Carlos Supa, Marcelo Villanueva, Aurelio Gonzales, Gabriel Soliz and Nicolas Fernandez.
Staff at the Ecolodge: Daniel Lucia, Ervin Cuili, Patricia Villca, Benito Chori, Giovana Lucia.
Staff in Rurrenabaque Office: Henry Villca, Alex Villca Limaco, Luis Fernando Catarro, Luz Guevara, Maria Alipaz, Felipe Villanueva & don Marcelino
|Alejandro Limaco Navi: Co-founder/owner of the Madidi Jungle Ecolodge.
Alejandro was born in the village of San José de Uchupiamonas, a remote indigenous community located in the heart of the Madidi National Park. Growing up in the rainforest, he learnt all the traditions of the tacana-quechua community, as well as many secrets of the rainforest. Alejandro was on the Chalalán Ecolodge board of directors for two years. He went on to learn English in order to guide visitors at the lodge. He has been working as a guide since 2012 at Madidi Jungle Ecolodge.
|Freddy Limaco Navi: Co-founder/owner of the Madidi Jungle Ecolodge.
Freddy was born in the indigenous village of San José de Uchupiamonas, located in the heart of the Madidi National Park. He grew up in the rainforest in a traditional tacana-quechua community where he gained a wealth of knowledge on the natural world. Now working as a guide at Madidi Jungle Ecolodge, Freddy has a passion for local history and is knowledgable about the region´s architecture. He has formally worked as the director of Chalalán S.A. and is the current President of the San Jose of Uchupiamonas indigenous community.
|Henry Villca Limaco: Co-founder/owner of the Madidi Jungle Ecolodge.
Henry was born in the village of San José de Uchupiamonas, a remote indigenous community in the heart of the Madidi National Park. He grew up in the rainforest in a tacana-quechua community. He worked at the Chalalán Ecolodge company for more than five years as executive director, general manager and accountant. As a trained accountant, Henry is currently Madidi Jungle´s operational manager and also works as a guide.
|Alex Villca Limaco: Co-founder/owner of the Madidi Jungle Ecolodge.
After working at Chalalán Ecolodge company for more than five years, Alex became sales representative at the Chalalán branch in La Paz from 2005 to 2007. He worked as a marketing manager in Chalalán Ecolodge and legal representative for the Chalalán Branch in La Paz from 2008 to 2010. Alex has a degree in tourism and is currently completing a masters´degree in Sustainable Tourism Management. He is the marketing and sales representative at the Madidi Jungle Ecolodge.