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Prices From $659.00 / £527.2 per person
Dates: January 2019
Capacity: 5 per person
Chalalan Eco-lodge is Bolivia’s premium Amazon lodge, combining community tourism with wonderful wildlife in Madidi National Park.
Madidi is one of the most bio-diverse, wildlife-rich rainforest areas in the Amazon where the flora and fauna is astounding.
In combination with the neighbouring Tambopata-Candamo Reserve, in Peru, it is thought to be the most bio-diverse of all the South American national parks.
You stay at Chalalan eco-lodge, a community tourism project designed to benefit the whole community.
The lodge has created a sustainable economic activity while preserving the resources of Madidi National park, whose varied eco-systems we explore.
Our native guide leads us on trails around lakes and to streams, and on boat trips to clay licks and wetlands where wildlife forages and congregates.
You can see caiman, monkeys, sloths and more among the canopy.
As well as wildlife, your guide will explain the the use of plants in the lives of native people for sustenance, construction, art and medicine.
Prices From $1505 / £1204 per person
Dates: July 2019
El Pedral lodge in Argentina is Peninsula Valdes’ best estancia from which to enjoy the area’s fantastic wildlife.
Thanks to its privileged location, El Pedral, a 19th century Norman house, is the perfect top quality accommodation in Valdes.
Southern Right whales, killer whales (orcas), Humbolt penguins, elephant seals and sea lions can all be found here.
After a day wandering the remote beaches, take a swim in the pool or relax in your comfortable room.
All communal areas are open and so you could read in the library, take in the views and enjoy a drink while wait for your home-cooked meal to arrive.
The Atlantic ocean, which El Pedral looks on to, is so deep that you can see Southern Right Whales directly from the beach.
There is a growing penguin colony too, plus the chance to see the resident orca pod.
The wildlife cast is completed with the steppe fauna – guanacos, foxes, maras and nandus, and the traditional activity you see all around, the sheep farming.
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The Uyuni tour - even though we weren't able to visit the National Park due to snow, it surpassed our expectations with its amazing, spectacular landscapes. We had a great guide (having an English-speaking guide was well worth the extra cost - thanks for the steer).
Everywhere was friendly, welcoming and well-located, and in fairness did have hot water which was very welcome! We loved the lodge at Chalalan. Other than the cold rooms, the Tayka Salt Flats tour lodges were spectacular.
The guides were top notch. Informative, personable, organised and punctual, and clearly put in the effort to give us an outstanding experience, including the revised itinerary in Uyuni where we felt that our guide, Alvaro, really stepped up to minimise the impact of the National Park closure and give us a great time.
Chalalan explained how they are benefitting the local community and it was gratifying to see the contribution it makes.
The arrangement by which Tayka hotels transfer into community hands also seemed like a good model.
Generally, we were told often that Bolivia feels a bit off the tourist map and that the country would benefit by visitors spreading the word.
Bolivia is a lovely, diverse and, in places, spectacular country. It's also one of the rougher countries we've visited, given the altitude, extremes of temperatures, road conditions, limitations of accommodation and general level of development, and this reflects in some of our comments above. Our trip itself was really enjoyable and fascinating and we'd like to thank you for your help in putting in together.
N Buckley, UK, 2017
» Bolivia Uyuni Salt Flats 4WD Tour
V. Carter, UK, 2011
» Chalalan, Bolivia Amazon Eco-lodge
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