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Chalalan Ecolodge

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Up the Tuichi River by boat, with guide pointing out animals, birds, attractions. Nice accommodations, simple, clean without frills, and comfortable; built by community with local resources. Good food. Real pleasure was our guide Nelson who was totally at our disposal: evening canoe trips to see sunset and animals/birds; night walks, early morning walks. Lots of information concerning animals, indigenous...

Thank Jane M
Camas, Washington
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great wildlife and knowledgeable and capable staff. Get there before it is flooded...hopefully not! Very accommodating staff interested in my well being and the lodging was first rate. Food okay...they will cook what you want IF you help them. It makes your stay more interesting and staff is better at making local foods rather than catering to tourist needs. This...

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rmariaca, Gerente at Chalalan Ecolodge, responded to this review

We are very happy that your Chalalan experience has met your expectations. We strive to have personalized attention, that is why our operation is small but very committed to the needs of our visitors. We want to thank you very much for the time you took to write your comment and for the generous qualification with which you honored us....

Reviewed 1 week ago

The area is beautiful, staff is just amazing, so kind and helpful. Unique experience of Bolivia. On our last day it happened that our flight from Rurrenabaque to La Pas was cancelled so we had to leave earlier in order to get to an earlier flight, the staff in Rurrenabaque did everything to make sure we got on that earlier...

Thank Galina T
rmariaca, Gerente at Chalalan Ecolodge, responded to this review

We are delighted to serve you in every way possible. The commitment to our visitors is not only the attention in the lodge, we understand that the traveler is exposed to external situations and if we can attend, we will be happy to do so.Well that the trip covered your expectations, we hope you can come back soon. Thank you...

Danville, Kentucky
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chalalan is operated by the community in San Jose Uchupiamonas. Guides are very knowledgeable, competent, and caring for guests. The cabasas are basic, but do have warm showers, banos, and are kept clean and tidy. The hiking trails from the lodge area are extensive, some quite long but also many quite manageable even for people with minor physical issues. The...

Thank Kukulcandve
rmariaca, Gerente at Chalalan Ecolodge, responded to this review

We are very happy that you have enjoyed not only the lodge but also the trip from Rurrenabaque to Chalalan in our boat. We agree with you, it is worth a long stay to make the trip better, since you have already made the effort to reach us. We are currently starting a process of improving our paths so that...

Cusco, Peru
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent 3N4D at the lodge and 1N in the community. We loved the experience. All staff friendly and genuine from the office to the lodge making you feel at home. Our guide Nelson was incredibly experienced, friendly and seemed to love finding wildlife as much as we did. The itinerary was flexible though reliant on boat availability . Chalalan...

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rmariaca, Gerente at Chalalan Ecolodge, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your Chalalan experience. Since you've made the effort to get to Rurrenabaque, it's worth taking a little more time with us, that's why 4 days and 3 nights is our most popular package. Thank you very much for the generous qualification and the kind review. The chalalán team will be waiting for you to...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the first time my wife and I visited a true eco-lodge and the Amazon forest. It was a unique experience. The trip up the river to the lodge is long but quite exotic. Once landing on the river bank, there is a 2KM hike to the lodge. This is not particularly fun in the rain. The lodge is...

Thank InTheMomentManhattan
rmariaca, Gerente at Chalalan Ecolodge, responded to this review

We are very happy that your stay has been a satisfactory experience. We are very sorry that the facilities have not been completely to your liking. It is true that the infrastructure already shows its age, that is why we are carrying out a renovation plan for all the cabins and in the last 2 years we have renewed 30%...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an amazing time during our 7 day trip to Chalalan. The amount of wildlife in this area is utterly astounding. We've traveled to other parts of the Amazon and had never seen such high concentrations of large birds & primates. The amount of macaws, mealy parrots, and hoatzin birds was amazing. The primate population was also impressive. We...

1Thank roxys27
rmariaca, Gerente at Chalalan Ecolodge, responded to this review

We are delighted that your experience at Chalalán has been so satisfactory. We love getting out of the ordinary and doing expeditions, camping and having personalized activities. Having made the effort to reach the Bolivian Amazon, we think it best to dedicate a few extra days so that we can show the nature with more calm and detail. Thank you...

Gundaroo, Australia
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

We felt as if we had been welcomed into the community's home; and their home is the rain forest. The six hour boat trip to Chalalan is an experience in itself. We saw a tapir and capabara,and many many birds, including mccaws. That is in addition to the mighty river carving the banks and throwing whole trees onto new islands....

1Thank Nick D
rmariaca, Gerente at Chalalan Ecolodge, responded to this review

We are very happy to have met your expectations and that you have discovered the incredible biodiversity of the Madidi with us. We are delighted that your experience has been pleasant and that the fauna and the fungi have contributed to its exuberance. Thank you for your complete review and for your generous qualification. We hope you can come back...

United States
Reviewed 11 March 2017

One of my favorite trips ever; the journey there was strenuous and long, which made the visit all the more enjoyable. We arrived to the lodge and very clean and perfect huts (the prince of Denmark had once slept in our hut) after a five-hour motorized dug-out canoe ride. Then we spent five glorious days and evenings tromping around in...

1Thank XiaoyaJHS07
rmariaca, Gerente at Chalalan Ecolodge, responded to this review

We are very glad that you have had an exciting time at Chalalán. It is unusual to see snakes, but when the occasion arises, we must take advantage of it, but always with caution. The professionalism of the guides and a bit of luck have allowed that in 17 years of tourist operation, there has never been an attack of...

Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

I went this year with two friends from Switzerland and the experience was amazing. We had an excellent local guide with perfect english. In the ecolodge the staff was amazing, very kind. The food is very good in general (fresh products from the season) and excellent breakfasts!! We could see a lot of animals, at least 4 different species of...

Thank Mauricio F
rmariaca, Gerente at Chalalan Ecolodge, responded to this review

We are very pleased that you have enjoyed the different aspects of Chalalán such as the guide, the food and the biodiversity that we strive to preserve. Thank you for taking the time to write and recommend us, we appreciate it very much. We hope you can return soon to Chalalán Ecolodge.

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Chalalan is an ecological lodge located in the heart of Madidi National Park, the most biodiverse on the planet, with more than 1000 species of birds and 1000 species of butterflies, in the heart of the Bolivian Amazon. The cabins are built in the traditional style of the Tacana indigenous people, with roofs of jatata (Geonoma deversa) and walls of chonta (Iriartea deltoidea), equipped with mosquito nets, private bathrooms, with a solar energy system that feeds the whole hostel and water Hot solar thermal for 30% of the accommodations. We accommodate up to 30 guests with all the comfort in the jungle. Our specialty is the environmental interpretation walks by the beautiful trails that leave from the shelter and the routes in rowing canoe by the lagoon Chalalan. This venture effectively contributes to the conservation of biodiversity and to the economy of the indigenous people of San José de Uchupiamonas, owner of the lodge. Our hostel is on the shore of the Chalalán lagoon, has double, triple and triple cabins, a dining room equipped with a bar and a rest room. It is possible to hold workshops, events and scientific expeditions, birdwatching, fungi, amphibians or just relax in the hammocks and contemplate the lagoon from our pier and our elevated viewpoint. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Chalalan Ecolodge

Address: Rurrenabaque, Bolivia | Comercio Street, half block from the main square, Madidi National Park, Bolivia
Region: Bolivia > Beni Department > Madidi National Park
Price Range: $257 - $385 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Also Known As:
Chalalan Ecolodge Hotel Madidi National Park
Chalalan Ecolodge Bolivia/Madidi National Park
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