DAY 1: LA PAZ
Private transfer from the airport. (by car, van or bus)
DAY 2: LA PAZ
We pick up passengers from the hotel to visit the famous Witch Doctor’s Market and San Francisco Colonial Church. The tour continues to Plaza Murillo where the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the National Congress buildings are located. Then, we will visit the famous colonial street Jaen where interesting museums are clustered together, followed by a visit to the replica of the semi-subterranean temple of the Tiwanaku Culture. To change scenery the tour continues to the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida. The tour ends with a visit to the unique Moon Valley, where you will have the opportunity to walk around, and visit a ceramic workshop with a demonstration of the art of pottery.
DAY 3: LA PAZ
Free day in La Paz
DAY 4: LA PAZ / RURRENABAQUE (MADIDI NATIONAL PARK – CHALALAN ECOLODGE 4N/5D)
Flight La Paz – Rurrenabaque (50 minutes). Our staff will be waiting to transfer you from Rurenabaque airport to the Chalalan office by bus where you will proceed to fill in the forms to enter the Madidi National Park and receive information about your trip to the Ecolodge. . Free afternoon to visit the town at the edge of the Beni River. Lodging at hotel Safari, the best in Rurrenabaque.
DAY 5: RURRENABAQUE – CHALALÁN ECOLODGE
Breakfast at the Hotel. At 7:15 transfer to the river Beni to board a boat. Boat trip to Chalalan Ecolodge (5½ hours) up the rivers Beni and Tuíchi. Our boats are equipped with: roof, comfortable seats, life jackets, raincoats and a first-aid kit. Box lunch on the way. At 12:30 approx. arrival to Chalalan´s port and after a 25 minute walk we get to the Ecolodge. Help is given for luggage. Welcome lunch and after a time to rest or swim in the lagoon, a short walk along the Paraba path towards the viewing point where you can see the beautiful landscape across the lagoon, mountains and Madidi rainforest. Return by canoe along the rivers leading to the Chalalan lagoon to observe a variety birds and monkeys. Theme: hardwood trees and wildlife. Dinner. Night hike to observe a variety of insects, tarantulas, amphibians, mice, nocturnal birds and monkeys.
DAY 6: CHALALÁN ECOLODGE – MADIDI NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast. Walk through the jungle on the theme paths to see and learn about the forest and the wildlife. Choose from: natural interpretation of the forest, natural history, ecological processes, medicinal plants and hardwood trees, animal behavior and bird watching. Return to the Ecolodge for lunch. Time to rest or swim in the lagoon. In the afternoon short walk along one of the paths. Choose from: medicinal and tropical plants, hardwood trees, bird and insect watching. Return to the lodge for optional activities: – An afternoon of handicrafts – Trips on the lagoon by canoe. – Showing of videos about the community and the Madidi National Park. Dinner, optional, a canoe night trip along the rivers of the Chalalan Lagoon to observe amphibians, alligators and nocturnal birds easily spotted do to their night glowing eyes.
DAY 7: CHALALÁN ECOLODGE – MADIDI NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast. Full day walk towards the rivers Rayamayo and Eslabon where you will be able to fish and observe spider monkeys, tapirs, deer, wild boar and maybe take a glimpse of a jaguar. Theme: natural interpretation of the forest, natural history, ecological processes, medicinal plants and hardwood trees, animal behaviour insects and bird watching. At mid day box lunch by the River Eslabon. After a walk along the riverbank of the River Eslabon, for bird and insect watching or go fishing; return to the Ecolodge observing a variety of birds and mammals. Before dinner we enjoy a canoe trip along the shores of the Chalalan Lagoon to observe a variety of birds, monkeys and see the tropical “vanilla” plant. Traditional “dunucuabi” dinner of catfish wrapped in leaves or fish á la “tacuara”. Traditional Quechua – Tacana night with music and dances from the San José de Uchupiamonas community.
DAY 8: CHALALÁN / RURRENABAQUE / PAMPAS
Breakfast. Short walk to the River Tuíchi to take the boat back to Rurrenabaque. After 3 hours, we arrive to Rurrenabaque. Transfer to Hotel Safari. lodging. Note: The schedules can be changed as guests wish or because of the weather, flight delays, etc. SERVICE INCLUDES: Transfer in/out Rurrenabaque Airport, bilingual guide, entrance fee to Madidi National Park, overnight at hotel in Rurrenabaque, full board and accommodation at Chalalan Ecolodge. NOT INCLUDED: Airport taxes; Airline Tickets and meals at hotel in Rurrenabaque. PAMPAS PROGRAM Departure from Rurrenabaque by 4×4 jeep, driving northeast for approximately 3½ hours to Caracol Lodge near the Yacuma River. After lunch, boarding of the dugout canoes on the Yacuma River and travel upriver looking for dolphins, monkeys, capybara, turtles and a great variety of bird life. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Possibly a night hike in search of caiman and anaconda.
DAY 9: PAMPAS
Morning hike to search for anaconda and other wildlife including pink dolphins and capybara. Lunch followed by a short walk to look for rheas, anteaters and monkeys. Possibly a nighttime boat trip to observe caiman and other nocturnal wildlife.
DAY 10: PAMPAS / RURRENABAQUE
Morning wildlife viewing. Return to Rurrenabaque, arriving in the late afternoon. Overnight in Hotel Safari.
DAY 11: RURRENABAQUE / LA PAZ
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to La Paz and onward for your flight home.