2 independent reviews for Chalalan Ecolodge in Madidi National Park

Reviews for Chalalan Ecolodge in Madidi National Park

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review 18 Nov 2018

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

The overall authentic rain forest experience at Chalalan, inc. the 4.5 boat trip that was memorable in itself. Seeing Pink River Dolphins.

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

For Caracoles Lodge. It is extremely hot - no fans in rooms. At night this was a problem compounded by total darkness, a night light in the room (we could have taken one); take ear plus, the walls are paper thin and can hear every word our neighbours were saying and at least on a Fri and Sat at the nearest own there is a bar that plays very loud, very bass-y music that started around 9pm and was still going when I was up at first light (5.30am) to go birding. The guide told me this is the case every weekend. Ear plus would have helped. Take long sleeved cool breathable clothing. Take plenty of good quality mosquito repellent. Take the best touch you can - excellent for viewing wildlife at night at Chalalan Don't rely on US $ - change money to Bolivianos

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Chalalan is owned by the local village and villagers work at the lodge both as guides and support staff.

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

We combined our rainforest tour with a day and night in Bogota around our flights. We also had 3 nights in La Paz before we moved on to the rain forest and at the end - to see our daughter who is there as part of her year abroad via university. The trip was a real adventure, but very tiring. 8 flights in 13 days. La Paz is not the easiest place to get to. However, despite this we had a great time, and definitely recommend a trip to Bolivia and Chalalan Lodge in particular.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your comments and we’re delighted that you had an excellent holiday! The wildlife in Bolivia’s Amazon and Pampas region is fantastic and we are delighted that you could experience many highlights. Sadly, lodge options are not of the same standard as in neighbouring countries and are generally basic (we had advised of this before travel), especially in the Pampas – but seeing pink river dolphins certainly makes up for that and it’s reassuring to see that this hasn’t dampened your overall experience. Thank you again for taking your time to send us your comments!

review 28 Jan 2009

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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