NB. We recommend that you take high speed films. Binoculars are essential even if you are not a birdwatcher.
¿How do I get Chalalán?
The main entry point to the Chalalán Ecolodge (Bolivian Amazon) is via the town of Rurrenabaque, which can be accessed by air or land from the city of La Paz. By air the trip takes approximately 50 minutes, by land it takes around 18 hours.
¿Where is the Chalalán Ecolodge and how far away is the closest town?
Chalalán is located in the Bolivian Amazon in the heart of the Madidi National Park, in the Tuíchi valley on the shores of the “Chalalán” Lagoon, 5½ hoursby boat from the town ofRurrenabaque.
¿What is the weather like in Chalalán?
There are two seasons in the region: the rainy season from November to March and the dry season from April to October. However, the weather can be unpredictable - there may be weeks of sun during the rainy season and rain in the dry season.
¿Can any disease such as malaria be caught through mosquito bites?
As in any tropical region there is a risk of malaria although there have been no cases in Chalalán. Mosquitoes are not common in the area and the use of the mosquito nets provided for each bed reduces the risk of bites and catching diseases such as yellow fever, which are common in the area. We recommend that you wear long-sleeves, shorts and trousers and apply repellent frequently.
¿What kinds of programmes do you offer and which should I choose?
Chalalán offers different programmes for varying lengths of time. These programmes can be changed according to your interests. We recommend that you stay for a minimum of 3 nights in Chalalán to immerse yourself in the Madidi rainforest.
The Ecolodge and the surrounding areas are very safe. Few animals are dangerous and generally they are more afraid of you than you are of them!
¿Who are the Chalalán guides?
All of our guides are from our community, San José de Uchupiamonas, and have been professionally trained in environmental education, natural interpretation of the forest and natural history. They have their ancestors’ knowledge of medicinal plants, hardwood trees, edible fruits and beliefs about the plants and animals. All of our guides speak English, Spanish and their native language, Quechua.
¿How many people are there usually in group?
Our policy here at the Chalalán Ecolodge is a maximum of 6 guests per guide.
¿What can I expect to see in Chalalán?
We can guarantee that you will see 3 to 5 of the following species of monkey: Callicebus moloch, Alouatta seniculus, Cebus apella, Ateles paniscus and Aotus sp. and many species of birds. During the walks through the jungle you may see tapirs, wild boars, deers, badgers, sloths, armadillos, jochis (agouti paca) and hopefully catch a glimpse of a jaguar or leopard.
¿Are there any age limits for those wishing to visit Chalalán?
There is no age limit, and nor do we make any distinctions based on race, gender or religion.
¿Can Chalalán Ecolodge cater for disabled guests?
Of course! The only requirement is that you reserve 30 days in advance so that we can ensure that your stay is as comfortable as possible
¿Can I fish in the Chalalán lagoon?
No, fishing is forbidden in the Lagoon. However if you enjoy fishing then you will have time during your time to fish on the Rivers Raya Mayu, Eslabón or Tuichi.
¿What is the best time of year to visit Chalalán?The Chalalán Ecolodge is open 365 days a year. The best time of year is between April and November. Between December and March activities can be disrupted because of the rains and you should check flight schedules carefully so as to avoid disappointment.