If you want to explore the Amazon rainforest in Colombia, you will have to go to Leticia. There are daily flights from Bogotá for this purpose.
Although noisy and messy the city of Leticia remains authentic. I do not advise you to plan a day to visit this capital of the Colombian Amazon. However, if you have a little time, I invite you to take a stroll to feel the atmosphere that reigns in the center. Take the time to drink a caipirinha in a bar or to taste Amazonian specialties in one of the many restaurants.
Leticia is on the border between three countries, Peru, Brazil, and Colombia. So I let you imagine the cultural diversity of such a place.
If you have decided to travel to the Amazon, it means that you want to discover new things and get out of your comfort zone.
Here are my guidelines so that you will not be disappointed by your adventure in the Amazon:
Yes, it’s wet. Yes, there are lots of insects and mosquitoes. Arm yourself with rain gear, long-sleeved shirts, and repellents.
You have to go through a local agency if you want to experience the deep jungle. It’s pretty expensive. Don’t be surprised to pay around 100€/day/pers (all-inclusive) to go with a good travel agency.
Some eco-lodges can offer very good all-inclusive packages.
From December to May, the water rises and floods part of the jungle.
From June to November, the water goes down and gives way to beaches on the river banks.
Depending on the water level, the activities on site are different.
It is very hard to spot wild animals. Many parameters are taken into account in this area, do not come with too high expectations.
Leticia is vast, messy, and loud, but I consider it authentic. There are tuk-tuk you can easily take to move around, so it doesn't matter in which part you'll stay. Buses leave from Parque Orellana, and the touristic dock is nearby too.
You can decide to skip Leticia and stay in a secluded Eco-lodge. It's a great way to embrace nature and experience something unique. They offer their own activities and transports so that you don't need to take care about anything. Don't be too picky about comfort. You won't find a 5-stars Eco-lodge.
You will get a better Amazon experience if you stay in an eco-lodge or if you book a multi-day tour with a local agency. However, there are still some cool stuff to do by yourself if you don't have the budget for it. Take the public boat and the buses and move around.
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