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Rurrenabaque - Bala Camp

AMAZONIAN FOREST AND PAMPA
Rurrenabaque - Bala Camp

This unique program leads us to discover the wealth and unequaled diversity of the Madidi National Park and surrounding areas, from the town of Rurrenabaque, base camp for all the excursions.
Chalalan is an ecological camp located in the middle of the Amazonian primary forest on the shores of a lake. Located at the heart of the Madidi National Park, it is solely accessible by pirogue following Río Tuichi uphill, rio crossing the park from one end to the other. The warm welcome of the Uchupiamonas local inhabitants (this is the most successful ecological development, including local populations to this day) and the excellent quality of the lodges in which you will stay will allow you to discover this marvel of nature in the best conditions possible.
We then take the direction of Bala, set up on the shores of Rio Yacuma, in the middle of the Amazonian pampa. This Eco-lodge recently built offers all the amenities (mosquito nets, toilets and showers) while respecting the environment, which makes it the best and most comfortable place to stay in the area. The excursions will be done in the company of a local guide knowing well this milieu rich in wild animals: capihuaras, caimans, tapirs, anteaters, howling monkeys, toucans, marabous, and anacondas… Nature shows us here its most exuberant form. Could it be the Paradise on earth?

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: La Paz - Rurrenabaque
  • Day 2: Rurrenabaque - Chalalan
  • Day 3: Chalalan
  • Day 4: Chalalan - Rurrenabaque - Bala Camp - Rurrenabaque
  • Day 5: Bala Camp
  • Day 6: Bala Camp - Rurrenabaque - La Paz - El Alto Airport - La Paz

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: La Paz - Rurrenabaque

A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport.
Domestic flight La Paz - Rurrenabaque.

Night at the Maya hotel***.
Included : transfer departure, domestic flight, room & breakfast

Day 2: Rurrenabaque - Chalalan

At 7 a.m. we start our journey towards the heart of Madidi National Park, renowned as the world’s most biodiverse park, on a canoe with an outboard motor. Here, we will find a diversity of ecosystems: Andean, sub-Andean, tropical forest, pampas, etc.
After a 4 to 5-hour cruise up the river Tuichi we arrive at Chalalan eco-lodge.
In the afternoon, after a brief presentation of the project by members of the indigenous community of San José de Uchupiamonas, we walk around the neighboring lagoons on the Chichilo and Mirador paths. Later on we take a night walk to observe nocturnal habits of the local wildlife.
Cold lunch. All included. Night at the lodge.

Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), local guide, private transport

Day 3: Chalalan

In the morning, we begin with a walk along the Silbador, Mutua and Anta paths to look for medicinal and exotic plants. Lunch at camp. In the afternoon, we swim in the lagoon and later, go bird watching along the Wichi and Jaguar paths. Traditional evening with villagers.
All included. Dinner and night at the lodge.

Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), local guide

Day 4: Chalalan - Rurrenabaque - Bala Camp

Departure at 6:30 a.m. in a pirogue for Rurrenabaque. Lunch and dinner open.
Departure for a 2,5 hour-trip with our private 4WD (depending on the track conditions) to the Bala camp near the Yucuma river, via the village of Santa Rosa. In the afternoon, a motorboat tour will be a great opportunity to watch many animals around the river. And particularly many different species of birds (toucans, parrots, tapacarés, king fisher, herons and other wading birds…), freshwater turtles, caimans and monkeys (howling, whistling, chichilos).
Return to camp at the end of the afternoon. After dinner we will go for a night walk to observe the nocturnal wildlife.
Lunch and dinner included.
Included : room & breakfast, local guide, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), entrance fees

Day 5: Bala Camp

In the morning, we will walk on the local tracks searching for the sicuri, the famous anaconda of up to 12 meters long and aged up to hundred years old. During this hike, we can also see some capihuaras (the biggest rodent in the world), tapirs (with a bit of luck) and some medicinal plants, still used by the local inhabitants. In another canoe or motor boat tour in the afternoon, we will fish piranhas. When back to the camp, we can safely swim in the Yacuma River with the Bufeos (pink dolphins) present in the waterways of the great Amazon Basin.
Cold lunch. Dinner included.

Day 6: Bala Camp - Rurrenabaque - La Paz - El Alto Airport - La Paz

Return to Rurrenabaque by 4WD. We will stop on a lagoon along the way to try one last time to fish some piranhas or bentons, small carnivorous fishes, prisoners of the small lagoons left after the rainy season.
Transfer at the airport for the return flight Rurrenabaque - La Paz in the afternoon.
Lunch and dinner are not included.

Domestic flight Rurrenabaque - La Paz.
A private driver will pick you up at the international airport of El Alto and drive you to your hotel in La Paz.
Included : domestic flight, transfer arrival

Hotel Maya   Rurrenabaque

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

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