Bolivia: Amazon Jungle Adventure (4 days)
The Madidi National park of Northwest Bolivia was created in 1995 and protects a full array of tropical ecosystems.
Madidi's vast wilderness of 4,500,000 acres encompasses unparalleled biological diversity ranging from mountain cloud forest to dry tropical forest, humid lowland rainforest to savannah, rivers and lakes. Chalalan Lodge, nestled in Madidi National Park offers rustic but comfortable accommodation. Chalalan uses solar energy, forest material and has great respect for the lake it sits on. The cabins are surrounded by primary forest and inhabited by an astonishing array of birds and mammals.
The lodge follows an exemplary model of community-based eco-tourism. It was created and is owned by the local indigenous people of San Jose de Uchupiamonas. It was their intention that Chalalan become a unique spot in the Bolivia Amazon. It was developed with the help of Conservation International in the U.S. and is now in the hands of the local people. They are committed to providing visitors with rustic comfort, good food, environmental education, and memorable rainforest and cultural activities.
2017 Departure Dates & Costs
Daily with minimum 2 persons (4 days/3 nights). Extensions available.
Per person tour Cost from La Paz: $ 990 USD (includes flight La Paz/Rurrenabaque and Madidi Park Entrance fee)
Single Supplement $ 265
DAY 1 LA PAZ/ RURRENABAQUE (L,D)
You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport for the early morning flight to Rurrenabaque. On this flight if the weather is clear you can see the transition from alitplano, high andes, a bird's eye view of Lake Titicaca, and the descent into the Amazon basin with its lush forests and snaking rivers. On arrival the group will be met and transferred to the river for the boat trip up the Beni and Tuichi Rivers which will take 4-6 hours. Hike from the river bank to the lodge (45 minutes). Meal and afternoon swimming and canoeing in the lake. Dinner and a night hike as nocturnal life in the rainforest is often more interesting than day-life with frogs, birds, insects and night animals.
DAY 2 CHALALAN (B,L,D)
Hike along various trails. Theme - ecological processes, rainforest life. With luck you may see 4 species of monkeys, the prehistoric and rare Hoatzin bird, among dozens of other bird species, and other rainforest creatures, as well as learning about medicinal plants still used as the primary form of medicine in the area. Swim in the pristine lake Chalalan to cool off!
DAY 3 CHALALAN (B,L)
Hike to the Tuicha river port and boat trip back to Rurrenabaque. Overnight at the Hotel Safari 3 star.
DAY 4 RURRENABAQUE/LA PAZ/LAKE TITICACA (B)
Flight Rurrenabaque/La Paz * Flight schedules may change. Be prepared for flexibility. You will be transferred in the morning to the airport for the flight to La Paz. Transfer to your hotel.
Extensions in Bolivia are available on an individual basis
2017 Departure Dates & Costs (Floating Hotel)
Departures each Friday with minimum 2 persons (4 days/3 nights). Extensions available.
Per person tour Cost from La Paz: $ 890 USD (includes flight La Paz/Trinidad and entrance fee)
Single Supplement $ 290 USD
FRIDAY: La Paz/Trinidad/Flotel Reina de Enin (B,L,D)
Transfer to the Airport for Flight LPB/TDD. Meet and assist at Trinidad airport. Transfer to the port where we will embark on our motor boats to reach the Flotel. The Flotel Reina de Enin is simple but comfortable. It offers cabins with fans, private bathroom, buffet style meals, and a well stocked bar. It is the interpretive center of the best ecological path that we have found in our 12 years of operation of the river itself. Overnight on board.
SATURDAY: Flotel Reina de Enin (B,L,D)
Today our activities will be oriented towards nature: photo-safaris, walks in the jungle, horseback riding, fishing, canoeing in lagoons with our local guide. Overnight on board.
SUNDAY: Flotel Reina de Enin (B,L,D)
The presence of over 2,000 vascular plants is estimated, as well as dozens and dozens of mammals and over 400 species of birds. The elusive jaguar, the deer and anaconda will shy from man however we'll have chances to see alligators, river dolphins, turtles, monkeys and a family of capibaras. With a little bit of luck we may photograph a jabiru stork or a gray heron or even a band of squirrel monkeys (in danger of extinction) at a distance of less than 20 meters. Overnight on board.
MONDAY: Flotel Reina de Enin/Trinidad/La Paz or Santa Cruz: (B)
Maybe a last excursion into the forest, or a visit to an indigenous community and it will be time to navigate back to the port. Transfer to airport and flight to La Paz or Santa Cruz for your international connection.