- Las Paz, Bolivia, Rurrenabaque, Uchupiamonas
- 5 days, 4 nights
Please do this tour before you lose the chance when they cut down the rainforests to build luxury apartments and export soy.
Foriegners going missing in the Bolivian Amazon is nothing new. British explorer Percy Harrison Fawcett make the Bolivian jungle town of Rurrenabaque his base camp in the 1900’s, before his mysterious disappearance years later. Twenty years ago some Israeli tourists were the lates to vanish here, and after several months found their way out with the help of local Indians. After making a million on the Internet, the same tourists came back to Bolivia and help the locals set up a Jungle Lodge – the most unknown and unique in all the Amazon. Forget all mod cons – Chalalan is as real as it gets…. One of the Amazon’s most remote and most unique lodges, accessible only by a 6 hour motorized canoe journey up the river into the rainforest…
The trip takes the participant to explore one of the world’s just last true wilderness – the Bolivian Amazon. Long derided in favor of its Peruvian and Brazilian counterparts, the Bolivian Amazon is in fact the vast rainforests most unexplored region – and the Madidi National Park is a prime location at the heart of this – one of nature’s last true wildernesses. The trip has an added bonus – it begins and ends in La Paz, Bolivia, one of the world’s strangest and most interesting cities…the Andean Capital of the world high up on the frozen Bolivian Altiplano.
Day 1: Enjoy the market of La Paz and stay in the luxury of La Comedie. I flew in to an icy Altiplano and was driven down into an exotic tangle of streets down the sloping gorge – the world’s only real Andean city! La Paz is one of those cities that has to be seen in person – almost unbelievable to someone like me. I checked in to La Comedie and had a bit of luxury, and went out to introduce myself to the local ladies --- and returned gasping to the hotel five minutes late with Altitude Sickness.
Day 2: Journey from the frozen Altiplano to the Amazon jungle all in one day. I’m a writer by trade, and I thought that the scariest thing in life was a blank page. Actually, it was the bus journey to Rurrenabaque, the last real town accessible by road. One begins in the clouds, and through a tortured system of zig zag switchbacks, descends through the cloud forest and into the jungle…quite simply one of the most amazing journeys in my life. Rurre, where there are few cars, is one of the fascinating Jungle Towns there are…and I know. I lived in the Amazon once for nearly 6 months! In his diaries, Fawcett describes how the frontier city was filled with foreign adventurers and a Texan gun fighter on the run – and that was in 1911!
Day 3: Arrive at Chalalan, and jump in the lagoon like I did. The journey to Chalana is a six hour motorized canoe journey. Have you seen Aguirre the Wrath of God? Watch it and then do this. Bend after endless bend through the green wilderness and you start to understand how Percy Fawcett a famous British explorer, could vanish so easily…until you arrive in the evening at Chalalan just in time to jump in the lagoon – one of the only freshwater lakes in the rainforest and from where you can see basically all animal life one has ever imagined.
Day 4: Explore the jungle. From the lodge, native guides take you on trails deep in the rainforest. The amount of plant and animal life is extraordinary here – not for nothing is the region known as the most ecologically diverse part of the Southern Amazon. You can spend five days here, and I did!
Day 5: Return to La Paz in triumph! Now you can all those things that you forgot to do, like buy some trinkets in the Witches Market, see the famous prison where Western drug traffickers have been held for years, and visit the bars of this fascinating city. Don’t forget to check out all the places around Soppocachi!
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