In 2006 through Municipal Ordinance Nº 002/2006 the Ixiamas Municipal Tourism Reserve was created, covering an area of 26,188 hectares. In 2010, through Municipal Ordinance Nº 011/2010, its name was changed to the Ixiamas Municipal Protected Area and its area extended to 54,456 hectares.
It is located east of the Madidi River, in the Alto Madidi and the Serrania del Tigre area, and is characterized by its exceptional biodiversity and striking scenery. Alto Madidi harbors lowland tropical rainforest, which has one of the highest densities of jaguars recorded in the world (5.08/100 km2) and large populations of spider monkey (Ateles chamek), giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari) and tapir (Tapirus terrestris).The Serrania del Tigre area is considered the site with greatest bird diversity in the country and the hills also play an important role in protecting watersheds.
Its location on the northern border of Parque Nacional y Área Natural de Manejo Integrado Madidi complements the natural values of the national park and enables joint activities to protect piedmont forests and populations of flora and fauna. Because of its natural attractions the Ixiamas Municipal Protected Area has great potential for nature tourism, which will help strengthen development policies of the municipality and facilitate its integration in the management of the Madidi region.