Madidi National Park, into the Amazon rainforest (part 2)

During the four days we spent in the Amazon rainforest we walked through the forest once or twice each day. It is a humid place and for long periods of time you don’t see much other than the flora all around, but it is absolutely fascinating to be inside the forest itself.

Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Madidi National Park, Bolivia

One of the great pleasures of being there is just to stand still and listen. The sound of the forest is captivating, there is little wind to obscure the bird calls, the sound of insects and occasionally the noise of the larger inhabitants of the forest. One day we heard, and smelled, a large group of peccaries moving through the forest thirty meters away. We never saw them but the noise was tremendous – they sounded like a giant creature crashing through the undergrowth, and the musk and urine smell was overwhelmingly powerful.

Its impossible to capture the feeling of being in the forest without a soundtrack, but I hope these photos give a sense of place.

Giant 500 year-old tree, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Giant 500 year-old tree, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
A brown and yellow snake, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
A brown and yellow snake, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Butterfly, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Butterfly, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Fungi, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Fungi, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Fungi, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Fungi, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Fungi, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Fungi, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Squirrel, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Squirrel, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Red-bellied Trogon, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Red-bellied Trogon, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Rainbow Boa Constrictor, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Rainbow Boa Constrictor, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Rainbow Boa Constrictor, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Rainbow Boa Constrictor, Madidi National Park, Bolivia

We occasionally saw a young tapir that had been orphaned and raised by the families who run the lodge. It was semi-wild but had little fear of humans, which meant you could watch him at fairly close quarters. Tapirs have spookily human faces, especially the eyes, but generally are quite odd looking creatures. One night he gave everyone a real scare by charging around in the undergrowth behind the cabanas, in the darkness it was a terrifying.

Tapir, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Tapir, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Tapir, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Tapir, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Tapir, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Tapir, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Tapir, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Tapir, Madidi National Park, Bolivia

6 thoughts on “Madidi National Park, into the Amazon rainforest (part 2)

  1. Hi,
    I would love your premission to use 3 of these images in a report i am writing for my university on rainforests. If you’re happy for me to do this, could i have your surname and first initial for referencing purposes?
    thankyou

    1. Hi Sofia,
      Very happy for you to use some photos. Bell, P for reference.
      Best, Paul

  2. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

  3. Love all your photos but the rainbow boa is one of my favourite animals. Glad you saw one in the wild. 😀

    1. They are beautiful creatures, and pretty damn fast when they decide they’ve had enough of humans!

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