Chalalan Ecolodge
Chalalan Ecolodge

Chalalán Ecolodge

The CHALALÁN Ecolodge stands on the shore of the magnificent Chalalán Lagoon and combines elegance and comfort while using local materials to respect the traditional building styles of our community, San José de Uchupiamonas.

We, the Uchupiamonas, planned the design and layout of the different rooms of the Ecolodge down to the very last detail, making full advantage of our knowledge of what the jungle provides. The walls are made from the Copa Palm (Iriartea Deltoidea) and covered with matting, the roofs are woven with Asaí palm leaves (Geonoma Deversa) and the floors made of fine hardwood. This type of attention to detail and materials make the Chalalán Ecolodge one of the most luxurious places to stay in this part of the world.del  Albergue

Accommodation at the Ecolodge

Our luxurious accommodation in traditional Tacana-style cabins can, in total, lodge up to 30 people. The cabins are surrounded by virgin forest which resonates with birdsong and the cries of howler monkeys, especially at dawn and dusk, making Chalalán a place of incomparable beauty.
The Ecolodge offers three types of accommodation; luxurious cabins with double beds and private bathrooms (3 in total), twin/triples rooms with private bathroom (7 in total), and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities (4 of them). All of our accommodation is equipped with mosquito nets, bedside tables, wardrobes, comfortable armchairs, verandas, balconies and hammocks where you can relax and read.

At Chalalán the standards of hygiene in our bathrooms and shower areas are of utmost importance to us. All of our bathrooms are unisex and are regularly cleaned without disturbing our guests. The bathrooms are either tiled or clad with stones for your comfort and as another elegant detail.
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We have 3 comfortable, safe boats to take you by river to the Chalalán Ecolodge, navigating the majestic River Beni (Bala canyon) and River Tuíchi. Each of our boats is equipped with: a roof, comfortable seats, life jackets, raincoats and a first-aid kit, and each one seats up to ten people. During the trip you will be served a packed lunch.

For our activities on the Lagoon we have five traditional dug-out canoes made by our community’s artisans. Their solid structure can comfortably seat up to six people and provides you with the perfect vantage point to appreciate the abundant nature that will surround you.


Our restaurant service in Chalalán is of the very highest quality available and combines local, national and international dishes. Meals are served accompanied by fruit juices of the season that are all hygienically prepared. We have a professionally equipped kitchen from where we also prepare vegetarian food and meals for people with special dietary requirements. It is also equipped with a traditional clay oven used to prepare native dishes.

There is a large Dining Room which seats up to 40 people sitting either separately or in groups. The dining room has a well-stocked bar where our guests can relax with an alcoholic beverage or a soft drink.

Our Staff

The administrative and operative staff at the Chalalán Ecolodge are all native to San José de Uchupiamonas. Chalalán has professionally trained staff to provide ecological tourism services to satisfy even the most demanding tourists.
Our staff is trained in: business administration, management, accounting, marketing, sales, customer service, food and drink preparation, tourist guiding, natural history, environmental interpretation, English, first aid, rescue services, cartography, and navigation.

Friendliness and respect are both characteristics deeply-rooted in the Quechua-Tacanan culture and are found in each and every one of the members of staff from San José de Uchupiamonas. So far  we have achieved ratings of excellent and very good from 98% of our guests; although, having said that, we still aim for 100% satisfaction.

Logistics in La Paz and Rurrenabaque

In La Paz we have staff trained to provide information about the programmes, packages and prices for Chalalán; make reservations and purchase airline tickets for the trip La Paz – Rurrenabaque – La Paz; and reserve hotels in La Paz and book other services that you might need around Bolivia.

Our logistics staff will meet you at Rurrenabaque airport and from there take you by bus to the Chalalán central office.  Once here we will ask you to fill in forms for your entry to the Madidi National Park, and you will be given an overview about your stay and trip to the Ecolodge by a guide who will then take you on to your hotel. Our staff in Rurrenabaque is available to help make reservations and reconfirm flights and hotels on your return to the city of La Paz. The airport is located 3km from Rurrenabaque.



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La Paz, Sagarnaga Street Nº 189, Shopping Dorian
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Telf/Fax : (591) 2 – 2311451
Movil (591) 795-01972



Rurrenabaque, Comercio Street,
half block from the main square.
Telf.: (591) 3-892-2419, Fax.: (591) 3-892 – 2309
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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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