Ecolodge Chalalan: community immersion in the Amazon
Chalalan is an ecological camp located on the edge of a lake, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Located in the heart of Madidi National Park, it is only accessible by canoe up the course Tuichi River, which runs through the national park from side to side.
The warm welcome of the native Uchupiamonas and the excellent quality of the lodges in which you will stay will allow you to discover this natural wonder in the best conditions.
The Chalalan project was funded by an NGO, Conservación Internacional.
Today, this project is a success and is managed entirely by the community of San Jose de Uchupiamonas. The profits are used to protect an ecosystem coveted by the multinationals of the exploitation of precious wood, while promoting the maintenance of the Uchupiamonas culture.
This is the finest successful example of alternative and ecological development involving local people.
PROGRAMME DAY TO DAY
La Paz - Rurrenabaque
Night at the Maya hotel***.
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.
Breakfast and 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. Diner and night at the lodge.
Chalalan - Rurrenabaque - La Paz - El Alto Airport
Departure at 6:30 a.m. in a pirogue for Rurrenabaque. Lunch and dinner open.
Domestic flight Rurrenabaque - La Paz.
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