Alto Madidi

Why is the alto madidi the most important place in the amazon?

The alto madidi region is the most biodiverse micro-region within the greater macro-regional vilcabamba-amboro corridor, which is considered to be the most biodiverse hotspot in the world. In addition to this, the alto madidi  is the bottleneck of the last undisturbed biomass corridor that connects all the ecosystems created between the last remaining undisturbed grassland savannahs and the high glacial andean peaks. 

It is the last remaining vein of the most biodiverse region the world has to offer.

This video will explain it thoroughly


  • The greatest avifauna diversity in the world  Read more
  • One of the least explored and exploited regions in the world. The toromona uncontacted tribe lives here. This is the place where it's most probable to discover unregistered plant and animal species. Read more
  • The best place to see Jaguars and Tapirs. Thanks to the undisturbed biomass corridor that lies here. This has been proven by the fame this place has gained by local natives that have guided the few adventurous tourists that have embarked on the 15 to 25 day alto madidi trek, where in some cases they spotted jaguars up to 6 times in one expedition.
  • Unmatched wildlife diversity. 20 meter long anacondas and maned wolfs live a few kilometers away from and to speckled bears and South American quetzals.  See some pictures

CME reserve and Madidi NP on a map


According to ParksWatch:

Madidi NP-IMNA occupies the entire northeastern corner of the La Paz department, against the Peruvian border. It is bordered by four other protected areas and an indigenous territory. It is one of Bolivia’s flagship parks, and with a surface of no less than 1,880,996 ha, one of the key components of the Vilcabamba-Amboró Conservation Corridor (VACC), considered the most biologically diverse hotspot on the planet.

The park’s high latitudinal range and rugged topography ensures a large variety of habitats, with 1,875 plant described to date out of an estimated total of 5,000. This is matched by an exceptional animal diversity composed of at least 1,370 vertebrate species, including 156 mammal, 867 bird, between 192 and 296 fish, between 79 and 109 reptile, and between 84 and 88 amphibian species (more than 30 of which are endemic to the protected area). In fact, Madidi NP-IMNA could be the most biodiverse protected area in the world.

Read full information at: Parkswatch Madidi 


Candelaria Madidi Ecológico is a community created with the purpose of implementing ecological projects that will aid in the conservation of a 32,000 hectare territory adjacent to the most critical part of Madidi National Park. The organization is composed mainly of native people from the Ixiamas municipality that share the interest of protecting this region through innovative eco-projects. 

This area is the most critical in the Amazon region since it's the last biological corridor between the Andean glaciers and the Amazon floodland savannahs that has not been interrupted by human presence. Ironical to the enormous size of Madidi National Park, this most critical micro-region is the least protected, being so by a thin bottleneck only fourteen kilometers wide. 

Candelaria Madidi is the terrain adjacent to this bottleneck and the protection of this area is of great importance. For this reason Candelaria Madidi Ecológico has been working to establish this territory as a community owned protected area and will now begin presenting projects that will create funds that will allow real conservation and protection efforts to be continuously carried out.

Current status of the Candelaria Reserve- There is great bureaucracy involved in creating large protected areas. We have advanced considerably in this process, having received the official recognitions and titles we present to our right. The last step for having our land titled is paying the sum of $18,571 dollars to the INRA government agency so they can send topographers to definitely measure and establish the polygon territory with GPS coordinates. 

In addition to this we will have legal fees from lawyers, and in total we believe we will need around $60,000 dollars to be able to have the reserve's papers updated.

To raise these funds, we have set up an adopt an acre program. Read all about it.

The Candelaria Madidi Ecologico community currently receives no financing from any institutions. All the work that has been made, like the alto madidi ecovillage project, this blog, the "seed of a new world" documentary, and much more has been done solely by the efforts and expenses of the community members. 

We really need help!!