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Chalalán eco lodge, group tour or private tour

You will depart from your hotel or the airport to the bank of the River Beni from where a comfortable boat brings you to the Chalalán Eco Lodge in the National Park Madidi. During the five and a half hours boat ride on the rivers Beni and Tuíchi you will get a pack lunch. From the harbour of Chalalán it is another 25 minutes' walk through the jungle to the lodge where you will be shown to your lodge or room.
A professional cook of the community prepares you a welcome lunch. Then you have time to relax or take a swim in the lake.
Next activity is a short walk along the Paraba (Macaw) trail to a viewpoint from where you can see the beautiful landscape across the lake, the mountains and the Madidi rainforest. You will return along the rivers in canoe to the Chalalán Lake to watch birds and monkeys. Your guide explains about the wildlife and tropical timber wood.
After dinner you go on a night walk to see insects, tarantulas, amphibians, mice, nocturnal birds and monkeys.

On the second day, after breakfast, you will go on an interpretation walk along the theme trails to learn about the forest and wildlife. The theme is medicinal and tropical plants, animal behaviour, bird watching, natural history, and ecological processes. You will have lunch at the eco lodge.
Then you have some time to relax or take a swim in the lake.
Next activity is a short interpretation walk along one of the trails, the theme is; tropical and medicinal plants, hardwood trees, insect and bird watching. Later you can see a video about the local community and the N.P. Madidi or learn about Tacana handicrafts.
After dinner you make a canoe trip on the Chalalán Lake to see amphibians, nocturnal birds and alligators with their glowing eyes.

On the third day after breakfast you will go on a full day hike to the rivers Rayamayo and Eslabon where you can fish and watch spider monkeys, tapirs, deer and wild boar and maybe catch a glimpse of a jaguar.
You can eat your pack lunch at the bank of the river.
Afterwards you walk along the riverbank to look for insects and birds. Then you return to the lodge.
Next activity is a canoe trip along the shore of the Chalalán Lake to watch birds, monkeys and see the tropical vanilla plant.
You will have a traditional dinner and a folkloric evening with music and dance.

On the last day of the tour you will have an early breakfast before you walk to the harbour of Chalalán at the River Tuíchi. From here you return in the comfortable boat to Rurrenabaque. Then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to La Paz.

With your visit to Chalalán eco lodge you do not only support the community of San Jose de Uchupiamonas in an economical way, but you also help protecting, conserving and saving this cultural and natural heritage.

Photos: Rodrigo Mariaca [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

  • Included:
    Transfer in Rurrenabaque from airport or hotel on the 1st day and transfer to hotel or airport on the last day of the tour;
    Meals from lunch on the 1st day up to and including the lunch on the last day;
    Stays overnight in Chalalán eco lodge;
    English speaking guide.
  • Not included:
    Entrance fee for N.P. Madidi, about US-$ 18 p.p.;
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.