This tour leads you into the Bolivian jungle, bursting with exotic flora and wildlife. You will arrive in La Paz, visit Sun Island and then fly to Rurrenabaque, where you will spend one night in order to get the permission to enter Madidi National Park.
On the next day you will continueby boat to the Chalalan Eco-lodge, close to the Chalalan Lagoon, from where you can observe a variety birds and monkeys.
After two nights in the jungle, you will return to La Paz.
Today you will arrive in La Paz (Bolivia) at an altitude of 3,500 meters. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to the selected hotel. The rest of the day is free for acclimatization.
Early in the morning you will be taken to Copacabana Sanctuary where you will board the Catamaran cruise ship. A snack will be served while you are sailing to Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire.
Here you will visit the Inca Garden, Steps and Fountain, and afterwards the Inti Wata Cultural Complex, including the Ekako Underground Museum. You will also see the Traditional Medicine the Titikaka-Reed Shipbuilders display centers, the Pachamama agricultural Inca terraces, a handicraft center and the Intica lounge. At the Manco Kapac Lookout you will see the largest variety of Andean llama-like camelids.
The Inti Wata Complex at Sun Island includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge traditional Titikaka vessel for a panoramic visit to the Pilkokaina Inca Palace. You will have buffet lunch on board, then you will be return by land transfer to La Paz city.
Depending on your flight time, you will be taken to the airport in La Paz for your flight to Rurrenabaque, which takes about 50 minutes. Upon arrival you will be taken from the 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 eco-lodge. Free afternoon for visiting the town at the edge of the Beni River.
Breakfast at the hotel.
At 7:15 a.m. you will be taken to the Beni River to board a boat bound for the Chalalan Eco-lodge (5½ hours) up the Beni and Tuíchi rivers. The roof-covered boats are equipped with comfortable seats, life jackets, raincoats and first-aid kits. Box lunch en route.
At about 12:30 you will arrival at the Chalalan port, and after a 25-minute walk you will get to the Eco-lodge. Help with luggage is provided.
You’ll receive an welcome lunch and after you’ll have time for resting, swimming in the lagoon or taking a short walk along the Paraba path towards the lookout point where you can see the beautiful landscape consisting of the lagoon, mountains and the Madidi rainforest. Return by canoe along the rivers leading to the Chalalan lagoon to observe a variety birds and monkeys. The theme: hardwood trees and wildlife.
Dinner and a nighttime hike to observe a variety of insects, tarantulas, amphibians, mice, nocturnal birds and monkeys.
In the morning you can take a walk through the jungle on the theme paths to see and learn about the forest and its wildlife. Choose from: natural interpretations of the forest, natural history, ecological processes, medicinal plants and hardwood trees, animal behavior or bird watching.
Return to the eco-lodge for lunch, followed by time for resting or swimming in the lagoon.
In the afternoon you can take a short walk along one of the paths. Choose from: medicinal and tropical plants, hardwood trees, bird and insect watching.
Return to the lodge, later you can take a ride along the lagoon by canoe, learn from video sessions about the community and the Madidi National Park or be part of an afternoon of handicrafts.
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.
Breakfast. Short walk to the Tuíchi River to take the boat back to Rurrenabaque. After 3 hours, you will arrive in Rurrenabaque, where you will transfer to airport and return to La Paz.
Upon arrival you will be picked up and taken to your hotel. This will be followed by a half-day city tour of La Paz. Visit the famous Witch Doctor's Market and the San Francisco Colonial Church. The tour continues to Plaza Murillo where the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the National Congress buildings are located. Then, you will visit the famous colonial Jaen Street, where interesting museums are clustered together, followed by a visit to the replica of the semi-subterranean temple of Tiwanaku culture.
For a change of 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.
(The schedules can be changed as the guests wish or because of the weather, flight delays, etc.)
Depending on the time of your flight, you will be taken to the international airport in La Paz.
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The price includes: all ground transfers, accommodation in the hotels mentioned or hotels of the same category (double room), Titikaka catamaran (visiting the Inca Garden, Inca Steps, Inca Water Spring, Inti Wata Complex, ancient Kallawaya ceremony, ancient sailing demonstration), English-speaking guide, admissions and entrance fees for visits according to the itinerary, meals according to the itinerary.
The price does not include: Flights (about $170 USD per person), airport taxes, insurance, medical insurance, drinks, unspecified meals, tips, extras, personal expenses.
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