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Madidi National Park

Base City: Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Madidi National Park

  • Name
  • Madidi National Park
  • Area:
  • 1,880,996 ha
  • Habitat Type:
  • Cloud Forest & Dense Lowland Forest
  • Location:
  • La Paz Department, Bolivia
  • Base City:
  • Puerto Maldonado
  • Accommodation:
  • The Heath River Wildlife Center
  • Find Reserve:
  • Map

Introduction – Madidi National Park

The Madidi National Park was first recognised in 1993 as Bolivia’s most important natural area. It lies along the Peruvian side of Bolivia and shares its boundary with four other protected areas. The park contains diverse habitats thanks to various geographical features.

Types of Animals in Madidi Park

Dense forests cover 80% of the park containing a high diversity of wildlife. The described animals here include around 156 species of mammal, 109 different reptiles, 867 species of bird, and 88 different amphibian species; of which over 30 are found nowhere else on Earth. Boasting a high diversity of described plants, the park is believed to contain around 5,000 types. The Madidi National Park contains spectacled bears, pumas, jaguars, Andean deer, giant otters, and a multitude of different primates. The birds you can find in the park include the green winged macaws, cock of the rocks, harpy eagles, crested eagles, and a significant amount of endangered species.

Mammals of Madidi National Park
Madidi National Park Brown Throated Sloth (Bradypus variegatus)Woolly Monkey (Lagothrix lagotricha)Agouti (Dasyprocta sp.)Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri sp.)Giant Otters (Pteronura brasiliensis)

Birds of Madidi National Park
Andean Cock of the rock (Rupicola peruviana)Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja)Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin), Madidi National ParkMadidi National Park Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)Madidi National Park Many Banded Aracari (Pteroglossus pluricinctus)

Reptiles of Madidi National Park
tamshiyacu tahuayo reserve Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus)tamshiyacu tahuayo reserve Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus)Madidi National Park Lancehead (Bothrops sp)Madidi National Park Caiman Lizard (Dracaena guianensis)Madidi National Park Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)

People Of The Madidi National Park

The parks human population is approximately 3,900 individuals spread over 31 communities.

Threats to the Madidi National Park

Threats to Madidi National Park are mainly from road construction, which block animal paths and disrupt breeding patterns. The roads also make it easier to mine resources and make it vulnerable to colonisation. As with other parks, illegal hunting and logging pose a considerable threat.

Madidi National Park Tourism

The area has been a tourist attraction since the 1970s because of its scenic beauty and unique biodiversity, but because of poor park management and inadequate facilities, the park was unable to maintain conservation goals with the high amount of visitors. Subsequently, tourists posed a threat to the park instead of aiding conservation. The main reason for failure was the concentration of tourists resulting in negative consequences for biodiversity. However, the area is now operating new management plans, which seem hopeful for the parks future and can hopefully turn the impact of tourism, making tourism aid conservation.

Visiting The Madidi National Park

To visit the park and cause a positive effect on the natural environment, you can stay at the Heath River Wildlife Center. This is the only lodge on the river and owned by a non-profit conservation organisation.

Heath River Lodge

Five Days:

  • Heath River Lodge Operated by Inka Natura
  • Accessed from Puerto Maldonado in south Peru
  • Only lodge beside Heath River in Tambopata/Madidi NP
  • Only a 10 minute boat ride from a large macaw clay lick
  • Access to two very different ecosystems

For Tour Operators & Lodge Owners