Chalalan Ecolodge


Themed Walks

Around the Chalalán Ecolodge we have a maze of themed walks that wind along over 30km of paths that have been meticulously designed to show off the forest, ecological processes, natural history, medicinal plants, hardwood trees, birds, mammals, amphibians, insects and a variety of fungi native to the tropical rainforest.

In Chalalán all of our guests are given the opportunity to plan activities according to their interests with the help of a local guide. Each group contains a maximum of six people.

Our Guides

In Chalalán we provide bilingual indigenous guides all from the community of San José de Uchupiamonas. Our guides are professionally trained in environmental education, natural interpretation of the forest, ecological processes and natural history. They maintain their ancestral knowledge of medicinal plants and hardwood trees, animal behavior, myths and beliefs about the plants and animals. Our local guides interpret the forest from their traditional knowledge and incorporate scientific knowledge into their descriptions and explanations. Our guides are specialists in plants, birds and insects and have gained much experience by working in the Chalalán Ecolodge.


Guided Hikes

Local guides give expert interpretation of the varied forest paths that surround the Chalalán. Each hike has a different theme and you will learn about medicinal plants, hardwood trees, observe the wildlife and experience primary forest.

Forest Interpretation

The area around Chalalán is ideal for learning about tropical rainforests. During your stay in Chalalán you can hike the different trails with a local guide who will teach you about the forest using both his inherited knowledge and scientific knowledge.

Bird Watching

Chalalán is home to over 340 species of birds including parakeets, parrots, toucans, wild turkeys, woodpeckers, etc. Our guides can easily identify their calls and songs.


As you walk along the trails, especially those that are a little further from the Ecolodge, you will be able to see howler monkeys, spider monkeys, tapirs, deer, capybaras, frogs, lizards and maybe even a jaguar.

Canoe Trips

At dusk the birds and monkeys come down to the shores of Chalalán to drink before going back into the canopy to look for insects. Once they have eaten they gather together in groups to spend the night in the branches of the largest trees.

Night-Time Canoe Trips
While gently paddling along the shores of the Chalalán Lagoon you can see nocturnal birds, amphibians and the glowing eyes of lack alligators.

Night Hikes
Equipped with a torch you can take a short hike at night to look for colorful frogs, mammals and insects that welcome in nightime with their unique chorus.

A Night of Traditions
On the last evening of your stay in Chalalán you can try the traditional “dunucuavi” dinner and then enjoy a night of traditional music, dancing and storytelling. A guide will be with you to explain the traditions and customs of the people from San José de Uchupiamonas.

An Afternoon of Handicrafts
After lunch you can look at local handicrafts and make your own necklaces or rings with the help of your guide.

Swimming and Relaxing
After lunch we recommend that you take a dip in the lake or simply relax in a hammock to read a book or listen to the sounds of the forest.

Insect Watching
The Madidi is a fabulous place to see a large variety of insects, which also make up the diet of most of the birds around Chalalán.

Fungus Watching
There are many varieties of edible and poisonous fungi of all shapes, sizes and colors to be found in the Madidi tropical rainforest.




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What our guests

Jungle paradise- one of the highlights of South America? Chalalan Ecolodge We spent 3 nights at Chalalan and have recommended it to everyone we have met since! We are budget travellers but decided to splash out on a stay here and did not regret it for a second. The location is idyllic- 5 hours by boat away from civilisation and right in the middle of stunning rainforest. The lake at the lodge is an added bonus- bathwater temperature and the most beautiful of locations. The sunset trip across the lake by canoe was a highlight of the stay- by far the best way to see the wildlife as it is completely untroubled by the silent canoe drifiting past. Our guide was amazing- he could spot things with the naked eye that we couldn't see even when we knew where it was and would get the spotter scope trained on the animal so we could see it just as clearly! Small groups also meant we all had a chance to see. Service was great- cool drinks whenever we came back from a walk, fabulous food (I'm ve

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