Chalalán Ecolodge belongs to the indigenous people of San Jose de Uchupiamonas. The Qhecua – Tacana roots of its people has filled their culture with rich ancestral traditions that have endured the test of time. Besides experiencing an intimate involvement with their lifestyle, flavors and festivities your stay will contribute to improve their living standards, maintain a strong cultural identity and support the conservation of the environment.
The Quechua Tacana indigenous people 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 foundation of San José de Uchupiamonas, we have heard our parents and grandparents say that the first Mission was located on the site that we have known for a long time with the name of “Tullullani” (which means Place where there are Bones in Quechua) and that is an hour from the current town sailing by boat up the Tuíchi River.
A famous French writer by the name of Alcides D’Orbigny in his book “Geographical, Historical and Statistical Description of Bolivia”, said: “Their dwelling can not be more pleasant, since it seems that nature would have been pleased to spill its gifts in those wild places with a prodigious quality worthy of the land of promise.The foreigner who arrives in San Jose is amazed by the beauty of the vegetation and the variety of fruits that abound there. “
The indigenous people of San José de Uchupiamonas are located in the northwest of Bolivia, in the Department of La Paz, Abel Iturralde Province, within the Madidi National Park and Integrated Management Natural Area, 8 hours by boat from the town of Rurrenabaque.