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Madidi National Park - Bolivia

Any ecotourist planning a trip to South America will struggle to find a more appealing destination than the Madidi National Park in Bolivia.

At well over 18K square kilometres this national park is very big and has an enormous amount of wildlife that spans it every corner and various ecosystems. With this in mind it would be advisable to book a tour through a local operator if you really want to take advantage of it. Booking locally will benefit the local economy as well as ensure you have a guide that knows the park and understands it well.

For those bird lovers among you the Madidi national park is as good a place as any on the planet to visit. It is believed that over 10% of the world's entire species make their home here including nearly 900 different species of tropical birds. Beautiful varieties of storks, toucans and flamingos are all at home here bringing a variation of rich colours and wonderful noises to the park.

When it comes to accommodation, there is everything from camp sites to an eco-lodge available. The Chalal?n Eco lodge offers ideal accommodation as well as some fantastic tours for visitors to the region. As well as offering accommodation, there are guided walks and boating trips on the lakes for guests to enjoy, all under the guide of an expert.

Madidi offers a variety of ecosystems for visitors ranging from grasslands with palm trees swaying in the breeze to ice glaciers of the Andes that tower overhead.

Santa Cruz or La Paz is probably a good place to begin your journey through the park. However, if you are really hoping to enjoy the amazing wonders that it offers and to totally immerse yourself, maybe an extended trip or a revisit should be part of your plan.