🇬🇧 Chalalán Ecolodge, Bolivian Amazon
Updated: Apr 10, 2019
Madidi National Park
#Chalalán is the result of a dream come true. A dream born in the #BolivianAmazon in the community of San José de Uchupiamonas. It is a place different from the others, which is in the heart of the most biodiverse protected area of the planet. Chalalán is rich in extraordinary wildlife and a gem of the #Amazon rainforest that should be appreciated. Built on a small hill, surrounded by a lush tropical forest, in the heart of #MadidiNationalPark, Chalalán is one of the best in South America.
The Madidi National Park houses about 6000 species of vascular plants, 1000 species of birds (out of a total of 9000 species in the world), and 1300 species of vertebrates. The endemism is high, there are 31 exclusive species in the Madidi National Park and 92 only exist in #Bolivia.
Chalalán welcomes visitors from all over the world who wish to participate in responsible tourism, as well as building the promotion and strengthening of the economic, social and natural conditions of the community of San José de Uchupiamonas. When visiting the lodge, the guests are contributing to the conservation of biodiversity in this region of the Amazon and to improve the quality of life in the community.
Oil and gas companies have been pushing the local government for exploitation of the area, Madidi National Park. Not far from Chalalán, nature has been over-abused by these companies. Chalalán is an act of resistance from the community of San José de Uchupiamonas and tourism here is the strongest way to show that there are sustainable economic alternatives, and that the protected area should be as it is - land of the biggest biodiversity on Earth.
When a traveller visits Chalalán, she/he is also taking the responsibility on the protection of such area which is the target of strong pressure from international companies. It is a way to help the local community fight for their land and rights.
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Chalalán is one of the favorite places for birdwatchers in the Amazon, due to the impressive wealth of species that inhabit the well preserved jungle that the lodge contributes to protect and its excellent bilingual indigenous guides.
The Indigenous People of San José de Uchupiamonas
Its interesting to go beyond the natural richness of the area and understand the onwership and management of the lodge. The lodge is owned by the Indigenous People of San José de Uchupiamonas, which designates a directory to which management responsibilities are delegated. The contact staff is also from the community. The enterprise has been self-sustaining and independent since 20003.
Rowing wooden canoes
Row, row, row! But not the canoes you are used to rowing. These are indigenous-style, with a secular design that locals use for many many generations. The views from the lake are unique and a great chance to have some exercise.
Visit Chalalán Ecolodge at Madidi National Park, Amazon, Bolivia
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