You must first arrive in Leticia if you wish to explore the Colombian part of the Amazon rainforest. Various flights leave every day from Bogota.
The city of Leticia is a messy and loud place, but it also feels authentic. While I’m not telling you to stay an extra day to visit it, I invite you to take a tuk-tuk and drive around to drink a few caipirinhas and eat some delicious or weird Amazon specialties. Leticia is at the border with 3 countries – Brazil, Peru & Colombia, – so there is a bunch of new stuff to try.
If you’ve decided to travel to the Amazon, it means you want to experience new things and go out of your comfort zone.
Here are my suggestions to get a better Amazon adventure:
- Yes, it’s humid. Yes, there are bugs and mosquitoes. Come prepared with a rain jacket, long sleeves, and repellent.
- You need to book a tour through an agency if you want an in-depth jungle experience. It’s “expensive.” Don’t be surprised to pay around 100$ per day (all included) with good local agencies
- Some eco-resorts can sell you some really good all-included package
- From December to May, the water level increases
- From June to November, the water level decreases
- Depending on the water level, some activities will be different
- It’s hard to spot wild animals, don’t get too much expectation
- It’s not worth it to only stay 3 days