Red-fronted Macaw Nature Reserve Lodge


The Red-Fronted Macaw (Ara rubrogenys) also known as Red-cheeked Macaw is a parrot endemic to a small semi-desert mountainous region of central Bolivia between the cities of Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. It is listed as a critically endangered species and it can be found nowhere else on Earth. There are only about 1,000 Red-fronted Macaws left in the wild.

The Red-Fronted Macaw Reserve was initiated in an effort to protect this emblematic bird. The Quechua indigenous communities of San Carlos, Amaya and Perereta in Omereque in the department of Cochabamba, Bolivia,  directly and actively participate in this bird conservation project. The ecolodge within the reserve is run by these local indigenous communities.

The Red-fronted Macaw lodge is located in Omereque, Cochabamba and easy to visit with El Mundo Verde Travel. The unique desert like flora, fauna, high cliffs, river valleys and rocky mountains of this region makes this place an unforgettable experience.

The spectacular cliff face that dominates the landscape view from the large outside deck of the lodge is the main breeding site of the red-fronted macaw. For much of the breeding season (November to early May), the area is full of activity as the macaws are joined by Mitred Parakeets, Yellow-chevroned Parakeets, Blue-fronted Parrots, and Cliff Parakeets, as well as visiting Andean Condors and Peregrine Falcons.

The reserve is home to 185 bird species and many are easily spotted flying back and forth from the cliff face. Check out the recent Red-fronted Macaw Reserve bird checklist on eBird.

Lodge facilities: 

The Red-fronted Macaw lodge is located within the rugged mountains of the dry Andean valleys of Omereque. From the large outside deck, you are overlooking one of the most important Red-fronted Macaw breeding cliffs.

The lodge can host up to 14 guests with comfortable accomodations: 7 cozy bedrooms, 4 bathrooms with running water and hot water showers, and a large resting room to explore the small library.

Outdoor dining area is overlooking the garden and it is ideal to enjoy nature up close.

Cuisine: Staff from the local community provide an excellent and varied menu offering delicious combinations of international and local dishes of the region (vegetarian options included).

Tour includes:

  • Private transport hotel –  lodge – hotel.
  • Experienced Spanish speaking local guide.
  • Overnight stay in the lodge.
  • All meals starting with lunch on the first day and ending with lunch on the last day.
  • Snacks and bottled water during the walks through the reserve trails.

Optional: English speaking bird guide.

What we recommend to take with you:

  • Backpack
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block
  • A hat or cap against the sun
  • Binoculars
  • Light clothes (like cotton) and shirts with long sleeves
  • Bathing suit