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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Where to stay in Leticia

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.

  • L. Guest House

    Hostel

    L. Guest House

    Excellent value for money, with a pool. Luisa knows Leticia well and gives lots of tips!
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  • La Esperanza

    Hostel

    La Esperanza

    Friendly host with many tips. Comfy beds and spacious rooms with air-con. Good breakfast.
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  • C. las palmas

    Hostel

    C. las palmas

    Basic hostel with a swimming pool and a garden. The staff is super friendly. Ventilator.
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  • Yakuruna

    Cabins

    Yakuruna

    5km outside of Leticia. Private spacious cabins. Lovely outdoors. Swimming pool. Peaceful.
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  • Waira suites

    Hotel

    Waira suites

    Modern and upscale hotel. Swimming pool. Excellent services. Comfy rooms. Clean
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  • Amazon B&B

    B&B

    Amazon B&B

    Beautiful rooms and a great host. Lovely garden. Peaceful. Delicious breakfast. Clean.
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Eco-lodges around Leticia

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.

  • Tanimboca

    Inland

    Tanimboca

    Km 11 on the road. Beautiful wood cabins in a natural reserve. Offer different activities.
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  • Palmari

    Far from everything

    Palmari

    Unique experience. Surrounded by nature. 2.5h away from Leticia, in Brazil. Personal guide.
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  • Calanoa

    Near Puerto Nariño

    Calanoa

    Upscale Eco-lodge with wood cabins. Excellent tours. Delicious food and great sceneries.
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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.

  • Santander Park

    Birdwatching

    Santander Park

    Thousands of Parrots go to bed at sunset. Go at the top of the church and enjoy the show.
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  • M. Amazonico

    Natural Reserve

    M. Amazonico

    Km. 7. Natural reserve with 6 different workshops. It's entertaining and cheap.
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  • Tanimboca

    Natural Reserve

    Tanimboca

    Km. 11 on the road. A fun way to spend the day with ziplines, kayak, and ecological walks.
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  • Victoria Regia

    Natural reserve

    Victoria Regia

    Lovely place where you can admire loto flowers. 3h walk or 10 min boat if hight water level.
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  • Santa Sofia

    Indigenous community

    Santa Sofia

    You can take the public boat and stop/sleep in Santa Sofia. A bit complicated to organize it.
  • All-included

    Multi-day adventure

    All-included

    There are many local agencies that offer all included packages to explore the Amazon.
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  • Puerto Nariño

    Town

    Puerto Nariño

    Take the public boat and stay a couple of days in Puerto Nariño, a lovely & peaceful town.
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  • Isla Micos

    Monkeys

    Isla Micos

    Don't stop there. They capture monkeys and keep them captive on this island for the tourists.
  • Kayak

    Sport

    Kayak

    You can do a lot of kayak in the flooded jungle when the level of water is hight. It's fantastic.
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  • Campsite

    Overnight in the jungle

    Campsite

    Pack some food and water and go exploring the jungle for 2 days with a local guide. Ready?
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Partners we recommend

Some local partners we have met, tested and approved during our stay in the Amazon.

  • Selvaventura is an excellent local travel agency that organizes stunning trips to explore the Amazon.
  • Palmari is the ideal Eco-lodge to embrace nature. It’s a 3-h boat ride from Leticia! 

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