About Us

The Mendoza-Donlans, Camping Colibri
Welcome! – Rolando, Bell, David and Emma

We are a British-Bolivian family – Emma, Rolando and our two children David and Bell – who live and work in the small friendly community of Jupapina, south of La Paz.

We are delighted to be launching Colibri Camping and Eco Lodge, which was designed and built by Rolando and a team of volunteers, using recycled materials and renewable energy sources. As a family we are committed to doing our part to help develop sustainable, environmentally-friendly tourism that benefits our community and offers a rich experience to our guests.

For the past 10 years we have opened our doors and hearts to welcome volunteers and visitors who want to get off the beaten tourist track to enjoy a safe and relaxing space where they can experience a sense of belonging and a deeper understanding of local culture and customs. We are deeply rooted in the village, which is the kind of place where shopkeepers and neighbours will stop for a chat and will welcome you into community events and celebrations.

The Colibri team includes Marcelo, Mariana, Justa, Clara and Anita friends and neighbours, who will be sure to give you a warm welcome, provide you with any practical support during your stay and share with you their local insights and tips for exploring La Paz and further afield.  Our neighbour Clara is a fantastic cook and she can teach you how to make real Bolivia food if you take one of her traditional cooking classes.

Together we also run Up Close Bolivia a volunteering programme, that supports local organisations and community run projects. Our volunteers, who come from all over the world, work in the local community nursery; provide therapeutic activities for children who live in a nearby children’s refuge and participate in environmental and art projects. Up Close Bolivia also runs ‘English for tourism’ classes as part of our aim to help strengthen local eco-tourism.