This town is the gateway to the Madidi National Park or the Río Yacuma Pampas. It offers a broad variety of tourist services and it is an important air service provider for the region.
Rurrenabaque is the gateway to the Madidi National Park. Sailing over the Beni and Tuichi rivers, tourists can visit San Buenaventura and the Bala Canyon up to various community-based tourist operations inside the park. Tumupasa and San José de Uchupiamonas are some of the communities of the Tacana ethnical group, which have developed exceptional initiatives in sustainable tourism in harmony with nature and preserving local cultural values.
The Madidi National Park is one of the world’s largest parks with most biodiversity in terms of both flora and fauna, which covers an area from the Andes mountains down to the Amazon jungle. It unites different habitats and climate belts, from snow-capped mountains, mountain forest to savannahs and tropical forests. The Madidi National Park in the north of the department of La Paz is one of the protected areas with most biodiversity in the world.
In its more than 18,000 square kilometers, the park has a diversity of eco-regions from the Andean peaks down to the Amazon rainforest. Although cataloguing of the plants and animals is far from completed, it is the home to 11 percent of all birds on the planet, as well as more than 900 species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and fish, besides almost 5,000 varieties of plants, mosses, ferns and fungi. The Madidi is therefore one of the most visited destinations in Bolivia and a point of reference for environmentalists, biologists and nature specialists from around the planet.