Madidi National Park is a newly created preserve (dedicated in 1995), in the northwest region of Bolivia. This national treasure protects a full array of ecosystems, stretching from the high Andes to the Amazon basin.
The park is home to more than 1000 species of birds, 44% of all New World species of mammals and an estimated 38% of neotropical amphibians. It is also a critical global hotspot for endemic plants.
Day 1. Rurrenabaque – Transfer from the hotel to the airport. Flight to Rurrenabaque. Transfer to the hotel, where you will have lunch. Free afternoon to explore this colorful town on the bank of the Beni River. Dinner.
Day 2. Chalalan Lodge – Madidi National Park. After an early breakfast, you will travel up the Beni River in a dugout canoe, passing through the spectacular Canon del Bala (Bala Gorge). The wild and scenic Tuichi River is your gateway to Madidi National Park, and your access to the Chalalan Ecolodge, our well-designed and comfortable accommodation. The river trip to Chalalan takes about 5 hours, followed by an easy 30-minute hike from the river’s edge to the lodge, which is nestled in the rainforest on the shores of Chalalan Lake. After checking in, guests will have the opportunity to explore several short forest trails, including a stop off at the “Mirador” (lookout), which offers spectacular views of Chalalan Lake and some of the mountain ranges in the area. After dinner, an optional night walk or canoe trip on the lake to look for wildlife such as caiman, frogs and nocturnal birds.
Day 3. Chalalan Lodge – Madidi National Park. After breakfast, you will take an early morning trek through the forest. If you are alert, you may observe macaws, guans, and a variety of other birds, as well as brown capuchin and squirrel monkeys, or with more luck cross herds of white-lipped peccary or tapirs. Your local guides will share their extensive knowledge of plants (including their traditional medicinal uses), natural history, and animal behavior. After lunch at the lodge and a relaxing afternoon (a swim in the lake is recommended), you can walk another of Chalalan?s trails to observe some of the amazing variety of birds found in the area. After dinner, learn about the San Jose community, its history, stories and traditions.
Day 4. Chalalan Lodge – Madidi National Park. Today you will go on the longest of our hikes, passing through primary rainforest and gallery forest on your way to the Rayamayo and Eslabon Rivers. On this 5-hour trip, you will explore some of the rainforest further from the lodge, and hence with luck, you can see howler and spider monkeys, and a variety of other wildlife, as well as learn more about the ecology of the forest. Boxed lunch. Return to Chalalan in the afternoon. Participate in and learn about the making of traditional Tacana handicrafts, for example chonta seed rings. Dinner tonight is “dumoquavi”, a traditional dish (river catfish wrapped in leaves), a delicious feast and a great way to spend your last evening in Chalalan!
Day 5. Chalalan Lodge – Rurrenabaque – La Paz. After an early breakfast, you will walk to the Tuichi River, where you will board the boat to return to Rurrenabaque. The return trip (down-river) is fast; it takes only about three hours. Transfer to Rurrenabaque airport and flight to La Paz. Transfer to your hotel
FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS: Prices start from $509 per person in double occupancy This includes all meals from Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, accommodations as stated in the itinerary,ground transportation during the tour, and guide services provided by tour guide. It does not include International airfare, airport departure taxes, alcoholic beverages, special gratuities, phone calls, laundry, or items of a personal nature.
The single supplement for this tour is $417. You will be charged a single supplement if you desire single accommodations.