Serranía Sadiri & Sadiri Lodge, found just inside Madidi National Park is one of the first serranias of the Andes, which means it traps the warm moist humid tropical forest air following the prevailing winds south across the Amazon. As a consequence, this area has a much higher level of precipitation than surrounding areas, which equals higher bird diversity and abundances. A total of 221 species have been recorded in this area, and Sadiri abounds in foraging flocks that you can see well in this foothill tropical rainforest.
For hundreds of years, people have been travelling between the towns of Tumupasa and San José de Uchupiamonas, and further up into the Andes to the town of Apolo on Pre-Inca trails over Serrania Sadiri ( 950 m) and Serranía Yuruma ( 850 m), creating access to a relatively undisturbed forest habitat that contains Band-bellied Owl, Plain Antvireo, White-bellied Pygmy-Tyrant, Thrush-like Manikin, Scaled Fruiteater, Sharpbill, Bronze-green Euphonia, and Slate-throated Whitestart. This is also the only accessible area in Bolivia where the Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet can be found. Look for it on the top of the northern slope keeping an ear out for its whisper song.
The infrastructure, which was conceived, designed, created, and built in a traditional style offers comfortable accommodation in a lodge with 6 cabins with 12 beds, private bathrooms, hot water, trilingual guides specialized in bird watching, and is managed and administered by the indigenous people of San José de Uchupiamonas, only three hours away from Rurrenabaque by land, the urban and tourism center of Bolivia’s Amazon.
The story of Sadiri Lodge is quite special—the indigenous people of San José de Uchupiamonas have a large role, 75 members being direct beneficiaries of this endeavor to show the government and would-be developers that a national park can yield economic benefits outside of the sale of its timber. You can read more about Sadiri here.