Find The Best Jungle Colombia Amazon Tours From Leticia

My list of the best Colombia Amazon tours you can organize from Leticia—based on my experience after 1 month in the area.

🛑 Stop booking the wrong jungle tours (unauthentic, close to the city, boring, poorly organized) from Leticia. Start enjoying the lifetime adventure you’ve always wanted.

It’s challenging to plan the ideal Amazon tour from Leticia in Colombia.

There’s not much good information on the internet, most of the agencies offering jungle tours from Leticia are of poor quality, and you’ll have trouble communicating remotely.

That’s why I decided to explore the Colombian Amazon myself, to find the best experiences. I spent a total of 1 month there (2 trips, the last one in August 2023).

And yes. I found the perfect Amazon Experience, an eco-lodge located 3 hours away from civilization.

Here’s what you’ll get if you read my guide c.a.r.e.f.u.l.l.y:

  • Why I love one eco-lodge in particular.
  • The differences between an Eco-lodge and a jungle trip from Leticia.
  • Where are the best indigenous communities.
  • Which tours can you do on your own.
  • My ideal packing list for your jungle trip.
  • Decide How long you should stay in the Amazon.
  • 10 different Amazon experiences you should know about.

Let’s go!


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Stay In A Secret Ecolodge in The Amazon with Axel
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Over 40 of our readers discover the Amazon at Axel's eco-lodge monthly. It's a secluded lodging in the jungle where you can easily organize many incredible experiences, depending on your mood of the day.

Pros:
  • Include a private local guide, a translator, food, caipirinhas, lodging, transportation and tons of activities.
  • Suitable for all types of travelers: Family, Solo, adventurer, seniors.
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Note: We have associated Axel’s name with the ecolodge and the reservations because he and his team are in charge of the commercial part. However, the ecolodge is not in his name. It belongs to a SAS which manages the ecolodge.

Colombia Amazon tours: quick answers

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📍 Where to start your Colombia jungle experience:

  • You’ll have to fly to Leticia (from Bogotá only) to explore the Amazon in Colombia. This city is on the border of 3 countries: Colombia, Peru, and Brazil. It is a free trade zone, so you don’t need to stamp your passport if you leave Colombia for the day.

🤠 How can you plan your Amazon tour from Leticia:

  • Organize day trips once you’re already in Leticia. It takes time, and you need to speak Spanish. The quality of the service is usually poor.
  • Contact an agency in advance and set off to explore different spots around Leticia. Choose well as there are many bad agencies in town. Don’t pick the cheapest options!
  • Stay in an eco-lodge far from Leticia and plan everything from there. It’s the most comfortable option. I recommend Axel’s eco-lodge.

🤑 How much does a jungle trip cost in Colombia:

  • Count 100 – 300 USD/day/pers (all included) if you want to book an Amazon Jungle Tour with a reliable local agency. The price will change widely depending on whether it’s a group tour or a private tour, the number of pers and the length of your trip.
  • If you’re traveling alone, you won’t find a better place than Axel’s ecolodge. Pay 85 USD/night if you sleep in a hammock or 120 USD/night if you sleep in a dormitory. Everything is included (private guide, food, etc.) except the boat to get there.

How long should you stay in the Amazon:

  • Between the plane and the boat, you will spend many hours on transportation. Moreover, the flights land and take off in the early afternoon. I recommend a stay of 5 to 7 days to fully enjoy the Amazon.

🔎 My favorite jungle tips:

  • Get as far away from Leticia as possible to increase your chances of seeing animals in the wild.
  • If you don’t want to book a multi-day tour, I recommend staying in Puerto Nariño or Mocagua.
  • The water level of the Amazon River is high from December to July and low from August to November. The activities will be different depending on the water level.

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First of all, you need to decide how you want to enjoy the Colombian Amazon.

1# Eco-lodge in the Amazon rainforest

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If you’re itching for an unforgettable Amazon jungle escapade in Colombia, let me introduce you to a game-changer: the ecolodges around Leticia. Nestled in the heart of the lush wilderness, these ecolodges are the hidden gems you’ve been yearning for. Imagine waking up to the symphony of tropical birds, the rustling of leaves, and the magic of the rainforest right at your doorstep.

Why you might like staying in an Ecolodge

  • Wake up in the Amazon: Imagine opening your eyes to the serene sounds and sights of nature right in the heart of the Amazon. Ecolodges offer a unique opportunity to live amidst the rainforest’s wonders.
  • Wildlife Galore: Stay at an eco-lodge far from urban centers like Leticia or Puerto Nariño for a better chance to encounter the Amazon’s diverse wildlife in its natural environment
  • Sustainability: Ecolodges in the Amazon are designed with nature in mind. They follow eco-friendly practices to minimize their impact on the delicate ecosystem, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the rainforest without harming it.
  • Flexibility and Freedom: Eco-lodges provide the flexibility to create your adventure on your terms, free from the constraints of typical tourist schedules and crowded tours.
  • Weather Worries Be Gone: In the heart of the jungle, weather can be unpredictable. But in an ecolodge, you can bid farewell to weather-related stress. Wait comfortably for the rain to stop and explore the Amazon when you decide it.
  • Easy Breezy Organization: Need a spontaneous Amazon river excursion or a guided trek into the wilderness? Ecolodges simplify planning. Once you’re there, you’ll find arranging activities a breeze. No need to plan far in advance – just seize the moment and make memories.
  • All-Inclusive Experience: Ecolodges often offer packages that include meals, activities, and sometimes even guided tours. This means you can dive into your Amazon adventure without worrying about the nitty-gritty details – everything is conveniently taken care of.

We stayed at Axel’s ecolodge: My review

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When I heard about Axel’s ecolodge, I was immediately drawn in. It’s like getting the best of both worlds – a well-organized private tour and the freedom of an independent traveler. The result? An Amazon adventure that you get to shape the way you want.

Everything Taken Care Of

Axel’s ecolodge takes care of everything. From your drinks to your adventures, they’ve got you covered. They have local guides and even translators if you need them. But here’s the cool part: you get to decide what you want to do.

Amazon Jungle Tours Day 1: The Beginning

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Our journey began with Polo driving us in a Tuk-Tuk to immigration – yes, this ecolodge is in Brazil’s natural reserve! The boat ride from Tabatinga was amazing, with lush forests and jungle sounds—about 3 hours.

As the sun set, we saw the ecolodge in the distance, the colors blending beautifully. After a cold shower and welcome drinks, we met Valera, our guide. He took us on a night walk where we saw glowing mushrooms and experienced the magic of the jungle at night.

Amazon Jungle Tours Day 2: Exploring the Jungle

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At sunrise, the jungle came alive with the sounds of animals. Monkeys, birds, and more – it was like a natural orchestra. Macaws even visited us, and I spent some time in a hammock, atop a huge watchtower, enjoying the mist and the sounds.

Valera then led us on a hike, showing us different plants and sharing stories. Tonight, we won’t get back to the ecolodge.

As it got dark, we set up camp in the jungle, had a delicious dinner, and sat by the fire, sharing stories of our own.

Amazon Jungle Tours Day 3: Kayaking and Fishing

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The next morning, we didn’t have to hike back to the ecolodge because Axel brought us kayaks near our camp!

We had a lovely trip, surrounded by calm waters and reflections. It was so peaceful until a massive rain came out of nowhere and soaked us completely—which was great fun.

Later, we tried piranha fishing, with Valera showing us the ropes. He caught six, Adrien caught one, and I didn’t catch any!

Amazon Jungle Tours Day 4 : Saying Goodbye

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Our last day began with more kayaking, a serene way to start the day. Sadly, it was time to leave. Four days wasn’t enough to experience everything.

Ecolodge offers

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Axel offers different options depending on the type of accommodation you choose.

In all cases, the package includes accommodation, a private guide, an English translator if required, food, and all activities (except the zipline).

A/ Hammock

The hammock offer is ideal for a single traveler or a group of people on a tight budget. The rate per night is fixed per person.

  • Prices for 2024: 85 USD/pers/night.
  • Minimum 3 nights.
  • It doesn’t include the pick up from the airport in Leticia to the Ecolodge. This cost will depend on the number of travelers for that day—max 170 euros round trip if you come and leave alone.

B/ Maloka

This is the most comfortable version of the hammock and remains an excellent option for solo travelers or groups on a tight budget. You’ll sleep in a maloca (large traditional indigenous house) with other travelers, each on his or her own mattress.

  • Prices for 2024: 120 USD/pers/night.
  • Minimum 3 nights.
  • It doesn’t include the pick up from the airport in Leticia to the Ecolodge. This cost will depend on the number of travelers for that day—max 170 euros round trip if you come and leave alone.

C/ Wooden Cabins

These are large wooden houses (2 in total) that can accommodate a total of 10 people. They are private. You’ll share them with your group only. For this option, there is no minimum number of days to book, but it makes no sense to stay less than 3 nights. Transport from Leticia is included.

It’s an excellent option if you’re traveling with a group of friends or your family.

  • Prices for 2024: It changes according to the number of travelers and nights. Here are a few approximations to give you an overall idea.
    • 4 nights for 2 people: About 260 USD/night/pers | Which is about 208 USD/day
    • 4 nights for 4 people: About 215 USD/night/pers | Which is about 172 USD/day
    • 4 nights for 6 people: About 203 USD/night/pers | Which is about 163 USD/day

D/ Premium cabins

These are two comfortable houses made of cement and concrete, with 24/24 electricity (whereas the wooden cabin has no electricity) and fans.

The perfect option if you want to live the Amazonian adventure in comfort.

  • Price: It changes according to the number of travelers and nights. Here are a few approximations to give you an overall idea.
    • 4 nights for 2 people: About 288 USD/night/pers | Which is about 230 USD/day
    • 4 nights for 4 people: About 233 USD/night/pers | Which is about 186 USD/day
    • 4 nights for 6 people: About 213 USD/night/pers | Which is about 170 USD/day

Why do we recommend Axel’s Ecolodge

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I particularly like this ecolodge for 2 reasons: its remote location (3 hours by boat from Leticia) and its flexibility. You’ll have your own guide and can organize your days as you wish from one day to the next—or plan a multi-day expedition into the jungle in search of a particular bird (Harpy eagle area), animals, or fishing (peacock bass).

You can easily contact Axel directly by using our online form. This won’t cost you extra – we simply connect you with him, and then he’ll reach out to you via email. We do this to help travelers get in touch with reliable local agencies and ensure you get the best prices. It’s our way of supporting our favorite local agencies and ensuring you have direct access to top-notch services.

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Stay In A Secret Ecolodge in The Amazon with Axel
4.9

Over 40 of our readers discover the Amazon at Axel's eco-lodge monthly. It's a secluded lodging in the jungle where you can easily organize many incredible experiences, depending on your mood of the day.

Pros:
  • Include a private local guide, a translator, food, caipirinhas, lodging, transportation and tons of activities.
  • Suitable for all types of travelers: Family, Solo, adventurer, seniors.
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2# Plan your Amazon tours from Leticia with an agency

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Select your Colombia tour agency carefully. Opt for one with a strong reputation to ensure a safe, authentic, and unforgettable journey. Avoid the cheapest ones; they might not deliver the experience you deserve.

Why you might like an agency from Leticia

  • Search for Specific Animals: A seasoned agency knows the best spots to encounter specific animals – from elusive spiders to vibrant pink river dolphins. They can guide you to the best areas.
  • Endless Exploration: With an agency, your journey isn’t limited to just one place. You’ll traverse diverse landscapes, from dense jungles to winding rivers. Every day brings a new backdrop, ensuring you’re forever captivated by the Amazon’s ever-changing scenery.
  • Personalized to Perfection: Agencies cater to your specific interests. Whether it’s extended birdwatching sessions or thrilling night hikes, they can customize your schedule to make every moment resonate with your personal interests.
  • Nature and Culture Insights: A good agency doesn’t just guide; it educates. From the ecology of the rainforest to indigenous culture and folklore, they provide a depth of knowledge that transforms the Amazon from a mysterious green expanse into a rich, storied tapestry.

My multi-day Amazon Trip from Leticia: Review

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Here is what I did with my mum and dad.

Amazon Jungle Tours Day 1: Secluded Ecolodge in Peru

My Amazon adventure kicked off with a tour of Leticia’s market and a private boat ride to Marasha. A two-hour hike through the flooded jungle illuminated its mysteries, with the guide giving us tons of interesting facts.

Marasha’s tranquil ecolodge, nestled by the lakeside, provided a serene retreat. Alongside a local guide, we set sail on a boat to witness the prehistoric charm of Hoazin birds and stood before the majestic ceiba tree as our guide shared its ecological significance.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, our guide’s tales illuminated the Ticuna culture, bridging the past with the present. A night boat ride led to a captivating encounter with a caiman, revealing the jungle’s secrets beneath the moon’s gentle glow.

Amazon Jungle Tours Day 2: Overnight in the jungle

With the sun’s first rays, we wake up to listen to the melodious morning chorus of birds near the tranquil lake. Our private boat then transported us to Santa Sofia, one of the many indigenous communities near Leticia.

Today, we’ll sleep in the jungle. Let’s hike.

By 4pm, it was already getting dark. Light struggles to penetrate the dense canopy. It’s time to get the camp ready to set up the hammock and prepare dinner.

Stories flowed around the campfire, and the skillful hands of our guides conjured a woodfire feast – fish delicately cooked in leaves, complemented by mashed bananas.

Once our stomachs were full, we decided to take a night hike in the jungle. Under the beam of our flashlights, we spotted tarantulas and banana spiders. Their presence was intriguing yet slightly eerie. Around us, a variety of unique insects darted through the shadows, bringing the night to life in a dynamic display.

Now it’s time to sleep and try not to be frightened by the ominous sounds of the Amazon jungle.

Amazon Jungle Tours Day 3: The beautiful indigenous community of Mocagua

A new day dawned in the Amazon’s heart. We retraced our steps to the river, boarding another private boat. On our trip, we saw playful pink and grey dolphins, a pleasant surprise!

We spent our last day in the beautiful community of Mocagua, which focuses on the preservation of animals, especially monkeys.

As the day came to a close, we were by the Amazon River, amazed by a beautiful sunset. The colors in the sky were reflected in the river, creating a breathtaking view. With cold beers in our hands, we watched this incredible scene, surrounded by the Amazon’s natural beauty.

3# Local Indigenous communities near Leticia

Leticia is a chaotic city and it is not very pleasant to stay there. You will have to pass through (and sleep in) because of the airport.Puerto Nariño is a more peaceful town (motorized vehicles are not allowed) with a few B&Bs. However, you'll have fewer options to book your amazon jungle tours, especially if you want an English-speaking guide.Here are different situations to help you choose between these two cities in the Colombian Amazon.If you have a tight travel budget (backpacker), then select a few activities in Leticia and then take the public boat to Puerto Nariño.If you prefer to book your tours at the last moment and have different choices, stay in Leticia.If you like wandering, you'll prefere Puerto Nariño.

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Staying in indigenous communities is the ideal option for travelers who want to immerse themselves in Amazon culture. Depending on the community, accommodation will be more or less basic and the experience more or less authentic.

Why stay in indigenous communities

  • Affordable Authenticity: Choosing to stay with indigenous communities is often cheaper. You might not have a guide who speaks both languages, and things are more casual, but you get to see real life without spending a lot of money.
  • Cultural Immersion: These communities offer invaluable opportunities to engage with locals. Spend time conversing, learning about their traditions, and sharing stories – a genuine way to understand their way of life.
  • Immersive Learning: Staying with these communities lets you see the world differently. You can see how they connect with nature, learn old skills, find out about plants used for medicine, and discover old traditions.
  • Local Expertise: Who better to guide you through the Amazon than those who have lived in harmony with it for generations? Indigenous hosts provide insights and knowledge that go beyond any guidebook.
  • Supporting Sustainable Tourism: By staying in these communities, you contribute to their economy, helping to preserve their unique way of life and fostering sustainable tourism practices.

Indigenous communities around Leticia

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  • Santa Sofia: Very few tourists go there, and there is little infrastructure for them (one nice hotel). This indigenous community is pretty and quiet. Located 1 hour away by boat from Leticia, on the bank of the Amazon River.
  • Macedonia: This is the most important indigenous community and a popular tourist destination. From what I’ve heard, Macedonia has lost its cultural identity and is only pretending for the tourists (traditional dances when they arrive). Located 1h20 away from Leticia, on the bank of the Amazon River.
  • Mocagua: A peaceful indigenous community focused on protecting the monkeys and other wildlife in the surrounding area. It’s easy to spot monkeys wandering around (thanks in part to the Maikuchiga Foundation). 2 good hotels. Located 1h40 away from Leticia, on the bank of the Amazon River.
  • San Martin de Amacayacu: The most authentic indigenous community you can visit in the area. All the inhabitants are Ticuna, and they go to great lengths to preserve their culture. Accommodation is very basic (we had to wash in the river). Located 2h30 away by boat from Leticia, in the Amacayacu National Park.
  • Tarapoto: It’s the smallest of the indigenous communities in the area. The dozen or so houses are built on stilts as the land floods during the high-water season. They are located on the shores of Lake Tarapoto (3h away from Leticia) and have no electricity.

4# What Amazon Jungle Tour can you do on your own

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As you can imagine, you won’t be able to hike alone in the Amazon jungle. However, there are a few day trips you can organize on your own.

In Leticia, the road is less than 30km long. You can take it to Mundo Amazonico to learn about Amazonian Culture or to Tanimboca to admire nature and go zip-lining. You can also eat a ceviche in Peru and grab a caipirinha at La Komara in Brazil. You’ll cross three borders in one single day!

In Puerto Nariño, you can plan a trip to the Laguna Tarapoto to spot pink and gray dolphins (only during the high-water season and visit the Peruvian community of San Antonio to observe Sloth.

→ As I said before, you can also decide to stay in one of the many indigenous communities.

How to pick your Leticia Colombia Amazon Tours

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Don’t skip this section before booking your Amazon tours from Leticia.

Where to start your Amazon Jungle Tour

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  • Leticia: The city might look busy and confusing, but it’s the main place to start exploring the Amazon. If you want an all-in-one trip that lasts a few days, Leticia has packages that take you deep into the jungle. It’s great for easy planning and exploring without stress. But just so you know, Leticia is quite lively and not super charming, so it might not be the best place to stay for a long time.
  • Puerto Nariño: If you like quiet places, go to Puerto Nariño. It’s a calm town without cars. You can find several comfortable hotels there. But finding tours in English will be harder in this town.
  • Ecolodges: An eco-lodge can make things easy, starting right from the Leticia airport. These places sort out your trip into the Amazon for you. It’s a good choice if you want to dive into the jungle experience without worrying about planning.
  • Mocagua or San Martin: If you want to really learn about local cultures, think about visiting Mocagua or San Martin. You can get to know indigenous communities and learn about their way of life that’s been around for hundreds of years.

Type of Amazon experiences

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Here are the main experiences offered by our agencies and ecolodges. Quality depends on the location and the local guide:

  • Kayaking on the Amazon: Navigate through lush vegetation as you slalom between trees and vines. When the river’s high, it’s a thrilling ride that connects you with the heart of the jungle.
  • Dolphin Watching: Hop on a small boat to seek out the charming pink and gray dolphins. The renowned Lake Tarapoto near Puerto Nariño is a hotspot for these graceful creatures.
  • Piranha Fishing: Try your hand at catching your own dinner with a fishing rod. Low river levels increase your chances of success, adding a dash of adventure to your culinary pursuits.
  • Sleep in an Indigenous Community: Prepare for a simple but real experience. You’ll learn about a whole new way of life from kind local people. Better to get there with a guide so he can introduce you to the community.
  • Birdwatching: Rise early, around 5:30 am, to explore with your guide and a pair of binoculars. Witness Amazon’s vibrant avian life in its morning glory.
  • See Ceibas: Gaze up in awe at the majestic ceiba trees reigning over the canopy.
  • Isla de Los Micos: This island near Leticia offers an opportunity to interact with monkeys. However, it’s important to note that there have been concerns raised about the treatment of these animals on the island. While the experience might seem fun, it’s wise to consider these ethical considerations before deciding to visit.
  • Night Walks: Explore the Amazon’s magical side by going on night-time trips. You’ll see glowing mushrooms and tarantulas, making it feel like you’re in a different world.
  • Parks and Nature Reserves: Numerous protected areas line the Amazon’s expanse. Marasha Nature Reserve, Reserva Natura Park, Maikuchiga Foundation (they rescued monkeys), Reserva Flor de Loto, and Amacayacu Park are among the gems where you can spend nights or days immersed in the wild.
  • Jungle Expeditions: For a great adventure, go deep into the Amazon with a guide for several days. You can hike through the wild, look for rare animals, sleep in hammocks under the stars, and enjoy campfires. It’s an amazing—and tough—experience you won’t forget.

How many days in the amazon?

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When it comes to delving into the Amazon’s wonders, taking your time truly pays off. Here’s why a 5 to 7-day journey is the sweet spot:

Lots of Time on the Water: The Amazon River is a big part of the adventure. Staying at least 5 days will allow you to get away from Leticia without spending most of your time on a boat.

Plan for the Weather: You’ll be in the Amazon. It can rain cats and dogs, which will sometimes put your activities on hold. Early mornings and evenings offer cooler, gentler conditions for activities, ensuring a comfortable adventure.

Savor Every Moment: The Amazon is a place to explore deeply, not just quickly look at. Arriving in Leticia a day early lets you start your jungle adventure in a relaxed way.

Don’t pick the cheapest amazon tour

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While it might be tempting to go for the lowest-priced option, there are important reasons to be cautious.

Some cheap tours might be run by illegal and uninsured operators, posing potential dangers to participants.

Additionally, certain agencies may promise significant discounts but end up canceling or altering your itinerary, leading to disappointment.

Cheaper tours often keep you in close proximity to Leticia without venturing deeper into the Amazon.

Moreover, these budget-friendly choices might lead to crowded groups, impacting the quality of your experience.

It’s crucial to prioritize your safety, satisfaction, and the authenticity of your Amazon adventure over simply saving a few dollars.

Group tours or Private tours?

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Opt for private tours if possible, allowing customization to suit your preferences. Private tours offer a quieter, more personalized experience, increasing wildlife spotting opportunities.

For solo travelers, Axel Ecolodge provides an affordable private guide option if you accept to sleep in a dorm or a hammock.

Group tours are more standard, catering to diverse interests and limiting individual experiences.

Wildlife

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Watching animals in the Amazon is a fun adventure, but remember, some animals are hard to find. Don’t hope to see big animals like jaguars. You’ll have to venture deep into the Amazon for the best chances of encounters.

  • Axel Ecolodge: If fishing or observing a harpy eagle intrigues you, Axel Ecolodge offers such opportunities.
  • Bird Watching
  • Monkeys, Tarantulas, Caimans, and Dolphins: While jaguars might hide, spotting monkeys, tarantulas, caimans, and dolphins is more achievable.

Water level & Weather in the Amazon

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You need to know about how the water levels and weather change before going on an adventure in the Amazon. It will affect what your trip will be like:

River Levels & Tours: From November to June, when the river is high, the Amazon turns into a big water world. This is a great time for kayaking and boat trips because you can easily travel through the green areas. But from July to October, when the water is low, you can go hiking on trails that you can’t see when the river is high.

Seasons: The time of year will also impact your trip. From November to April, there are lots of insects, and mosquitoes are around a lot from November to January. From July to October, it’s the dry season and, it doesn’t rain much, but the sun is really hot.

High season: You better book in advance if you plan to visit the Amazon in January, Easter, July, and August.

Packing list for your Amazonas jungle tours

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Here’s your essential packing checklist to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey:

1. Small Binoculars: Get up close to the incredible wildlife. A compact pair of binoculars enhances your chances of animal watching.

2. Rubber Boots: With mud and moisture aplenty, sturdy rubber boots are essential. Your agency can often arrange these for you, saving both space and hassle.

3. Technical Clothing: Choose clothes that are light and dry quickly. It will help you avoid getting that “jungle smell.” Long-sleeve T-shirts and pants are recommended. In the evening, I like to walk around in light jogging pants and flip-flops + socks — German style.

4. Travel Light: Select a small, efficient backpack. Minimalism is key. Pack only the essentials to keep your load manageable.

5. Quality Repellent: Mosquitoes abound in the Amazon. A reliable insect repellent is your armor against these persistent critters.

6. Sun Protection: Don’t forget sunscreen and a hat. Shield yourself from the intense equatorial sun during your outdoor explorations.

7. Rain Jacket: Be prepared for rain. A quality rain jacket keeps you dry during unexpected downpours, allowing you to fully enjoy your adventure.

Will you enjoy your Amazonas jungle Tours from Leticia?

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This is an important question.

You see, Amazon is not for everyone.

You have to like to push yourself, get out of your comfort zone, and not be afraid of little bugs.

You’ll have to be patient during your Amazonas jungle tours

The Amazon is not the local zoo. It’s a place with little access, little network, and animals that hate the smell of bipeds in pants — aka humans.

Therefore, you will spend many hours in a boat contemplating the same landscapes, hoping to catch a glimpse of wildlife.

If it rains, you will have to be patient and wait for a break in the weather.

In short, the Amazon is to be savored.

Wild animals of the Amazon

The most common animals you will see are small, they fly and they bite. No need to look for them. They will be where you are.

You guessed it. We are talking about … mosquitoes or other biting/blood-sucking insects. If you protect yourself well, you can escape most of their attacks.

To observe wildlife in the Amazon, you will need to be patient, stay away from inhabited areas and listen carefully to your guide’s advice.

Consider the experience is living in the Amazon. The animals are just a bonus.

You will get wet during your jungle tours

It is difficult to walk for several days when there is 92% humidity, torrential rains, and rivers to cross.

If you decide to go on a multi-day Amazon jungle trek, prepare yourself mentally. There’s no turning back.

Accommodations in the Colombian Amazon are basic

There are some comfortable hotels in Leticia. This will not be the case when you venture into the jungle. You’ll be in the middle of the jungle. You can’t hope for A/C & Netflix.

The ecolodges are wooden cabins with a bed and a mosquito net.

You pay for the surroundings and the experiences that go with it.

The Colombian Amazon is not a destination for backpackers

Even if it is possible to do some activities without a local agency’s help, you will have to spend money if you decide to venture into the jungle.

To make the most of Amazon, count on at least 120 USD per day and per person once you are there.

q&A: Colombia amazon tours

Do you still have questions about Amazon and/or Ecolodge?

You may find the answer in this section.

  1. Should I get a yellow fever vaccine to go to the Amazon?

    The yellow fever vaccine is supposed to be mandatory, and you should get it at least 10 days before doing your Amazon jungle tour. It is possible to get vaccinated at Bogotá airport.

  2. Should I take Malaria pills when visiting the Amazon

    I didn’t take Malaria pills before coming to the Amazon because of all the side effects. But it’s up to you.

  3. Can you visit the Amazon rainforest in Colombia?

    Yes, you can visit the Amazon rainforest in Colombia. You just have to fly to Leticia from Bogotá. It’s a 2-hour flight between Bogotá and Leticia.

  4. How much does a trip to the Amazon from Leticia cost?

    This will depend on the activities you want to do. Count 120 – 200 USD per day if you plan to do several days of excursions in the jungle.

  5. Is there internet in Leticia?

    Yes, there is internet, but the speed is very low. You can also use your local Simcard.

  6. What are the best agencies to discover the Amazon from Leticia?

    It’s not always easy to pick out the best agencies, as their services are sometimes unequal, and some lack experience. I advise you to spend time finding out about the facilities they offer and consulting travelers’ reviews. Another option is to book an all-inclusive stay with an ecolodge. I love the one managed by Axel.

  7. What is the difference between Ciudad Perdida, Tayrona, and the Amazon?

    The atmosphere. La Ciudad Perdida and Taryona are located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The Ciudad Perdida is the most famous 4-day trek in Colombia, and Tayrona is a very visited national park with beautiful beaches.

  8. Is Leticia a safe area?

    Yes, Leticia is a safe area.

  9. Is the water in Leticia drinkable?

    No, you can’t drink the water in Leticia.

  10. Is it possible to go to Puerto Nariño by yourself?

    Yes, by taking the public boat (3 departures per day). I recommend you ask your agency/hotel to book it a few days in advance for you.

  11. Are there ATMs in Leticia and Puerto Nariño?

    There are ATMs in Leticia. There are none in Puerto Nariño.

  12. Is it easy to find Amazonas jungle tours in English?

    Yes, there are a few guides who speak English in Leticia.

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8 comments

  1. Anamaria Trujillo Gomez says:

    Hi,
    I loved reading your articles, they are very informative. I am a Colombian but have been away for 45 years and I am planning on returning to it. It will be my third time since i left Medellin at 17 years of age . I returned for the first time after 36 years and was amazed at how much it had chahged.
    If things go right I will be travelling this December and one of my pit stops is the Amazon!
    Thank you for fallingh in love with my beautiful country 🙂
    Best regards
    Anamaria

    • Tom says:

      Hola Anamaria!

      Thanks a lot for taking the time to write us 🙂

      I hope you’ll have another wonderful experience in Colombia.

  2. Daniel Hall says:

    Really informative article. Is it possible to charter a small aircraft for a sightseeing flight over the amazon from Leticia? If so, which companies should I contact and how much would this likely cost?
    Thanks in advance

  3. Sophie says:

    Hey Tom, Thanks for all the useful and thorough information!
    Do you know if the Leticia/Tabatinga border is open in 2022? I heard it was closed for a while due to COVID and other things.
    Also, do you think it is a good idea to travel with a dog?
    Thanks!!

    • Tom says:

      Hola Sophie,

      One of our local partners has an ecolodge in Brazil, and his clients cross the border all the time, so I think is open.

      Regarding the dog, I have no idea. Sorry!

  4. Hein de Vries says:

    Hi Tom, thank you so much for this information! I am a 66 year old man, and am considering to go to Leticia after 2 weeks of working in Colombia. It is good to read that you can plan these trips as well in Leticia. I was considering a 3 day tour, and one thing I do not know which types of walking shoes one needs, do I have to take my walking boots from the Netherlands, or are walking shoes ok? And I probably have to buy non-cotton long sleeves in Bogota I guess.. Any suggestions for a 2-3 day trip are welcome.

    • Hola Hein,

      Rubber boots are the best. Most good agencies will lend you some if you don’t travel with it. I prefer Walking shoes to Walking boots, but the final decision is yours 😉

      A tour where you spend 1 night in a local community and then 1 night in Puerto Nariño is a good option 😉

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