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Sadiri Lodge - Chalet | by Paul B Jones
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Sadiri Lodge - Chalet

From Highway 2 we drove upwards into the foothills to the gate of Madidi National Park. After parking the vehicle we followed a softly lit trail through the forest to Sadiri Lodge's main hall, a beautiful raised and open construction of carefully cut and selected local hardwood.

 

Ruth Alipaz, President of Pueblo Nuevo (the NGO responsible for Sadiri), was there to greet us along with the lodge’s staff and the trades building the place. We were Sadiri’s first guests so a special dinner had been organized to mark the occasion. After toasts and brief speeches we sat down to a wonderful meal of dunucuabi, locally caught fish wrapped in leaves and grilled. The food throughout our stay was excellent – a perfect fusion of traditional and western cuisine. After dinner, and exhausted by a long day, we retired to our chalet, a luxury unit built in traditional style with local materials and fitted with a large bathroom.

 

As the chalet's first occupants we were given the opportunity to name it. We picked “Paradise Tanager”, a lead member of the local bird flocks and a suitably beautiful species.

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Taken on June 30, 2011