Day 1: La Paz – Rurrenabaque. A 55 minute flight to Rurrenabaque, over the Andean Cordillera Real and the Amazon lowlands. Transfer to the hotel. Free afternoon to explore this colourful town on the bank of the Beni River.
Option: For an additional price your first or last night in this Chalalan Tour could be spend in the new San Miguel del Bala Lodge, near the Bala Gorge.
Day 2: Rurrenabaque - Chalalan - Madidi National Park. Early in the morning, travel up the Beni River in a dugout canoe, passing through the spectacular Bala Gorge. The wild and scenic Tuichi River is our gateway to Madidi National Park, and our access to the Chalalan Ecolodge. The river trip to Chalalan takes about 5 hours followed by an easy 30-minute hike from the river’s edge to the lodge. The lodge is nestled in the rainforest on the shores of beautiful Lake Chalalan. Later, guests will have the opportunity to explore the forest trails, including a stop at the Mirador (lookout), which offers incredible views of Lake Chalalan and the central mountain ranges of the national park. After dinner, have an optional night walk or canoe trip in the lake to look for wildlife such as black caymans, frogs and nocturnal birds. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Chalalan - Madidi National Park. After breakfast, an early morning trek through primary rainforest showing tall and giant trees on our way to the Rayamayo and Eslabon Rivers. You will observe wild macaws, parrots, guans, trumpeters, raptors, and other birds from under the tall canopies, as well as brown capuchin and squirrel monkeys. With luck you might see black spider-monkeys, or cross a tapir or herds of white-lipped peccaries. Our local guides will share their extensive knowledge of plants, natural history, and wildlife behavior on our 5-hour trek.
You return to the lodge in the early afternoon, stopping off at the “Mirador“ (lookout), which offers spectacular views of Lake Chalalan and the central mountain ranges of Madidi National Park. Participate in, and learn about, the making of traditional Tacana handicrafts, like the chonta seed rings. Dinner tonight is “dumoquavi”, a traditional dish (river catfish wrapped in leaves), a delicious feast and a great way to spend your last evening in Chalalán! Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Chalalan – Rurrenabaque - La Paz. After breakfast, walk to the Tuichi River where you board the boat to return to Rurrenabaque. The return trip (down-river) is faster; it will take about three hours. Transfer to Rurrenabaque airport and flight to La Paz.
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