The Amazon is the main river in South America and the largest in the world, containing more water than the Nile, the Yangtze and the Mississippi combined. Its hydrographic basin is almost 40 per cent of South America, with its 7.05 million km2 that irrigates a vast region including Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Venezuela, Peru and Suriname. We will travel along the river to explore extraordinary villages and ecosystems in the largest jungle in the world, containing 10 per cent of the world's known.
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From £636 - 4 Days
Explore remote places on an Amazon tour!
This incredible tour in Colombia will take you into the heart of the Amazon where you will take river trips to visit remote Amazonian tribes, explore spectacular natural destinations and search for monkeys, caimans, anacondas, birds and pink dolphins. You will visit two incredible nature reserves in Colombia and Peru, spend time hiking and canopying in the jungle, and go on a boat trip to see the jungle at night. Then take a river tour to the vibrant port city along the Amazon called Puerto Nariño. The Amazon region is not only one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in the world, it is also rich in terms of ancient wisdom and traditions, which are maintained by its indigenous communities inhabiting the area. These indigenous communities live in perfect harmony with the nature around them and work hard to protect this incredible ecosystem.
EXPERIENCE TYPE Eco-tourism, Wildlife & Adventure
River Exploration Trips
Visit Local Indigenous Communities
The Amazon region is not only one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, but it is also a rich region in terms of ancient wisdom and traditions maintained by its indigenous communities. These indigenous communities live in perfect harmony with the nature around them. Some of them prefer to stay in areas of difficult access for us, while others prefer to live in villages where they produce handicrafts and show some of their traditional activities and rituals to visitors. During this tour, we will visit the communities of the Ticunas and Yaguas.
Hiking, Canopying and jungle Night Exploration
During this Colombia Amazon tour, we will have the opportunity to admire the incredible biodiversity of this region by canopying over the top of the Amazon trees at Tanimboca Nature Reserve, hiking in the jungle, and taking a tour at night to see black caimans at Marasha Nature reserve in Peru.
We will also have the opportunity to see monkeys, birds, black caimans, pink dolphins and the Victoria Regia lily, the largest member of the water lily family amongst other species.
Visit Puerto Nariño
Located on the banks of the Loretoyaco River, Puerto Nariño is the second-largest urbanization in the Amazonas department. Most people living in this close-knit community have indigenous Yaguas or Ticunas heritage. We won't find cars in the small town of Puerto Nariño, as locals get around on foot or with canoes. We will learn more about the local culture, enjoy seeing how the people coexist with nature in this community along with the river bank and have a splendid night in this quaint town.
DAY 1 Travel to Leticia and City Tour
Take a morning flight to Leticia, the main city in the Colombian Amazon region and one of the major ports on the Amazon river. It is also the city where Colombia, Brasil and Peru come together in a place known as the three frontiers (Las tres Fronteras), which allows you to visit the three countries in just one day.
Upon arrival in Leticia, your tour guide will be waiting for you at the Airport to start exploring this wonderful region of Colombia. This adventure will begin with Tabatinga, the neighbouring Brazilian city connected to Leticia by road and footpath. You will learn about the history of this town and visit some of the most interesting places there, such as the triple border and a viewpoint to see the magnificent Amazon river. Next, we will try Cachaza, the typical and famous Brazilian cocktail made from sugar cane distillation.
Then in Leticia, you will visit the tourist boardwalk or malecón turístico to see the colourful canoes and a little plaza with lots of shops and restaurants. The Museo Etnografico will also be one of the most educative stops during the tour. This museum provides great information about the indigenous communities inhabiting this region of Colombia. Finally, you will finish this tour with a visit to Parque de Santander at dusk to observe hundreds of parakeets returning from the jungle to feed and rest in the park. The noise is impressive, and even if you are not that interested in birds, there is no doubt that it is a unique experience.
Note: Museo Etnografico is closed on Sundays and Mondays
Overnight: Leticia Meal Plan: None
DAY 2 Amazon jungle exploration. Canopy, hiking and nocturnal expedition
Today, we will start exploring this part of the Colombian Amazon region by visiting two incredible nature reserves on the Colombian and Peruvian sides of the river.
First, we will head to Tanimboca Nature Reserve, located 11 kilometres from Leticia. This natural reserve of thirty hectares of protected forest is famous for its canopy activities. At the nature reserve, we will start with a short walk across the jungle to access the first platform by rope climbing, and then we will cross from one platform to another by a zip line. You will practically fly at the trees' top level to get a unique view of the jungle and its remarkable fauna and flora. We can do kayaking instead of the canopy if you prefer another activity.
Then we will continue the expedition to Marasha Nature Reserve in Peru, located 45 minutes by boat from Leticia. The dry and rainy seasons change the ways of accessibility in the Amazon. During the rainy or high water season, we will reach the reserve by boat, and during the dry or low water season, we will do it by walking; both journeys will take approximately 1.5 hours from the shore of the Amazon River.
While travelling from the river to the nature reserve, we will observe the great jungle landscape with its huge trees, monkeys, butterflies and multi-coloured birds, among other fauna and flora. On arrival at the reserve, a delicious grilled fish will be waiting for us to enjoy a traditional lunch.
The reserve is peaceful and offers a variety of activities, such as fishing and canoeing.
After dinner, there will be a tour to see the nocturnal activity in the jungle and search for black caimans.
Note: The rainy season goes from February to June, and the dry season from July to January.
Overnight: Marasha Natural Reserve Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 Day Trip along the magnificent Amazon River and Puerto Nariño
After breakfast, we will travel along the Amazon river; we will have a few stops before arriving at Puerto Nariño.
Our first stop will be Mocagua, a local village in the buffer zone of Amacayacu National Park, mainly inhabited by the Ticuna indigenous community. The Ticuna constitute one of the most numerous peoples of the Amazon Basin, where approximately 7,879 people live there. During this visit, we will learn about their way of life and traditions and how they use wood and other natural materials from the jungle to create crafts.
We will also visit the Maikuchiga Foundation to see the conservation project started by biologist Sara Beneth that the young people from Mocagua now carry out. They are helping to protect the jungle by conserving species such as the Churuco monkey and rehabilitating and reintegrating rescued monkeys and wildlife victims of illegal trafficking, used as pets, or wounded by hunting. These rescued animals are released in the Colombian Amazon jungle after fully recovering. Finally, we will have a sighting and animal monitoring outing to understand the behaviour of the monkeys and their connection with the flora and other fauna.
For lunch, we will have a traditional dish. Then, we will continue our trip by crossing the border with Peru and visiting Cacao Island to see the sloth bear and the Victoria Regia, the endemic and icon flower of the region.
Finally, we will go to Puerto Nariño, inhabited mainly by local indigenous Yaguas and Ticuna; it is an environmentally friendly town where motorized vehicles are banned. It is on the edge of the river Loretoyaco without streets, cars or motorbikes. Instead, the "roads" are palm-lined sidewalks connecting the community's neighbourhoods. For their efforts to peacefully coexist with nature, Puerto Nariño was named the first tourism sustainable town in Colombia
Overnight: Puerto Nariño Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 Surroundings of Puerto Nariño. Travel back to Leticia
After breakfast, you will explore the surrounding areas of Puerto Nariño. Depending on the time of the year, we will go to Lake Tarapoto or alternative places such as River Chineria, where we can see pink dolphins, sloths, manatees, and of course, the Victoria Regia lily.
Then we will transfer back to Leticia by boat to finish this unique exploration. Upon arrival in Leticia, we will transfer you to the Airport.
Note: From August to October, the river's water level will be lower, so the entrance to the Lago Tarapoto may not be possible. If that is the case, we will go to other places to see dolphins, such as the river Chineria.
Overnight: - Meal Plan: Breakfast
Marasha Natural Reserve
This spectacular natural reserve is located in the Peruvian side of the river. During your time there, you will stay in cabins with private bathroom. The elevated cabins were designed and built under the rules of environmental preservation of biodiversity. The accommodation is very basic but it will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself into the spectacular nature of the Amazon jungle. The reserve only has electricity available from 6pm till 10 pm. Enough time to charge phones, cameras and shower before dinner.
Waira Selva Hotel
With only 13 rooms, this small hotel in Puerto Nariño is one of the best options in this interesting village surrounded by the most diverse nature on the Amazon river, very close to Lake Tarapoto where you can enjoy the sighting of the wonderful pink dolphins. The hotel features a restaurant and a garden. The rooms have private bathroom and fan.
Waira Suites Hotel
Waira Suites Hotel is located in the city centre of Leticia to only 10 minutes driving from the Airport. The rooms have many amenities such as comfortable beds, tv cable, air conditioner, shower with warm water and security box in case you need it. The hotel has a restaurant where you can find the traditional local food as well as international dishes. There is also a swimming pool, bar and gym.
- Airport transfers in Leticia
- 1 night accommodation in Leticia
- 1 night accommodation at Natural Reserve Marasha (Peru)
- 1 night accommodation in Puerto Nariño
- Meals as defined in the itinerary
- Local English-speaking tour guide
- Ground and river transportation
- Entry tickets and activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Daily insurance
What's Not Included
- Meals not defined in the itinerary
- Tourist tax. (You will have to pay this tax upon arrival to the airport in Leticia)
- Personal expenses and tips
- Domestic Fligths
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