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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

  • Bolivia is very spectacular in terms of scenery but both food and hotels leave something to be desired. Not a problem for us but some might find it below expectations. 

    MW
  • It felt like the most authentic South American experience.

    CC, Carnforth
  • Bolivia - just stunning.

    PG, Northwood
  • 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
  • Most memorable experience: “So many...Bolivia was outstanding and we are grateful to our JLA travel consultant for her description of this trip.”

    BR, Hornsey
  • 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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Carrie
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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