Eco Lodge San Miguel del Bala, Community Ecotourism in the Bolivian jungle, Rurrenabaque 2-3 or 4 days
The Eco-Lodge San Miguel del Bala – Community Ecotourism
was built at the initiative of the Tacana community of San Miguel for lovers of nature, adventure and indigenous culture. The tourism operation will help to conserve and maintain the culture of Tacana. It lies within the catchment area of the Madidi National Park in Bolivia.
Improve the living conditions of the community members of San Miguel Tacana and ensuring the preservation of the environment (mainly the high biodiversity of the area) along with sustainable development both economically and socially for its future generations.
3 days program
On the first day of your three-day adventure you will leave from the offices of San Miguel del Bala across from the Amazonas Airlines offices. Your guide will take you and your bags to the motorized canoe that awaits you in the port of Rurrenabaque. From here, you will be taken 45 minutes up the Rio Beni to the lodge, where a refreshing tropical fruit juice will welcome you.
After settling into your private cabin your guide will take you back in time as he leads you through the rainforest and shows you the ancient trapping methods of the Tacana. Learn how the Tacana outsmart their prey with unique and interesting traps that help them catch dinner. Your guide will show you how each trap works, as well as the medicinal plants the hunters would collect as they checked their traps.
After you are recharged your guide will take you to visit the community of San Miguel, a Tacana village, to experience how tourism and your money has helped the San Migueleños improve their day-to-day lives. Take a stroll through the village as your guide explains how the community is organized. Visit the school and your guide’s home, learn how to weave, make a thatched roof, squeeze sugar cane yourself and enjoy a sweet and refreshing drink (best served with some lemon). Your visit to the community of San Miguel will give you a look at the Tacana villagers’ daily lives as well as let you see the great things your money is doing as a client of the community owned lodge!
Enjoy your dinner and relax the rest of the evening in your cabin or in the hammock hut.
Your day starts with tropical bird songs and a nice breakfast by the river. Once you are done your guide will sit with you and explain the day’s activities. Today you have the option of staying in San Miguel for the morning to enjoy some of the other activities offered in the area (canyon, natural pools/waterfall, or medicinal plant walk). If you want to spend more time inside Madidi National Park you can choose to leave early after breakfast to go up to the cabins inside the national park.
The trip to San Miguel’s cabins inside Madidi National Park is a wonderful 1 ½-hour boat right up the Beni and then into Madidi National Park by way of the Tuichi river, a smaller, more intimate body of water that allows for more animal and bird sightings. Once you have arrived at the cabins and are settled into your rooms, your guide will open your eyes to the magic of Madidi National Park, one of the most biodiverse protected areas in the world. There are 7 trails leading away from the cabins of varying difficulty and distance. Your guide will consult the group and determine where you want to go and what difficulty level you would like to take. Take walks by day and night to see how the forest changes with the setting of the sun. Enjoy the same quality meals you had in San Miguel during your stay in Madidi. Relax and enjoy being in the middle of the amazing Madidi National Park in between your adventures.
Your final morning in Madidi National Park starts off with a breakfast that will get you ready for your morning activities and the journey back. On your last day you will receive lunch as well as you return to your cabin and pack everything up. On your way back to Rurrenabaque you will stop off to observe the magnificent macaws that make their nests in the cliffs along the Tuichi River.
You will get back to Rurrenabaque in the late afternoon ready for a bit of rest and relaxation before you set out for your next adventure.
Ask us for the 4 and 5 day programs from this lodge or Tacuaral Eco Lodge. We will send you the information.
Below are options in the 4 day program
Activity #1 San Miguel’s Pharmacy.
You can go with your guide and experience San Miguel’s pharmacy. Take a walk into the forest with your guide to explore the wonders of medicinal plant life. Your guide will share his knowledge of the forest and the abundance of plant life that the Tacana have used for years to help with basic ailments such as stomachaches and colds all the way to dealing with anemia and other more serious conditions. Experience what the forest has to offer, and even try to take some medicine with you for your next run-in with bad street food in La Paz.
Activity #2 The Canyon.
You can go to the canyon and experience the cool and damp ecosystem. Explore a canyon 150 meters long with all the wonderful creepy crawly things that dark damp places have to offer. This unique trek can be a short walk through the canyon to explore another world, or you can take a 3-hour trek from San Miguel del Bala along the river, which eventually runs through the canyon as a grand exit to the river. As you exit the canyon a boat will be waiting for you to take you back to the lodge.
Return to the lodge, enjoy a nice dinner, turn in for the evening and get ready for your big adventure deeper into the jungles of Madidi National Park.
The Eco Lodge:
The Eco-Lodge offers visitors a rustic retreat with all amenities. Its construction materials were used from the forest and its design respects the traditional, local architecture and environment.
*7 family cabins
*Capacity for 3 people in each cabin (total 21 persons)
*Private bathroom with hot showers at night.
*Solar light at night.
*Common Cabin (only used during major events)
*Equipped with 10 beds and cots with mosquito nets.
*Kitchen – Dining.
*A beautiful room with space for up to 52 guests.
*Typical cuisine, international and vegetarian.
*Social activities and places to rest (hammocks, board games and books).
*Room Tacana interpretation of culture.
*Typical crafts available to buy.