Chalalan Lodge: Bolivian Amazon


  • Search for Bolivian wildlife in Madidi National Park
  • Enjoy views of the rainforest canopy and Chalalan Lake
  • Learn about traditional crafts, farming, and cuisine
  • Explore the jungle town of Rurrenabaque

In the heart of Bolivia's pristine Madidi National Park lies Chalalan Eco-lodge. Chalalan is the result of 6 years of hard work by the nearby indigenous community of San Jose Uchupiamonas and the commitment of two foreign aid organizations who were willing to break with tradition to support the community’s initiative. The result is comfortable accommodation surrounded by 4.5 million acres of protected wilderness. The lodge is owned and managed entirely by the indigenous Quechuas.

With a lifetime of knowledge, the Quechua guides lead visitors on searches for macaws, tapirs, monkeys and caimans, and they teach guests how rainforest plants and trees are used for medicine, tools, and food. The indigenous guides are tri-lingual, speaking Quechua, Spanish and English! 

Day 1

Arrive in La Paz


Day 2

  • Breakfast

Fly to Rurrenabaque

An early morning flight brings you to the frontier town of Rurrenabaque, where you are met by Chalalan staff and transferred to your hotel. The day is yours to explore this jungle town and relax. Try a tropical drink at a favorite bamboo hut, the Mosquito Pub!

Days 3-5

  • Hotel
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

Chalalan EcoLodge in Madidi National Park

Early this morning board a dugout canoe for the five hour trip to Chalalan. Follow the famous Beni River and pass through the spectacular Bala Gorge before heading up the smaller Tiuchi River and entering Madidi National Park. Established in 1995, Madidi protects some of the wildest and most pristine rainforest on earth, and the big animals such as herds of peccary, sloths, howler monkeys, giant otters, and jaguar still thrive in this park. Each day at Chalalan is filled with discovery as you head out on excursions with your Quechua guide in search of macaws, toucans, squirrel monkeys, and more. With luck you might even run across a 300-pound tapir using your trail as a highway through the forest!

A walk to one of the lookout points in the area offers magnificent views of the rainforest canopy and Chalalan Lake below. Back at the lodge, learn about traditional crafts, farming techniques, and food. Evenings are filled with stories about the community’s history, customs, and beliefs. During your Bolivia travel, there’s also plenty of time for hanging in your hammock, browsing the many guidebooks, swimming in the lake, and wandering several self-guided trails near the lodge. A stay at Chalalan offers a rare and welcoming glimpse into tribal society and the fascinating world of a thriving rainforest ecosystem.

Day 6

Fly to La Paz

An early morning departure brings you quickly (just 3 hours this time!) back to Rurrenabaque. Here catch your flight back to La Paz. The afternoon is yours in La Paz. Take an optional trip to the Tiahuanaco Ruins or explore the famous Witches Market.

Day 7

  • Breakfast

Return Home

Tour Cost
Internal Flights (La Paz-Rurrenabaque-La Paz)
Flight cost is subject to change
Total Cost (USD)


$600 single supplement


  • 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
    • 3 Nights Hotel
    • 3 Nights Lodge
  • 5 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Park Entrance Fee


  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $45 Meals not Included
  • $31 Airport Departure Tax
  • $160 Bolivian visa