Chalalan Ecolodge in Madidi National Park

“Journey to a lakeside eco-lodge in Madidi National Park where nocturnal canoe rides, nature hikes and cultural activity evenings form the background to a 3 night stay.”

Highlights

Rurrenabaque | Beni and Tuichi river boat rides | Madidi National Park | Chalalan Lagoon | Tapare Trail | Eslabon River Trail | indigenous cultural evening | animals you might expect to see: black spider monkeys, tapirs, deer, peccaries, caimans, squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, and capuchin monkeys | nocturnal canoes rides | rainforest eco-lodge designed to benefit indigenous local communities |

Description of Chalalan Ecolodge in Madidi National Park

Making time for Madidi National Park is a must for any travellers wishing to envelope themselves in an area of the Amazon that boasts one of the most varied propensities for biodiversity in the entirety of South America, and perhaps the world.

All year round rainforest accommodation, in the form of Chalalán Eco-lodge, offers ample excuses to explore on this four day experience with transfers, activities, meals and tours with local guides included as part of the overall price.

Formed nearly three decades ago, Madidi National Park provides practically five million acres of protected perimeters and features an incredibly diverse mix of environments ranging from the foothills of the Andes to low level rainforests and the tropical habitats of the Amazonian basin.

Thousands of different species of birds, mammals and amphibians have made the park their home with an outstanding array of plants, trees and flowering foliage providing ample opportunities for hide and seek.

An indigenous Quetchua-Tacana community, numbering just a few hundred, are the only human inhabitants, and thanks to a lack of valuable naturally growing wood, such as mahogany, Madidi National Park has remained relatively untouched at the hands of irresponsible logging firms.

A short domestic flight to the riverside town of Rurrenabaqu marks the start of this four day itinerary with a boat journey on the Beni and Tuichi rivers taking guests to the environmentally and socially beneficial Chalalán Lodge where they’ll spend the duration of their tour.

Lodge cabins are set against the banks of Chalalán Lake (great for swimming) where a series of rainforest trails lead into the jungle where fruit trees, clay licks and wetland areas provide a greater amount of wildlife watching as will become clear under the knowledgeable instruction of your expert local guide.

Discovering the medicinal and spiritual properties of plants in Madidi National Park can be just as enlightening as watching endemic animals in their natural habitat with further insight into art, food and architecture bound to resonate with travellers looking to escape the trappings of modern life.

If you’re interested in extending the duration of your stay or would also like to spend time in rainforest bungalows in San José, which is around a three hour boat ride from Chalalán, please get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help you tailor the best possible trip for you.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Chalalan Ecolodge in Madidi National Park

The Chalalán Eco-Lodge is a project, designed to benefit the local community of Quetchua-Tacana Indians by creating a sustainable and viable alternative economic activity while preserving the resources of the park, thus preventing destructive logging and hunting. Chalalan is now completely administered by the local community and all of the personnel, from cooks and boatmen to guides and office personnel are fully trained local community members

The lodge is built with the almost exclusive use of materials that could be sustainably harvested in the surrounding forest, solar panels were set up throughout the complex to provide adequate electricity and an ecological sewage disposal system was created. All profits go straight back into the community.

There is a professionally trained team of local guides, rainforest experts who know the wilderness terrain, the behavior and ecology of local wildlife and the use of plants in their daily lives for sustenance, construction, art and medicine. They will introduce you to the subtle and intricate beauty within Madidi's forest.

In Peru we are also supporting the HuchuyYachaq with a percentage of our profits, to support the work they do in an impoverished neighbourhood of Cusco where children are enabled to attend school.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The number of different animals we saw or heard was amazing, from being woken up by howler monkeys just outside our lodge; to seeing Capuchin monkeys eating berries by the lake. From floating past a huge black Caiman in the dead of night to seeing a black Tarantula running from our torch lights; it was amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you book at least 3 nights there; you then don't have to hurry your stay and can appreciate everything there is to see at a slower pace and you have time to relax in the surroundings of the jungle!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The local guides told us about the way the Chalalan Ecolodge was run; how the local community benefited 100%; none of the profits went to any organisation or government. They told us what impacts the lodges and mini-resort had on the local environment which seemed to be minimal. Despite there being electricity, it was solar-powered. Members from the local community prepared all the food, looked after the lodges and were the guides taking us on the walks around the jungle. They had all grown up in the forest and therefore were very knowledgeable and experienced.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant, would definitely recommend it anyone, out of the two months I had in South America, this was the most memorable experience by far.

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