Available throughout the year
Day 1: La Paz – Rurrenabaque. Most people prefer to fly, so a 45-minute flight to Rurrenabaque takes you over the Andean Cordillera Real. Welcome and transfer to hotel and explore this colorful town on the Beni River bank.
Day 2: Rurrenabaque - Chalalan (Madidi National Park). Travel early up the Beni River in a dugout canoe, navigating the spectacular Bala Gorge. We enter the wild Tuichi River, a Madidi Park gateway and access to Chalalan. It takes about 5 hrs followed by an easy 30-min. hike from the river bank to the lodge, nestled in the rainforest on Lake Chalalan´s shore. You will have all afternoon to explore forest trails, including a stop at El Mirador, a super view of the lake and central mountain ranges of the park. After dinner, take an optional night walk or look for wildlife by canoe on the lake, such as black caimans, frogs and nocturnal birds. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Chalalan - Madidi National Park. After breakfast, take an early trek through the rainforest. You may observe macaws, guans, antbirds, trogons and other
birds, as well as troops of brown capuchin and squirrel monkeys, or with more luck cross a tapir or herds of white-lipped peccaries. Our local guides will share their rich knowledge of plants and their uses, natural history and animal behavior. Back at the lodge after lunch, you might relax in a hammock, go for a lake swim or hike another Chalalan trail in search of more wildlife. After dinner, you will learn about the San Jose Community, its history, stories and traditions. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Chalalan - Madidi National Park. Today you will penetrate other rainforests further from the lodge. On trails that pass through primary rainforest, you will behold beautiful tall and columnar trees on the way to the Rayamayo and Eslabon Rivers. With some luck on this half-day hike, you will see red howler and black spider monkeys and other wildlife, as well as learn more about our rainforest ecology. After a box lunch return to the lodge, relax, and join a guide handicraft session to make traditional objects such as a chonta seed ring. Dinner is a feast, featuring “dumoquavi”, traditional river catfish wrapped in leaves, a great last night! (B, L, D)
Day 5: Chalalan – Rurrenabaque – La Paz. After an early breakfast walk to the Tuichi River, where you board the boat to return to Rurrenabaque. The down-river return trip is fast, about 3 hrs. Transfer to Rurrenabaque´s airport and flight to La Paz. (B)
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