Madidi National Park
The National Park and integrated management area is in the northeast of the Province of La Paz. It covers an area of 1,895,750 hectares and was created in 1995 to protect the flora and fauna endemic to the region. It is located in the region of greatest biological richness in Bolivia. Its conservation is supported not only at the continental level but globally as well since it constitutes one of the most extraordinary natural reserves of genetic resources on the planet. This park has a varied climate with cold in the mountainous ridges to warm in the lowlands, it is within the areas of Puna (high Andean plateau), the humid forest of Yungas and the Madeira rainforest. It is estimated that there are 5000 to 6000 species of plants, 156 species of mammals and 1100 species of birds.
Programme Tapacare – Chalalan Ecolodge
3 Days / 2 Nights
Chalalán Ecolodge was built by the community of San José de Uchupiamonas (Quechua – Tacana indigenous culture), its main purpose is the ecological sustainable use of natural resources of Madidi National Park to contribute to the social, economic and cultural life of the community.
This shelter is built in traditional Tacana style with palm bark and Jatata leaves. It is located in the heart of this park on the banks of the beautiful Chalalán lagoon, where it gets its name from.
A guide will pick you up at the hotel to take you to the River Beni where you will get on the boat for Chalalán. Our boats are equipped with: a roof, comfy seats, life jackets, raincoats and a first-aid kit. The maximum seated capacity on the boats is 10 people.
Travel by motor boat to the Chalalán Ecolodge. The trip is a great way of seeing the Bala Canyon around the River Beni. The Madidi NP is accessed by going up the River Tuichi. On your way you’ll see different animals and get a feel for the spectacular landscape of the Bolivian Amazon. We recommend you take binoculars. The trip takes around 5½ hours during the rainy season and 6 hours in the dry season, mainly in July, August and September.
Arrival at the port of Chalalán. 25 minute walk to the Ecolodge along a wide, easy, jaguar path. Welcome snack on the shores of Lake Chalalán. Our logistics staff will help you with your luggage. Time to settle in at your cabin or room.
Welcome lunch in the Ecolodge. After lunch relax in a hammock or swim in Lake Chalalán.
Short walk along one of the theme paths to learn about medicinal plants and more about personal interests. Return to the Ecolodge and choose from the following optional ctivities: Handicrafts, canoe trip, videos about the community and the Madidi National Park.
Dinner in the Ecolodge dining room.
Short night walk along the Paraba or Silbador path to see amphibians, reptiles, insects, tarantulas, rodents, birds and nocturnal monkeys. This is a great chance to hear the sounds of the jungle.
Buffet breakfast in Ecolodge dining room. You can talk to your guide about changing the time depending on your interests (e.g. breakfast at 5:30 am for birdwatchers).
Morning walk along the Tapacare path or another of similar length where you can see and learn about the forest and the wildlife surrounding you. Optional themes: natural interpretation of the forest, natural history, ecological processes, medicinal plants and hardwood trees, animal behavior and bird and mammal watching. Return to the lodge, have a snack.
Lunch in the Ecolodge dining room. After lunch, relax in a hammock or swim in Lake Chalalán. You will coordinate optional activities with your guide.
Short walk along the Paraba path to the viewing point where you can see the beautiful landscape across Lake Chalalán, the mountains and the Madidi rainforest. Your guide will explain about the plants used for building - both hardwoods and palms – and the traditional and sustainable use of natural resources. Here your guide will talk about the park, our Ecolodge and the community. You return to the lake to go on a canoe trip along the shores of Lake Chalalán where you will be able to enjoy the sunset and see monkeys, birds, insects, bats, etc. Return to the Ecolodge for a snack.
Traditional "dunucuabi" dinner of catfish wrapped in leaves or fish á la "tacuara" inside bamboo from the Bolivian Amazon. (This traditional dinner depends on the availability of the fish and may be offered any night during your stay.)
Short night-time activity (1 to 2 hours). Night trip by canoe to see amphibians, nocturnal birds, fish-eating bats and caimans easily spotted because of their glowing eyes.
Upon your return to the Ecolodge you can take part in a traditional Quechua – Tacana night with music and dances from the San José de Uchupiamonas community. Your guide will explain the traditions of the Uchupiamonas people. (This activity will depend on the number of guests staying at the Ecolodge and may be offered any night during your stay.)
Buffet breakfast in Ecolodge dining room and then a short walk to spot wildlife. Lunch time at 11:00 A.M.
Last walk to the river Tuíchi to take the boat back to Rurrenabaque. The return walk along the Jaguar or Wichi path can be modified to accommodate your interests. Please coordinate with your guide.
Return by boat to Rurrenabaque (only 3 hours). The time is subject to the availability of boats and flights. We recommend you are alert during the boat trip in order that you can make the most of your last chance to see the animals.
Note: All of the walks described above are rated as easy. The activities and times may change depending on the weather, the interests of our guests or other factors.
Tour includes: 2 nights accommodation, full board on the tour, transfer in/out in Rurrenabaque, native guide who speaks English.
Tour does not include: Entrance ticket to Madidi Park, alcoholic beverages and sodas.
Note: It is also possible to have a programme of 4D/3N, 5D/4N.
Price per person:
399 USD (minimum 1 person - shared tour).