The Madidi National Park and Integrated Management Area are incomparably beautiful natural expanses that provide habitat to some 3,235 documented species of flora and fauna that live in harmony with indigenous tribes that maintain their ancient Amazonian traditions. Maddi’s magnificent landscapes are bordered on one side by the soaring Andes Mountains, cloud forest and trackless lowland jungle. The Madidi has the greatest biodiversity of any protected area on the planet, also due to its altitude that varies between 5,600 meters and 180 meters. The park covers an area of 18.900 km2 and beckons to nature and outdoor adventure lovers.
The Chalalán Eco-touristic Lodge, in the Madidi Park, is the oldest and best-known community-owned enterprise in Bolivia. The San José de Uchupiamonas community is made up of Tacana ethnic-origin members and some Quechua migrants who live about three hours away (by motor-boat) upriver on the banks of the Tuichi tributary, initiated this enterprise with the desire of being pioneers in community-based tourism in Bolivia. The Ecolodge stands on the shore of the magnificent Chalalán Lagoon and combines elegance and comfort using local materials to respect the traditional building styles of our community, San José de Uchupiamonas.
Flight from La Paz to Rurrenabaque, in the morning, reception at the airport by one of our guides and transfer to chalalan office in Rurrenabaque, after that we have to go to the port, to take the motor boat to the lodge, the trip will take 5 ½ hours sailing the Beni and Tuichi rivers, passing through the Bala cañón (Bala George) by the Beni River, after, we will enter to Madidi National Park, by tuichi river, where you can appreciate and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Amazon, and also you can observe some animals near the river during the trip until Chalalan port. From where, we have to walk 25 minutes to the lake, where the cabins are located. Reception and welcome to chalalan lodge, then the guide will show you your rooms. Welcome lunch.
In the afternoon, after lunch, we will have a short walk to the Mirador, by one of the trails where the guide will explain you about the nature, traditional use and sustainable of the natural resources. Once on the mirador, you may observe the beautiful scenery of the chalalan lagoon and the extensive primary rainforest of Madidi National Park. Return to the lodge by canoe right, to observe the squirrel monkey near the lake. Dinner.
At night, we have a short walk on the trail for 1 to 2 hours to observe the night life of the animals. And we will appreciate the sound of the rainforest
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