The Quechua indigenous people Tacana San José de Uchupiamonas, was founded in 1616 by Franciscan priests and Mr. Marcelino Cusirimay of Chiquitano origin in the valley of the Tuíchi river, current village.


On the founding of San José de Uchupiamonas, we have heard our parents and grandparents say that the first Mission was located in the site that we have known for a long time by the name of "Tullullani" (meaning Place where there are Bones in Quechua).


And that it is an hour from the present town sailing in boat upstream of the river Tuíchi.


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.