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Chalalan Lodge

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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-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in La Paz
Day 2 : Fly to Rurrenabaque
Days 3-5 : Chalalan EcoLodge in Madidi National Park
Day 6 : Fly to La Paz
Day 7 : Return Home

Highlights

  • 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

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Keep an eye to the rainforest canopy for an array of wildlife in Madidi National Park in Bolivia A tree frog in Madidi National Park at Chalalan Ecolodge The landing dock at Chalalan Ecolodge Learn about the environment and culture of the Bolivian rainforest from Quechua guides at Chalalan Lodge Madidi River, enroute to Chalalan Lodge in Bolivia A cabana at Chalalan Ecolodge Comfortable accomodations in the rainforest at Chalalan Ecolodge A capuchin monkey in Madidi National Park in the Bolivian Amazon

Day 1 Arrive in La Paz

Overnight.

Day 2 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!

Day 3-5 Chalalan EcoLodge in Madidi National Park

  • Hotel
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
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 Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast

Chalalan Ecolodge

La Paz - Hotels

Rurrenabaque

Per person starting at
$1,325

Notes

$600 single supplement

Included

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

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $210 La Paz-Rurrenabaque-La Paz
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

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