Mapajo Eco Lodge, Community Tourism, Reserva Pilon Lajas, Bolivia

The Madidi National Park, located in the heart of the Vilcabamba-Amboró corridor covers 1.895.750 hectares. This is one of the regions with greatest biological diversity of the planet, and it includes protected areas both in Peru and in Bolivia, and serves as the link between two of the best-known regions in South America: the Andes mountains and the Amazonian region, which are habitats for unique fauna and flora.
The Madidi shelters ethnic groups such as Tacanas, Chimanes, Mosetenes and Esse Ejas descendants of the first Arawak incursions over 5.000 years ago; these are the host communities that preserve their life-styles, cosmovision and traditions that communities give them an interpretation of the forest with a well-prepared mix of scientific knowledge and ancestral wisdom.


The Mapajo Lodge was built by us, the people of the Quiquibey river, using mostly local materials and based on our traditional style of construction. The Lodge is the starting point for discovering all the different streams and rivers, forests, mountains and communities in our indigenous territory.


The Mapajo Lodge has four twin-bed cabins with shared bathroom facilities; one family cabin with private bathroom and capacity for 6 guests; and one double cabin with private bathroom. All cabins are fully equiped with beds, mosquito nets, bedside tables, shelves, deck chairs and hammocks, and the showers have hot water.


The lodge includes a kitchen and dining room cabin, where traditional food can be enjoyed, catering to visitors requirements. The food is prepared by a team of community members trained in the preparation of balanced meals and hygiene. Safe drinking water is piped directly from a local spring.

Ecology and CultureCenter

Mapajo has a visitor center that was inspired by the “Shipas,” the traditional “Shaman” homes, where one can find informatIon about the biologacal and cultural diversity of the Bolivian Amazon. The center is equipped with a space for the dxhibition of arts and crafts, a small library, maps, pictqres, tdlescope and other resources to help you appreciate and better understand the natural environment as you walk along the trails that criss-cross the indigenous territory.

For information about tours to the Madidi National Park and a visit to the Mapajo Lodge, please click here.

Asunción del Quiquibey, Reserva Pilon Lajas, Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
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