detour: madidi national park

Madidi National Park is one of the most unique natural landscapes in the country. The park, located deep within the heart of the Amazon River Basin, is one of the most bio-diverse protected areas in the world and the wild unbridled geography of the area is exciting for anyone to explore.

Arriving at the Rurrenabaque airport for our detour into Madidi National Park

Arriving at the Rurrenabaque airport for our detour into Madidi National Park.

Rurrenabaque is sleepy, hot and humid. Days linger on and it's easy to lose track of time.

Rurrenabaque is sleepy, hot and humid. Days linger on and it’s easy to lose track of time.

Tours to Madidi National Park begin at the makeshift port on the banks of the Beni River. For once, I wasn't the one who brought the most luggage.

Tours to Madidi National Park begin at the makeshift port on the banks of the Beni River. For once, I wasn’t the one who brought the most luggage.

Making our way to Chalalan, one of the few ecolodges located deep within Madidi, approximately a 3 hour boat ride away.

Making our way to Chalalan, one of the few ecolodges located deep within Madidi, approximately a 3 hour boat ride away.

Locals work hard to navigate the jungle river.

Locals work hard to navigate the jungle river.

Once at Chalalan, our guide gives us some background and geographic education for our Amazon adventure.

Once at Chalalan, our guide gives us some background and geographic education for our Amazon adventure.

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The local guides at Chalalan are masters at spotting even the tiniest birds hiding high in the trees.

And the most fascinating examples of unique Madidi nature.

And the most fascinating examples of unique Madidi nature.

Welcome to the (Amazon) Jungle.

Welcome to the (Amazon) Jungle.

A picture worth taking.

A picture worth taking.

After our jungle walk it's time to relax and see the wildlife on Lake Chalalan.

After our jungle walk it’s time to relax and see the wildlife on Lake Chalalan.

Hi from Madidi National Park and Chalalan :)

“Hi!” from Madidi National Park and Chalalan :)

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Sunset on Lake Chalalan.

Sunset on Lake Chalalan.

At night visitors to Madidi National Park can set out to view nocturnal caimans or just marvel at the star-filled sky.

At night visitors to Madidi National Park can set out to view nocturnal caimans or just marvel at the star-filled sky.

After 3 days in the jungle it's time to head home.

After 3 days in the jungle it’s time to head home.

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