Martin Blow review 18 Nov 2018
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
The overall authentic rain forest experience at Chalalan, inc. the 4.5 boat trip that was memorable in itself. Seeing Pink River Dolphins.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
For Caracoles Lodge. It is extremely hot - no fans in rooms. At night this was a problem compounded by total darkness, a night light in the room (we could have taken one); take ear plus, the walls are paper thin and can hear every word our neighbours were saying and at least on a Fri and Sat at the nearest own there is a bar that plays very loud, very bass-y music that started around 9pm and was still going when I was up at first light (5.30am) to go birding. The guide told me this is the case every weekend. Ear plus would have helped.
Take long sleeved cool breathable clothing.
Take plenty of good quality mosquito repellent.
Take the best touch you can - excellent for viewing wildlife at night at Chalalan
Don't rely on US $ - change money to Bolivianos
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Chalalan is owned by the local village and villagers work at the lodge both as guides and support staff.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
We combined our rainforest tour with a day and night in Bogota around our flights. We also had 3 nights in La Paz before we moved on to the rain forest and at the end - to see our daughter who is there as part of her year abroad via university. The trip was a real adventure, but very tiring. 8 flights in 13 days. La Paz is not the easiest place to get to. However, despite this we had a great time, and definitely recommend a trip to Bolivia and Chalalan Lodge in particular.
Read the operator's response here:
Thank you for your comments and we’re delighted that you had an excellent vacation!
The wildlife in Bolivia’s Amazon and Pampas region is fantastic and we are delighted that you could experience many highlights. Sadly, lodge options are not of the same standard as in neighbouring countries and are generally basic (we had advised of this before travel), especially in the Pampas – but seeing pink river dolphins certainly makes up for that and it’s reassuring to see that this hasn’t dampened your overall experience.
Thank you again for taking your time to send us your comments!