Bolivian Amazon Basin Chalalan Lodge ITINERARY
Day 1 Flight from La Paz (El Alto International Airport) to Rurrenabaque (1 hour approximately). The
flight is a remarkable occasion to see the Andes Mountain Range and a panoramic view of the rivers
and forests in the Bolivian Amazon. We get to the town and have accommodation in a tourist class
hotel. You’ll be free to know the beautiful town by the afternoon.
07:30 am 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. The boats are equipped with: a roof, comfortable seats, life jackets, raincoats
and a firstaid
kit. The maximum seated capacity on the boats is 10 people.
07:45 am Travel by motor boat to the lodge. The trip is a great way of seeing the Bala Canyon around
the River Beni. The Madidi National Park 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.
11:00 am Packed lunch midway.
01:30 pm Arrival at the port. 25 minute walk to the Ecolodge along a wide, easy, jaguar path. Welcome
snack on the shores of Lake. Our logistics staff will help you with your luggage. Time to settle in at
your cabin or room.
02:00 pm Welcome lunch in the lodge. After lunch relax in a hammock or swim in Lake Chalalán.
03:45 pm 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.
07:30 pm Dinner in the Ecolodge dining room.
08:30 pm Short nighttime activity (1 to 2 hours). Night trip
by canoe to see amphibians, nocturnal birds, fisheating bats and caimans easily spotted because of their glowing eyes.
07:00 am Buffet breakfast in Ecolodge dining room. You can talk to your guide about changing
the time depending on your interests. (e.g. breakfast at 05:30 am for birdwatchers.)
07:30 am 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.
12:30 pm 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.
04:00 pm 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 activities:
Handicrafts, canoe trip, videos about the community and the Madidi National Park.
07:30 pm 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.
08:30 pm 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. 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.
06:30 am Buffet breakfast in Ecolodge dining room. You may talk to your guide about changing
the time depending on your interests. (e.g. Breakfast at 5:30 am for birdwatchers, long walks, etc.)
07:00 am Fullday
walk (6 hours) along the Anta, Wabucuro and Marimono paths to the River Eslabón.
This walk includes something for everyone: animal watching, ecological processes, different habitats
in primary forest and finally the chance to fish and swim in the natural river pools, mainly in the dry
season. The Eslabón region is an ideal place to learn about the history of the area. Pack lunch and
snack at the Eslabón Camp. The walk is easy and is within the capability of all visitors. There is ample
opportunity to see wildlife spider
monkeys, tapirs, deer, and wild boar and maybe catch a glimpse of
05:30 pm Snack in the Ecolodge dining room. Later relax or swim in Lake Chalalán.
07:30 pm Dinner in
the Ecolodge dining room.
08:30 pm After dinner there is an optional canoe trip on the Chalalán Lagoon to see amphibians,
nocturnal birds and alligators, which can be easily seen because of their glowing eyes. On a clear
night this is ideal opportunity for stargazing.
06:30 am 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, long walks, etc.)
07:00 am A 5 hour walk along the Silbador, Huaso and Penena path to the Penena Saltlick. This is a
special area of the tropical forest where the animals come to feed on the mineralrich mud.
Penena is a fantastic place to see wildlife and talk about animal behavior and about the ecological processes in
the different habitats of primary forest. Packed lunch and snack included. Return by boat along the
River Tuichi and short walk to the Ecolodge along the Jaguar path. NB: You can also do the trip to the
Saltlick by boat and return on foot.
05:30 pm Snack in the Ecolodge dining room. Relax or swim in Lake Chalalán.
07:30 pm Dinner in the Ecolodge dining room.
08:30 pm After dinner you can go on an optional canoe trip on the Chalalán Lagoon to see amphibians,
nocturnal birds and alligators, which are easily seen because of their glowing eyes.
07:00 am Buffet breakfast in Ecolodge dining room and then a short 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.
08:00 am Return by boat to (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.
12:00 pm Arrive to the town. Transfer to airport and return to the city of La Paz.
Tour includes: Bilingual guide / private transportation / entrance tickets / meal