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
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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 about anything. Don't be too picky about comfort. You won't find a 5-stars Eco-lodge.
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Things to do in Leticia
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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