Madidi NP, hide made with leaf palm.
En el año 2000, tuve la oportunidad de poder realizar un sueño desde niño, que era poder realizar fotografías de vida salvaje desde hides ubicados en la selva, algunos eran de hojas de palmera, otros con telas camufladas, también instalamos plataformas arriba en los arboles, en las playas de los ríos, en infinidad de lugares.
Es una practica donde lo mas importante es la paciencia y el factor suerte, siempre que estén ubicados en lugares estratégicos y en la buena época. No hay que escatimar en agua y comida, y llevar todo el equipo fotográfico necesario y bien protegido de la humedad y la lluvia, sin olvidarse de baterías y tarjetas de repuesto. Yo les aconsejo una buena silla plegable cómoda, repelente "sin abusar", y tener mucho aguante al calor húmedo por estar encerrado muchas horas en un habitáculo pequeño, a veces con poca ventilación.
El resultado a veces es espectacular, ya que los animales pueden acercarse a muy poca distancia del hide. Yo uso lentes Nikon con apertura de 2,8, el famoso 400mm 2.8f, es mi favorito para hides en playas o en espacios abiertos, y el zoom 80-200mm, para espacios mas cerrados y cortas distancias. El video HD con camaras reflex tiene un gran abanico de posibilidades para los fotógrafos, combinar fotografía y video, es sin duda increíble.
Angler enjoying an amazing scenary in the Madidi NP,
It can be said that there is a place where sport fishing is a wonder, we are talking about the high amazon, there are many spots in the world, where the fishermen can enjoy this activity but the fisherman that has caught something in the amazon, knows what im talking about, the fish are big, and give plenty of fight in order to be caught, and they have the pleasure to be in a savage pristine place filled with nature, to be able to capture and return: golden dorados, yatoranas, and pacus, only the fishermen that demand the best appreciate the good and the authentic.
A day of hand-crafting activity in Berraco EcoCamp
One of the activities offered in Berraco EcoCamp is the local hand-crafting out of seeds and leafs that are found in the jungle. As you can see on the picture (left) our guests decided to join to make jatata and try the coca leaf. The coca leaf is used by the indigenous people when they are working and forms as a habit for the local community. Jatata is a palm tree leaf that is used to make roofs for Tacana-Quechua style huts.
Berraco expedition in Madidi NP, year 2000
The first trip I realized, with the people of San Jose de Uchupiamonas, was the year 1999, it was an expedition of 20 days by the Madidi River, where the climate conditions were bad, since it was raining season and when the river raises it comes down with a lot of force, then came the trip to the Tuichi River, where our EcoCamp is now located.
We were very surprised with the people that came along with us, they were willful, expert, and knew a lot about the place, they were brave. The next expeditions that we realized were prepared with more time, the equipment necessary, the right season, the people needed, logistic, transport, etc…they were a success, for about five years. After this the idea of BERRACO DEL MADIDI was born, and until today, we haven’t stopped working so that our clients learn, enjoy and take a good jungle experience with them, contribute all of our knowledge acquired with many years, since the communities and the indigenous people have great knowledge and are the ones who have preserved and protected the forest for hundreds of years.
San Jose de Uchupiamonas people communities PN Madidi
Since the Uchupiamonas started to navigate the flowing rivers of the Madidi, with balsas traditionally made, with wood of balsa and tied with tree cuttings. The fluvial transport has not been a problem to get around in the waters of the Tuichi River, from the community to the surrounding populations, in order to supply goods and commercialize their products. It remains a way that is very utilized by the communities that live near the river. Once the wood is dry, it becomes a light boat with a lot of capacity for cargo. The technique used to steer the boat, consists of using a big bar of wood to push in the places where the water is shallow. All the cargo is protected by a big plastic, so nothing gets wet.
Madidi river & tropical rain forest, aerial pic
It’s about the last ethnic group in Bolivia not contacted by the national society. It is presumed that it still exists, living in the Amazon rainforest and still unknown in the province Iturralde of the department La Paz, In the region of the Madidi National Park and the border with Peru. The ethno-linguistic affiliation of Toromona that comes from the Tacana family. They belong to the Araona that currently live in the heads of the Manupare River, ethnicity was what the indigenous people wanted, maintained close ties of cultural habitat. This is why besides the absence of reliable data of the 20th century about the Toromona, later we will review ethnographic very tight on Araona, as an illustration of its infancy and current relationship is not always continuous with the white man. Previously it is necessary to examine some key historical points. Source: Pablo Cingolani, Aislados.Libro Aislados
Lagoon nearby the Queara community, Madidi NP
In the tropical Andes, inside the area of the Madidi National Park, we can find an infinity number of lakes, and lagoons by the high mountains, these lagoons feed the Tuichi River, some reach around 4500 meters above sea level or more. The Tuichi has a longitude of 265km and has a V form inverted. Its geomorphology is essentially mountainous, with abrupt relief and deep canyons, and forms a great variety of ecological zones. Around the lakes we find the bofedal, the bofedal is a wetland in altitude that is considered an extensive native prairie with permanent moisture. The vegetables or plants that live in this area are named Hidrofiticos. The wetlands form in areas such as the Andean massifs located at about 3800 meters high, where the plains store water from precipitation, melting of glaciers and mainly superficial underground waters. These are parts of a very important Andean ecosystem because they absorb the water and maintain all the humidity.
Image taken the year 1999, in the expedition.
The first expedition I realized to the Madidi National Park was the year 1999, with the people from the community of San Jose de Uchupiamonas. The first images of the famous Golden Palace "Callicebus aureipalatii
" were taken. The people from the area know it for decades, by the name Titi of the Madidi or Chichilo. The specie was not new to the community, but thanks to the information from them, WCS credited itself with the discovery, and auctioned the name of the monkey at a famous casino in Las Vegas, with the name Golden Palace, winning the amount of $US 650,000 for the institution that manages the protected areas in Bolivia. With that huge amount of money, they have not given any economic benefit to the communities that have conserved this monkey specie for centuries. They haven’t helped in improving the community or improving the access roads to the town, they didn’t do anything. Now the people living within the area of the Madidi National Park are the only ones that conserve the biodiversity, we have to support them and give them an incentive so they can keep conserving just like their ancestors did.