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The Bolivian Amazon: Chalalan Ecolodge

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Chalalan Ecolodge

From Rurrenabaque it’s a 5-hour trip by motorised canoe to Chalalán Ecolodge, a small, friendly and authentic place nestled deep in the little-visited and remarkably biodiverse reserve of Madidi. It was developed by Conservation International in association with the indigenous community, which benefits from the proceeds.

The lodge is surrounded by virgin forest that reverberates with birdsong and the cries of howler monkeys, especially at dawn and dusk. Accommodation is in traditional Tacana-style cabins of differing layout, most with private bathroom. All are equipped with mosquito nets, comfortable armchairs, a veranda, balcony and hammock where you can relax and read.

Despite the dense shroud of jungle vegetation all around, there’s a relatively high chance of spotting wildlife in amongst the surrounding jungle. On the guided jungle walks, birdwatching expeditions and canoe trips offered from the lodge, you're likely to see howler monkeys, toucans, macaws, hoatzins and caiman, and with luck much more besides.

What our experts say

It’s isolated from other lodges and a bit of an adventure to get there - if the water is low you may have to scramble out of the boat onto a river island (possibly sharing it with a family of capybaras)  while the canoe scrapes its way over the shallows. The guides are excellent, all from the local community.. Some used to be hunters before setting up the protected area around the lodge. They are real experts on their piece of jungle. You may well spot five different species of monkey on your trip  
Claire Milner

Claire Milner

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