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Chalalan Ecolodge

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Remote and authentic jungle lodge in a little-visited area of staggering biodiversity, with proceeds benefitting conservation schemes and the indigenous community.

From Rurrenabaque it’s a 5-hour trip by motorised canoe to Chalalán Ecolodge, a small, friendly and authentic place nestled deep in the little-visited and remarkably biodiverse reserve of Madidi. It was developed by Conservation International in association with the indigenous community, which benefits from the proceeds.

The lodge is surrounded by virgin forest that reverberates with birdsong and the cries of howler monkeys, especially at dawn and dusk. Accommodation is in traditional Tacana-style cabins of differing layout, most with private bathroom. All are equipped with mosquito nets, comfortable armchairs, a veranda, balcony and hammock where you can relax and read.

Despite the dense shroud of jungle vegetation all around, there’s a relatively high chance of spotting wildlife in amongst the surrounding jungle. On the guided jungle walks, birdwatching expeditions and canoe trips offered from the lodge, you're likely to see howler monkeys, toucans, macaws, hoatzins and caiman, and with luck much more besides.

Bartolome, Galápagos

What our clients say

  • Most Memorable Moment?: Uyuni salt flats

    RH, Warrington
  • Most Memorable Moment: Difficult to pick out one thing as it was all great! For me probably being on Lake Titicaca, the achievement of a childhood ambition!

    JS
  • Most Memorable Moment: Lunch on the Uyuini Salt Plains

    FA, Preston
  • Highlight: “Seeing the physical geography of Bolivia and visits especially the silver mine and the mint.” 

    KS
  • Most memorable experience: “The time we spent in Bolivia was amazing, despite the altitude sickness! The Uyuni salt flat was so beautiful and all the lagoons and mountains we saw…

    SC, Manchester
  • The flight with Amazonas felt v safe. The plane is brand new CRJ200 Bombardier, the staff is helpful and v efficient and the pilots seemed v highly skilled and trained.…

    JO, Borough
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Hannah Waterhouse Travel Expert Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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  • Hannah
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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    Lina Fuller - Travel Expert

    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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    Ben Line - Travel Expert

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

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    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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