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Reviewed 30 May 2018

We had excellent 3nights, 4 days there in May2018. The accommodation was very good , considering that it was in a Jungle. Location by the side of a lake is beautiful..
The staff was very helpful . Food was good. Hikes in the jungle were very interesting.
You should pack extra clothes- because if you are soaked in rain , clothes take a long time to dry ,and that too if it is sunny.

Room Tip: Pack extra clothes in case you get soaked on boat or hikes. Takes very long time for clothes to dry.
Stayed: May 2018, travelled as a couple
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Yhovani V, Gerente at Chalalan Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

All the Uchupiamonas Community we are very grateful for your visit to Chalalán ecolodge, you helping to preserve this beauty area, which is getting unique in the all world, our culture and the coming generation future.

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Reviewed 27 May 2018

Just got back from Chalalan a week ago. This was everything we dreamed it would be. Our guide made hiking in the jungle such an adventure finding us the most beautiful birds and animals Every meal was delicious , our favorite being the giant piranhas fish! Boat rides across the lake were beautiful and full of wild life After dinner walks to the dock to look at the stars where there is no light pollution took our breath away. This place is heaven on earth. Great job Chalalan.

  • Stayed: May 2018, travelled with family
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Yhovani V, Gerente at Chalalan Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

All the community, who own and manage the lodge, we are very happy to had the great opportunity to share with you our home in the middle of the amazon in the Madidi National Park,
hopefully we have you again in the future.
best regards
Chalalán Team.

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Reviewed 18 April 2018

Somehow Chalalán is always new and teaches you different things every single time.. It is difficult to describe this growing ability the people in Chalalán have to keep your interest alive. I say it must be their vision and passion. The way they narrate the history and origins of their community, the way they grew up in the jungle, the way they have dreamed, shaped and built this project, their questions about its future, and their optimism. I say that their most valuable asset is themselves and their own knowledge.
In addition there´s the incredible jungle, the possibility to have an immersion in this strange world and plunge not only in the beautiful lake that serves so many purposes, but to have a dip into something so far fetched from everyday life in the city; the excellent food; the accommodations; the transportation; the service... everything is quietly taken care of, no fuss, no overdoing. You would think that the long boat trip from Rurre to the lodge would be too long.. but no. From the moment you board the guides start showing, teaching you the jungle, how to look, how to listen. We saw so many animals and birds: kapiwaras, tapir, parrots, herons, and even a Jaguar, which was a dream come true for us!! Then the long walks were you get to see things you woudn´t have noticed on your own. The the swimming in the lake, and in the evening before sunset get to see the cerere, that incredible prehistoric bird, and at night to go across and along the shores of the lake to see the night life, in complete silence. We went this time with a group of friends and we had two kids in the group (10 and 8) who had the time of their lives and fell in love with Ricardo and Andres our guides. We were a group of 12 people altogether so we had the 2 guides for us at all times. We stayed 4 nights and 5 days with a visit to the San Jose de Uchupiamonas community two more hours up river. We were greeted by the 5 graduates from the local high school who prepared lunch for us and told us about their lives and projects. Priceless.
We are grateful to have come across Chalalan and all their people. Also Neil in La Paz who organized the second part of our trip to Uyuni and provided the perfect salt hotels and guides to take us through the salar to get the most impressive views and experience. Thank you Neil!
We will for sure return as soon as possible!

Room Tip: all cottages are similar but of different sizes, double, single, family, and of same quality
  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled with family
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Yhovani V, Manager at Chalalan Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Thank you so much for your kind words. It is very gratifying to find people like you who enjoy every aspect of a visit to our world!

Please spread the word!!!

We look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

My wife and I have always wanted to visit the amazon and explore and see the wildlife. Chalalan Ecolodge has an great history and the staff/volunteers are amazing! They organise everything, our flights from La Paz, the pick up from Rurrenabaque airport and transfer to office and hotel for the first night, pick up from hotel and transfer to boat and up the river to Chalalan Ecolodge, all meals, tours, transfers and flights back to La Paz.
The staff are so friendly, welcoming and nice.
As soon as we arrived by boat it was a short walk to the lodge. Obi managed to find wild pigs straight away and got us up so close, as well as two different types of monkeys. Once we arrived at the lodge we were greeted by the cooks with refreshments and shown to the lovely rooms with Mosquito nets and all. The food the whole time we were there was so good.
Rigo was our guide for the two days we were there and he did a fabulous job! We walked around the amazon with him and saw four different types of monkeys, toucans, pigs, deer, caymans, birds, spiders, puma footprints, frogs, and more. We went canoeing a couple of times and even saw caymans hunting the monkeys which were making their way around the lagoon.
Overall I would recommend this is a must visit to see all this and also learn about the local community. I would definitely like to return.
Make sure you pack you hiking boots and mosquito repellent. They have gumboots there to borrow too.
It’s also great to be without WiFi and enjoy the amazon. We even had monkeys playing outside our luxury cabin on day!

Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
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Yhovani V, Manager at Chalalan Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Dear Brent C
We are so pleased you enjoyed our little paradise!
Please come back again and spread the word about our lodge. Your visit and everyone else's are needed to support our indigenous community....

Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts!

Warmest regards,

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Reviewed 23 March 2018

I first visited Chalalan with a couple of friends in 2002. 16 years later it was still one of the stand-out memories of that trip and I was happy to be able to go back with my wife. The experience this time was even better and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a visit here.

We stayed four nights and I'd say that any less than staying for three nights would be a mistake. There's so much to see, even in wet season. Because we went in the rainy season there were relatively few visitors and we were lucky enough to get a guide to ourselves. Obi (not Obi-Wan, as he helpfully pointed out) was incredibly skilled; anything new was pointed out to us and named and he would frequently just stop dead on one of the trails to listen, then point out a bird in the middle of the forest canopy that we would never have seen otherwise. He listened to what we were interested in and then made sure that nothing was missed; in our case that included things like insects and fungus and with Obi's help we've seen things we had never imagined.

The service and food were both outstanding; table service and three courses for lunch and dinner, and a good mixture of familiar and local food. All the buildings are made of local materials wherever possible; the only obvious sign of "modern" materials are the glazed tiles in the shower, but even the rest of the bathrooms were mostly done with smooth stones from the river. Water is heated (warm showers!) using solar energy. Chalalan is also entirely run by a local community rather than a business owner, so your tourist dollars are going directly to the people of the area and used for social good.

The local area has been effectively untouched by humans, except for the lodge of course, for the best part of forty years so the environment and animals have had a long time to recover and restore their natural balance. Despite being the wet season we saw a huge variety of animals, birds and insects thanks to Obi's skill. None of them are fed or tempted into human contact; everything is done with great respect for the animals and it's made clear that you are a visitor to their world and not vice-versa.

Do remember, though, that this is wild, tropical rainforest. It's hot, sticky, packed with (fascinating) insects and spiders and you need to be quiet, patient and observant to see things. Look for the small things - the insects, plants and fungus - as well as the large animals. You need to be able to walk for several hours a day to get the most out of it - but you will end the walks with a warm shower and a cold drink. You'll also get a much better appreciation of the rich, complex and varied life of the rainforest and why it's not just some trees in the middle of nowhere that are lost when rainforest is cleared for crops like the near-ubiquitous palm oil.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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yhovani v, Manager at Chalalan Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2018

Dear Jim K.
Thank you so much for your kind words!
We are so thrilled you thoroughly enjoyed your visit!
Glad our guide, Obi was able to fulfill your needs. We try very hard to accommodate our guests!
Also happy you liked your warm shower! I'm sure that was not available in 2002?!!
Please spread the word! We would like to have the lodge full of adventurous tourists such as yourselves!
It was our pleasure having you as our guests.

Thanks Again,
Sincerely,
The Chalalan Staff

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